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Course Sequencing of Fine Arts Major Requirements

The Major in Fine Arts Requires 48 units. After successfully completing the Fine Arts Program at USF students earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Fine Arts. Applicants to the program should follow USF's regular undergraduate admissions procedures; no portfolio is required.

year courses required
1 Art Fundamentals, Drawing I,  Western Art History I (fall semester)
Visual Communication, Western Art History II (spring semester)
2 Painting I, Sculpture I, Digital Photography
3 2 Upper Division Fine Arts Electives
4 Artist as Citizen, Senior Studio

 Note:  In addition ART105 Fabrication Lab must be taken in order to gain access to the shop. 

 Fine Arts Minor Requirements

Core  Courses: Survey Western Art History 1  OR
Survey Western Art History 2
Drawing 1
Electives:
(choose 3)
Art Fundamentals
Painting 1
Sculpture 1
Color Theory
Printmaking 1
Stained Glass 1
Digital Photography
Drawing 2
Sculpture 2
Printmaking 2
Mural Painting
Installation/Public Art
Special Topics
Fine Arts Senior Studio
Artist as Citizen


Fine Arts Major Course Descriptions

Art Fundamentals This core studio class introduces the student to the broad range of materials, methodologies, and strategies that compose the art and design program. The student will explore a series of studio problems that begin simple and move to greater complexity. The language of art and design point, line, plane, space, color, light, value, texture, proportion, and scale will be the framework of our 2D and 3D investigations.

Drawing I This basic drawing class introduces the student to the notion of mark-making. We will look at the way representations are made, their structure in space, and their context. A range of materials from dry (i.e. charcoals, chalks, pencils) to wet (inks) and various surfaces will be studied.

Painting I This introductory class will provide students with experience in acrylic, gouache, and watercolor as means for the exploration into the visual language of color, light, shape, and mass as they are embodied in paint. Painting support and the preparation of various surfaces will be studied.

Sculpture I This course develops the student's creative and technical skills in sculpture. Specific problems are given to explore and utilize the elements of form, space, line and mass. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and the physical means of realizing an idea three-dimensionally. Various media and techniques are explored, and students are encouraged to develop their own unique styles and visual language.

Digital Photography This course is an intermediate course for students in the four majors of the Department of Art + Architecture. This course in Digital Photography is designed to develop your skills in pixel based photographic manipulation and printing. The class will use Adobe Photoshop as the primary image-editing tool. Students will attend presentations, exhibitions and group critiques, and create a portfolio of digital photographic work.

Artist As Citizen Artist as Citizen is outreach based Service Learning class. This includes work on site, collaborations, designing visual narratives and survival strategies that focus on marginalized communities. Possible communities could be those concerned with environmental issues, health, homelessness, teens at risk, racism, educational institutions, among others.

Senior Studio Senior Studio is a capstone course in the Fine Arts major in the department of Visual Arts that is designed to meet the professional needs of students whose concentration is studio art. The goal of the course is to prepare students for lives as working visual artists. Each student will complete a studio internship with a professional artist, attend presentations, workshops and group critiques, and create a solo senior exhibition and accompanying slide or CD portfolio.

Color Theory elective Color Theory is an intermediate course for students in the four majors of the Department of Art + Architecture. This class is designed to meet the needs of students to prepare them for aesthetic and theoretical color use in their respective disciplines. Each student will attend presentations, workshops and group critiques, and create a portfolio of studio work individually and collaboratively.

Printmaking I elective This intermediate level course introduces students to traditional printmaking practices. Wood relief and copper intaglio methods will be used to create original multiples of art. Environmentally sensitive chemicals and safe processes will be used.

Art of the Book elective This course will expose students to the history and development of the book as an art form unto itself, from text to illustration to fine art, while teaching them a variety of techniques and materials with which to make their own books.

Stained Glass elective This course introduces students to the history of stained and leaded glass design and technique through background and slide lectures and site visits to Bay Area churches and installations (Glass Traditions). The bulk of the class is in studio format in which the students learn to design and construct stained glass panels.

Painting II elective This intermediate studio class will build upon previous experience gained from Painting 1. The course will provide students with the introduction to personal subject matter while still providing expertise with technical issues in acryllic painting. Personal expression will be emphasized within the context of painting's history and contemporary issues with society and culture.

Printmaking II elective This advanced level course introduces students to contemporary methods and processes, building upon experiences from the prerequisite course: VA 240 - Printmaking 1. Solar intaglio, lithography and linocut methods will be used to create original multiples of art. Environmentally sensitive chemicals and safe processes will be used.

Mural Painting elective This is a studio course in mural painting that will contextualize the studio activities within the history and theories of mural painting and art activism. The field of cultural studies will be used to raise issues and questions fundamental to creating collaborative, public and activist art.

Installation Art/Graffiti elective This course investigates a visual art making through a multi-disciplinary approach. Students will utilize the potential of landscape, environmental, social and aesthetic phenomena for initiating group and/or individual actions. Students will experience the full public art process (collaboration with communities/local agencies, preliminary presentation, permitting process, fundraising, publicity, and preparation and implementation of an installation piece).

Sculpture II elective This course builds upon the student's creative and technical skills developed in Introduction to Sculpture. As a continuing exploration of the physical means of realizing an idea three-dimensionally, students make molds of their own original clay sculptures and then cast them in a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on quality and craftsmanship, while students are encouraged to develop their own unique styles and visual language.