Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Arts and Letters Department of Art, Art History, and Design Undergraduate Programs Studio Art - Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program with a major in studio art is a professional studio art program. Its emphasis is for students anticipating careers in the practice of art or design, or for students planning on graduate study in either field.
Students enrolled at Michigan State University are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art if they:
have completed or are currently enrolled in all of their distribution requirements and;
are in their second semester or later at Michigan State University or equivalent standing at another university, and have not yet earned their 30th credit in studio art.
To apply, students must submit an application consistent with the process outlined by the department. Applications will include a portfolio of artwork produced in studio art course work taken to date at Michigan State University. Exceptions will be considered for transfer students. Applications are due by the end of the eighth week of the spring semester and decisions will be made in time for annual enrollment. Fall semester applications will be reviewed as warranted. Oral interviews may be requested. Students denied admission may reapply one additional time.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art
The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art.
The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Studio Art major is met by completing Studio Art 492. That course is referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
The following requirements for the major:
The following Studio Art courses (65 to 68 credits):
All of the following courses: Studio Art 110, 112, 113, 114, 300 or 391, 492, and 492A (18 credits).
The completion of Studio Art 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Studio Art major.
Four of the following distribution courses including at least one course from each of the following 3 areas and one course from each of 4 subdisciplines (identified by the middle digit of the course number) (12 credits):
Electronic Art and Intermedia, and Design Area: Studio Art 360, 365, 370, 380.
Two–dimensional Area: Studio Art 320, 330, 335.
Three–dimensional Area: Studio Art 340, 345, 350, 351, 354, 355.
A first concentration of at least 6 courses (including reenrollments) in one of the following subdisciplines including one concurrent enrollment in a corresponding Studio Art Senior Project course or an approved internship for at least 3 credits (18 to 22 credits):
Ceramics: Studio Art 340, 345, 440, 491C.
Electronic Art and Intermedia: Studio Art 380, 384, 385, 480, 491I.
Graphic Design: Studio Art 360, 365, 460, 462, 465, 466, 467, 468, 491E, 494.
Painting: Studio Art 320, 325, 420, 491A.
Photography: Studio Art 370, 375, 472, 474, 475, 491F.
Printmaking: Studio Art 330, 335, 439, 491B.
Sculpture: Studio Art 350, 351, 354, 355, 450, 491D.
Studio Art Senior Project courses and Internships:
Ceramics: Studio Art 440S.
Graphic Design: Studio Art 493.
Electronic Art and Intermedia: Studio Art 480S.
Painting: Studio Art 420S.
Photography: Studio Art 472S, 474S, 475S.
Printmaking: Studio Art 439S.
Sculpture: Studio Art 450S.
Studio Art: Studio Art 491S, 493A.
A second concentration of two Studio Art courses in one subdiscipline other than the one that was used to satisfy requirement 3. a. (3) above (6 to 8 credits).
Studio Art electives: Additional credits in Studio Art courses at the 300–400 level as needed to meet the requirement of at least 65, but not more than 68, credits in courses in the major.
Art History and Visual Culture: Four courses including the following (12 to 14 credits):
History of Art 101 and 102 (6 credits).
At least one course that includes the post-World War II period. History of Art 240, 252, 261, 450, 452, 474 or other applicable History of Art courses approved by the advisor (3 or 4 credits).
One additional course in History of Art at the 200 or 400-level (3 or 4 credits).
A course that is listed in requirements 3.a.(2) and (3) may be counted toward both of those requirements.
Requirement 23: Major - Studio Art BFA - Portfolio Review
Major - Studio Art BFA - Portfolio Review: 1 course from Passed Portfolio Review. Students with an intended BFA in Studio Art must have completed or are currently enrolled in all distribution requirements & in their 2nd semester or later at MSU or equivalent, and not yet earned their 30th credit in STA.
Requirement 24: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 65 credits from Studio Art courses.
Requirement 25: College - Arts and Letters - Art History and Visual Culture Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Art History and Visual Culture Cognate: A total 4 courses
At least 2 courses from HA101, HA102
At least 1 course from HA240, HA261, HA450, HA452, HA474, HA252
At least 1 course from additional History of Art Courses
Requirement 26: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 27: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 28: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.