Art Curriculum – B.A. and B.F.A.

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

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

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.

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Art Curriculum & Degree Requirements

As part of a Marylhurst art degree, you complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits) to earn your B.A. or B.F.A. in Art.

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.

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.

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.

Fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.

To define your career focus, choose courses outside of the art arena from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs.

B.A. in Art Curriculum

Hone your fundamental art skills and dive into concepts of contemporary art. Marylhurst’s B.A. in Art offers in-depth coursework focused on the history of art and architecture and incorporates practical skills related to the business management of art. Graduate with confidence in your art and critical discussion skills; necessary for networking and discussing art within the context of our dynamically changing society.

Course topics include (but are not limited to) two- and three-dimensional design, art & architectural history, drawing, video and sound, digital tools, and the intersection of art, aesthetics and politics. The curriculum prepares all art students for a career in the visual arts through the curation of a resume, portfolio, presentation skills and internship experience.

Focus your degree to support your individually defined art goals by selecting a concentration in Contemporary Painting or Interdisciplinary Studio Art.

Complete fundamental coursework focused on the applied liberal arts such as communication skills, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership.
Choose courses outside of art from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to further support your individual career focus.

Focus in Contemporary Painting or Interdisciplinary Studio Art

In the Marylhurst B.A. and B.F.A. programs, 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.

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.
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.

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 Marylhurst’s art programs 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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