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2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Major, Studio Art, BFA

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The BFA degree requires 82 hours in art and is considered the professional degree in art. All art majors begin as BA students and apply to enter the BFA program via the Portfolio Review. Students who are not transferring in art courses from another institution will apply after completing or in the semester in which they will complete their foundation art courses (ART 103 , ART 104 , ART 105 , ART 106 , ART 195 ). Students with foundation art courses accepted from other institutions will complete one full semester of coursework at MUW before applying to the BFA program.

The BFA in Studio Art is divided into areas of emphases, which provide the individual student’s focus for their program. The Art and Design Department offers emphases in Drawing and Painting; Graphic Design; Printmaking; Photography; and Ceramics. All emphases in the BFA in Studio Art programs share the same requirements in General Education Curriculum and Art Core but vary in the Major Courses requirements (see below). 

Portfolio Review:

Students who wish to enter a BFA program are required to submit a portfolio of original work upon completion of or during the semester in which they will complete their foundation courses at MUW.  Their portfolio is comprised of artwork primarily from these courses. Transfer students who have completed their foundation courses elsewhere will apply after completing their first semester at MUW. Their portfolio will include work primarily from MUW courses. A written statement is also required. Students will be notified during the semester in which they are eligible for the Portfolio Review and will be given more complete instructions at that time. If deferred, students are allowed to reapply only once to pass the Portfolio Review, and this reapplication must be in the student’s next semester at MUW.  

General Education Curriculum: (39-40 Semester Hours)

See General Education Curriculum Requirements  

Art Core: (37 Semester Hours)

Art Core Requirements  

Major Courses and Other Requirements (Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Photography, and Ceramics Emphases):


    Studio Art Emphases Courses, 300-/400-level: (18 Semester Hours)

  • Studio Art Electives: (12 Semester Hours) (can be outside area of emphasis but supportive of emphasis)

  • Select two General Art Electives: (6 Semester Hours) (any course with ART prefix)


  • Participation in:

  • Annual MUW Juried Student Exhibition in the freshman, sophomore, and junior years
  • Senior Exhibition

Major Courses and Other Requirements (Graphic Design Emphasis):

Total Hours Required for a BFA in Studio Art (Graphic Design Emphasis): 124 Semester Hours.

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