The School of Fine and Performing Arts offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, with courses in art history, foundations, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The B.A. in Art is designed for students who wish to combine a liberal education with specific studies in art. The B.F.A. degree is designed for students who want to pursue a more intensive professional studio art program. The School also offers a minor in studio art, and a B.F.A. degree that enable students to receive a certficiate in graphic arts from Wright State’s Lake Campus. Certificate programs in graphic design and interior design are also available from Sinclair Community College.
Because self-expression and self-learning are the ultimate goals of the program, students are largely responsible for determining the options that best meet their individual needs and interests. Candidates for a degree in art may prepare for graduate study, careers in teaching, museum and gallery curation, commercial arts, or the professional practice of art.
In the studio area, studies begin with introductory courses in drawing, 2D and 3D foundations, and photography. These courses are designed for the beginning artist and guide the student’s development in the visual arts. The program helps students expand and express their knowledge and grow in self-expression by exploring the processes and language that are basic to all visual arts. Rather than follow a system of independent courses in a given medium or discipline, students investigate issues and ideas in a variety of visual modes.
Incoming students who have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP exam for drawing, 2D foundations, and 3D foundations will automatically receive credit for these courses. Incoming students who have scored a 3 will automatically receive art elective credit. Students with a score of 3 are eligible to submit a portfolio for review and placement.; otherwise, all first-year students in art are admitted to the general curriculum. All candidates for the B.F.A. degree must be represented in the senior thesis exhibition.
Students who wish to teach art in Ohio public schools can pursue the B.F.A. degree with the art education component. Upon completion of this undergraduate degree, students will be eligible to seek admission to qualified master’s and licensure programs throughout the state.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Have integrated drawing skills into their aesthetic sensibility.
- Demonstrate an acquaintance with the materials and procedures of four of the studio disciplines taught at Wright State.
- Show appropriate levels of proficiency in several of the studio disciplines
- Have an understanding of the evolution of art history.
- Have integrated the study of original works of art into their artistic practice.
Art History Honors Program
The honors program in the School for Humanities and Cultural Studies is designed to give students with outstanding academic ability and superior accomplishments in art history the opportunity to complete a program that encourages and recognizes their distinguished efforts. These students may earn an honors degree by completing the departmental major requirements, maintaining a high academic record, and successfully completing a senior honors project. Students are usually admitted to the program during their junior year. Interested students can obtain information on the honors program from the department office.
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