The Bachelor of Science Degree in Design contains a broad range of liberal arts general education courses, and allows students the option of choosing a wide range of general electives while providing them with a strong foundation in general design. It requires the completion of 48 credits in core and elective courses, and gives students the flexibility to complete a double major or a minor in another academic discipline.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Design, students will be able to:
- Conceive, design and create works of art in one or more specific fine arts fields that are technically and conceptually sophisticated (ULO 1).
- Recognize, analyze, compare and evaluate historical and contemporary art movements and aesthetic philosophies, including both Western and Global material (ULO 1).
- 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).
- 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.
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 courses, 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 3 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.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses|
|Core Curriculum requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Design must conform to the University standards for B.S. degrees. All B.S. in Design majors are exempt from the Core Curriculum requirement in fine arts. All B.S. in Design majors are required to take the following courses:|
|Introduction to Philosophy and Aesthetics|
|Integration Seminar 1|
|ARTS 107||Drawing I||3|
|ARTS 109||Digital Tools||3|
|ARTS 110||2-D Design||3|
|ARTS 111||3-D Design||3|
|ARTS 112||4-D Design||3|
|ARTS 116||History of Western Art I: Prehistoric Through Renaissance||3|
|ARTS 126||History of Western Art II: Baroque through Modernism||3|
|ARTS 217||Typography I||3|
|ARTS 314||Integrated Design I||3|
|ARTS 315||Contemporary Art Trends||3|
|ARTS 321||Historical Development of Design||3|
|ARTS 333||Graphic Design Forms I||3|
|ARTS 337||Typography II||3|
|ARTS 423||Integrated Design II||3|
|Select one upper-division Art elective||3|
Should be taken as: "Contemporary Art and Theology"
NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.
Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.
See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.
|BBST 103 or 165||3||BBST 103 or 165||3|
|ARTS 107||3||BBST 209 or 210||3|
|ARTS 109||3||ARTS 111||3|
|ARTS 110||3||Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)||4|
|ENGL 100 or 112||3||PHIL 216 (required)||3|
|Total Credits 32|
|BBST 209 or 210||3||BBST 251||3|
|ARTS 112||3||ARTS 126||3|
|ARTS 116||3||ARTS 314||3|
|Science (see Core Curriculum)||3||ARTS 337||3|
|ARTS 217||3||Literature (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|MATH 121||1||KNES 107||1|
|Total Credits 32|
|BBST 354||3||BBST 365||3|
|ARTS 321||3||Communication (see Core Curriculum)||3|
|ARTS 423||3||HIST 200, 201, or POSC 225||3|
|Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)||3||General Elective||3|
|MATH 122||1||General Elective||3|
|KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)||1||Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office|
|Writing Competency Requirement|
|Total Credits 29|
|BBST 300/400 Bible Elective||3||BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)||3|
|ARTS 315||3||BBST 306, 316, or 326||3|
|ARTS 333||3||ARTS 450||3|
|ENGL 313||3||ARTS Elective (upper-division)||3|
|MATH 123||1||General Elective||2|
|Total Credits 27|