Curriculum: B.F.A. in Art at Marylhurst

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student marylhurst iconMarylhurst’s fine arts curriculum within the B.F.A. program offers an experiential curriculum that develops your capability to make and discuss art, which are vital skills for career advancement. Throughout your B.F.A. degree program, you will expand your skills in drawing, sculpture, painting and photography, complete an art portfolio; learn how to manage an art business; and how to present yourself within the art community. T

  The B.F.A. program accepts students each term (fall, winter, spring and summer) and is now receiving inquiries and applications for 2017.

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Fine Arts Curriculum & B.F.A. Degree Requirements

As part of this degree, you complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits) to earn your B.F.A. in Art from Marylhurst. The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Major requirements (123 credits)
Core art courses makeup 84 credits towards your major requirements and include (but are not limited to) design, art history, drawing, photography, digital arts, color, three-dimensional design and art studio. You will earn an additional 39 credits through studio coursework within your selected concentration in photography or contemporary practice.

Complete an art thesis within your senior year to add to your professional portfolio, and enjoy the opportunity to showcase your thesis projects in Marylhurst’s renowned Art Gym.

Marylhurst core requirements (54 credits)
Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.

General electives (3 credits)
To define your career focus, choose courses outside of the art arena from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs.

Focus on Contemporary Practice or Photography

In the Marylhurst B.F.A. program, you decide between a concentration in Contemporary Practice, which features a more comprehensive, skills-based curriculum across multiple art disciplines. Or, you can select Photography to fine-tune your skills as a professional photographer.

Contemporary Practice Concentration

Featuring coursework in drawing, sculpture, printmaking and painting

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Art BFA with Contemporary Practice concentration that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

Photography Concentration

Featuring coursework in photography, history of photography, photographic seminars and an internship.

  View a  SAMPLE DEGREE PATHWAY for the Art (B.F.A.) with Photography concentration that shows you classes in the program and how (over a few terms) you can complete this degree.

Art Therapy Prep Track

Student at Marylhurst UniversityInterested in combining your art skills with the field of therapy? Marylhurst offers a master’s program in Art Therapy Counseling. As an art student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, you can take a select group of courses in psychology and art therapy to prepare for admissions into the master’s program.

Transfer in Your Previous College Credit

The majority of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and most students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed.

Degree Completion

The average time to complete the B.F.A. in Art program is three-to-four years. Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit; saving time and financial resources necessary to earn a degree.

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