Gyan Shrosbree B.F.A. Program Director    
  Office: Arts Center
Office Hours: By appointment (email)
Phone: 641-472-7000 x5035
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), a professional degree program, creates a foundation for students who wish to have a career in the arts. B.F.A. students specialize for four months in advanced studio courses in one of these areas: painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, or digital media, and complete personal projects under the guidance of faculty who are experts in the area of specialization. During this time, students find their own voice within the visual language of their chosen field. Students develop a fine arts portfolio or undertake commercial art projects that may offer income or lead to employment after graduation.

Students who have a B.A. from Maharishi University of Management or another university may take a special B.F.A. program that allows the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art to receive the B.F.A. degree in as little as one year. The Art Department also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, which is intended to provide an intensive fine arts studio experience to B.F.A. graduates who may need more studio time in order to prepare a portfolio for application to an M.F.A. program, or who need more experience working in their own studio to develop a body of work.

Every year a Visiting Evaluator assesses our students' performance on the objectives listed below. The Evaluator, an experienced art professor at another university or art school, compares MUM students with the students he/she has taught. MUM art students often rate in the top 20% of all students the evaluator has worked with, and some students rate in the top 10%. Here are some comments from Evaluators:

"The students... were perceptive, imaginative and with a strong sense of self. They were able to generate ideas and articulate them."
"These students are profoundly committed, authentically motivated, genuinely curious, and iridescent in their dance through the infinite gardens of art."
"The faculty is a totally dedicated, professional community that reveals sensitivity and understanding of every student's needs [and]
exhibits professional competency in each of their respective areas..."

The B.F.A. foundational learning outcomes can be found under the B.A. program.

The BFA program develops proficiency in the following areas, as shown by a preliminary but cohesive body of work of sufficient quality and quantity to launch the beginning of a career in art or an art-related field, or acceptance to a graduate school in art. 

These outcomes are cultivated throughout the art curriculum and are strongly developed in the courses listed under each section.
1. Refined perceptual vision: Students can discriminate aspects of the formal language of art and make successful aesthetic choices.
B.F.A. Senior Semester

2. Coherent conceptual vision: Students can understand and apply principles of art and actualize ideas.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester

3. Systematic process: Students understand their strengths and how to utilize them in organizing the conditions for successful studio practice.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester

4. Working knowledge of materials: Students have a general vocabulary of materials and understand how chosen materials behave; and therefore what to use to achieve the desired results.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester

5. Effective technique: Students are versed in using art materials and tools: they are grounded in the technology of their area of focus.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester

6. Meaningful art criticism: Students can intelligently describe, interpret, and evaluate contemporary and traditional works of art.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester, Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory

7. Working knowledge of the tradition of art: Students know how to access past artists and art works as sources of inspiration, and can articulate in a general way how the students’ work connects to the historical and contemporary context.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester, Understanding Art, Traditions of World Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, 19th and 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art and Criticism, Artist as Philosopher–Critical Theory

8. Culturing inspired, self-sufficient artists: Students develop intuition and sensibility, allowing them to determine— through the repeated practice of creation, observation, and feedback—what is needed to successfully express their artistic aims.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester

9. Cultivating successful artists: Students develop the proficiency, confidence, and exposure that allow them to pursue a career in the arts.
 B.F.A. Senior Semester
Entrance Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree    

Students interested in the B.F.A. program apply to the Department after completing a minor in Art (20 credits including Art in Nature, Understanding Art and Media or an art history course, and 3 studio courses), or the equivalent experience based on approval of the Department. Students entering the program may be asked to submit a portfolio documenting examples of previous course work. Admission to the B.F.A. program is based on portfolio and GPA. Continued participation in the program requires a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)    
The requirements for the B.F.A. degree are 76 credits — 19 courses (a one-month course is worth 4 credits) as follows:

12 credits of these required second-year courses:

plus 8 credits from the following art history courses:

plus 4 credits of:

 plus 8 credits of:

plus 28 credits from the following (Courses cannot be repeated to fulfill credits for the B.F.A.):

Up to 20 credits in Media and Communications may be counted toward the 32 elective credits in the B.F.A., from these courses:

Plus 12 credits in one of these specialized areas to be taken during the spring semester of senior year:

 Plus in the final month of the Spring semester, 4 credits of:

  • FA 390 Thesis Proposal 

plus field trips

All majors will have the opportunity to take a 3–5 day field trip or longer each semester to a major metropolitan area to visit museums and galleries as part of their degree requirements. The cost of the field trips is approximately $200–300, or more, per semester.

plus visiting artists

Students meet during the year with visiting artists who come to campus at the invitation of the Department. These meetings may fall outside regular class times, including Sundays or weekends between courses, but attendance is a degree requirement.

plus successful completion of a portfolio (slides, CD-Rom, or videotape) review

To enrich their B.F.A. experience,students are able to take a course in Creative Musical Arts as an elective.

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