Bachelor of Fine Arts

Tyler's BFA 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 six 2000-level studio courses (18 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.

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; a minimum of three studio electives which may be taken outside the major (9-12 s.h. depending on the major); and additional credits in Art History, General Education and elective courses.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art 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 2.00.

General Education, courses waiving General Education requirements, and major courses all must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to fulfill requirements. Please confer with the advising staff and review your DARS for further information.

B.F.A. Curriculum

Studio courses74
Foundation Program (20 credits)
2000 level Sophomore studios including major prerequisites (18 credits)
Major studio requirements (21-24 credits, varies depending on major)
Capstone (WI) course in Major (3 credits)
Studio electives (9-12 credits, varies depending on major)
Art History13-14
Art Heritage of the Western World I
Honors Art Heritage of the Western World I
Art Heritage of the Western World II
Honors Art Heritage of the Western World II
2000+ ARTH elective
2000+ ARTH writing intensive
General Education 132
Successful completion (minimum C-) of FDPR 1511 and ARTH 1156 satisfies the GenEd Arts (GA) requirement.
Summer or semester study abroad program will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement.
Non-studio elective3
Open elective3-4
1

Students waived from General Education requirements must make up the credits with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation.

Sophomore Prerequisites for B.F.A. departments

Ceramics
Beginning Ceramics
Intermediate Ceramics
Glass
Introduction to Glass
Intermediate Glass
Fibers and Material Studies
Introduction to Fibers and Material Studies
Dyeing for Color I
Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM
Jewelry
CAD/CAM I Computer-Aided-Design/Computer-Aided-Manufacture
Graphic and Interactive Design
Graphic Design
Computers for Design
Photography
Photo I: Digital
Photo I: Digital
Digital Imaging
Printmaking
Survey of Printmaking Techniques
Survey of Printmaking Techniques
Select one of the following printmaking studios:
Serigraphy
Etching
Intaglio Printmaking
Lithography
Lithography
Painting
Painting
Painting
Select one of the following:
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate Figure Drawing
Sculpture
Sculpture
Sculpture: Rome

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

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 three of the following:9
CRFT 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
GAD 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
PDS 2xxx (Studio Electives/Prerequisites)2
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Studio Major Courses6
Studio Elective3
Art History Elective34
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Studio Major Courses6
Studio Elective3
Art History Writing-Intensive Elective [WI]44
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Studio Major Courses6
Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Studio Major Courses6
Writing Intensive course in major (Capstone) [WI]53
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective33
 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

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.

4

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.

5

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