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Majors & Minors

Program Director: Karen Swyler, M.F.A.
Division of Humanities, Education, & Arts

Programs offered:

  • BFA in Fine Art

  • BA in Art

  • BA in Art with preK-6, 7-12, or preK-12 Licensure in Education

  • Minor in Visual Art

Departmental Mission Statement
The creative arts respond to the ever-changing conditions of our environment. In a global community where language and customs differ, the service of art is imperative. Artists tell a personal story of human experience. They give awareness to our senses, and bring us views of things we can see, feel, understand and love. They also show us things to which we respond with outrage, activism and solutions. As a profession, art responds to the living environment through participation, synthesis and design. Exposure to regional opportunities such as coursework at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland expand opportunities for student expression while studying in a professional setting.

Students may combine coursework from disciplines within the program, or from the Visual and Performing Arts and another program using the Interdisciplinary Studies Major.

Art Majors
Although a portfolio is not required for admission into the first year of the program, prospective student portfolios are helpful in evaluation and advising. All students will enter the program as BA Art candidates; near the end of the second and fifth semesters of study, portfolio reviews will assess student BFA or BA options. Students need faculty endorsement via portfolio review in order to pursue a BFA degree. To be awarded the BFA, students must achieve a minimum of 2.75 in the major. Art Majors and students who seek a BA in Art with preK-6, 7-12 or preK-12 Licensure in Education, will complete the required Art Core Courses, in addition to coursework in their area of concentration.

Learning Outcomes for Art Majors
The successful student will:

  • Understand the use of media and materials of studio art

  • Learn the evolution of art in a variety of social and historical contexts

  • Incorporate environmental knowledge to interpret the world through expressive media

  • Advance studio practice in a chosen area of concentration



Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art
This professional degree program focuses on intensive studio work in the arts, supported by general studies. Approximately 55% of the course work is the creation and study of visual art. Each student in the BFA program is required to complete an internship, which may be taken during the academic year or pursued as summer study at an additional cost. 6 internship credits are required; 9-credit internships will meet the 6-credit requirement plus one 3-credit elective slot. In order to pursue the BFA students must have faculty endorsement after the fifth semester portfolio review and maintain a 2.75 g.p.a. in the major.

All BFA candidates will present a senior exhibition of their work.

Degree Goals for the BFA in Fine Art
The successful student will:


  • Satisfy the common goals for all Art Majors

  • Complete Internship Study in the area of specialty within the Fine Arts

  • Prepare a presentation portfolio suitable in application for Graduate Study or Gallery Submission

  • Complete Advanced Studio Practice in a chosen area of concentration

Requirements for BFA in Fine Art
Art Core:

(These courses require a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, and 2.0 overall)

Choose one from the following courses:


Choose one from the following three courses


2-D Elective (choose one from the following courses)


3-D Elective (choose one from the following courses)


General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 22 - 26

ELA Requirements
Credits: 36 - 37

Total credits for a BFA in Art: 120

Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses)

Elective Courses in Art (note credits required by individual major below)

Two-Dimensional Course Elective Options


Three-Dimensional Course Elective Options



Bachelors of Arts in Art
Students who are interested in art-focused careers (rather than careers as practicing artists) may choose this degree option. Approximately 47% of the total course credit toward the degree will be in the creation and study of visual art in the context of a broad program of general studies. A 15-hour concentration provides the flexibility of choice needed to complete a double-major desirable in a career choice such as Art Therapy.

Following portfolio review in the fifth semester, students in this major will choose to complete either the six-credit internship or the 4-credit senior exhibition. The option is selected in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Learning Outcomes for the BA in Art
The successful student will:

  • Satisfy the common goals for all Art Majors

  • Complete Internship Study or create a presentation portfolio suitable to Professional Practice

  • Complete Studio Practice in a chosen area of concentration

Requirements for a BA in Art
Art Core:


Choose one from the following courses:
Choose one from the following three courses:
Choose one of the following courses: (These courses require a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the major, and 2.0 overall.)
*If a student takes both the 6-credit ART 4013 internship and 4-credit ART 4015 Senior Exhibition/Presentation & Portfolio, ART 4015 applies as a studio art or general elective.


Art Concentration Electives
General Electives
ELA Requirements
Credits: 36 - 37

Total credits for a BA in Art: 120
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000 - 4000 level courses)



The Bachelor of Arts in Art with preK-6, 7-12 or preK-12 Teacher Licensure
This degree allows students to become licensed to teach Art in grades preK-6, 7-12, or preK-12. Students complete a modified B.A. in Art, and a sequence of study and field experiences in Education. During senior year students complete fifteen weeks of full-time student teaching split into two 7-8 week experiences, one in an elementary classroom and one in a secondary classroom. All student teaching must be done in the immediate area of the College.

Learning Outcomes for the B.A. in Art with preK-6, 7-12, or preK-12 Teacher Licensure
The successful student will:

  • Satisfy the common goals for all Art Majors

  • Complete studio practice in all visual arts areas, in preparation to conduct classroom instruction

  • Complete all Major Requirements within the Education curriculum

Art Core


Choose one from the following courses:
Choose one from the following three courses:
Education Core for preK-6 Education Licensure:

(Note: EDU 4082 requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Education, 3.0 in Art, and 2.7 overall.)
(Note: EDU 4085 requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Education, 3.0 in Art, and overall.)


General Electives
Total electives vary depending upon total of other credits
Credits: 12

ELA Requirements
Credits: 36

Total credits for a B.A. in Art with preK-6 Teacher Licensure: 120

Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses)



Education Core for 7-12 Education Licensure:

(Note: EDU 4082 requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Education, 3.0 in Art, and 3.0 overall.)


General Electives
Total electives vary depending upon total of other credits
Credits: 13

ELA Requirements
Credits: 36

Total credits for a B.A. in Art with 7-12 Teacher Licensure: 120

Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses)



Education Core for preK-12 Education Licensure:

(Note: EDU 4082 requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Education, 3.0 in Art, and 2.7 overall.)
(Note: EDU 4085 requires a minimum GPA 0f 3.0 in Education, in Art, and overall.)


General Electives
Total electives vary depending upon total of other credits
Credits: 6

ELA Requirements
Credits: 36

Total credits for a B.A. in Art with preK-12 Teacher Licensure: 120

Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses)





Visual Arts Minor
The Visual Arts Minor may be completed by students in non-art majors, and follows a course of study in a well-rounded elective concentration in visual art.

Requirements


Total credits for a Minor in Visual Arts: 18


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