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BFA Studio Art Major
Available with the following concentrations:
- Graphic Design
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Graphic Design Emphasis introduces students to the rigorous problem solving skills that center around typography and image. In the design program students learn how to communicate visually and how to use technology as a tool. The design curriculum builds on foundation skills to create a broad experience in the areas of identity, layout, package, interactivity, systems, typography and public design. Students are exposed to a wide range of practices including print, web and new media. Students learn about current methods, design history, theory and contemporary and critical issues. Students prepare a professional portfolio of work as a culminating experience in the senior year. The internship program is integrated into the fourth year and allows students to work in the field.
- Integrated Media (photography, video, sculpture, performance)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Integrated Media Emphasis focuses on contemporary artistic practices using analog, digital and emerging technologies with hybrid approaches to working between media rather than within solidly defined disciplines. Students in the area experience coursework that includes contemporary theory, lens-based practices, time-based digital media, performance, and installation and are required to take a core program of introductory video, photography, sculpture and digital arts courses. Building on this foundation, students then begin a varied and comprehensive track of study by selecting courses in advanced video and photography, performance, installation, multimedia and digital media. The program culminates in advanced studies courses that bring BFA students together across emphasis areas to explore art making in a broad context.
- 2-Dimensional Media (drawing, painting, printmaking)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts 2-Dimensional Media Emphasis includes the disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking. A foundation in traditional skills is paired with experimentation, contemporary theories and practices, critical thinking and individual inquiry. The course offerings explore a range of established and non-traditional approaches to making two-dimensional art, including works on paper, oil and acrylic painting, relief printing, intaglio, lithography and screen-printing. As students progress in the two-dimensional emphasis, the development of individual and/or collaborative directions are encouraged, including the potential of interdisciplinary expansion of these modes. The program culminates in advanced studies courses that bring BFA students together across emphasis areas to explore art making in a broad context.
- 3-Dimensional Media (sculpture, ceramics)
The Bachelor of Fine Arts 3-Dimensional Media Emphasis introduces students to the fundamental techniques and theories in sculpture and ceramics as well as experimental technologies and interdisciplinary practice. The foundation for creating three-dimensional artwork will be the technical skills and processes using wood, metal, plaster, plastics, textiles, video, clay and glazes. These technical skills are augmented by the study of theories related to three-dimensional arts, the ability to form and refine concepts, and exploration of interdisciplinary practice. Our goal is to provide students with the technical skills to create and the intellectual skills to analyze and evaluate artwork. The program culminates in advanced studies courses that bring BFA students together across emphasis areas to explore art making in a broad context.
BS Art Education Major
The BS Art Education Major leads to a preK-12 teacher licensure as approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. SCSUs Art Education program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This major consists of the first and second year foundations courses, five studio courses and the education and art methods courses. There are two courses with field experiences in the schools prior to the semester long student teaching. Upon successful completion of the art education major, teacher candidates are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as preK-12 Visual Art Teachers. St Cloud State University is regarded highly in teacher preparation. Consequently, the majority of our graduates are obtaining teaching jobs both in Minnesota and other states.
BA Art Major
The BA Art Major is a liberal arts degree, which gives students a general experience with the visual arts. Students take a variety of studio courses, choosing from printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, painting, ceramics, installation and multimedia. The BA major is a good choice for students who want to pair training in the studio arts with study in another area as a minor or a double major. In additional to completing the art department’s first and second year foundation courses, the BA student chooses six upper-division electives in studio art courses.
BA Art History Major
BA Art History Major Course Requirements
The BA Art History Major introduces students to the study of visual arts from global and historical perspectives. A two-course survey giving students a comprehensive overview of western art history is complemented by a series of courses in the arts of Asia, Africa and the Americas. Courses in International Modernisms, Contemporary Arts, and Theories provide students with conceptual frameworks and in-depth exploration of developments in visual arts over the past 150 years. Topics courses, a course in a related field such as film history, and an internship option complete the degree, which prepares students for further study leading to careers such as curator, gallery director, or arts administrator.
Art Minor Course Requirements
The Art Minor offers students the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities within the studio arts. Students will learn the foundations of art and art history then explore the introduction to studio art. The minor complements numerous majors throughout the university, including Marketing, Mass Communications and Psychology.
Graphic Design Minor
Graphic Design Minor Course Requirements
The Graphic Design Minor offers students the opportunity to develop their artistic abilities and explore the introduction to graphic design. Students will learn the foundations of art, the basics of graphic design like integrating text with image, typography and production. The minor complements numerous majors through the university, including Mass Communications and Marketing.
New Media - Music and Art Minor
New Media - Music and Art Minor
The New Media - Music and Art minor is a multi-disciplinary minor that focuses on the intellectual, creative and technical skills associated with new media. The New Media minor is appropriate for those with majors in art or music.