BA and BFA Degree Requirements
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The art department offers two degrees in studio art: the Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.). The B.A. program is a liberal arts degree with an emphasis in studio art (up to 61 credits in studio art), and is suitable for students interested in becoming professional artists, applying to graduate schools in art (M.A. and M.F.A. programs), or working in related fields.
The B.F.A. is an honors program that provides further concentration in studio art and is the preferred degree for application to M.F.A. programs. Admission to the B.F.A. program (up to 85 credits in studio art) is granted on submission of a body of work during or after the second semester of the sophomore year. Admission criteria include quality, cohesion, and personal direction.
In the first year students take an 18-credit art foundations program combining drawing, 2D and 3D design, color studies, and a survey of art history. They then go on to take further art courses, culminating in independent studio work in which they are encouraged to develop a personal direction. B.F.A. students select an area of concentration in one of the eight media: graphic arts and new media, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, or interdisciplinary studies. At the completion of their degree program, studio art majors exhibit their work in Viterbo's gallery.
Careers in Studio Art
Graduates from the Viterbo studio art programs have gone on to become professional designers, artists, and art educators at K–12 through university level schools. Many have continued their studies in graduate programs in art across the United States.