2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 15, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

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Studio Art (B.F.A.) - Ceramics Specialization



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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mark A. Stemwedel, Studio Art Program Coordinator
School of Design
Grove Hall 101, Box 2802
605-688-4103

Program Information

A degree in Studio Art prepares majors for careers as fine artists, graduate study in fine arts, and entry-level positions in art and graphic design. The degree focuses on the breadth of general studies combined with visual arts studies where majors receive certificates in one or more of the following areas: Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture. A 30-hour visual arts core supports the degree and creates a foundation of success in art related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

The study of studio art is both a body of knowledge and a series of activities. Upon completion of the Studio Art major, as defined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), students demonstrate through advanced writing and senior exhibition the following outcomes:

  • Understanding of basic design principles, particularly as related to ceramics. Advanced work in three-dimensional design. The development of solutions to design problems should continue throughout the degree program.
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of basic tools, techniques, and processes sufficient to produce work from concept to finished object. This includes knowledge of raw materials and technical procedures such as clays, glazes, and firing.
  • Understanding of the place of ceramics within the history of art, design, and culture.
  • Preparation of clay bodies and glazes, kiln stacking procedures, and firing processes. Special firing methods such as salt glaze and raku are recommended.
  • The preparation of ceramics using relevant techniques and technologies with opportunity to work at an advanced level.

Academic Requirements

Studio Art students must maintain at least a major GPA of 2.6 and an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program.  A grade of a “C” or better is required in all ART, ARTE, ARTH, GDES, DSGN, LA, ARCH, and ID courses. 

Course Delivery Format

Course content is delivered through hands-on studio work combined with lectures, demonstrations and critiques.

Requirements for Studio Art Major - Ceramics Specialization: 120 Credits


Bachelor of Fine Arts

System General Education Requirements


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements


Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements: 3

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences  for additional information about Bachelor of Fine Arts specifications.

School of Design Requirements


Electives


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120


Notes


AH Art History B.F.A. Coursework
S   Supportive B.F.A. Studies

Summary of Program Requirements


Bachelor of Fine Arts

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements 3 Credit Hours
School of Design Requirements* 12 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 60 Credit Hours
Supporting Coursework 12 Credit Hours
Electives** 3 Credit Hours

*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet


The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.

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