BFA Fine Art

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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.

 


Program Head

 

Lynn Sures
Fine Art Program
Professor
lsures@gwu.edu
 

Curriculum

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 are presented with open-ended assignments that allow work in any medium of their choosing. Courses of focused study include ceramics, painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and performance and time-based media.

Studio course requirements by student year

Freshmen

  • FN1090- First Year Studio I
  • FN1091-First Year Studio II
  • FA1090-Fine Art Fundamentals I: Drawing
  • FA1091-Fine Art Fundamentals II: Painting and/or
  • FA1092-Fine Art Fundamentals II: Sculpture

Sophomore

  • FA2090-Fine Art Studio I
  • FA2091-Fine Art Studio II
  • FA2122, FA2123, FA2124, FA2125, FA2126-Medium/Materials Workshops in Painting, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Time-Based Media (one per semester)

Junior

  • FA3090-Fine Art Studio III
  • FA3120-Fine Art Seminar I
  • FA3091-Fine Art Studio IV
  • FA3121-Fine Art Seminar II

Junior or Senior

  • FA4170-Professional Practices for Fine Arts

Senior

  • FA4090-Fine Art Thesis I
  • FA4091-Fine Art Thesis II

A sample of studio electives for concentrations and for general majors

Ceramics

  • FA2126-Medium/Materials Workshop: Ceramic Practice, Earth to Stone
  • CR1253/CR2253-Introduction to the Wheel/Intermediate Wheel: Poetry of Pottery
  • CR2236 -Images in Clay
  • CR2380 -Sculpture in Clay
  • CR3600 -Hand Building the Figure
  • CR4210-Advanced Ceramic Techniques

Painting and drawing

  • FA1090-Fine Art Fundamentals I: Drawing
  • FA2200-Intermediate Drawing
  • FA2201 -Drawing Strategies and Practices
  • FA2202- Introduction to Illustration
  • FA1091-Fine Art Fundamentals II: Painting
  • FA2124-Medium/Materials Workshop: Painting I Basics
  • FA2210-Intermediate Painting
  • FA4210 -Advanced Painting Studio

Printmaking

  • FA2125-Medium/Materials Workshop: Repetition and Change
  • PR3361-Wood Block Print: Traditional and Contemporary
  • PR2403-Book Arts: Concept and Content
  • PR2423-2-D Applications in Paper
  • PR3250 -Lithography
  • PR2300 -Screenprinting
  • PR4350 -Advanced Printmaking

Sculpture

  • FA1092-Fine Art Fundamentals II: Sculpture
  • FA2123-Medium/Materials Workshop I: Object and Environment
  • SL2252 -Metal and Metalsmithing
  • SL3352 -Wood as Sculpture
  • SL3301 -Topics in Sculpture: the Human Body
  • SL3451 -Sculpture and New Technologies
  • SL3260-Mold Making and Casting
  • FA4311 -Installation Art

Performance and Time-Based Media

  • FA2122-Medium/Materials Workshop I: Time Based Media
  • FA3240-Wear, Strut, Occupy
  • FA3306-Performative Media
  • FA3511- Public/Spectacle: Contemporary Performance from Pop Culture to Social
  • Practice

Careers

A Bachelor of Fine Art degree is valuable evidence of creative thinking, a skill much valued in the business world as well as in the art world.

Possible careers in fine art include:

  • Exhibiting artist
  • Museum/Gallery World
  • Preparator
  • Design department
  • Conservation
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Illustration
  • Book
  • Medical
  • 'Zines
  • Gaming Design
  • Cartooning
  • Fashion
  • Education/teaching Art
  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12 education
  • Community outreach
  • Workshop instructor
  • Artists' Studio Assistants
  • Public Art
  • Murals
  • Bus and train stops (signage and structures)
  • Theater/Movies
  • Set Design
  • Costume Design
  • Lighting and Sound Design
  • Prop design
  • Make-up
  • Architecture
  • Model builders
  • Marketing
  • Advertising, web design
  • Window and Store Display

Department Life

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.

Printmaking

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.

Ceramics

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.

Sculpture

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.