All students starting college in the Fall 2015 semester or later who wish to pursue a BA or BFA degree in art will need to pass the Art Department BA/BFA Portfolio Review. A student will need to have a 2.0 minimum GPA in all art courses at MU, and have completed six (6) courses in art before submitting a portfolio for either the BA or BFA. Those course are Art 1030 Basic 2D Design, Art 1040 Basic 3D Design, Art 1050 Beginning Drawing and then three of the following courses: Art 2100 Beginning Ceramics, Art 2200 Drawing 2, Art 2210 Beginning Color Drawing, Art 3230 Beginning Illustration, Art 3220 Anatomical Drawing, Art 2300 Beginning Fibers, Art 2410 Graphic Design I, Art 2500 Beginning Painting, Art 2510 Beginning Watercolor, Art 2600 Beginning Photography, Art 2700 Beginning Printmaking, Art 2800 Beginning Sculpture, Art 2820 Beginning Welding and Casting. (please note that you may be enrolled in the classes the semester you go through the portfolio review)
What needs to be included in the portfolio review?
Students wishing to apply to the BA or BFA portfolio review must submit a digital portfolio consisting of the following items.
A.) Seven (7) images of student work from specific projects in Art 1030 Basic 2D Design, Art 1040 Basic 3D Design, Art 1050 Beginning Drawing (see syllabi for specifics)
B.) Seven (7) images from work done in any of the following classes.
Art 1030 Basic 2D Design, Art 1040 Basic 3D Design, Art 1050 Beginning Drawing, Art 2100 Beginning Ceramics, Art 2200 Drawing 2, Art 2210 Beginning Color Drawing, Art 3230 Beginning Illustration, Art 3220 Anatomical Drawing, Art 2300 Beginning Fibers, Art 2410 Graphic Design I, Art 2500 Beginning Painting, Art 2510 Beginning Watercolor, Art 2600 Beginning Photography, Art 2700 Beginning Printmaking, Art 2800 Beginning Sculpture, Art 2820 Beginning Welding and Casting.
C.) Six (6) images from any work done either in or out of class. This work must have been created in the time since you have started college.
D.) an unofficial copy of your transcripts
E.) a written statement of intention
(F.) a written list of images
Major Program Requirements
Art majors earning a BFA degree complete art foundations courses, art core requirements and art studio electives with 15 credits in one specific media area. All grades must be a C- or higher in all Art and Art History courses, no D grades are allowed. All art students are assigned a departmental faculty adviser. Students are encouraged to meet with the adviser to plan a program of studio with focus in a particular media area. BFA students will take 60 to 70 hours in studio art with 15 of those hours, minimum, in a specific media area and 12 hours in Art History. At least two Art History courses must be numbered 2000 or above. A maximum number of 70 hours of course work may be taken in studio art. Thirty-five (35) credit hours of studio art and/or art history must be completed at MU. Thirty (30) hours of the 120 needed to graduate must be numbered 3000 or above. In addition, students must complete all College of Arts and Sciences and University graduation requirements, including University general education.
MAJOR CORE REQUIREMENTS:
- ART 1030: Basic 2D Design - 3 credit hours
- ART 1040: Basic 3D Design - 3 credit hours
- ART 1050: Beginning Drawing - 3 credit hours
Art Core Requirements
- Additional Drawing Course - 3 credit hours
- ART 2500: Beginning Painting or ART 2510: Beginning Watercolor - 3 credit hours
- ART 2800: Beginning Sculpture - 3 credit hours
- Ceramics and/or Fibers - 6 credit hours
- Photography and/or Printmaking - 6 credit hours
Studio Elective Courses
- 27- 33 credit hours
(at least 15 must be in one media area which will constitute an "AREA OF EMPHASIS")
- ART 4970: Senior Seminar (Writing Intensive Capstone) - 3 credit hours
Art History Requirements
- 12 credit hours (with at least 6 of these credit hours in classes numbered 2000 or higher)
For complete graduation requirements download:
BFA Graduation Plan (pdf opens in new window)