BFA in Studio Art - Emphasis in Experimental Studies

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art is a 125 credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and harness the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Art is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work at the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.

To receive a degree in BFA Studio Art, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred-twenty five (125) credit hours. Students must also remain in the program for a minimum of three long semesters. Students must apply for admission into the “Practicum” course, culminating in an advancement review and graduation exhibition. The Practicum course is offered each spring with reviews scheduled each fall.

Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. The BFA Advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Academic Performance and Retention

Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation courses to maintain good standing in the Department of Art.  The work and progress of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated both within the classes they take and by the departmental standards established for each major programmatic area (BA in Art, BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Visual Communication).   

The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art majors at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made.  Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, D or F) in studio art or visual communication courses at A&M-Commerce or elsewhere may not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a degree in art.  Courses with grades of D or F may be repeated for a grade of C or higher only once.  

BFA Studio Art with Emphasis in Experimental Studies

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Foundations Art courses required
ART 110Drawing I3
ART 111Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory3
ART 112Drawing II3
ART 140Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory3
ART 141Intro to Shop Safety1
GLB/History of Art I *
GLB/History of Art II *
ART 213Figure Drawing3
PHO 111Introduction to Digital Media3
Sophomore Studio Courses
ART 227Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting3
ART 240Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 250Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics3
3 semester hours from the following:3
Introduction to Video
Introduction to Visual Communication
Required Support Courses
ART 316Advanced Drawing3
ART 380Experimental Concepts3
ART 403Practicum in Art3
ART 404GLB/History of Contemporary Art3
12 semester hours from any upper division Art History course 12
Emphasis Area course
Experimental Studies area courses
6 semester hours from:6
Sculpture I A
Sculpture I B
Sculpture II A
Sculpture II B
6 semester hours from:6
Printmaking
Screenprinting
Screenprinting II
6 semester hours from:6
Airbrush Painting
Watercolor I
Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting
6 semester hours from:6
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
Advanced Art, Art History or Photography Electives
4 semester hours in advanced (300 or 400-level) art, art history, or photography courses4
Total Hours125
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Also counts as Core Curriculum Requirements -Visual and Performing Arts requirement.