Bachelor of Fine Arts in Two-Dimensional Studies
Bachelor of Art in Art, Two-Dimensional Studies Specialization
School of Art
College of Arts and Sciences
The Two-Dimensional Studies program is committed to providing a positive environment in which a range of artistic viewpoints can flourish. The faculty prides itself in its ability to nurture diversity and independent thinking while closely assisting students in their search for a personal artistic vision.
We offer a solid foundation of perceptual, technical and theoretical knowledge through focused studio experiences in painting and drawing, photography and printmaking. Honoring those traditions, we encourage and foster experimentation and risk-taking through our interdisciplinary professional degree.
Graduates of the Two-Dimensional Studies program acquire valuable creative and technical skills that enable them to pursue further study in art as well as enter the workforce in many different capacities. Although there are definite job descriptions for recipients of a degree in Two-Dimensional Studies, there are numerous examples of students who have moved on to find their niche commercially or professionally. For example, students who have earned a degree in Two-Dimensional Studies concentrating in photography may work as freelance photographers, own commercial businesses or may be employed on the photography staffs of various publications.
Students whose goal is to teach at the college level and regularly participate in fine art gallery exhibitions continue their study in graduate schools across the country working toward their Master of Fine Arts degree, the terminal degree for studio artists.
Prospective students are not required to take a Portfolio Review. Admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is selective, and if students opt to pursue this degree, they will be required to pass a Portfolio Review at the end of their first year of study in the School of Art.
Please visit the School of Art website for more information regarding the policies and procedures: www.bgsu.edu/art/.
Disciplinary knowledge and skills are cumulative, and higher standards of accomplishment are expected at successive levels of instruction. The four introductory two-dimensional courses expose students to basic skills and concepts. At advanced levels, students develop an individual body of work. Students take a course in professional practices and are encouraged to exhibit their work in School of Art student exhibitions on or off campus. A senior project or final presentation in the major area is required.
Drawing and painting courses are taught in spacious, modern studios. Classrooms are illuminated by north light and are well equipped with easels and benches, and have ample wall space for the display and discussion of student work. The Woodshop contains all the power tools and equipment necessary to build stretchers and frames, with technicians available to assist students with their projects. Jerome Library, located next to the Fine Arts Center, provides access to reference materials, visual aids and books.
The photography facility is comprised of a spacious enlarging room supporting 15 Saunders LPL D6700 Dichroic enlargers and 6 Saunders 4550 LPL Dichroic enlargers for printing color and black-and-white 35mm, 120mm and 4x5 negatives. A circular light-safe door facilitates its access from the main area where washing and finishing prints, film processing and general discussions take place. A 15-station computer lab designed to the specifications required of photography students supports two film scanners, an Epson 9900 large format printer capable of printing 44” inches wide, and two 17”- wide printers. This technology serves students regardless of their proficiency or preference for film or digital capture, and demonstrates our commitment to evolving technology and standards within the photographic medium.
Printmaking is housed in several adjacent rooms. The Intaglio/Relief room is equipped for wood and linoleum block printing, intaglio work in copper and monoprinting. It houses two presses (Takach and Charles Brand), three acid baths, three hotplates, paper soaking trays, an airbrush and spray booth, aquatint box, assorted-sized rollers, inks and various tools for both relief and intaglio work. The Lithography/Screenprinting room has two litho presses (Takach and Charles Brand), 25 stones of varying sizes and grades up to 20”x28”, three plate-backing slabs up to 30”x40”, various leather and composition rollers, a graining sink, a hydraulic lift, inks and various tools. For water-based screenprinting, screens, drying racks inks, and assorted sized squeegees are supplied. The Printmaking Photo darkroom is comprised of two rooms. One room is equipped with two large light exposure units and a large sink. The other room contains two smaller exposure units for photopolymer plates, a mat cutter, a shrink wrapper, a pressure washer, a washout sink, and an archive of past student work. A general classroom, shared with the Photography area, is used as a lecture room, clean workroom and critique area.
Two-Dimensional Artists’ Association (2DAA) was founded with a specific interest in supporting students in the disciplines of drawing and painting, although students from other areas are welcome to join. The 2DAA supports field trips, visiting artists and student activities.
The Print Society is a group specific to printmaking, but students from other areas are invited to join and participate in its activities. The Print Society holds an annual print sale to raise funds to sponsor field trips, visiting artists, workshops and student attendance at national and regional conferences.
Photo Club is open to all students in the School of Art. In its recent history it has sponsored student photography exhibitions, field trips, visiting artists’ lectures and workshops.
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 Two-Dimensional Studies, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: choose.bgsu.edu/catalog/ART2