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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

  BFA Global Core - 18 semester hours

  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D (gen ed)
  • 3 ARTH 121 Intro to the Visual Arts
  • 3 ART/MCOM 161 Graphic Communication
  • 3 ART/MCOM 265 Basic Photography
6 Take two of the following 3 courses
  • 3 ART/MCOM 165 History of Photography
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
  • 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II

Require Core - 42 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 112 Drawing II
  • 3 ART 122 Design II - Color
  • 3 ART 123 3-D Design
  • 3 ART 172 Design Concepts in Crafts Media
  • 3 ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
  • 3 ART 330 Painting Techniques
  • 3 ART 338 Encaustic Painting Techniques
    OR
    3 ART 430 Watercolor Techniques
  • 3 ART 340 Sculpture Techniques
  • 3 ART 350 Ceramics Techniques
  • 3 ART 365 Art and Technology
  • 3 ART 480 Printmaking Techniques
  • 3 ART 457 4D Art Techniques
  • 3 ARTH 465 Recent Developments in Visual Arts

BFA Major Electives - 15 semester hours

Choose 5 courses from below

  • 3 ART 338 Encaustic (Wax) Painting 
  • 3 ART 340 Watercolor 
  • 3 ART 231 Painting 1 
  • 3 ART 143 Traditional Lakota Arts 
  • 3 ART 292/492 Special Topics 
  • 3 ARTH 415 Gallery Management 
  • 3 ART 291/491 Independent Study 
  • 3 ART 494 Internship 
  • 3 SPCM 455 Visual Culture 
  • 3 ARTD 335 Digital Illustration 
  • 3 ART/MCOM 261 Intermediate Desktop Publishing 
  • 3 ART/MCOM 315 Computer Production and Imaging 
  • 3 ART/MCOM 312 Intermediate Photography 
  • 3 ART/MCOM 350 Digital Photography 
  • 3 ART/MCOM 165 History of Photography

Supportive Electives

Take 1 course from each group below. Courses must be different than those used to satisfy Gen Ed & Major requirements

3 Social Science: AIS/LAKL, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, SPCM
3 Humanities: ENGL, FREN, GER, HUM, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, THEA

General Education Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab
A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Art Minor

 Required Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D
  • 3 ART 122 Design II
  • 3 ART 123 Three Dimensional Design
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
    OR
    3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II
6 Take two courses from the following:
  • 3 ART 172 Design Concepts in Crafts Media
  • 3 ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
  • 3 ART 231 Painting I
  • 3 ART 292 Topics (or 492)
  • 3 ART 330 Painting Techniques
  • 3 ART 340 Sculpture Techniques
  • 3 ART 350 Ceramics Techniques
  • 3 ART 375 Art and Technology
  • 3 ART 430 Watercolor
  • 3 ART 480 Printmaking Techniques
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography

Art Ed Major

Required Core - 59 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I (gen ed)
  • 3 ART 112 Drawing II
  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D (gen ed)
  • 3 ART 122 Design II Color
  • 3 ART 123 Three-Dimensional Design
  • 3 ART 172 Design Concepts in Crafts Media 
  • 3 ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
  • 3 ART 350 Ceramics Techniques
  • 3 ART 365 Art & Technology
  • 3 ART 480 Printmaking Techniques 
  • 6 ART or ARTH 300/400 Level elective credits / Units: 2
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts (gen ed)
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
  • 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II
  • 3 ARTH 456 Recent Developments in Visual Arts
  • 3 ARTE 414 K-12 Art Methods
  • 3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography 
  • 3 ART 338 Encaustic Painting
    OR
    3 ART 430 Watercolor
  • 3 ART 231 Painting 1
    OR
    3 ART 330 Painting Techniques

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities

Professional K-12 Teaching Core - 22 semester hours

  • 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • 3 SEED 408 Planning, Managing & Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • 3 SEED 450 Reading and Content Literacy
  • 1 SEED 495 Practicum
  • 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • 9 ED 444 K-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6 Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6 Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours. Students are encouraged to pursue a minor, but to be certified to teach, a content praxis exam must be passed in both the major & minor areas of study.

Art Ed Minor

 Required Core - 24 semester hours

  • 3 ART 111 Drawing I
  • 3 ART 121 Design I 2D
  • 3 ART 365 Art and Technology
  • 3 ART 430 Watercolor
    OR
    3 ART 330 Painting Techniques
  • 3 ART 123 Three Dimensional Design
    OR
    3 ART 340 Sculpture Techniques
  • 3 ARTE 414 K-12 Art Methods
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • 3 ESPY 428 Child & Adolescent Development

Art Management Minor

 Required Core - 18 hours

  • 3 ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
  • 3 ARTH 121 Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • 3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I
    OR
    3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II
  • 3 ARTH 415 Gallery Management
  • 3 BADM 336 Entrepreneurship I
  • 3 BADM 334 Small Business Management
    OR
    3 BADM 370 Marketing

What is a BFA or Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree? This degree is the ‘industry standard’ for degree-seeking studio artists. Undergraduates with BFAs are admitted into graduate schools with greater frequency as the BFA requires a greater concentration of art courses than other undergraduate art degrees.

What is so unique about Black Hills State University’s BFA in Studio Arts? The greatest aspect of the BFA at BHSU is the fact that we have a comprehensive studio art degree. At many other universities, you have to declare an art concentration early in your course of study, such as in painting, drawing, ceramics, etc. However, many young artists want to explore a variety of fine arts courses as a way to discover their talents in a variety of techniques. The BFA in Studio Art at BHSU allows students takes an ‘arts generalist’ approach. Students are required to take 60 credits in general studio arts courses in a variety of mediums. Then, students are required to take an additional 15 elective fine arts credits- whether in a selected discipline or across other art spectrums.

The ‘arts generalist’ approach establishes a stronger foundation of fundamental art skills while enabling the student to explore many artistic approaches. The student with an arts generalist approach will have a greater sense of which fine arts discipline suits them as they mature in their studies.

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