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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Art Major, B.F.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Design

Art Major, B.F.A., Program Information

Department of Art and Design
PO Box 70708
Johnson City, TN 37614

The professional undergraduate degree in the visual arts is the bachelor of fine arts degree. This degree allows the student to specialize in a particular area of art or to explore multiple studio areas in order to prepare for a professional career. Grades in Art and Art History applied to the major must be “C” or above.

All studio art students must enter the Department of Art and Design on the BA track; after 21 credit hours in studio art and before 45 hours in art have been completed, the student must successfully complete ARTA 2916 BFA Portfolio Review   The student must pass this review in order to be accepted in the BFA capstone course, ARTA 4916 Portfolio and Exhibit  and to graduate with a BFA degree in art. Students have only two chances to complete this review course.

Students in the BFA program should be aware that the final advanced studio courses should have as the primary goal the production of art work of exhibition quality. Examples of this work will be exhibited by the Department of Art and Design as proof of student excellence in a required senior exhibit. The BFA degree does not have a foreign language requirement, nor does it require a minor.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

TBR General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


3 - 4 credits, consisting of one of the following:

  • (3 credits)
  • (3 credits)
  • (4 credits)
  • Note:

    Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/

Art Major

Art Major Requirements: 15 Credit Hours

BFA Requirements: 64 Credit Hours

Courses to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Studio courses:

  • Six courses at the 2000-level (18 credits)
  • Five courses at the 3000-level (15 credits)
  • Six courses at the 4000-level (18 credits)
  • One ARTA studio elective (1 credit)
  • (0 credit) (to be taken after completing 21 credit hours of studio art)
  • (1-3 credits variable)

Art History:

Three 4000-level courses, including:

Minor: no minor required

Additional Information

Click here to view the Art Major, BFA, Suggested Course Sequence .

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