FINE ART

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
Curriculum
Total credit hours: 120

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Visual Arts Core Requirements 12
ART 161 2-D Design/Color Fundamentals 3
ART 162 Drawing I 3
ART 163 3-D Design 3
ART 164 4-D Design (Time Based Media) 3
Visual Arts Elective Explorations 12
PHO 121 Photography I 3
Various Studio Electives 9
Fine Arts Major 57
ART 165 Drawing II 3
ART 200 Portfolio Review 0
ART 201 Figure Study I 3
ART 221 Modern Art History (1800-1945) 3
ART 2XX Art History Special Topic Series 3
ART 231 Sculpture I 3
ART 241 Painting I 3
ART 251 Clay I 3
ART 261 Printmaking I 3
ART 264 Time Based Media II 3
ART 321 Contemporary Art History 3
ART 371 Seminar I 3
ART 471 Seminar II 3
ART 490 Senior Thesis Exhibition 6
PHO 251 Digital Imaging I 3
Various Fine Arts Studio Electives 12
General Education Elective Explorations 9
Various General Education Electives 9

BFA in Fine Art
First Year
ART 101 Art History Survey I ART 102 Art History Survey II
ART 162 Drawing I ART 165 Drawing II
ART 161 2-D Design / Color Fundamentals ART 163 3-D Design
ENG 101 English Composition I ENG 102 English Composition II
General Education Core or Elective General Education Core or Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
ART 164 4-D Design ART 231 Sculpture I
ART 201 Figure Study I ART 264 Time Based Media II
ART 221 Modern Art History PHO 121 Photography I or PHO 251 Digital Imaging I
ART 241 Painting I or ART 251 Clay I or ART 261 Printmaking I Visual Arts Elective
General Education Core or Elective General Education Core or Elective
ART 200 Portfolio Review
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
ART 241 Painting I or ART 251 Clay I or ART 261 Printmaking I ART 371 Seminar I
ART 222X Art History Special Topic ART 321 Contemporary Art History
 Visual Arts Elective PHO 251 Digital Imaging I or ART 261 Printmaking I
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
General Education Core or Elective General Education Core or Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
ART 471 Seminar II ART 490 Senior Thesis Exhibition
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
Visual Arts Elective Visual Arts Elective
General Education Core or Elective General Education Core or Elective
General Education Core or Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

Although this Plan of Study describes a 4-year completion schedule, full-time students who work while attending the institution, or who for various reasons cannot manage a 15-credit-hours-per-semester workload may alternatively plan to complete the degree program in 4-1/2 or 5 years. A majority of Watkins students have historically made the decision to complete their Plan of Study in 5 years. Since Watkins charges tuition by the credit hour rather than by the semester, the total cost of tuition remains the same regardless of whether the student completes the BFA in 4, 4-1/2, or 5 years.

Visual Arts Core or General Education courses and some Film elective courses may be taken over the summer.

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Facilities & Equipment

The Fine Arts Department consists of 10 studios, each specifically designed for the needs of our course curriculum and for safe and accessible student use.

Drawing I Studio
1152 square feet
fully-adjustable art tables, spotlights, extensive still life prop collection

Drawing Studio

Drawing Studio

Drawing II/III Studio
1040 square feet
fully-adjustable art tables, spotlights, drawing boards, prepared walls for large-scale work

2-D Design Studio
748 square feet
tables, light table, color corrected lights, full projection system

Color Fundamentals Studio
748 square feet
tables, drying racks, paper cutter, color corrected lights, light tables

Figure Studies Studio
1040 square feet
easels, taborets, modeling stands, armatures, figurative props, spotlights

Painting Studio 

Printmaking Studio

Printmaking Studio

1360 square feet
easels, taborets, spotlights
A very spacious studio with 14-foot ceilings, natural light and individual stalls exclusively for painting students.

Printmaking Studio
1144 square feet
etching press, lithography press, flat files, vacuum exposure table, etching tanks, drying racks, silk screen washing trough, paper soaking sink, plate washing sink, light tables, computer, scanner, printer, color corrected lights

Our studio is one of only a few completely non-toxic college printmaking studios in the country.

Sculpture/3-D Design Studios:

Wood Shop/General Work Area
1200 square feet
vacuum dust collection system, table saw, miter saw, drill press, 2 band saws, scroll saw, circular saw, router, jointer, bench vises, nail gun, belt sander, palm sanders, large selection of clamps, oscillating spindle sander, sanding center, sand blaster, reciprocating saw, hammer drill, cordless drills, jig saws, complete mechanics tool set, facilities for plaster, wax, plastic, and rubber mold making and casting, a complete assortment of hand tools for carving stone, plaster and wood, wax and clay tools, high volume exhaust fan,

Woodshop

Woodshop

Welding/Metal Fabrication Shop 
1020 square feet 
hydraulic horizontal bandsaw, drill press, chop saw, bench vises, bench grinder, large selection of clamps, sanding center, sheer, brake, oxyacetylene torch outfits, arc welders, mig welder, welding tables, cutting tables, die grinders, angle grinders, roto zip, high volume exhaust fan

Covered Outdoor Work Area
1500 square feet
bronze, aluminum, and grey iron casting foundry, sand pit, resin bond mold making equipment, cement mixer, chain hoist and rolling gantry

Clay Studio 
1280 square feet
3 electric kilns, electric test kiln, 6 electric wheels, large pugmill, small pugmill, extruder, wedging tables, canvas-working tables, extensive glaze lab

Kiln and Furnace Shed
600 square feet
22 cubic foot gas kiln, raku kiln, metal casting furnace

The Brownlee O. Currey, JR. Gallery
864 square feet
A beautiful gallery space ideal for the exhibition of two and three dimensional artwork as well as multi-media including sound and video. Students are provided an opportunity to exhibit every year in our annual juried student exhibition and at the conclusion of the degree program with the senior thesis exhibition.

Corridors 
275 feet of running wall space
Our main corridors are maintained and properly lighted for the display of student artwork and special class projects.

“Installation Nodes”
At each end of the corridors we have two 156 square foot project spaces which students reserve for multi-media and installation artworks.

Library Resources
The Watkins library features an extensive collection of books on art, artists, and art theory. An amazing resource for students researching both historical and contemporary art movements, the collection is augmented by subscriptions to many of the finest art periodicals available. The library maintains subscriptions to publications from the U. S., England, Italy and Switzerland including: Afterimage, Art Calendar, Art in America, Art Journal, Art Papers, Art Forum, Ceramics Monthly, Flash Art, Frieze, Modern Painters, Parkett, Printmaking Today and Sculpture. The slide library has over 32,000 slides spanning the entire history of art. Additionally, the library maintains a collection of fine art videos, including documentaries, instructional videos, and video art work.

Via the internet computers located in the library students have access to our subscription to the Grove Online Dictionary of Art, the most comprehensive art database available which includes links to over 130,000 images and over 40,000 articles on the visual arts.

The Fine Art program does not require internships but strongly encourages them. Many opportunities are available and we encourage students to take advantage of them. The following is a partial list of companies that support our program: