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Art Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

About Bachelor of Fine Arts

Join the ranks of the global creative class with a degree in fine arts.

Learn how to become a creative thinker at California University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate fine arts major, you will learn the skills and knowledge you need to thrive in the changing workforce of the future.

Through studio art classes you will gain a mastery of various art forms, studio techniques, tools and materials, as well as training in post-studio practices. Seminar and lecture courses will a strengthen your visual literacy and art historical knowledge of contemporary themes and artists.

Cal U's Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree that prepares you for a wide range of art, art-related and creative careers. In this program, you will prepare a strong artist's portfolio in order to gain entry to top graduate schools, leading to more specific skills in the fine arts and design world. 

Discover Cal U's collaborative environment.

  • Participate in hands-on learning as you explore craft, technology and design in studio art courses led by professors who are active artists.
  • Take advanced-level courses in digital arts, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, drawing and jewelry/metals.
  • Thrive in a college degree program that fosters close collaboration and individual attention.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

Top Accreditation: Cal U's bachelor of fine arts degree aligns with top standards for undergraduate art programs and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Experiential Education: Visit galleries and museums, as well as major art venues in cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York and Washington, D.C. Cal U's art program hosts workshops and lectures by notable artists, as well as trips each semester for students to experience firsthand the art and architecture they are studying in class.

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Our professors are members of top regional, national and international art associations, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, College Arts Association (CAA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and more.
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Our professors are members of top regional, national and international art associations, including Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, College Arts Association (CAA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and more.
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Learn the skills employers value most. In this program you will:

Develop a professional portfolio of artistic work. Strengthen critical thinking, problem solving, time management, communication and presentation skills. Learn to work independently and collaborate with others. Master an artistic medium of your choice with six advanced concentration courses. Gain competence in a second artistic area with four advanced minor courses. Participate in art-related internships that help you graduate career-ready.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Study at the New York Academy of Art. Teach in Pennsylvania schools and throughout the United States. Win full scholarships to M.F.A. programs. Work as freelance illustrators. Show and sell their artwork in galleries, jewelry stores and elsewhere. Open their own art-related businesses. Work in art outreach programs and various art-related arts organizations.

 
Art: Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Vulcan Hall art studio at Cal U.

Dedicated Facilities

Cal U's bachelor of fine arts students work in dedicated facilities such as a two-story painting studio; fully equipped ceramic, jewelry/metals, drawing and printmaking studios; and state-of-the-art computer labs.

Joe Mruk - artist.

What Can I Do with A Fine Arts Degree?

Meet Cal U fine arts alumnus Joe Mruk, '10. He's currently working as a freelance illustrator in Pittsburgh, creating illustrations for bands, music venues, record labels and small businesses. He's also worked at The Andy Warhol Museum and has led art courses for children and young adults.

A student sells art on campus.

On-Campus Student Arts Club

Show and promote your art with Associate Artists - Cal U's student organization that collaborates with other independent and college-affiliated art groups in nearby Pennsylvania counties. The group provides networking opportunities, career development programs in the fine arts and art education, gallery management training, and club-sponsored trips.

Other clubs include:
Ceramics Club
Art Education Club
Vulcan Metals - Jewelry and metalsmithing club

Art - Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Courses

This 4-year bachelor's degree program prepares students for a career as an artist or art professional. Students hone technical expertise by completing18 credits in one advanced-level studio as an area of emphasis, as well as 12 credits in one advanced-level studio area as a minor area.

Curriculum


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ART 110  Drawing I 3
ART 119  Design 2-D 3
ART 120  Design 3-D 3
ENG 101  English Composition I  OR  HON 150 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Course 3
   
Second Semester 15
Art History Course 3
Art Studio Course 3
General Education Courses 9
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
Art History Course 3
Art Studio Courses 6
General Education Courses
6
   
Fourth Semester 15
Art History Course 3
Art Studio Courses 6
General Education Courses 6
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
Art Studio Courses 9
Laboratory Component Course 3
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
ART 388  Critical Writing in Art 3
Art History Course
3
Art Studio Course 3
General Education Courses
6
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis 3
Art Studio Courses 9
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
Art Studio Courses 9
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Total 120

Program Notes:

  • 35 percent of the required 120 credits must include upper division courses (300-400 level).
  • All art studios 300 level and above are repeatable.
  • Requirements in Major: Students must complete 18 credits in one of the four listed concentrations as an area of emphasis (single studio area, 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional or digital media).

Note: One Laboratory Component course must be completed as part of the General Education requirements.

Required Major Courses (33 credits)

  • ART 110  Drawing I (3 credits)
  • ART 119  Design 2-D (3 credits)
  • ART 120  Design 3-D (3 credits)
  • ART 310  Advanced Drawing OR ART 438: Figure Drawing (3 credits)
  • ART 376  Jewelry/Metals: Casting OR ART 377: Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication (3 credits)
  • ART 382  Ceramics Studio (3 credits)
  • ART 383  Painting Studio (3 credits)
  • ART 385  Sculpture Studio (3 credits)
  • ART 388  Critical Writing in Art (3 credits)
  • ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis (3 credits)

Choose one from the following list (3 credits):

  • ART 350  Printmaking: Relief
  • ART 351  Printmaking: Intaglio
  • ART 295  Surface Design
  • ART 352  Printmaking Processes

Required Art History Courses (12 credits)

Choose from (3 or 6 credits):

  • ART 212  Art History I and ART 214 Art History II
  • ART 106  Art Appreciation
  • ART 109  Landmarks of World Art 

Choose two to three courses from the following list (6 or 9 credits):

  • ART 109  Landmarks of World Art
  • ART 118  History of Making
  • ART 212  Art History I
  • ART 214  Art History II
  • ART 243   Introduction to Asian Art
  • ART 308  Art History: Ancient to Medieval
  • ART 311  Medieval Art and Architecture
  • ART 316  Art History: Renaissance Through Rococo
  • ART 317  Art History: Neoclassicism Through the Present
  • ART 319  Ancient Greek and Roman Art
  • ART 323  Women in Art
  • ART 324  Modern Art
  • ART 326  Contemporary Art
  • ART 328  Italian Renaissance Art
  • ART 333  American Art: European Settlement through 1918
  • ART 345  Methods of Art History
  • ART 420  Contemporary Issues in Art OR ART 422 Art History: The Art World After Modernism
  • ARB 343  Images of Islam: From Spain to Iran

Areas of Emphasis (18 credits)

Students must complete 18 credits in one of the four listed concentrations as an area of emphasis.

Single Studio Area Concentration

Students complete 18 upper-level credits in any single ART studio area, including ART 329 and 490. 

2-Dimensional Concentration

  • ART 112  Introduction to New and Emerging Art Media
  • ART 130  Biological Illustration: Form and Function
  • ART 215  Digital Painting I
  • ART 227  Graphic Design Studio 1
  • ART 233  Natural Science Drawing
  • ART 262  Color Theory
  • ART 266  Selected Topics
  • ART 295  Surface Design
  • ART 310  Advanced Drawing
  • ART 329  Art Internship
  • ART 350  Printmaking: Relief
  • ART 351  Printmaking: Intaglio
  • ART 352  Printmaking Processes
  • ART 383  Painting Studio
  • ART 438  Figure Drawing
  • ART 458  Figure Drawing and Modeling
  • ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis
  • ART 496  Advanced Painting

3-Dimensional Concentration

  • ART 118  History of Making
  • ART 266  Selected Topics
  • ART 329  Art Internship
  • ART 376  Jewelry-Metals: Casting
  • ART 377  Jewelry/Metals: Fabrication
  • ART 382  Ceramics Studio
  • ART 385  Sculpture Studio
  • ART 448  Figure Modeling
  • ART 458  Figure Drawing and Modeling
  • ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis
  • ART 493  Advanced Ceramics
  • ART 498  Advanced Sculpture

Digital Media Concentration

  • ART 127  Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ART 215  Digital Painting I
  • ART 227  Graphic Design Studio 1*
  • ART 261  Typography
  • ART 262  Color Theory
  • ART 266  Selected Topics
  • ART 329  Art Internship
  • ART 427  Graphic Design Studio 3
  • ART 428  Graphic Design Studio 4
  • ART 490  Senior Studio Thesis
  • CDC 120  Visual Communications 1
  • CDC 252  The Art of Film
  • CIS 120  Application Programming I
  • DMT 101  TimeBased Media
  • DMT 180  Multimedia Foundations
  • DMT 225  Digital Layout and Design
  • DMT 240  Electronic Desktop Publishing
  • DMT 300  Digital Photography
  • DMT 320  Digital Video
  • DMT 331  Web Publishing
  • DMT 340  Computer Animation and 3-D Imaging
  • DMT 365  Color Imaging
  • DMT 410  Digital Portfolio
  • DMT 945  Graphic Communications Internship
  • GET 130  Introduction to Engineering Technology

* Pre-requisites of ART 227 include ART 120, CDC 120, ART 261 and ART 262, and students must pass a Portfolio Review in February of their sophomore year, which admits only selected students to the two-year junior and senior year cohort of Graphic Design Studios 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

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Majors
Minors
  • Studio Art Minor in Drawing
  • Studio Art Minor in Ceramics
  • Studio Art Minor in Jewelry/Metals
  • Studio Art Minor in Painting
  • Studio Art Minor in Printmaking
  • Studio Art Minor in Sculpture
  • General Art Major

Art Faculty

Maggy D. Aston
Associate Professor

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James B. Bove
Assistant Professor

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Laura DeFazio
Professor

defazio@calu.edu

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Dr. R. Scott Lloyd
Associate Professor

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Richard "Duke" Miecznikowski
Professor

Miecznikowski@calu.edu

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Suzan Mohney
Instructor

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Todd Pinkham
Associate Professor

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