Bachelor of Fine Arts

Art stands at the intersection of culture, politics, religion and philosophy, making it an ideal vantage point from which to understand the liberal arts and the world at large. Underwood University’s Department of Fine Arts offers students two tracks for studio art study: Painting or Ceramics. Both concentrations foster rigorous, critical investigation through active processes of learning in which students connect historical discourse with an engagement of art from multiple contemporary perspectives. The senior exhibition allows studio majors to demonstrate their talents after intensive, original research in their respective concentrations.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program are to help students to:

  1. develop professional skills in research, conceptual planning, and critical thinking;
  2. demonstrate students’ ability to create personal, expressive works of art, execute long-term artistic projects, write a statement of artistic intent,
    and defend their artistic choices;
  3. Refine students’ technical skills with the materials, techniques, equipment and vocabulary specific to the production of their art;
  4. Provide a strong philosophical and historical foundation of the visual arts and its impact on contemporary social and visual culture.

Program Requirements

University Core Courses 3 Credits
General Education Courses 30 Credits
General Departmental Elective Courses 27 Credits
Major Core Courses 45 Credits
Major Elective Courses 15 Credits
Total 120 Credits


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