The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art is a 125 credit hour limited access program that provides an intensive background in theoretical knowledge and professional skills. BFA students will develop a personal vision, a high level of competence in technique, and the ability to make sound artistic decisions. The BFA in Studio Art is a proficiency-based program, characterized by continuous assessment. Graduating BFA seniors exhibit their work in the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Gallery in their last semester.

To receive a degree in BFA Studio Art, students must successfully complete a minimum of one hundred twenty-five (125) credit hours. Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. A departmental advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Students admitted to the BFA program are exempt from any foreign language requirement. Students in the BFA major are not required to select a minor. The BFA Advisor can provide additional guidance with regard to entrance and degree requirements.

Academic Performance and Retention

Students are required to have a C or above in all foundation courses to maintain good standing in the Department of Art.  The work and progress of students pursuing baccalaureate degrees will be evaluated both within the classes they take and by the departmental standards established for each major programmatic area (BA in Art, BFA in Photography, BFA in Studio Art, BFA in Visual Communication).

The Department of Art reserves the right to discontinue enrollment of art majors at any time if satisfactory academic progress is not being made.  Students who have accumulated three unsatisfactory grades (U, D or F) in studio art or visual communication courses at A&M-Commerce or elsewhere may not be permitted to continue, be readmitted, or graduate with a degree in art.  Courses with grades of D or F may be repeated for a grade of C or higher only once.

BFA in Studio Art – Emphasis in Experimental Studies

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements 42
Foundations Art courses required
ART 1316 Drawing I 3
ART 1311 Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory 3
ART 1317 Drawing II 3
ART 1312 Three-Dimensional Design & Color Theory 3
ART 141 Intro to Shop Safety 1
ART 1303 GLB/History of Art I *
ART 1304 GLB/History of Art II *
ART 2323 Figure Drawing 3
PHO 2356 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Sophomore Studio Courses
ART 2316 Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Painting 3
ART 2326 Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Sculpture 3
ART 2346 Sophomore Studio: Introduction to Ceramics 3
3 semester hours from the following: 3
PHO 209 Introduction to Video
ART 2313 Introduction to Visual Communication
Required Support Courses
ART 316 Advanced Drawing 3
ART 380 Experimental Concepts 3
ART 403 Practicum in Art 3
ART 404 GLB/History of Contemporary Art 3
12 semester hours from any upper division Art History courses 12
Emphasis Area courses
Experimental Studies area courses
6 semester hours from: 6
ART 340 Sculpture I A
ART 341 Sculpture I B
ART 440 Sculpture II A
ART 441 Sculpture II B
6 semester hours from: 6
ART 330 Printmaking
ART 331 Screenprinting
ART 433 Screenprinting II
6 semester hours from: 6
ART 320 Airbrush Painting
ART 321 Watercolor I
ART 422 Painting IV: Advanced Concepts in Painting
6 semester hours from: 6
ART 350 Ceramics I
ART 450 Ceramics II
ART 451 Ceramics III
Advanced Art, Art History or Photography Electives
4 semester hours in advanced (300 or 400-level) art, art history, or photography courses 4
Total Hours 125
* This course will satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Creative Arts or Degree Pathway.