Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)- Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)- Art


The BFA in studio art is a professional degree that allows you to focus on artistic development and is structured to help you develop a strong portfolio that can lead to either professional work or graduate school. With this degree, you must choose to emphasize in one of the studio disciplines listed below; or you may create an interdisciplinary emphasis with the assistance of your academic adviser. The BFA does not require additional foreign language beyond the 2 years required for admission to UNL.

Ceramics
You will be introduced to a range of possibilities in terms of forming and firing technologies.

Painting/Drawing
The painting and drawing program is engaged in providing the technical and conceptual framework for artists interested in examining content through two-dimensional processes.

Photography
The Photography area offers a range of studio courses in darkroom and digital photography that focus on technical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the medium as well as photography theory, history, criticism and contemporary practice.

Printmaking
The printmaking program seeks to present the creative potential inherent in all the various print media, including intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and relief, as well as non-toxic techniques, new technologies, book arts and alternative presentations, and to help expand definitions of the print.

Sculpture
Through a diversity of materials, philosophies and solutions, you will be encouraged to mine the boundaries of your potential, challenge the notions of contemporary art and be a creative force in the evolution of our culture.
 

Careers

  • studio artist
  • arts administrator
  • art instructor
  • gallery manager
  • illustrator
  • museum worker
  • restoration specialist
  • web designer

Application to this program

Select "Art" as your major on the undergraduate application if you want to primarily study any of the following:

Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or a combination of two or more of the studio areas above.

Visit the Office of Admissions website for additional details.

Bachelor of Arts 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
ARTP 150 Studio Foundation 3 cr
ARTP 151 Color and Composition 3 cr
ARTP 152 Three Dimensional Design 3 cr
DRAW 201 Drawing 3 cr
AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
DRAW 202 Life Drawing 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Studio Elective 3 cr
ACE 3 3 cr
Language Prerequisite - 101 Level (Elective) 5 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS Elective 3 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
Language Prerequisite - 102 Level (Elective) 5 cr
Total Credits 14

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS Elective 3 cr
ACE 4 3 cr
Language Requirement - 201 Level 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 4 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS Elective 3XX or 4XX 3 cr
ACE 6 3 cr
Language Requirement - 202 Level 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 4 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Studio Elective 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
ACE 9 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
ARTP 400 Capstone Art Experience 3 cr
Studio Thesis 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 3 cr
Elective/Minor/Pre-Professional 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Notes

At least 30 hours of courses numbered 300 or above are required. It may be necessary to select upper-level elective courses to satisfy this requirement.

Bachelor of Fine Arts 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
ARTP 150 Studio Foundation 3 cr
ARTP 151 Color and Composition 3 cr
ARTP 152 Three Dimensional Design 3 cr
DRAW 201 Drawing 3 cr
AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
DRAW 202 Life Drawing 3 cr
Required Distribution in Area of Emphasis 3 cr
Required Distribution 3 cr
AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Required Distribution 3 cr
Studio Emphasis 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
ACE 3 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Required Distribution 3 cr
Studio Emphasis 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS Elective 3 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Required Distribution 3 cr
Studio Emphasis 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS Elective 3 cr
ACE 4 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Studio Emphasis 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
AHIS Elective 3XX or 4XX 3 cr
ACE 6 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
Studio Emphasis 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
Studio Elective 3 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
ARTP 400 Capstone Art Experience 3 cr
Studio Thesis 3 cr
ACE 9 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Notes

At least 30 hours of courses numbered 300 or above are required. It may be necessary to select upper-level elective courses to satisfy this requirement.

PLEASE NOTE

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.