Curriculum Requirements

General Foundation Courses
ART 101Introduction to Drawing I3
ART 104Intro to 3D Design3
ART 109Introduction to Electronic Media3
Art History Courses
ARH 131Survey of Western Art I3
ARH 132Survey of Western Art II3
ARH 343Modern Art3
or ARH 344 Contemporary Art
History of Graphic Design (required for Graphic Design/ Multimedia majors.)
History of Photography (required for Photography majors.)
ARH Electives6
Art Studio Electives
Select 12 credit hours to be taken in the Department outside of area of specialization.12
Areas of Concentration
Primary concentrations
Select six courses from the sequence:18
Painting
Printmaking
Graphic Design/Multimedia
Photography/Digital Imaging
Ceramics
Sculpture
Secondary concentrations
Select six courses from the sequence:18
Painting
Printmaking
Graphic Design/Multimedia
Photography/Digital Imaging
Ceramics
Sculpture
Portfolio Review *
BFA Exhibition **
Additional Required Courses
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
ENG 106Writing About Literature and Culture3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
MTH 113Finite Mathematics 13
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Electives and/or Writing Courses21
ARH 207History of Photography3
Total Credit Hours123
1

 MTH 113 or appropriate level Math course.

*

BFA Exhibition

Unless otherwise instructed, each BFA candidate will take part in an exhibition of work screened and approved by a faculty member from their area of specialization, accomplished as an art major at the University of Miami, in the Fall or Spring semester of the senior year. The BFA exhibitions are held in the College Gallery.

At the time the candidates BFA exhibition is hung, a formal critique will be arranged between the student and the art faculty.

**

BFA Minor in Art History

All BFA studio majors automatically minor in art history. A minor outside the department is not required.

Maximum Credits in Studio Areas

A BFA student is limited to a maximum of 21 credit hours in any one studio area – Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design/Multimedia, Photo/Digital, Ceramics, and Sculpture.

Minimum Major GPA

Students must maintain at least a 3.0 average in their major.

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ART 101 Introduction to Drawing I 3
ART 109 Introduction to Electronic Media 3
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 1 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ART 104 Intro to 3D Design 3
ARH 131 Survey of Western Art I 3
WRS 106 or ENG 106 First-Year Writing II
or Writing About Literature and Culture
3
ART - Studio Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
ARH 132 Survey of Western Art II 3
ART - Studio Primary 3
ART - Studio Secondary 3
ART - Studio Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ARH 343 or 344 Modern Art
or Contemporary Art
3
ART - Studio Primary 3
ART - Studio Secondary 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective or Writing 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
ART - Studio Primary 3
ART - Studio Secondary 3
ART - Studio Elective 3
ARH Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ART - Studio Primary 3
ART - Studio Secondary 3
ART - Studio Elective 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective or Writing 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
ART - Studio Primary 3
ART - Studio Secondary 3
ARH Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective or Writing Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ART - Studio Primary 3
ART - Studio Elective 3
Elective or Writing 3
Elective or Writing 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
1

 MTH 113 or appropriate level Math course. 

Mission

The Art Department is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the visual arts by encouraging originality, discovery, creativity, and critical inquiry. The department provides an educationally diverse environment where students can acquire the critical perspectives, historical knowledge, and technical skills that will prepare them for a variety of professional careers in the arts. The BFA program, as opposed to the BA-Studio program, requires twice as many credits in the major and fewer general education requirements, allowing the students to focus more on their study of fine arts; the emphasis in the BFA is to work in-depth on a primary and secondary studio major, with some electives, whereas the BA stresses trying a variety of media. BFA students usually either continue with their studies or find arts-related employment after graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge on the relationship between materials and concepts, apply this knowledge in a variety art media and processes, and be able to problem solve in visual arts. They will acquire skills in a primary and secondary studio major which will constitute their portfolio, to be exhibited at the end of their final semester.
  • Students will demonstrate proficient written and communication skills.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary aesthetic positions, and working knowledge of the history of art from the pre-historic period to the present. BFA students minor in Art History, as opposed to BA students who only take the two beginning surveys plus an elective, so the expectation for BFA students is higher; should they go on to graduate work, a thorough knowledge of Art History will be necessary.