Concurrent Degree Option for B.F.A. Students

Unique among peer art programs in the U.S., the five-year, concurrent bachelor of fine art (B.F.A.) degree is an opportunity for art students to balance their studio course work with a fluency in a second disciplinary field, resulting in a professional pathway that bridges formerly distinct practices to position graduates as both innovators in traditional careers and pioneers in emerging professions.

The program allows students to earn the B.F.A. degree as well as the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, or the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from the College of Engineering, the College of Human Ecology, or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students apply to the concurrent degree option during their second year. Once admitted, they are assigned an advisor in each college to assist with class planning and graduation requirements. Concurrent degree candidates must satisfy all requirements for both degrees and a minimum of 160 academic credits. At least 64 of the total credits must come from classes offered in the Department of Art. It is expected that a concurrent degree candidate will complete the following thesis requirements for the B.F.A. degree during the fifth year.

  • ART 4001 Thesis IThis course continues the independent studio research and production of the Advanced Practice course to prepare students for ART 4002: Thesis II.  During Thesis I, students begin to research, develop, and clarify their thesis proposals through dialogues, readings, and critiques with members of the Core Thesis Faculty. Emphasis is on deepening awareness of the intention and reading of the work and situating individual interests within and against historical, theoretical, and conceptual contexts.
  • ART 4002 Thesis IIThis course is the final B.F.A. studio semester in which students develop and present an independent body of work that may take the form of an exhibition or some other project. Students will work with members of the Core Thesis Faculty to define and refine the positions formulated within each work and to foster the ability to speak about one's own work as well as the work of others. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies of productive self-criticality to inform their work both during and beyond the thesis semester.

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