Studio Arts - B.F.A.

College of the Arts
School of Art
241 Center for the Visual Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2192
artinfo@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/art


Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts prepares students for professional careers in the visual arts by developing their conceptual understanding, technical competency, and independent problem-solving needed for the challenges of a creative professional practice in their chosen discipline(s) or further graduate study.

Through studio critiques, study of sophisticated art and design concepts, mastery of skills and technologies, and critical analysis of historical and contemporary issues, students learn to analyze and evaluate visual art and to apply this knowledge to their own creative practice. Graduating students demonstrate their competence by producing a cohesive body of work presented in their senior thesis exhibition to a panel of faculty reviewers.

The Studio Arts major comprises the following concentrations:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Glass
  • Jewelry, Metals and Enameling
  • Painting
  • Print Media and Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles

Students applying to the B.F.A. degree do not need to declare a concentration upon admission, but a concentration should be designated no later than completion of ART 30001.

Study Abroad/Study Away Opportunities

  • Travel opportunities to New York, Chicago, London, Paris and China
  • Study abroad through Kent State's Florence program in Florence, Italy (full semester or summer art and culture experience)

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Transfer Students: Applicants meeting the general transfer requirement for admission should schedule a meeting with the academic advisor in the School of Art and a portfolio review with a faculty member in the studio arts division for proper placement. Working with the director of the School of Art, that faculty member may impose additional requirements considered reasonable and necessary. Transfer credits are evaluated consistent with the state Transfer Articulation Guidelines (TAG), although each student will be evaluated individually in terms of his or her ability to perform in the program. Transfer students should make every effort to complete admission requirements before the deadlines and to schedule a review with a member of the studio arts division before registration.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability (skill) to work within their chosen medium/media, involving understanding associated materials and processes, as presented during the common review and in the body of work presented for the B.F.A. thesis.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of larger contemporary and historical contexts.
  3. Demonstrate a high degree of design and visual literacy in their work and present that work coherently through a digital portfolio and the organization of the B.F.A exhibition.
  4. Articulate their individual vision in both written and oral form (thesis statement and oral defense before faculty panel for B.F.A exhibition).
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ART 100222D COMPOSITION 3
ART 100233D COMPOSITION 3
ART 20024DIGITAL MEDIA 3
ART 30001COMMON REVIEW 11
ART 40008PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN VISUAL ARTS (WIC) 23
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 32066LATE MODERN ART 3
ARTS 14000DRAWING I 3
ARTS 14001DRAWING II 3
Art History Upper-Divison Elective (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level)3
Studio Arts Upper-Division Electives (ARTS 30000 or 40000 level) 312
Foundations Electives, choose from the following:12
SCULPTURE I
PAINTING I
DRAWING III
INTRODUCTION TO FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
PRINTMAKING I
TEXTILE ARTS: PATTERN
CERAMICS I
INTRODUCTION TO GLASS WORKING
INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY METALS I
Senior Thesis or Senior Project, choose from the following: 43
SENIOR PROJECT: FINE ARTS (ELR)
SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION (ELR)
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Kent Core Additional6
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)7
Concentration Requirements
Choose from the following:24
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

No upper-division Studio Arts (ARTS 30000 or 40000 level) course may be taken without first successfully completing ART 30001. At the completion of the following courses (ART 10022, ART 10023, ART 20024, ARTH 22007, ARTS 14000, ARTS 14001 and two of the four foundation electives), students register for ART 30001 and submit a portfolio of representative studio work selected from these courses to a studio arts faculty committee for review. An examination of knowledge of art history also will be included. Incoming transfer students are expected to provide examples of foundational coursework equivalent to School of Art requirements for ART 30001. The review is a formative assessment of the student's foundations work including a digital portfolio, installation of sampling of works and proficiency in written and oral critical thinking.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

3

A maximum 6 credit hours of ARTS 44092 may be applied toward Studio Arts Electives. Students may apply this course toward fulfilling general electives, with no maximum credit hours required.

4

Students are required to plan and execute independently a senior project or thesis exhibition in the area of their declared concentration. The exhibition Is presented for review to a committee of at least three School of Art faculty. In addition to the project or exhibition, a written proposal and written summation (orartist's statement) are required. Students must submit photographic documentation along with the requisite written components at the completion of the committee defense. Students should work closely with a studio art faculty advisor on all aspects of the senior project.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.500 2.000

Ceramics Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 14055SCULPTURE I 13
ARTS 25400CERAMICS I 13
ARTS 35400FUNCTIONAL APPROACHES TO CLAY 3
ARTS 35401SCULPTURAL APPROACHES IN CLAY 3
ARTS 45400ADVANCED CERAMICS 3
Studio Arts Elective (ARTS 10000, 20000 or 30000 level)3
Ceramics Electives, choose from the following:6
FUNCTIONAL APPROACHES TO CLAY
SCULPTURAL APPROACHES IN CLAY
CRAFTS: SELECTED TOPICS
ADVANCED CERAMICS
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN CRAFTS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 14055 or ARTS 25400 may choose from any Studio Arts (ARTS) 10000-, 20000- or 30000-level course to complete required hours.

Drawing Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 14060PAINTING I 13
ARTS 24001DRAWING III 13
ARTS 24040PRINTMAKING I 13
ARTS 34001DRAWING IV 3
ARTS 34002INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE DRAWING 3
ARTS 44003DRAWING V 3
Drawing Electives, choose from the following:6
DRAWING IV
INTRODUCTION TO FIGURE DRAWING
DRAWING V
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN FINE ARTS
SELECTED TOPICS IN FINE ARTS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 14060 or ARTS 24001 or ARTS 24040 are to choose from the following to complete the required hours: ARTS 34042, ARTS 24010, ARTS 24055, ARTS 24060, ARTS 25300.

Glass Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 14055SCULPTURE I 13
ARTS 25600INTRODUCTION TO GLASS WORKING 13
ARTS 35401SCULPTURAL APPROACHES IN CLAY 3
ARTS 35600GLASS BLOWING 3
ARTS 35601SCULPTURAL AND KILN-FORMED GLASS 3
ARTS 45600ADVANCED GLASS WORKING 3
Glass Electives, choose from the following:6
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN CRAFTS
CRAFTS: SELECTED TOPICS
ADVANCED GLASS WORKING
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 14055 or ARTS 25600 are to choose from the following to complete the required hours: ARTS 14060, ARTS 24001, ARTS 24055, ARTS 25600, ARTS 35306.

Jewelry, Metals and Enameling Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 25700INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY METALS I 13
ARTS 35700JEWELRY CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES 3
ARTS 35701METALSMITHING CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES 3
Studio Arts Elective (ARTS 10000, 20000 or 30000 level)3
Crafts Elective, choose from the following:3
TEXTILE ARTS: PATTERN
CERAMICS I
INTRODUCTION TO GLASS WORKING
TEXTILE ARTS: DIMENSIONAL
TEXTILE ART: PRINT PATTERN
TEXTILE ARTS: FELTMAKING
TEXTILE ARTS: TAPESTRY
TEXTILE ACCESSORIES: DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
TEXTILE ART: SURFACE COLOR AND DESIGN
TEXTILE ARTS: DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
FUNCTIONAL APPROACHES TO CLAY
SCULPTURAL APPROACHES IN CLAY
GLASS BLOWING
SCULPTURAL AND KILN-FORMED GLASS
Jewelry, Metals and Enameling Electives, choose from the following:9
ENAMELING CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES
TEXTILE TECHNIQUES IN METAL
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN CRAFTS
CRAFTS: SELECTED TOPICS
INDIVIDUAL STUDY: CRAFTS
DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
TABLEWARE
ADVANCED ENAMELING
ADVANCED STUDIO JEWELRY METALS ENAMELING
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 25700 may choose from any Studio Arts (ARTS) 10000-, 20000- or 30000-level course to complete required hours.

Painting Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 14060PAINTING I 13
ARTS 24001DRAWING III 13
ARTS 24060PAINTING II 3
ARTS 34001DRAWING IV 3
ARTS 34060PAINTING III 3
ARTS 44060PAINTING IV 3
Studio Arts Elective (ARTS 10000, 20000 or 30000 level)3
Painting Elective, choose from the following:3
DRAWING V
PAINTING IV
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN FINE ARTS
SELECTED TOPICS IN FINE ARTS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 14060 or ARTS 24001 may choose from any Studio Arts (ARTS) 10000-, 20000- or 30000-level course to complete required hours.

Print Media and Photography Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 24001DRAWING III 13
ARTS 24010INTRODUCTION TO FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY 13
ARTS 24040PRINTMAKING I 13
ARTS 44010ADVANCED FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY 3
or ARTS 44043 ADVANCED PRINTMAKING
Print Media and Photography Electives, choose from the following:12
PRINTMAKING:INTERMEDIATE INTAGLIO
SERIGRAPHY I
LITHOGRAPHY I
DIGITAL FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
PRINTMAKING: ADVANCED INTAGLIO
SERIGRAPHY II
ART OF THE BOOK
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN FINE ARTS
TYPE HIGH PRESS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 24001, ARTS 24010 or ARTS 24040 may choose from any Studio Arts (ARTS) 10000-, 20000- or 30000-level course to complete required hours.

Sculpture Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 14055SCULPTURE I 13
ARTS 24001DRAWING III 13
ARTS 24055SCULPTURE II 3
ARTS 25400CERAMICS I 13
ARTS 34055SCULPTURE III 3
ARTS 44055SCULPTURE IV 3
Sculpture Electives, choose from the following:6
SCULPTURE IV
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN FINE ARTS
SELECTED TOPICS IN FINE ARTS
INDIVIDUAL STUDY FINE ART
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 14055, ARTS 24001 or ARTS 25400 may choose from any Studio Arts (ARTS) 10000-, 20000- or 30000-level course to complete required hours.

Textiles Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ARTS 14055SCULPTURE I 13
ARTS 14060PAINTING I 13
ARTS 25300TEXTILE ARTS: PATTERN 13
Textile Electives, choose from the following:15
TEXTILE ARTS: DIMENSIONAL
TEXTILE ART: PRINT PATTERN
TEXTILE ARTS: FELTMAKING
TEXTILE ARTS: TAPESTRY
TEXTILE ACCESSORIES: DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
TEXTILE ART: SURFACE COLOR AND DESIGN
TEXTILE ARTS: DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
INDIVIDUAL STUDY FINE ART
STUDIO EXPERIENCE IN CRAFTS
TEXTILE ART: JACQUARD WEAVING
TEXTILE ARTS: ADVANCED STUDIO
TEXTILE ARTS: PICTORIAL WEAVING
Minimum Total Credit Hours:24
1

Students who have completed already ARTS 14055, ARTS 14060 or ARTS 25300 may choose from any Studio Arts (ARTS) 10000-, 20000- or 30000-level course to complete required hours.

 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ART 10022
2D COMPOSITION
or 3D COMPOSITION
3
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
ARTS 14000 DRAWING I 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foundations Elective or ART 20024 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
ART 10022
2D COMPOSITION
or 3D COMPOSITION
3
ARTS 14001 DRAWING II 3
Foundations Elective or ART 20024 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
Foundations Electives 9
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ART 30001 COMMON REVIEW 1
ARTH 32066 LATE MODERN ART 3
Concentration Requirements or Electives 9
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
Concentration Requirements or Electives 6
Art History Upper-Division Elective (ARTH 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
Concentration Requirement or Elective 3
Studio Arts Upper-Division Elective (ARTS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
ART 40008 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN VISUAL ARTS (WIC) 3
Concentration Requirement or Elective 3
Studio Arts Upper-Division Electives (ARTS 30000 or 40000 level) 6
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
ARTS 44099
SENIOR PROJECT: FINE ARTS (ELR)
or SENIOR THESIS EXHIBITION (ELR)
3
Concentration Requirement or Elective 3
Studio Arts Upper-Division Elective (ARTS 30000 or 40000 level) 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120