Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Art, B.F.A.

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Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the undergraduate program in fine arts will:

  1. Demonstrate high level of conceptual and technical competency within at least one area of emphasis.

    a. Students are evaluated on drawing competency, both as a stand-alone media and how these skills are applied in other media areas.

    b. Students are evaluated on design knowledge and competency, both as a stand-alone media and how these skills are applies in other media areas.

    c. Student projects are evaluated on the level of proficiency with the selected media and whether or not the student shows the potential for broad ranging technical refinement and sensitivity to materials.

  2. Exhibit evidence of professionalism by developing a cohesive body of work, resume and artist statement, demonstrating the ability to apply historical and contemporary contexts to their own practice.

    a. Student work is evaluated on whether or not there is evidence of conceptual development - meaning, the content of the work clearly expresses an original, creative, and thought-provoking theme, reflecting a strong personal direction in regard to the subject matter and the execution of their work. Technical proficiency/mastery in their chosen media area is evaluated in regard to how that supports the conceptual focus of the work.

    b. Student work demonstrates a clear and insightful knowledge of past and present artistic influences and precedents (as reflected in the work and in the artist statement). Sometimes knowledge of historical context is reflected in targeted projects, but this attribute should become increasingly evident in the overall body of work as the students take higher level art courses (Note: all studio courses include aspects of viewing/discussing historical and contemporary artists relevant to the media area being taught).

    c. Students are expected to exhibit evidence of the ability to properly document their work and develop well-written supporting professional materials (resumes, cover letters, etc.).

  3. Successful execution of final project or exhibition, including written artist statement, which illustrates stylistic and conceptual competency of chosen art form.

    a. Overall quality of the portfolio is evaluated as to whether or not the body of work reflects a high degree of consistency in quality, and in cohesiveness of theme, content and stylistic approach.

    b. Professionalism is also evaluated as part of PLO 3 by looking at the quality of the images and supporting professional materials submitted.

    c. Student final exhibitions and/or Senior projects are evaluated on their quality and execution.

Tulsa Curriculum and First Year Experience (51-53 hours)

Core Curriculum and First Year Experience (26-28 hours)

General Curriculum (25 hours)

  • Block I (6 hours)
  • Block II (12 hours)
  • Block III (7 hours including one lab)


AS 2001  is required for sophomores with the exception of students enrolled in the graphic design emphasis.

Art Major Courses (54 hours)

All B.F.A. students declare one of the following areas of emphasis within the major: ceramics, digital media, graphic design, painting, photography and printmaking.


Graphic design students must take ART 3243  as a required course in their area of emphasis and may not count it toward the requirements for intermediary level courses.

Upper Division Courses (27 hours)

Upper Division Electives (12 hours)

3000-4000 level courses.

Area of Emphasis (15 hours)

3000-4000 level courses in the student’s area of emphasis.

Required Art History Minor (12 hours)

General Electives (1-3 hours)

Students who choose the graphic design emphasis are required to complete one additional hour of general electives in place of AS 2001  for a total of 2-4 hours of general electives. All other B.F.A. students complete 1-3 hours of general electives.

Total: 120 hours

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