Bachelor of Fine Arts

A. Program Overview

Art stands at the intersection of culture, politics, religion and philosophy, making it an ideal place from which to understand the liberal arts and the world at large. At Underwood University, the Department of Art offers students two tracks for study: ”Studio Art” in 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 year capstone experience allows studio majors to pursue intensive, original research in their respective concentrations.

All students take FOUNDATION studio courses, and then choose a MAJOR STUDIO CONCENTRATION in Painting or Ceramics.

B. Program Objective

The objective of the Art department at Underwood University is to advance and disseminate knowledge in the basic academic disciplines of Art. The Art Program is centered in two and three dimensional studio art. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the broad range of educational possibilities available at the University and to enroll in courses that support their professional goals and enrich their knowledge.This program allows a student:

  • To be prepared to enter the professional art world as self-directed practitioner, artist, or occupations in art museums and galleries. These goals are accomplished through a curriculum that includes hands-on studio experience and academic seminars as a vehicle for the investigation into visual expression.
  • To refine technical skills, with materials, techniques, and equipment specific to the production of their art.
  • To refine oral and written skills as a means to communicate the conceptual basis of their visual research and to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, theoretical, and rhetorical issues in art.
  • To hone professional skills as an artist needed to promote their creative research and to advance within their chosen career.