2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    
    Jun 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts, B.F.A.


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The BFA is a cohort-based program for students in their junior and senior years. Students should apply to the BFA program in their sophomore year for entrance in the following fall semester. Admission to the program is competitive. To be considered, an applicant must have completed the lower division core courses for the studio art major (15 units) and at least two of the four lower division studio elective courses with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B). In addition, applicants are required to electronically submit images of their work, two academic references, a short personal statement and an unofficial transcript. Transfer students interested in the BFA program may apply to the program following the above guidelines. For university transfer requirements, see the “Admission Information ” section of the catalog. Please refer to the Art Department website for current information regarding application guidelines, application forms and timelines.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Art is a professional degree intended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies or other professional opportunities. The fine arts major requires 70 units of coursework in art studio and art history, giving students the opportunity to develop a high level of expertise. The lower division coursework is designed to give students a solid technical foundation in studio art. BFA students at the  upper division level focus their study through approved elective courses in painting, drawing and illustration, jewelry and small metals, photography, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media/graphic design. BFA students will produce a culminating portfolio of artwork demonstrating perceptual acuity and conceptual understanding at a professional level and will do a public presentation in their final semester.

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see, “Bachelor’s Degree Requirements ” section of the catalog.

Requirements for the Major (70 units)

A minimum GPA of 3.00 (“B” average) must be maintained for all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major.

Lower Division Studio Courses


Lower Division Studio Electives


Complete four courses (12 Units) from the following list.

Upper Division (43 Units)


Upper Division Studio Electives


Complete eight courses (24 Units) from the following lists. At least one course must be from List B.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students completing this program will be able to:

  • Examine the relationship and influence of the visual arts on a historical and cultural context
  • Recognize and evaluate critical and aesthetic issues within the history of art and contemporary studio practice.
  • Apply aesthetic judgement perceptual sensitivity and critical thinking skill to arts related issues and environments in daily life.
  • Demonstrate mastery of specific technical, conceptual and/or critical abilities within each concentration area
  • Communicate effectively, in both written  and oral formats on research and creative issues
  • Demonstrate perceptual acuity conceptual understanding and technical facility at a professional entry level in their chosen field

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