2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Fine Arts, B.F.A.

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Fine Art is a cohort-based program for students in their junior and senior years. Students should apply to the B.F.A. 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 in the art major (15 units) and two lower division studio elective courses in the art studio concentration with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B average). 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 B.F.A. 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 Department of Art website for current information regarding application guidelines, application forms and timelines.

The B.F.A. 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. 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. B.F.A. 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.

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .

Requirements for the Major (70 Units)

Students must earn a grade of C- or better for all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the major. 

Upper Division (43 Units)

Professional Development Elective

Complete one of the following:

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.
  • 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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