May 21, 2022
The Bachelor of Fine Arts at Columbia College is a highly selective degree program intended for students who plan either to pursue a professional career in art or prepare for graduate school. Students have the opportunity to specialize within a broad spectrum of disciplines/majors such as Painting & Drawing, Jewelry, Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking and Graphic Design. Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts complete the general education requirements for all baccalaureate degrees. In addition, candidates complete 75 semester hours in art, 12 of which must be upper-level credit and 24 of which will be within the candidate’s major.
General Education Requirements (39-42 sem. hrs)
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Ethics Course Requirement (3 sem. hrs)
Declaration of Intention
Declaration of intention to the art faculty during the first semester of the junior year (requirement also applies to transfer students) and faculty review of the candidate’s portfolio.
Maintenance of a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in art courses, both studio and lecture.
Review of Student’s Work
Regular portfolio reviews with full faculty take place throughout the candidate’s junior and senior year.
Faculty Critique & Graduating Exhibition
Design a graduating exhibition of a representative and significant quantity of work, including a description of how the work will be presented in the assigned gallery space, the presentation of the majority of work to be exhibited, and a statement of position and philosophy of their works. Students must present their exhibition plan to the faculty for review and approval and, if granted faculty approval, hold a graduating exhibition.
Completion of at least 73 semester hours in Art
Students must complete 27 elective hours, a minimum of 15 hours must be upper level. These can be in the student’s major area.
All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail (with the exception of ARTS 399 and 499: Art/Design Internship). 75 semester hours in the following specific courses:
Art Studio Major & Studio Electives
Student must complete 27 elective hours, a minimum of 15 hours must be upper level. These can be in the student’s emphasis area.
Students who elect to earn an emphasis in one of the approved areas must complete the specific courses listed under each area. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken Pass/Fail with the exception of ARTS 499 Internship.
Students must take 12 hours of their major coursework at Columbia College; 9 hours of which must be upper level.
Ceramics Emphasis (24 sem. hrs)
Graphic Design Emphasis (27 sem. hrs)
Painting and Drawing Emphasis (27 sem. hrs)
Photography Emphasis (24 sem. hrs)
Other Electives (5-8 sem. hrs)
Emphasis areas other than Graphic Design, may require an additional 1-4 elective credits to meet total credit hours.
Total: 120 (sem. hrs)
The total reflects the minimum number of hours to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Some courses listed above may fulfill more than one requirement block. Please speak to your academic advisor to plan your specific degree path.