Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


Studio Art (SBF)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 50.0702 - Track 1 of 2

College of The Arts


Major Description

The B.F.A. program in Studio Art will expose the student to many possibilities in the art-making process. The areas of emphasis in art media on the Tampa campus are painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and electronic media/video/performance. These options provide access to a comprehensive program of study in art. Students can develop their conceptual and technical skills in a particular art discipline or decide to investigate a specific subject through the use of numerous media and "mixed" forms of art.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Note: It is recommended that transfer students complete both Design I and Design II prior to transfer. If a student does not complete Design I and Design II prior to transfer they should wait and enroll in ART 2201C (Concepts and Practices I) and ART 2203C (Concepts and Practices II) at USF.

  • ART X201 Design I or ART XXXX
  • ART X202 Design II or ART X203 or ART XXXX
  • ART X300 Drawing I
  • ART X301 Drawing II or ART X330 or ART X205 or ART X310 or ART X305
  • ART X050 Art History Survey I
  • ART X051 Art History Survey II
  • ART XXXX 6 semester hours of ART courses

Total Major Hours: 82 Hours

Major Core Courses - 82 Hours

  1. Art Foundations (18 credit hours):
    • ARH 2050 History of Visual Arts I*
    • ARH 2051 History of Visual Arts II*
    • ART 2201C Concepts and Practices I**
    • ART 2203C Concepts and Practices II
    • ART 2301C Beginning Drawing
    • ART 3310C Intermediate Drawing
    • *History of Visual Arts I and II must be used to satisfy the General Education requirements (TGED, TGEI) if the student is to remain within 120 hours for the degree.
      **Concepts and Practices I must be used to satisfy the General Education (TGEC) requirement if the student is to remain within 120 hours for the degree.
  2. 2000 Level Studio (12 credit hours):
    • 2000 Level 2-D Studio
    • 2000 Level 3-D Studio
    • 2000 Level Specialization
    • 2000 Level Elective Studio
  3. 3000 Level Studio (18 credit hours):
    • 3000 Level Specialization
    • 3000 Level Non-Specialization
    • 3000 Level Elective Studio
  4. 4000 Level Studio Specialization* (9 credit hours):
    • 4000 Level Specialization
    • *Note: Advanced Studios in Specialization must be taken sequentially and may not be completed during the same term.
  5. Expanded Context Courses (3 credit hours):
    A minimum of 3 hours of studio work must be from selected expanded context courses. Expanded context courses include ART 4806 Theme Studio, cross-media classes and/or ART 4930 Special Topics in Art studio classes.
  6. Art History (9 credit hours):
    • ARH 4450 20th Century Art
    • ARH 4475C Contemporary Issues in Art*
    • 4000 Level Period Art History
    • * Note: ARH 4450 20th Century Art is a prerequisite for ARH 4475C Contemporary Issues in Art
  7. Additional Requirements (13 credit hours):
    • ART 3939 Real World
    • ART 4940 Extended Studies*
    • ART 4970C Senior Thesis**
    • ART 3618 Technology Essentials for Artists***
    • *Paris Program, Public Art, Museum Internships, Community Art, Artists Internships/Apprenticeships, London Middlesex Program, Johannesburg Program.
      **Must be taken with the second Advanced Studio in the student’s specialization.
    • ***Note: ART 3618 Technology Essentials for Artists is a prerequisite for ART 3939 RealWorld.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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