Art Curriculum – B.F.A.

B.F.A. in Art Program at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

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

Graduates with a BFA in Art from Marylhurst are prepared to contribute their art and critical thinking skills across a wide industry spectrum as a result of their interdisciplinary knowledge of art history and its context in social justice and politics.

Explore the BFA curriculum, with an emphasis in studio coursework and opportunities for internship, networking and portfolio development.

 NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO START

  • The B.F.A. in Art program is now accepting inquiries and applications for 2018.
  • The next opportunity to start is Fall 2018.
  • Classes begin September 24.
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Art Curriculum & Degree Requirements

The B.F.A. in Art has 60 credits in the major. To complete the full 180 credit degree, students transfer in on average 40-50 credits to satisfy art prerequisites, the Marylhurst core curriculum and general electives. Most students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed.

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B.F.A. in Art Curriculum

Marylhurst’s B.F.A. program offers an experiential curriculum that develops your capability to make and discuss art – vital skills for career advancement. Throughout your B.F.A. degree program, you will expand your skills in either contemporary painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture; complete an art portfolio; learn how to manage an art business; and how to present yourself within the art community.

Learning Outcomes

Students with a B.F.A. in Art will be able to:

  1. Use skills and concepts of contemporary art practices in order to produce artworks in your concentration
  2. Participate in critical discussions and critically write about your artwork and the artwork of others
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of art history and its context in social justice, politics and other interdisciplinary studies
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of how to develop a cohesive exhibition of artworks and present it professionally in a gallery with a CV and statement for creative research
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of careers in the global art marketplace
BFA Art Learning Outcomes, Marylhurst University

Core Courses (60 Credits)

Build foundational skills in the mediums of time-based art from video, sound, durational and performance-based art. Directed projects are completed along with lectures and class discussions

Explore a variety of ways to approach the process of making art. Building on skills and knowledge from previous coursework, this course involves seminar readings and discussions in post modern and contemporary discourses. Studio projects are assigned to encourage you to pursue an individual direction in making and conceptualizing artistic practices.

Explore a variety of ways to approach the process of making art. Building on skills and knowledge from previous coursework, you will participate in seminar readings and discussions in post modern and contemporary discourses. This course combines seminar and studio work that focus directly on the contexts and concepts of new modes of production in contemporary art including, but not limited to, institutional critique, relational aesthetics, social practice, artist-based research, and more.

Acquire intermediate skills within the Adobe Suite for the production of art and graphic design. Learn how to integrate digital media into the process of making art and creating publications. Skills will be developed in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

This course uses a workshops, demos and critique to develop advanced technical skills in art mediums and advanced conceptual research for the term project. The course will consist of weekly demo workshops where methods and skills are taught and a weekly seminar that reviews reading in art and critical theory. As a student, you will also attend weekly group and individual critiques of visual work. Submit a term proposal in writing and a 500-word research essay on the visual works presented at the end of the term.

This course uses workshops, demos and critique to develop advanced technical skills in art mediums and advanced conceptual research for the term project. The course will consist of weekly demo workshops where methods and skills are taught and a weekly seminar that reviews reading in art and critical theory. As a student, you will also attend weekly group and individual critiques of visual work. Submit a term proposal in writing and a 500-word research essay on the visual works presented at the end of the term.

This course uses workshops, demos and critique to develop advanced technical skills in art mediums and advanced conceptual research for the term project. The course will consist of weekly demo workshops where methods and skills are taught and a weekly seminar that reviews reading in art and critical theory. As a student, you will also attend weekly group and individual critiques of visual work. Submit a term proposal in writing and a 500-word research essay on the visual works presented at the end of the term.

In this lecture and seminar course, you will examine and investigate the major themes, concepts and artists of the last ten years. Informational lectures, critical theory, concept reading and seminars develop your understanding of contemporary works of art, hone your language and methods to talk about the work of others and the work you make in your own studio practice.

Survey art theory and criticism from postmodernism to contemporary discourses in art. Participate in weekly group discussions based on readings, presentations and assignments.

Come together with advanced students from all mediums for studio critiques and seminars. Each student will present artworks made focusing on their individual artistic practices. Projects will be proposed and executed through a formal proposal process. Students will meet one-on-one with the instructor(s) about their individual practice.

Continue to work with fellow advanced students from all mediums in studio critiques and seminars. Each student will present artworks made focusing on their individual artistic practices. Projects will be proposed and executed through a formal proposal process. Students will meet one-on-one with the instructor(s) about their individual practice.

Focus on preparation, exhibition and presentation of artworks for the Art Thesis Exhibition in the Art Gym.

The internship program gives students an opportunity to earn credit for new learning achieved through experience.  Internships may be arranged with The Art Gym, arts organizations, or as apprenticeships with working artists.

This is an advanced-level course for the student preparing for a career in the visual arts. Basic art business practices, slides, resume, portfolio, taxes, presentation and planning for life in the art world.

Art thesis papers are drafted in this course. This is a writing-intensive course where you will research and develop papers that describe, contextualize and historically position your artistic practices.

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Art Therapy Prep Track

Interested 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 Friendly

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 Marylhurst’s BFA is three 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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