BFA Fine Art
The BFA degree in Fine Art is a four-year, full-time program requiring 120 credits for completion. Studies in the major begin in freshman year with studio courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture; in subsequent semesters students in Fine Art Studio and Thesis courses are presented with content--‐driven assignments geared to guide students toward increased understanding of their own artistic practices in relation to the contemporary art world. These allow work in any medium of the student's choosing. Courses of focused study include ceramics, painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and performance and time-based media.
Students in the Department of Fine Art are encouraged to get involved in off-site exhibitions, artistic collaborations, and artistic productions that can help their career development. Visiting artists regularly attend individual classes where they present talks on their work, give technical demonstrations, and offer group and individual critiques to class members. Class instructors often schedule class field trips to places of interest within Washington, Baltimore and New York to enrich student experience. Students themselves create new interest clubs or get involved in existing ones such as the Performance Club and the Painting Club, which offer students opportunities to share and support each other’s work.
In printmaking, students and faculty create an annual portfolio of prints in screenprint, etching, lithography, and woodcut, using traditional, photographic, and newer digital techniques. The result is a compilation of works are featured at conferences and exhibitions nationwide as well as in Washington, D.C. Some of these portfolios have been accepted into major national collections.
Students focusing on ceramics have access to state-of-the-art kilns that allow large-scale works to be created on the premises. In addition, with regular visits by ceramics luminaries, students are exposed to the rich variety of possibilities in the field. Every year ceramics students and faculty work together to support S.O.M.E. Bowls, a creative way to give back to the Washington, DC community by raising funds for a major food bank in the city.
Students interested in sculpture and installation can work in nontraditional or traditional techniques using wood, metal, and stone; they can also experiment with the moldmaking and casting properties of new materials and reach into the innovative areas of 3D printing and digital means of sculpture. Visiting artists bring additional excitement to the sculpture studios and share their expertise with students.