Marylhurst’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 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.
As part of this fine art program, you will develop a cohesive body of work and present it professionally in the Art Gym (Marylhurst’s premier art gallery) with a CV and statement of creative research.
Graduates of Marylhurst’s art programs 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.
The B.F.A. program accepts students each term (fall, winter, spring and summer) and is now receiving inquiries and applications for 2017.
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 (104 credits)
Core art courses makeup 64 credits towards your 104 major requirements and include (but are not limited to) art and architectural history, drawing, art theory, digital arts, three-dimensional design and studio coursework. Professional business practices, thesis work and an internship are also included within the fine art program core as experiential learning opportunities. You will earn an additional 40 credits through studio coursework and electives within your selected concentration in Contemporary Painting or Interdisciplinary Studio Art.
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 (40 credits)
Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.
General electives (36 credits)
To define your career focus, choose courses outside of the art arena from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs.
Focus in Contemporary Painting or Interdisciplinary Studio Art
In the Marylhurst B.F.A. program, you may choose a concentration in Contemporary Painting, which features a more comprehensive, skills-based curriculum within the painting medium. Or, you may select an Interdisciplinary Studio Art Concentration to fine-tune your skills across multiple art forms.
Contemporary Painting Concentration
Cultivate fundamental and intermediate skills in painting with attention to vocabulary, color, medium techniques and period styles as you expand your technical ability and progress through independent work. Classroom discussion and studio work will venture beyond painting as a single medium to address the inner connection of contemporary painting with other art forms, including photography, printmaking, video, sculpture and performance practices.
Interdisciplinary Studio Art Concentration
True to its name, Marylhurst’s Interdisciplinary Studio Art concentration offers a cross-medium art education, featuring coursework in painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. As a student, you will focus your studies within two of these art forms and you may elect to earn credits through experiential internship opportunities with Marylhurst’s renowned Art Gym, art organizations or apprenticeship programs.
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 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.
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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