Bachelor of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts
School of Art
College of Arts and Sciences
BGSU’s School of Art is one of the largest programs in the Ohio public university system and offers an extensive range of undergraduate scholarships. Faculty and students actively exhibit their work, attend and participate in conferences nationally and internationally—creating, writing and thinking at the highest level. Classroom and studio learning are enhanced by vibrant visiting artists’ lecture series, gallery exhibitions of national and international importance, and an active study abroad program to Florence, Italy.
The School of Art offers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Art (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
The BA degree is a liberal arts degree designed to support the development of professionals with careers in art-related fields. BA students may choose from the majors listed below, and must also select a minor in another area of study:
Digital Arts Specialization
The BFA degree is designed to support the development of professional studio artists and K-12 art teachers. BFA students may choose from the majors below; a minor is optional:
Admission to the School of Art as a BFA student is a two-step process. In addition to your application to the University, you must successfully complete a portfolio review through the School of Art. While it is not necessary to be fully accepted by the University at the time you schedule your portfolio review, it is recommended that your undergraduate application be on file when you come for your review. Scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and to continuing students through annual portfolio review competitions. A portfolio review is not required for admission as a BA student.
Please visit the School of Art website for more information regarding the policies and procedures: www.bgsu.edu/art
The First Year Program is a coordinated, dynamic freshman experience providing students with methods of artistic research and practice, allowing them to translate their experiences and knowledge into art. Formal elements of design and technique are explored in larger contexts foregrounding how materials and processes establish meaning. Students grow imaginatively and analy-tically by investigating areas in which media and disciplines overlap, becoming more perceptive and responsive to themselves and the world and broadening their notions of art and the roles of artists.
BA Art students select a specialization and within it either take a breadth of courses or focus on one area. Some students know that they wish to specialize and which area they prefer before entering; others decide after completing introductory courses. Specialization benefits students through developing mentoring relationships with faculty, and in-depth work within a discipline supported by a capstone class leads to a portfolio demonstrating to employers and graduate programs the ability to plan and complete a large project.
Introductory courses in the BFA programs introduce visual and critical vocabularies and explore a range of methodologies and media. As students proceed to the intermediate level they narrow their focus and gain independence. At the advanced level they are expected to follow their own creative agendas and perhaps explore special topics. All BFA degrees require a capstone preparing students for (optional) participation in the BFA Thesis Exhibition.
Bowling Green State University and Studio Art Centers International (SACI) share an academic agreement offering a bi-cultural educational experience in studio art and liberal arts instruction in Florence, Italy. The program draws upon the rich history of Florence—its museums, architecture, arts specialists and wide cultural offerings—while presenting contemporary developments in Italian art and culture. Learning takes place in the classroom, in the studio and on field trips in Florence and beyond. Students may elect to attend SACI for a semester, the academic year or as a member of the BGSU summer study abroad program. Students are encouraged to contact the SACI coordinator in the School of Art for further information.
The School of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Within the Fine Arts Center, the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, the Willard Wankelman Gallery and the Hiroko Nakamoto Gallery provide excellent venues for exhibitions curated by both the gallery director and faculty. The spaces regularly show the work of nationally recognized artists as well as the works of students, including BFA and MFA thesis work.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU. To enhance your future college experience in art, consider taking two to four years of the same foreign language, a course in computer use, and courses that provide exposure to the visual and performing arts.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for School of Art, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/A_S/A_S33.html.