Studio Art, B.F.A.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art (B.F.A.) is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and the studio art major in one of the following concentrations: design, painting, photography, sculpture and interdisciplinary. The professional degree program requires students to complete 72 credits in art, preparing them for graduate studies and professional art practices.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, students will be able to:

  1. Conceive, design and create works of art in one or more specific fine arts fields that are technically and conceptually sophisticated (ULO 1).
  2. Recognize, analyze, compare and evaluate historical and contemporary art movements and aesthetic philosophies, including both Western and Global material (ULO 1).
  3. Recognize and identify a variety of professional practices, career/ employment and graduate education opportunities and apply that knowledge by developing a personalized career plan (ULO 3).
  4. Articulate a clear rationale for the production and evaluation of contemporary visual art that reflects an orthodox Christian value system (ULO 2).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admissions and Program Requirements

The Department of Art has an open admissions policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students from other institutions may declare an art major when they apply for admission to Biola University. Because of the rigorous schedule and amount of work required in the B.F.A. degree program, transfer students and Torrey Honors Institute students may need an additional semester to complete all of their requirements.

The Department of Art offers three degree programs. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art is a professional degree program focusing on intensive studio practice and requiring an area of concentration; the B.F.A. is the preferred degree for students who anticipate having an art-related career, or who are planning to attend graduate school. The Bachelor of Science Degrees in Studio Art and in Design contain a broader range of liberal arts general education courses, and allow students the option of choosing a wide range of general electives. The two B.S. degrees also allow greater flexibility for students completing a double major or a minor in another academic discipline.

Every year, all art majors participate in formal reviews to evaluate their progress in the department. Student portfolios are appraised using a variety of criteria, such as technical achievement, creative problem solving, and aesthetic/artistic development. Reviews are conducted at the end of the freshman, sophomore and junior years. Graduating seniors in the B.F.A. program are evaluated the semester before their thesis exhibitions.

All art majors are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA in the program. Any grade below a "C-" (1.67) must be repeated.

In art and design studio classes, contact hours define the meaning of a credit hour. In these courses, one semester hour of credit equals two hours of class instruction with at least one additional hour of unsupervised laboratory work each week. Studio courses receiving three credits typically meet six hours a week for class instruction with the expectation that students complete an additional three hours of assigned laboratory work. Students taking ARTS 462  or ARTS 464, and independent studies, must complete a minimum of three hours of research/laboratory work each week during the semester for one hour of credit.

All B.F.A. majors must declare an area of concentration before registering for the sophomore year. Students declaring the Interdisciplinary Concentration must choose two specific areas of concentration (design, painting, photography, or sculpture).

It is recommended that all Studio Art majors own a Macintosh laptop. Contact the Department of Art office for recommended specifications.

Concentrations

The BFA major is designed to give art students flexibility in constructing their program which will include one of five areas of concentration.

The Design Concentration integrates a fine arts perspective into a curriculum that promotes conceptual thinking and transdisciplinary investigation while developing technical proficiencies to engage a contemporary practice.

The Painting Concentration focuses on a wide range of painting practices including observational representation, figuration, and abstraction while engaging students in current discourses within the discipline.

The Photography Concentration focuses on integrating the skills of black and white darkroom techniques with contemporary digital color practices to produce conceptually-driven, photo-based art.

The Sculpture Concentration equips students to think creatively while developing proficiency in a variety of three-dimensional fabrication techniques—including additive and subtractive processes, modeling, carving, mold-making and casting.

The Interdisciplinary Concentration allows students to develop their interests in two of the above concentrations by combining key courses from each into a focused interdisciplinary concentration.

Placement Exam

Students may take a placement exam to waive the requirement of ARTS 109. The exam may only be taken during the first year at Biola. Also, if the student has taken the course (or a portion of it), the student is not eligible to take the exam.

The exam will consist of a written portion, as well as demonstration of basic skills. Successful completion of both elements will result in a waiver of the ARTS 109 core requirement. The student must select another 3-credit ARTS course to replace the waived course. Please see department for details.

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements
General education requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art must conform to the University standards for this degree. B.F.A. majors are exempt from the general education requirements in fine arts and foreign language. The general education requirement is reduced in history (only 3 of 6 credits are required–HIST 108 or HIST 109), and students need to take only 6 credits in mathematics and/or science.
The following general education courses have been designed for all studio art majors and are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree:
Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics
Integration Seminar (should be taken as "Contemporary Art and Theology")
Core Requirements
ARTS 107Drawing I3
ARTS 108Figure Studies I3
ARTS 109Digital Tools3
ARTS 1102-D Design3
ARTS 1113-D Design3
ARTS 1124-D Design3
ARTS 116History of Western Art I: Prehistoric Through Renaissance3
ARTS 126History of Western Art II: Baroque through Modernism3
ARTS 315Contemporary Art Trends3
ARTS 433Global Art Paradigms3
ARTS 440Senior Seminar3
ARTS 450Internship3
ARTS 475Culmination3
Select one of the following upper-division Art History electives:3
Modernity: Realism to Surrealism
Historical Development of Design 1
Seminar in Art 2
History and Criticism of Photography 3
Critical Thought
Total Credits42
1

 Required of all Design concentration students.

2

 Only seminars with art historical content may count towards the art history elective.

3

 Required of all Photography concentration students.

Concentrations

Design

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select two courses from the following:6
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Printmaking
Installation and Performance Art I
Video Art I
Students must take the following:
ARTS 314Integrated Design I3
ARTS 317Typography I3
ARTS 333Graphic Design Forms I3
ARTS 337Typography II3
ARTS 423Integrated Design II3
Elective Requirements
Select three upper-division art electives.9
Total Credits30

Painting

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select two courses from the following:6
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Integrated Design I
Printmaking
Installation and Performance Art I
Animation I
Video Art I
Students must take the following:
ARTS 213Painting I3
ARTS 308Painting II3
Students must also complete:
ARTS 307Drawing II3
or ARTS 319 Figure Studies II
ARTS 408Drawing III3
or ARTS 413 Painting III
Elective Requirements
Select four upper-division ARTS electives.12
Total Credits30

Photography

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Printmaking
Installation and Performance Art I
Animation I
Video Art I
Students must take:
ARTS 221Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes3
ARTS 316Photography II-Studies in Color3
ARTS 334Photography III-Advanced Black and White Photography3
ARTS 344Contemporary Photographic Practices3
ARTS 432Advanced Integrative Photography3
Elective Requirements
Select four upper-division ARTS electives.12
Total Credits30

Sculpture

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select one of the following:3
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Integrated Design I
Printmaking
Installation and Performance Art I
Animation I
Video Art I
Students must take the following:
ARTS 210Sculpture I3
ARTS 211Ceramics I3
ARTS 305Sculpture II3
ARTS 415Sculpture III3
ARTS 304Ceramics II3
or ARTS 327 Installation and Performance Art I
Elective Requirements
Select four upper-division ARTS electives.12
Total Credits30

Interdisciplinary

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Students declaring the Interdisciplinary Concentration choose two specific areas of study from the list below.
Students must complete four courses in each of the two concentration areas and two upper-division ARTS electives for a total of 30 credits.
Design
ARTS 314Integrated Design I3
ARTS 317Typography I3
ARTS 423Integrated Design II3
ARTS 337Typography II3
or ARTS 429 Integrated Design III
Painting
ARTS 213Painting I3
ARTS 319Figure Studies II3
Select one of the following:6
Drawing II
and Drawing III
Painting II
and Painting III
Photography
ARTS 221Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes3
ARTS 316Photography II-Studies in Color3
ARTS 334Photography III-Advanced Black and White Photography3
ARTS 344Contemporary Photographic Practices3
Sculpture
Select one of the following:6
Sculpture I
and Sculpture II
Ceramics I
and Ceramics II
Select two of the following:6
Installation and Performance Art I
Video Art I
Sculpture III
Advanced Studio Practicum
Elective Requirements
Select two upper-division electives from any area 16
1

 Including ARTS 462 and ARTS 464.