First-Year Preparation: Foundations

A minimum of 13 hours in foundations courses is required before a student may enroll in further studio classes for a B.F.A., B.A., or B.A.E. degree:

ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1

Additional specified prerequisites must be completed before enrollment in advanced visual art studio courses.

The foundations enrollment should be followed for 2 semesters (15-16 hours each semester):

Foundations (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
English (6)
ENGL 101Composition3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing3
History of Art (6)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval3
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary3

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Degree Requirements

The Department of Visual Art offers the B.F.A. in Visual Art, including the areas of Ceramics, Drawing, Expanded Media, Metalsmithing/Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles/Fibers. A total of 120 hours is required for the degree, including 45 junior/senior hours (courses numbered 300 or higher). 30 of these 45 junior/senior hours must be taken in residence at the University of Kansas. In addition to the 13-hour foundations requirement, a minimum of 48 hours in departmental courses is required, including 2 semesters of Senior Seminar.

The Department of Visual Art reserves the right to retain examples of student work and to use images of student work on internet websites and for university publication purposes.

B.F.A. Major Requirements

General Option

General Education Requirements
Completion of KU Core Requirements (see KU Core)
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement - ENGL101 and ENGL 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2, Outcome 1 course6
Foundations Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 accepted only for students transferring into the department
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accepted for students transferring into the department
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
BFA General students must choose one of the following to cover Non-Western Art History.
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Buddhist Scriptures in Chinese Painting
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Painting
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Art History 1900-19453
BFA General students must choose one of the following courses covering Art History from 1900-1945:
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern Korean Art and Culture
American Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
History of Photography
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
European Art, 1900-1945
Contemporary Art
American Art
Modern Sculpture
History of Photography
American Art 1900-1945: Rise of Modernism
Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Art History 1945 - Present3
BFA General students must choose one of the following courses covering Art History from 1945-present:
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Modern Korean Art and Culture
History of Photography
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in Modern Art: _____
Special Study in 20th/21st-Century Art: _____
Art Since 1945
Art From 1945 to the 1980s: Modernism to Post-Modernism
Contemporary Art
American Art
Modern Sculpture
History of Photography
Kansas Art, History, and Popular Culture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in Modern Art: _____

Electives

  • Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements - General Option

The general option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 15 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Visual Art Core Courses (15)15
Select one course in 5 of the following areas:
Painting
Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting
or any PNTG course
Printmaking
Fundamentals of Printmaking
or any PRNT course
Sculpture
Fundamentals of Sculpture
or any SCUL course
Expanded Media
Fundamentals of Expanded Media
or any EXM course
Ceramics
Fundamentals of Ceramics
or any CER course
Metalsmithing / Jewelry
Fundamentals of Metalsmithing/Jewelry
or any METL course
Textiles / Fibers
Fundamentals of Fibers
Fundamentals of Fiber Forms
or any TD course
Visual Art Studies (required) (3)
3 additional DRWG credits required. Select one of the following drawing courses.3
Drawing III
Life Drawing I
Special Topics in Drawing: _____
or any DRWG course beyond ART 102
Visual Art Required Electives (12)
Satisfied by 12 hours selected from the Visual Art Department (ART, CER, EXM, METL, PNTG, PRNT, SCUL, TD, VAE)12
Studio Electives (9)
Satisfied by 9 hours selected from from Visual Art or Design courses9
Senior Studio Requirements (9)
Prerequisite: 30 hours of studio art courses.
ART 540Professional Activities Seminar (this course is recommended in the third year)3
ART 650Senior Seminar I3
ART 660Senior Seminar II3

Ceramics Option

General Education Requirements
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.6
Foundations Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accepted for students transferring into the department
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study: _____
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
CER 510History of Ceramics3
Art History Elective (Upper Level)3
Select any 300+ level HA course

Electives Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements - Ceramics Option

The ceramics option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 24 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Ceramics (27)
ART 131Fundamentals of Ceramics3
or CER 208 Ceramics I
CER 301Concepts and Methods: Wheel Throwing3
CER 302Concepts & Methods: Hand Building3
CER 402Mold Making and Slip Casting3
CER 403Advanced Topics in Ceramics3
CER 504Kilns3
CER 505Clay and Glaze Formulation3
CER 515Advanced Ceramics I3
CER 520Advanced Ceramics II3
Studio Electives (12)
Studio Elective in Visual Art or Design12
Senior Studio Requirements (9)
ART 540Professional Activities Seminar3
ART 650Senior Seminar I3
ART 660Senior Seminar II3

Metalsmithing/Jewelry Option

General Education Requirements
Completion of KU Core Requirements (see KU Core)
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.6
Foundation Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 only accepted for students transferring into the department
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 only accepted for students transferring into the department
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study: _____
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
Islamic Art and Architecture in Africa
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Chinese Painting
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Art History Electives (Upper Level)6
Select 6 hours of 300+ HA coursework. Metalsmithing/Jewelry students may take METL 504: A History of Jewlery for 3 hours credit.

Electives Additional credit hours of general electives are needed to meet the minimum total hours required for graduation.

Major Requirements - Metalsmithing/Jewelry Option

The metalsmithing/jewelry option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 30 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Metalsmithing/Jewelry (24)
ART 132Fundamentals of Metalsmithing/Jewelry3
or METL 211 Jewelry
METL 301Introduction to Casting for Jewelry3
METL 360Holloware3
METL 362Metalsmithing3
METL 364Enameling3
METL 501Seminar3
METL 515Advanced Metals I3
METL 520Advanced Metals II3
Studio Electives (15)
Satisfied by completing 15 hours of studio elective in Visual Art or Design.15
Senior Studio Requirements (9)
ART 540Professional Activities Seminar3
ART 650Senior Seminar I3
ART 660Senior Seminar II3

Textiles/Fibers Option

General Education Requirements
Completion of KU Core (see KU Core)
BFA-specific requirements
Writing Requirement – ENGL 101 and 102, or placement in and completion of ENGL 102/105 and an additional Goal 2 Outcome 1 course.6
Foundations Studies (13)
ART 101Drawing I3
or BDS 103 Drawing for Design
ART 101 is a required course, BDS 103 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
ART 102Drawing II3
ART 103Art Concepts and Practice3
or BDS 101 Design Thinking and Making I
ART 103 is a required course, BDS 101 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
ART 104Art Principles and Practice3
or BDS 102 Design Thinking and Making II
ART 104 is a required course, BDS 102 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
ART 105Visual Art Seminar1
History of Art (15)
HA 150History of Western Art: Ancient Through Medieval Fall Only3
or HA 100 Introduction to Western Art History
HA 150 is a required course, HA 100 is only accepted for students transferring into the depatment
HA 151History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary Spring Only3
Non-Western History of Art3
Introduction to Asian Art
The Visual Arts of East Asia
Special Study: _____
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Special Study in Islamic Art, 14th-17th Century: _____
Modern and Contemporary African Art
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Modern Korean Art and Culture
Art and Culture of Japan
Art and Culture of China
Art and Culture of Korea
West African Art
Modern and Contemporary Visual Arts of Japan
Special Study in African Art: _____
Special Study in Asian Art: _____
Art and Culture of Japan, Honors
Art and Culture of China, Honors
Art and Culture of Korea, Honors
Chinese Painting, Honors
History of Japanese Buddhist Art
Special Study in Asian Art Before 1900: _____
Early Chinese Art
Chinese Sculpture
Japanese Prints
Buddhist Art of Korea
Ceramics of Korea
Central African Art
The Art of Buddhism
Japanese Sculpture
Modern and Contempoary Visual Arts of Japan
Japanese Artistic Encounters with Europe and the United States
Special Study in Asian Art: ______
West African Art
African Design
African Expressive Culture: _____
Art History Elective (Upper Level)3
Select from any 300+ HA course
TD 504History of Textiles, Lecture3

Major Requirements - Textiles/Fibers Option

The textiles/fibers option requires 48 major hours, including a minimum of 30 junior/senior hours in the major, a minimum of 15 major hours in residence, and a minimum 2.0 KU junior/senior grade-point average in the major.

Textiles/Fibers Courses (27)
ART 133Fundamentals of Fibers3
or ART 130 Fundamentals of Fiber Forms
TD 313Fiber Forms3
TD 314Introduction to Weaving3
TD 315Textile Handprinting and Resist Processes3
TD 316Screenprinting Textiles3
Intermediate / Advanced Textiles Electives6
Weave Structures
Techniques in Weaving
Intermediate Textile Printing
Surface Design
Experimental Concepts in Weaving
Advanced Surface Design/Screenprinting
Advanced Fiber Forms
Advanced Techniques in Weaving
TD 515Advanced Textiles/Fibers I3
TD 520Advanced Textiles/Fibers II3
Studio Electives (12)
any Visual Art, Design, or applicable studio courses12
Senior Studio Requirements (9)
ART 540Professional Activities Seminar3
ART 650Senior Seminar I3
ART 660Senior Seminar II3
 
 

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BFA in Visual Art. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BFA Writing 1)3ENGL 102 (Goal 2.1 Written Communication, 2 Crs Required, BFA Writing 2)3
Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy 3Goal 2.2 Communication3
ART 101 (Major Requirement)3ART 102 (Major Requirement)3
ART 103 (Major Requirement)3ART 104 (Major Requirement)3
HA 150 (Goal 4.2 Global Awareness, Major Requirement)3HA 151 (Goal 3 Humanities, Major Requirement)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Goal 3 Social Science3
Goal 3 Natural Science3HA 1900-1945 Course (Major Requirement)3
HA Non-Western Art Elective (Major Requirement)13Visual Art Core Course (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art Core Course (Major Requirement)3Visual Art Core Course (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art Core Course (Major Requirement)3Visual Art Studies: Drawing Course (Major Requirement)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 4.1 US Diversity3ART 540 (Major Requirement)3
HA 1945-Present (Major Requirement)3Studio Art Elective Course 300+ (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art Core Course (Major Requirement)3Visual Art Studies: Visual Art Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art Studies: Visual Art Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3Visual Art Studies: Visual Art Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3
Visual Art Studies: Visual Art Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3ART 696 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement )3
ART 695 (Major Requirement)3Studio Art Elective Course 300+ (Major Requirement)3
Studio Art Elective Course 300+ (Major Requirement)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
SOTA Elective Course (Major Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
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A list of possible courses for History of Art Non-Western can be found on the degree requirements tab.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.