Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Program will prepare students for a lifelong vocation or avocation in a variety of visual arts media.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, students will be able to:

  • Create a cohesive body of work within the chosen area of concentration.
  • Demonstrate formal and technical proficiency in their area of study.
  • Exhibit and document their work and experiences professionally.
  • Explain the historical, cultural and conceptual aspects of their work.
  • Conduct independent research in the arts.

Facilities

The Rio Grande John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center opened in 1981. A signature glass atrium introduces visitors to the Center and serves as an entry to the 500 seat state-of-the-art Alphus R. Christensen Theatre. The theatre hosts numerous university and community productions and serves as a cultural hub to residents in a five-county area of Southern Ohio and West Virginia.

Within the Center, the Art Department houses a Mac computer lab with Adobe software for web and print production, a large scale color printer, a fully equipped darkroom and multi- purpose classrooms.

The Esther Allen Greer Museum houses a 3,000 square foot exhibition space, museum prep room for framing and preparing artwork for display, multi-purpose classrooms and the University Archives. Among the museum’s holdings are numerous prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture comprising the Brooks Jones Endowment Collection. 

The Art Annex was constructed in 1997. This 10,000 square foot building houses equipment and dedicated space for woodworking, metalworking, stone carving, printmaking, drawing, painting, hand building and wheel throwing ceramics, as well as a number of kilns and a foundry.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a professional degree with greater major course requirements than a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The BFA is designed primarily for students who are interested in professional art production, print or web design, private school or studio teaching, museum, gallery or curatorial work, graduate school, and other areas in which an extensive visual arts background would be an asset or a necessity.

The University of Rio Grande awards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art with one of four concentrations: General Fine Arts, Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art, and Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art – General Fine Arts Concentration (1750)

The General Fine Arts Concentration is designed for students who want to work in a variety of two and three dimensional media.

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

Studio Foundations

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

Total Studio Foundations hours

15

Art History

DescriptionCredits

ART 15404 Western Art History I

4

ART 25404 Western Art History II

4

ART 36503 Non-Western Art History

3

ART 46503 Art History Criticism and Philosophy

3

Total Art History hours

14

Studio Core

DescriptionCredits

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

Select one from the following two courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I or

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 38504 Drawing II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 48501 Senior Exhibit

1

Total Studio Core hours

25

Studio Concentration

DescriptionCredits

Complete 24 hours from the following courses.

ART 20204 Vector Graphics

4

ART 20304 Web Graphics

4

ART 34504 Sculpture II

4

ART 44504 Sculpture III

4

ART 33504 Ceramics II

4

ART 43504 Ceramics III

4

ART 38604 Painting II

4

ART 48604 Painting III

4

ART 36604 Darkroom Photography II

4

ART 46604 Darkroom Photography III

4

ART 31504 Printmaking II

4

ART 41504 Printmaking III

4

ART 48801-4 Selected Topics (may repeat)

1-4

Total Studio Concentration hours

24
DescriptionCredits

Total major area hours

78

Personal elective hours

9

Total required hours for degree

126

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art – Two-Dimensional Art Concentration (1760)

The Two Dimensional Art Concentration is designed for BFA students who want to work in a variety of two-dimensional media.

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

Studio Foundations

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

Total Studio Foundations hours

15

Art History

DescriptionCredits

ART 15404 Western Art History I

4

ART 25404 Western Art History II

4

ART 36503 Non-Western Art History

3

ART 46503 Art History Criticism and Philosophy

3

Total Art History hours

14

Studio Core

DescriptionCredits

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

Select one from the following two courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I or

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 38504 Drawing II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 48501 Senior Exhibit

1

Total Studio Core hours

25

Studio Concentration

DescriptionCredits

Complete 24 hours from the following courses.

ART 20204 Vector Graphics

4

ART 20304 Web Graphics

4

ART 38604 Painting II

4

ART 48604 Painting III

4

ART 36604 Darkroom Photography II

4

ART 46604 Darkroom Photography III

4

ART 31504 Printmaking II

4

ART 41504 Printmaking III

4

ART 48801-4 Selected Topics (may repeat)

1-4

Total Studio Concentration hours

24
DescriptionCredits

Total major area hours

78

Personal elective hours

9

Total required hours for degree

126

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art – Three-Dimensional Art Concentration (1770)

The Three-Dimensional Concentration is designed for BFA students who want to work in a variety of three-dimensional media.

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

Studio Foundations

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

Total Studio Foundations hours

15

Art History

DescriptionCredits

ART 15404 Western Art History I

4

ART 25404 Western Art History II

4

ART 36503 Non-Western Art History

3

ART 46503 Art History Criticism and Philosophy

3

Total Art History hours

14

Studio Core

DescriptionCredits

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

Select one from the following two courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I or

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 38504 Drawing II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 48501 Senior Exhibit

1

Total Studio Core hours

25

General Education

DescriptionCredits

Common General Education Courses

23

Select one from the following:

BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology

BIO 12104 Biology I

4

Select one from the following:

CHM 10404 (TM) Principles of Chemistry

CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I

NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science

4-5

MTH 21404 Introductory Probability and Statistics

4

General Education Total

35-36
DescriptionCredits

Total major area hours

78

Personal elective hours

9

Total required hours for degree

126

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art – Graphic Design Concentration (1780)

The Graphic Design Concentration is designed for BFA students who want to work in illustration, print and web design.

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

Studio Foundations

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

Total Studio Foundations hours

15

Art History

DescriptionCredits

ART 15404 Western Art History I

4

ART 25404 Western Art History II

4

ART 36503 Non-Western Art History

3

ART 46503 Art History Criticism and Philosophy

3

Total Art History hours

14

Studio Core

DescriptionCredits

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

Select one from the following two courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I or

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 38504 Drawing II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 48501 Senior Exhibit

1

Total Studio Core hours

25

Studio Concentration

DescriptionCredits

Complete 24 hours from the following courses.

ART 20204 Vector Graphics

4

ART 20304 Web Graphics

4

ART 30104 Junior Design Studio I

4

ART 30204 Junior Design Studio II

4

ART 40104 Senior Design Studio I

4

ART 40204 Senior Design Studio II

4

Total Studio Concentration hours

24
DescriptionCredits

Total major area hours

78

Personal elective hours

9

Total required hours for degree

126

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art – Pre-Art Therapy Concentration (1790)

The Pre-Art Therapy Concentration is designed for students who intend to continue their education at the Master’s level in Art therapy or to combine their art studies with a minor in Psychology.

General Education must include:
PSY 11103 (TM) General Psychology
PSY 21503 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

Studio Foundations

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

Total Studio Foundations hours

15

Art History

DescriptionCredits

ART 15404 Western Art History I

4

ART 25404 Western Art History II

4

ART 36503 Non-Western Art History

3

ART 46503 Art History Criticism and Philosophy

3

Total Art History hours

14

Studio Core

DescriptionCredits

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

Select one from the following two courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I or

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 38504 Drawing II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 48501 Senior Exhibit

1

Total Studio Core hours

25

Studio Concentration

DescriptionCredits

Complete 16 hours of 300/400 level ART courses

16

Psychology Minor Required Courses

DescriptionCredits

PSY 22804 Memory and Cognition

PSY 26204 Research Methods

PSY 33203 Social Psychology

PSY 42203 Counseling Skills and Theoretical Foundations

PSY 47103 Abnormal Psychology

17
DescriptionCredits

Total major area hours

77

Personal elective hours

9

Total required hours for degree

125

Bachelor of Science – Art Education: Multi-Age Visual Arts (40451)

This program is approved by the Ohio Department of Education for Initial Four-Year Resident Educator Licensure.

General Education

DescriptionCredits

Common General Education Courses

23

Select one from the following:

BIO 11404 (TM) Principles of Biology

BIO 12104 Biology I

4

Select one from the following:

CHM 10404 (TM) Principles of Chemistry

CHM 15005 (TAG) General Chemistry I

NSC 22304 (TM) Environmental Science

4-5

MTH 21404 Introductory Probability and Statistics

4

General Education Total

35-36

Professional Education

DescriptionCredits

Common Professional Courses

23

EDU 34203 Content Area Reading for Intervention Specialists/Multi-Age*

3

EDU 41504 Integrated Visual Arts Methods I*

4

EDU 42504 Integrated Visual Arts Methods II*

4

EDU 49410 Clinical Practice: Visual Arts*

10

Professional Education Total

44

Curriculum Content

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 15404 Western Art History I

4

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 25404 Western Art History II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 36503 Non-Western Art History

3

ART 46503 Art History Criticism and Philosophy

3

Electives

3-4

Total Curriculum Content

48-49

Total Hours Required For Degree

127-129

* Only students who have been accepted into the Teacher Education Program may enroll in 30000 & 40000 level EDU courses.

Associate of Arts - Visual Art (1721)
DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

Select one from the following two courses

ART 15404 Western Art History I

ART 25404 Western Art History II

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

Eight hours of ART courses at the 20000 level

8

Total major area hours

27

Total required hours for degree

66

Associate of Arts – Graphic Design (1782)
DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

Select one from the following two courses

ART 15404 Western Art History I

ART 25404 Western Art History II

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

ART 20204 Vector Graphics

4

ART 20304 Web Graphics

4

Select one from the following three courses

ART 21504 Printmaking I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

Total one course, four credit hours

4

Total major area hours

28

Total required hours for degree

67

Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Art (1730)
DescriptionCredits

General Education must include:

ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation

3

Total General Education hours

42-45

Minor Area required courses

15

Note: 15-18 hours of ART courses, at least 33% of which must be at the 30000/40000 level.

Major and elective hours

63-69

Total required hours for degree

126
Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Photography (1747)
DescriptionCredits

General Education must include:

ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation

3

Total General Education hours

42-45

Minor Area required courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

4

ART 26904 Digital Photography

4

8 hours from any of the following courses, with advisor’s permission:

ART 36604 Darkroom Photography II

4

ART 46604 Darkroom Photography III

ART 36904 Digital Photography II

ART 46904 Digital Photography III 

Total minor area hours

16

Major and elective hours

63-69

Total required hours for degree

126
Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Graphic Design (1781)
DescriptionCredits

General Education must include:

ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation

3

Total General Education hours

42-45

Minor Area required courses

15

Note: 15-18 hours of ART courses, at least 33% of which must be at the 30000/40000 level.

Select from the following courses.

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

ART 20204 Vector Graphics

4

ART 20304 Web Graphics

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 31504 Printmaking II

4

ART 30104 Junior Design Studio I

4

ART 30204 Junior Design Studio II

4

Total minor area hours

16

Major and elective hours

63-69

Total required hours for degree

126