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Art Studio: Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA_BFAS] (Major)

The B.F.A. is an intensive degree program in studio art, intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or to prepare for specialized graduate study, in particular the master of fine arts. The degree requires 73 credit hours in the major, including foundation, skills core, studio specialization and five art history courses. Specializations include ceramics, fibers, new media design, painting, print media and sculpture.

The culminating experience is the two-semester senior thesis project. A cohesive body of work is developed from concept to exhibition, accompanied by written abstract and oral presentation. One semester of foreign language or equivalent is required. Admission to the B.F.A. program is by portfolio review. For more information about this program, contact the Art and Art History Department.

Career Potential

Artists, designers and educators in ceramics, fiber arts, painting, print media, sculpture, new media design and graphic design.

Total credit hours in the major: 73

A. Core in Art Studio: 18 credit hours
Drawing Foundation
  • ATS 101 - Drawing I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 201 - Drawing II (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 301 - Drawing III (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 401 - Drawing IV (3 cr. hr.)
Design Foundation
  • ATS 102 - Design I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 202 - Design II (3 cr. hr.)
B. Exposure and Skills Core in Art Studio: 15 credit hours
  • ATS 103 - Painting I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 104 - Ceramics I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATS 106 - Sculpture I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
Select One
  • ATS 108 - Fibers I - Surface Design (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8) or
  • ATS 208 - Fibers II - Weaving (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
Select Either
  • ATS 107 - Printmaking I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8) or
  • ATS 114 - Photography I (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8) or
  • ATS 209 - Lithography I (3 cr. hr.)
C. B.F.A. Field Course: One credit hour
  • ATT 115 - Field Study at Raquette Lake (1 cr. hr.)
D. Studio Art Media Specialization Courses: 15 credit hours

Media Specialization: 9 credit hours

Select nine credit hours from one of the following specialization areas: Painting: ATS 203, 303 and 403; Ceramics: ATS 204, 304 and 404; Fibers: ATS 208, 308 and 408; Sculpture: ATS 206, 306 and 406; New Media: ATS 240, 241, 330, 340, 342, 343 and 440; Print Media: ATS 207, 209, 307, 309, 316 and 407.

Thesis: 6 credit hours

  • ATS 498 - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Thesis I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 499 - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Thesis II (3 cr. hr.)
E. Art Studio Electives: Nine credit hours

Nine additional ATS credit hours at the 200 level or above.

F. Art History Foundation and Advanced Courses: 15 credit hours
Art History Foundation: 6 credit hours
  • ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
  • ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.) (GE 8)
Art History Advanced Courses: 9 credit hours

Nine additional ATH hours including one ATH course at the 300-level or above. Three of the nine credits must be ATH writing intensive (WRIT).

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.F.A. in Art Studio [BFAS] over four years

First Year

Fall Total credit hours: 16-17

GE course
ATH 121 - Art in the Ancient World (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 101 - Drawing I (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 102 - Design I (3 cr. hr.)
COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15-16

ATS skills core
ATH 122 - Art in the Modern World (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 201 - Drawing II (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 202 - Design II (3 cr. hr.)
CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)

Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16

GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)
ATS skills core (3 cr. hr.)
ATS skills core (3 cr. hr.)
ATT 115 - Field Study at Raquette Lake (1 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15

GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
ATS skills core (3 cr. hr.)
ATS specialization (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 301 - Drawing III (3 cr. hr.)

Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15

GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
ATS skills core (3 cr. hr.)
ATS specialization (3 cr. hr.)
ATH upper division WI (3 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 16

GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (3 cr. hr.)
GE course (4 cr. hr.)
ATS specialization (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 401 - Drawing IV (3 cr. hr.)

Fourth Year

Fall Total credit hours: 15

ATS elective (3 cr. hr.)
ATS elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
ATH upper division (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 498 - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Thesis I (3 cr. hr.)

Spring Total credit hours: 15

ATH upper division (3 cr. hr.)
ATS elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
Elective (3 cr. hr.)
ATS 499 - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Thesis II (3 cr. hr.)