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BFA in Studio Art - Emphasis in Photography

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.

Program Information

Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation requirements to maintain good standing in the program. Students will present a portfolio for review at the end of their sophomore year or when they have met at least 80% of the art foundation requirements. Faculty will assess the portfolio and make recommendations to the student.

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 Photography

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
or ART 213 Figure Drawing
ART 140Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory3
ART 141Intro to Shop Safety1
GLB/History of Art I *
GLB/History of Art II *
PHO 111Introduction to Digital Media3
Sophomore Studio Courses
6 semester hours from:6
Introduction to Visual Communication
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture
Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics
Required Support Courses
ART 380Experimental Concepts3
ART 403Practicum in Art3
ART 404GLB/History of Contemporary Art3
ART 333History of Photography3
and 3 semester hours from any upper division Art History course3
Emphasis Area courses
Photography Emphasis
PHO 112Basic Photography I3
PHO 209Introduction to Video3
PHO 210Introduction to Studio Lighting3
PHO 350Advanced Digital Photography3
PHO 359Junior Photography Seminar4
PHO 495Photography Internship3
27 sh from:27
Digital Black and White Photography Techniques
Environmental Portraiture
Advertising & Commercial Photography
Nature & Wildlife Photography
Introduction to Photojournalism
Advanced Photojournalism
Documentary Photography
Architectural Photography
B&W Darkroom Techniques
Alternative Print Making
Video Production Tech
Independent Study
Special Topics
Business Practices in Pho
Photography Portfolio Review
Independent Study
Special Topics
Total Hours125

Also counts as Core Curriculum Requirements -Visual and Performing Arts requirement.