Bachelor of Fine Arts with Entrepreneurial Studies

Tyler's BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum is designed to provide graduates with the requisite skills for career preparation in their respective studio discipline as well as the necessary preparation to pursue graduate studies in their discipline, in entrepreneurship or similar professions upon graduation. A strength of this course of study is its maintenance of the required studio coursework in the major and the partnership with and support of the Fox School of Business and Management. All programs will consist of 126 credits integrating the disciplines of art and entrepreneurship. The program coursework includes: 68 credit hours of studio/art related courses, 14 credits of Art History, 32 credits of General Education, 3 credits of open electives and 9 credits of Fox entrepreneurship courses.

This is an attractive degree option to students because of the array of entrepreneurship courses, the combined reputations of the Tyler School of Art and the Fox School of Business and Management and the ability of students to both study intensively in a studio discipline and learn the entrepreneurial skills to be able to support their studio practice.

The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, which includes 65 studio/art related credits, 14 credits of Art History, 32 credits of General Education, 12 credits of Entrepreneurship, and 3 credits of open elective. All students must complete two writing intensive classes as part of the degree.

 All BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies majors must complete the BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum and General Education requirements, as well as the requirements specific to the studio disciplines as outlined in each of the programs' Bulletin pages:

Tyler's BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies curriculum is designed to give sound preparation to the future artist through coursework that provides a variety of approaches, practices, skills and goals. The BFA foundation program and introductory courses in each studio area develop a thorough understanding of fundamental processes and information. Advanced courses in the major stress the development of an individual idiom and preparation for the professional world. At Tyler, art students find an atmosphere of aesthetic freedom that encourages personal experimentation and the exploration of visual concepts.

FRESHMAN YEAR

The Foundation Program is highly structured and intensive; it forms the base that establishes the fundamental studio practice and principles for all visual art expression. In addition to presenting traditional vocabulary, theory, media, and technique, the Foundation Program develops creative thinking and problem solving, visual thinking, and perceptual and imaginative abilities. Faculty members from all areas of the school teach the Foundation courses, assuring a broad range of experience and diverse viewpoints.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Sophomore studio electives serve as prerequisites to enter the major, of which one or two specific courses are required in each major. During the sophomore year, students are offered the opportunity to explore a wide range of studio areas. This experience gives the necessary background with which to make an informed selection of a major and adds to the overall breadth of the educational experience. Requirements are five 2000-level studio courses (15 s.h.), not to exceed three courses from any one major area and to include at least one course from three different major areas; and additional credits in Art History electives and/or General Education. One Entrepreneurship course should be taken in the sophomore year.

JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEARS

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is completed after a final two-year concentration in a major studio area. Because expressive work is often achieved by synthesis of disparate media, studio work outside the major is allowed. Requirements are the specified major courses (21-24 s.h. depending on the major) and one major capstone course (3 s.h.), with a minimum grade of C- required in each course; two Fox entrepreneurship courses and a Tyler entrepreneurship course; and additional credits in Art History, General Education, and one elective course.

Entrepreneurship Requirements

Select three of the following:9
Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business
Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking
Lean Startup: Fast & Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, & Innovation
Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days
Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact
Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment
Special Topics - Strategic Management
Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder
Select one of the following: 13
Field Internship in Ceramics
Field Internship in Glass
Field Internship in Fibers
Field Internship Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM
Business Practices in Crafts (WI)
Art Careers Promotion
The Business of Design (WI)
Field Internship
Art Career Workshop (WI)
Field Internship
Creative Cottage Industrialist
Rome Internship
Total Credit Hours12
1

These courses can not fulfill both a requirement for the major and for this category.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Entrepreneurial Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
Select three of the following:9
CRFT 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
GAD 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
PDS 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select two of the following:6
CRFT 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
GAD 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
PDS 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Entrepreneurship course33
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Studio Major Courses6
Entrepreneurship course33
Art History Elective44
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Studio Major Courses6
Entrepreneurship course33
Art History Writing-Intensive Elective [WI]54
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Studio Major Courses6
Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Tyler Entrepreneurship course63
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Studio Major Courses6
Writing Intensive course in major (Capstone) [WI]73
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective43
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a grade of C- or better.

2

See academic advisor for details.

3

Select from: 

SGM 3002 Be Your Own Boss: Planning to Start Your Own Business;
SGM 3501 Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking;
SGM 3503 Lean Startup: Fast & Frugal Approaches to High-Impact New Ventures, Product Invention, & Innovation;
SGM 3504 Ready, Fire, Aim: Launching a Profitable Micro-venture in 100 Days;
SGM 3511 Doing Well by Doing Good: Where Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meet Social Impact;
SGM 3521 Finance Your Ideas: Crowdfunding, Grants, Banks, Venture Funds, Corporate and Private Investment;
SGM 3580 Special Topics - Strategic Management;
SGM 3585 Incubator Internship: Contribute, Connect and Learn as a Part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem / SGM 3685 New Venture Internship: Learning to be a High-Value Employee, Manager, or Founder.

4

Students completing a 3 credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4 credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

5

Students may elect to take a second writing intensive course within their majors (if available), but must still fulfill a total of 13-14 credits in Art History - see academic advisor for details.

6

Select from the list below (these courses cannot fulfill both a requirement for the major and a requirement for this category):

CRFT 3185 Field Internship in Ceramics;
CRFT 3285 Field Internship in Glass;
CRFT 3385 Field Internship in Fibers;
CRFT 4485 Field Internship Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM;
CRFT 4496 Business Practices in Crafts (WI);
GAD 3053 Art Careers Promotion;
GAD 3096 The Business of Design (WI);
GAD 3185 Field Internship;
GAD 3896 Art Career Workshop (WI);
PDS 4585 Field Internship;
TYLE 3211 Creative Cottage Industrialist;
TYLE 4285 Rome Internship.

7

In some majors, the Capstone is taken in the junior year.