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Department of Art & Design

Programs

The Department of Art and Design offers three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (BA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art·(BFA) with emphases in Drawing and Painting; Graphic Design; Printmaking; Photography and Ceramics
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education (BFA)

We also offer a minor in studio art and art history.

Incoming students enter the department as BA students and must complete Foundation Portfolio Review to become a BFA in Studio Art students.

 

Curriculum

The Department of Art and Design offers three degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (BFA) with emphases in Ceramics; Drawing and Painting; Graphic Design; Photography; Printmaking; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education (BFA). We also offer minors in general art and art history.

Incoming students enter the department as BA students and pass the Foundation Portfolio Review to enter the BFA in Studio Art program.

Find out more about the curriculum in the bulletin.


Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts

The BA degree is designed for the student who seeks a liberal arts education. The BA student takes a wider range of courses than a BFA student, including language and either music or theatre appreciation. It's also ideal for the student who wants a minor in another department on campus. All students begin their education in the BA in Fine Arts program.·Students can enroll in the BFA in Studio Art after successfully completing the Foundation Portfolio Review.

The BA degree does not exclude a student from MFA programs or most art professions.

The BA student must participate in the annual MUW Juried Student Exhibition during freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and the Senior Exhibition during the final semester before graduation. Should a BA student wish to transfer to the BFA program, he or she must apply to and pass the Foundation Portfolio Review and comply with the same stipulations as all BFA degree-seeking students.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 124 semester hours, 52 total hours taken in the Art and Design Department.

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NOTE: Some courses required in the major will also fulfill requirements for the University core curriculum. Students should always meet with a faculty advisor for information on course scheduling, course rotation, course selection and to plan the most efficient program of study.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art is a professional degree for students who want intensive study of the visual arts. The BFA in Studio Art focuses on studio courses in an area of emphasis.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (BFA)·focuses on studio courses in the following area of emphasis:

Ceramics
Drawing and Painting
Graphic Design
• Photography
• Printmaking

 

An emphasis is the same as a concentration or a minor. For example, a student concentrating on graphic design courses will earn a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis (or minor) in Graphic Design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in studio art is considered the professional degree.

Students can apply for the BFA in Studio Art after successfully completing the Foundation Portfolio Review.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
124 semester hours, 52 total hours taken in the Art and Design Department.

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NOTE: Some courses required in the major will also fulfill requirements for the University core curriculum. Students should always meet with a faculty advisor for information on course scheduling, course rotation, course selection and to plan the most efficient program of study.

All students must participate in the MUW Juried Student Exhibition in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and in the senior exhibition.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education

Our BFA degree in Art Education prepares students to excel as future educators.  Our students are trained extensively in studio courses, in a wide range of disciplines, as well as in education and psychology courses.  In their education component, the majors spend a number of observation hours in the classroom before embarking on their supervised student teaching.

Upon successful completion of education and state requirements, the BFA in Art Education graduate will be licensed to teach K-12. In addition to NASAD accreditation, our BFA in Art Education is also MUW's Education programs are accredited by The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meet all Process Review Standards of the Mississippi State Department of Education.

To remain in the program, art education majors must pass the Foundation Portfolio Review, earn a grade of "C" or better in their art courses as well as their professional education courses, and fulfill requirements outlined in their Teacher Education Handbook.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:·130 semester hours, 82 total hours taken in the Art and Design Department.
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NOTE: Some courses required in the major will also fulfill requirements for the University core curriculum. Students should always meet with a faculty advisor for information on course scheduling, course rotation, course selection and to plan the most efficient program of study. All students must participate in the MUW Juried Student·Exhibition in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and in the senior exhibition.

All BFA students participate in the annual MUW Juried Student Exhibition during his or her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, and the Senior Exhibition during the semester he or she graduates. See the section on Senior Exhibition for information on changes.

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Minors

Students majoring in another department may wish to enhance their education with a minor in art history or general art.· The Art History Minor consists of a series of humanities courses focusing on the history of art. The General Art Minor is a combination of hands-on studio experience with some art history.

Art History Minor

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: To graduate with a minor in Art History, you must complete 18 semester hours in the Department of Art and Design.

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Studio Art Minor

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: To graduate with a general art minor, you must complete 24 semester hours in the Art and Design Department.

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