Studio Art, B.F.A.

Mission

The Department of Art is a vibrant community of artists and scholars who integrate faith and creative practice. Through an innovative and rigorous curriculum, we cultivate a student’s ability to create and critically evaluate complex works of art in a mentoring environment. We foster curiosity through established and experimental mediums, methods, and theoretical perspectives.

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: animation (pending NASAD approval), design, illustration (pending NASAD approval), 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 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 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 Animation Concentration (pending NASAD approval) focuses on equipping students with central skills in the discipline of animation to prepare them for professional outcomes in the entertainment industry.

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 Illustration Concentration (pending NASAD approval) develops students' proficiencies in commercial applications of drawing, painting, and digital forms, as a means to prepare them for professional outcomes in various industries.

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.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Core Curriculum 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 Core Curriculum requirements in fine arts and foreign language. The Core Curriculum requirement is reduced in history (only 3 of 6 credits are required — HIST 200 or HIST 201).
The following Core Curriculum courses have been designed for all 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")
Program Courses
ARTS 107Drawing 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 220Professional Practices3
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 History
History and Criticism of Photography 2
Art Theory and Criticism
Concentration Courses
Select a Concentration detailed below30
Total Credits72

Concentrations

Animation (pending NASAD approval)

Concentration Courses
Students must take the following:
ARTS 108Figure Studies I3
ARTS 213Painting I3
ARTS 215Idea and Image3
ARTS 307Drawing II3
or ARTS 308 Painting II
or ARTS 319 Figure Studies II
ARTS 330Advanced Digital Workshop3
ARTS 335Storyboarding and Concept Design3
ARTS 341Animation I3
ARTS 438Animation II3
ARTS 464Advanced Studio Practicum3
Select one from the following:3
Integrated Design I
New Media Art I
Drawing III
Seminar in Art
Painting III
Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
Game Engines
Total Credits30

Design

Concentration Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Printmaking
Installation and Time-Based Art I
New Media Art I
Students must take the following:
ARTS 217Typography I3
ARTS 314Integrated Design I3
ARTS 333Graphic Design Forms I3
ARTS 337Typography II3
ARTS 423Integrated Design II3
Select three upper-division art electives.9
Total Credits30

Illustration (pending NASAD approval)

Concentration Courses
Students must take the following:
ARTS 108Figure Studies I3
ARTS 213Painting I3
ARTS 335Storyboarding and Concept Design3
or ARTS 330 Advanced Digital Workshop
ARTS 215Idea and Image3
or ARTS 314 Integrated Design I
ARTS 324Illustration I3
ARTS 328Printed Matter3
ARTS 341Animation I3
or ARTS 348 New Media Art I
ARTS 437Illustration II3
ARTS 449Authorship3
Select one from the following:3
Drawing II
Painting II
Figure Studies II
Total Credits30

Painting

Concentration Courses
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 Time-Based Art I
Animation I
New Media Art I
Students must take the following:
ARTS 108Figure Studies I3
ARTS 213Painting I3
ARTS 307Drawing II3
ARTS 308Painting II3
ARTS 319Figure Studies II3
ARTS 408Drawing III3
or ARTS 413 Painting III
Select two upper-division ARTS electives6
Total Credits30

Photography

Concentration Courses
Select one of the following:3
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Printmaking
Installation and Time-Based Art I
Animation I
New Media 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 Integrated Photography3
Select four upper-division ARTS electives.12
Total Credits30

Sculpture

Concentration Courses
Select one of the following:3
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Integrated Design I
Printmaking
Installation and Time-Based Art I
Animation I
New Media 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 Time-Based Art I
Select four upper-division ARTS electives.12
Total Credits30

Interdisciplinary

Concentration Courses
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 areas and two upper-division ARTS electives for a total of 30 credits. 1
Select two areas from the following:24
Design
Typography I
Integrated Design I
Integrated Design II
Typography II
Integrated Design III
Painting
Painting I
Figure Studies II
Select one of the following:
Drawing II
and Drawing III
Painting II
and Painting III
Photography
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Photography II-Studies in Color
Photography III-Advanced Black and White Photography
Contemporary Photographic Practices
Advanced Integrated Photography
Sculpture
Select one of the following:
Sculpture I
and Sculpture II
Ceramics I
and Ceramics II
Select two of the following:
Installation and Time-Based Art I
New Media Art I
Sculpture III
Advanced Studio Practicum
Elective Courses
Select two upper-division electives from any area 16
Total Credits30

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.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Studio Art, B.F.A. Animation (ARAN)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103Science (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 100 or 1123MATH 1211
GNST 1021Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
 KNES 1071
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1083ARTS 1263
ARTS 1123ARTS 2133
ARTS 1163ARTS 2153
ARTS 2203ARTS 307, 308, or 3193
KNES Activitity (see Core Curriculum)1PHIL 216 (required)3
 16 18
Total Credits 34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3153ARTS 4333
ARTS 3303ARTS 4383
ARTS 3353ARTS 4643
ARTS 3413Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3MATH 1221
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 18 16
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS Elective (upper-division)3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 4403ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Studio Art, B.F.A. Design (ARDS)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103Science (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 100 or 1123MATH 1211
GNST 1021Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
 KNES 1071
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1123ARTS 1263
ARTS 1163ARTS 3143
ARTS 2173ARTS 3373
ARTS 2203ARTS 210, 211, 213, 221, 314, 326, 327, or 348 (ARTS Elective)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1PHIL 216 (required)3
 16 18
Total Credits 34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3153ARTS 4333
ARTS 3213ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
ARTS 4233ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
ARTS 210, 211, 213, 221, 314, 326, 327, or 348 (ARTS Elective)3Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3MATH 1221
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 18 16
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 3333BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 4403ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Studio Art, B.F.A. Illustration (ARIL)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103Science (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 100 or 1123MATH 1211
GNST 1021Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
 KNES 1071
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1083ARTS 1263
ARTS 1123ARTS 2133
ARTS 1163ARTS 335 or 3303
ARTS 2203ARTS 215 or 3143
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1PHIL 216 (required)3
 16 18
Total Credits 34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3153ARTS 3283
ARTS 3243ARTS 4333
ARTS 341 or 3483ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
ARTS 4373Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3MATH 1221
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 18 16
Total Credits 34
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 4403BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 4493ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Studio Art, B.F.A. Interdisciplinary (ARIN)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
ENGL 1003Science (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021MATH 1211
 KNES 1071
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1123ARTS 1263
ARTS 1163ARTS Area Elective3
ARTS 2203ARTS Area Elective3
ARTS Area Elective3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 PHIL 216 (required)3
 15 18
Total Credits 33
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3153Art History Elective (see catalog)3
ARTS Area Elective3ARTS 4333
ARTS Area Elective3ARTS Area Elective3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ARTS Area Elective3
MATH 1221ARTS Area Elective3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Copetency Requirement 
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 4403BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS Elective (upper-division)3ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Studio Art, B.F.A. Painting (ARPT)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103ARTS 2133
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1123ARTS 1083
ARTS 1163ARTS 1263
ARTS 2203ARTS 3073
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211MATH 1221
 KNES Activity1
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3083ARTS 311, 321, 410, 426, or 441 (Art History Elective)1-6
ARTS 3153ARTS 4083
ARTS 210, 211, 221, 314, 326, 327, 341, or 348 (ARTS Elective)3ARTS 4333
ARTS 210, 211, 221, 314, 326, 327, 341, or 348 (ARTS Elective)3ARTS 3193
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3PHIL 216 (required)3
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 18 16-21
Total Credits 34-39
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS Elective (upper-division)3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 4403ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Studio Art, B.F.A. Photography (ARPH)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103ARTS 2213
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1123ARTS 1263
ARTS 1163ARTS 3163
ARTS 2203ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211PHIL 216 (required)3
 16 18
Total Credits 34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3153ARTS 3443
ARTS 3343ARTS 4263
ARTS Elective (upper-division)3ARTS 4333
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1221ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 4323BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 4403ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Studio Art, B.F.A. Sculpture (ARSC)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ARTS 1073BBST 209 or 2103
ARTS 1093ARTS 1113
ARTS 1103ARTS 2103
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 2513
ARTS 1123ARTS 1263
ARTS 1163ARTS 2113
ARTS 2203ARTS 213, 221, 314, 326, 327, 341, or 348 (ARTS Elective)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211PHIL 216 (required)3
 16 18
Total Credits 34
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
ARTS 3053ARTS 304 or 3273
ARTS 3153ARTS 4333
ARTS Elective (upper-division)3Art History Elective (see catalog)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1221ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 17 18
Total Credits 35
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 465 (Contemporary Art & Theology - required)3
ARTS 4153BBST 306, 316, or 3263
ARTS 4403ARTS 4503
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253ARTS 4753
ENGL 3133ARTS Elective (upper-division)3
MATH 1231 
 16 15
Total Credits 31