Art Major (BFA, Studio): Sample 4-Year Plan

The four-year plan listed below is designed to provide suggestions for sequencing your major courses, but there are also other ways to sequence most majors. This plan is meant to provide aid in early, provisional planning. Please consult with your academic advisor to make strategic academic decisions about which courses to take each semester.

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Sample Four Year Plan: Art (BFA) with Studio concentration

FALL - Semester 1

ART 127: New Major Seminar
ART 101: Art Foundations I
ART 201: Design Software and Process (Fall or Spring)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 2

ART 202: Art Foundations II
ART 201: Design Software and Process (Fall or Spring)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 3

ART 190: Foundations Proficiency Review
Major Studio I*
ART 222, 223, or 224 (Art History)
ART 315: Intermediate Drawing Exploration (Fall or Spring)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 4

Major Studio II
ART 315: Intermediate Drawing Exploration (Fall or Spring)
ART 222, 223, or 224 (Art History)
Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 5

Major Studio III
ART (free Studio Elective)
ART 3/4xx (Art History - needs WE)
Elective(s) and/or Liberal Studies Programs (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 6

Major Studio IV
ART 415: Intermediate Drawing Exploration II
ART 3/4xx (Art History)**
Elective(s) and/or Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

FALL - Semester 7

Major Studio V
ART (2-D or 3-D Elective)
ART (2-D or 3-D Elective)
ART 425: Capstone: Senior Seminar
Elective(s) and/or Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

SPRING - Semester 8

ART 4xx Capstone: Major Studio
Elective(s) and/or Liberal Studies Program (LSP) coursework

Studio concentrations available are ceramics, painting, printmaking, fibers, and sculpture. Inter-specialty combines coursework from two studio specialties.

Art History course options include ART 222: Caves to Cathedrals: European and Middle Eastern Art from Prehistory to 1400 C.E., ART 223: Art in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the Present Day, ART 224: Non-Western Art, ART 323: Medieval Art, ART 324: Renaissance Art, ART 326: Contemporary Art, ART 327: Egyptian Art, ART 332: Baroque Art, and ART 345: History of Design among many others.

* - These courses no longer have a pre-requisite, so students who transfer credit for any of the first year foundations courses may start taking courses in the specialties sooner than suggested here.

- In any event students are discouraged from taking more than 2, and never more than 3, studio or design courses in a given semester.

Department chair: please contact Jonathan Vieker with any updates to the plan above.

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for certifying completion of degree requirements based on requirements specified in Truman's Official Catalog.

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