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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are focused on studio practice, and no minor is required. Students therefore focus much more intensely on studio research, often making the BFA the preferred preparation for graduate school, planning careers as independent studio artists and designers, and applying for artist residencies. BFA candidates must also complete a Capstone Thesis project.

Program Requirements

Admission

Students may formally enter the BFA program only after meeting these requirements:

  • Complete the five Studio Foundation classes with a B- grade or better in each course.
  • Schedule mandatory advising with the Department Advisor OR Department Chair AND a Faculty Advisor from the chosen area of BFA study to discuss educational and career goals, to determine if the BFA program suits those goals.

Capstone Work/Portfolio Review

Portfolio review is required at the end of Design Seminar for Juniors (for Graphic Design focus) and BFA Seminar (all other studio areas) to be formally admitted into the Capstone courses. Students whose work requires further development will be required to repeat these junior seminar courses prior to beginning capstone work.

Note: BFA candidates in Art Education must also be accepted into the Teaching Licensure program in the Moyes College of Education.

Foundation

The Foundations program serves as the core curriculum for the Department of Art and Design. These courses are required for application to the BFA program, and serve as prerequisites for many upper-level, discipline-specific courses.

The Studio Foundation includes courses in visual studies, drawing, and a "workshop" structure integrating two and three-dimensional form, analog and digital technologies and time-based media to introduce students to a range of creative approaches toward contemporary art and design practice.

After completing these foundations courses, you can declare an emphasis within the BFA program.

  • ART 1040 Orientation to Visual Studies
  • ART 1110 Drawing I
  • ART 1120 Design Concepts
  • ART 1130 Approaches to Surface, Shape and Form
  • ART 1135 Approaches to Materials, Space and Time

2D Media Emphasis

The Department of Visual Art & Design offers a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in 2D Media.

You may specialize or diversify your area of study in painting, drawing, and printmaking. In this program, we encourage you to develop your own personal vision and independent voice. You’ll explore a range of techniques and theoretical perspectives.

As a graduate, you may find employment as an exhibiting painter, portrait artist or printmaker. As a visually literate, innovative thinker, your background prepares you to address the contemporary demands of many fields.

Contact Your Advisor

When you are ready to apply for the BFA degree with a 2D emphasis, consult the 2D area advisors:

Matt Choberka
Painting / 2D
matthewchoberka@weber.edu
801-626-7270

K Stevenson
Printing / 2D
kstevenson1@weber.edu
801-626-7273

3D Media Emphasis

The Department of Visual Art & Design offers a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in 3D Media.

In the 3D media program, you’ll be able to focus your learning on sculpture or ceramics while becoming familiar with a wide range of materials and techniques.

Through working in actual media, you’ll learn traditional, non-traditional and innovative forms and hone your skills in fabrication.

Graduates work in fields as diverse as architecture, industrial design, landscape design, sculpture, ceramics, engineering, business and more. You’ll also be prepared to go on to a Master of Fine Arts program.

Contact Your Advisor

When you are ready to apply for the BFA degree with a 3D emphasis, please consult the 3D area advisors:

Stephen Wolochowicz
Ceramics / 3D
swolochowicz@weber.edu
801-626-7066

Jason Manley
Sculpture / 3D
jasonmanley@weber.edu
801-626-8672

Photography Emphasis

The Department of Visual Art & Design offers a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Photography. Photography is also available as a minor.

Weber State University offers students the most comprehensive photography program and facilities in the Intermountain West.

You’ll learn technical expertise in analog and digital imaging, along with critical skills and theoretical insights necessary for your career in photography. Our 4,000 square foot lab contains, but is not limited to: beginning and advanced darkrooms, high-end digital workstations, a mural darkroom, an alternative-processes lab and a dedicated lighting studio.

Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills necessary to pursue a career as an exhibiting artist or work in a wide range of photography-related professions. You’ll also be ready to go on to complete a Master’s in Fine Arts program.

Contact Your Advisor

When you are ready to apply for the BFA degree with a photography emphasis, please consult the photography area advisor:

Todd Oberndorfer
toddoberndorfer@weber.edu
801-626-7689

Graphic Design Emphasis

The Department of Visual Art & Design offers a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. A minor in Design for Digital Media is also offered.

Weber State’s graphic design program is built upon a solid foundation of visual fundamentals, typography and design history.

Your studio projects will mix practical and experimental approaches to increase your self-discipline and problem-solving abilities, and you’ll master software including the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver).

Employment options for graduates include design for web/interactive media, exhibitions, brand management, packaging, publishing, advertising and other forms of graphic communication. You will also be in a position to pursue a master of fine arts degree.

Contact Your Advisor

When you are ready to apply for the BFA degree with a Graphic Design emphasis, consult with the BFA Graphic Design Advisor:

Micah Bauer
micahbauer@weber.edu
801-626-6544