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Degree Requirements

To graduate with a BFA in Art, students must successfully complete all requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Students must also complete all general undergraduate academic requirements, plus 80 credits in art as
specified below.

To graduate with a BFA in Art on the Graduate School Preparation Track, students must successfully complete all requirements for the BFA in Art degree, plus 12-32 additional Intermediate and Advanced Studio credits.

To graduate with a BFA in Art for BA Graduates, students must complete slightly different course tracks depending on whether they earned their BA at MUM or at another university. See detailed course descriptions and degree requirements here.

The requirements for the standard BFA degree are 80 credits (20 one-month courses) including:

12 credits of these courses to be taken ideally in the first or second year:

 

This course provides the knowledge and practical experience of how visual elements are organized by principles universal to the fine and applied arts. Topics include: examining and applying design principles and vocabulary such as figure/ground, interdependence, symmetry, rhythm, shape, and texture; understanding how these principles and their components apply to the scope of the visual arts, including drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, architecture, fabric design, and landscaping; and understanding and expressing how design principles can be correlated to the balance and order of the universe and to individual life and living.
In this course, students develop powers of observation and imagination, abilities that are vital for all the arts. Students focus on establishing the use of principles of drawing through observational methods. Topics include: still life, figure drawing, interior and landscape. Art majors take drawing courses as they advance through the curriculum. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Materials fee: $35.
Painting expresses the artist’s connection with the deep laws fundamental to seeing and creating visual images. Students are immersed in the fundamentals of drawing and painting from nature and a variety of other subject matter. The curriculum addresses the students’ development of formal and technical skills along with a conceptual and critical understanding of the language of painting as preparation for independent studio work. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: a previous art course and consent of the instructor

Plus 12 credits from the following art history and art criticism courses, 4 credits of which must be modern art (FA 385 or FA 386):

 

Art and media are crystallizations of consciousness. This course cultures a deep appreciation for the arts through intellectual knowledge and direct experience. Slide lectures, discussions, readings, and workshops reveal that art is structured in the multilayered consciousness of the artist and the audience, and in the collective consciousness of the culture. The greatest art works give glimpses of the goal of all creativity — the universal Self in higher states of consciousness — and thus continue to inspire people throughout time. Topics include: the fundamentals of art — creativity, form, function, and symbolism; the great achievements of sacred art; archetypes of consciousness in the arts; and traditional and contemporary approaches to evaluating and interpreting art. Course includes field trips to art museums. Field trip fee: $50.
Students explore the great achievements of art and architecture in prehistoric cultures and in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and the European Middle Ages. In each of these cultures, the quest for the divine created art that continues to 2016/17 53 inspire human consciousness. Students explore how contemporary artists have been influenced by art from these periods. Topics include: sacred sites that connected humanity with the cosmos, images of the sacred feminine from Mother Goddesses to Mother Mary to a modern return to Goddess imagery, the development of styles in Greek art and how they mirror stages in the evolution of consciousness, and the creation of a heavenly kingdom on Earth in Christian art and architecture. A highlight of the course is a 4-5 day field trip to an art center such as New York, or St. Louis/Kansas City. Field trip fee: $200-250
Delve into the most inspiring creations of Western art and architecture from the 1400s to the present. Discover how artists have expressed both sacred and secular values in their quest for perfection in art and fulfillment in life. We will look at this epoch’s art in terms of four cultural worldviews and visual paradigms: Idealism/Naturalism (as begun in the Renaissance), Modernism, Deconstructive Postmodernism, and Revisionary Postmodernism—an art of expanded awareness. We will explore these questions: How are art and consciousness transformed in each paradigm? What artists, styles, symbols, cultural values, and aspects of awareness typify these major paradigms? How has the art of the past influenced modern artists? A highlight of the course is a 4–5 day field trip to a major art center such as Chicago. Field trip fee: $200-250
This class is about fascinating stories, key works, and iconic figures of modern art, from its origins in Post-Impressionism to the beginnings of the New York School. Moving chronologically students will explore an array of renowned and provocative objects— from paintings that challenged the official Academy and revolutionized the conventions of representation to works that are completely abstract—by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O’Keefe. Each style is related to the consciousness of the artist and the audience, and the collective consciousness of the culture. Course fee: $125. Field trip fee: $25.
This course is a guided experience examining major artists, artworks, and movements in Western art after World War II. Students explore the emergence of the New York School and its links to a new global economy centered in New York, Dada’s revival, Pop art’s flowering in mass consumer society, and Minimalism’s formal refinement and emphasis on spatial context. The course then considers Conceptual art’s fundamental questioning of art, the development of multimedia artistic practices and performance art, and the influence of identity politics on art. Each phase of art is interpreted in terms of the consciousness of the artist and the audience, and the collective consciousness of the culture. Course fee: $125. Field trip fee: $25.

Plus 4 credits of either:

 

Students learn the entire process of ceramics from making clay to firing pottery, providing them with the basic skills necessary to express consciousness in matter in this medium. Topics include: addressing the vessel with handbuilding methods such as pinch, coil and slab construction; basic glazing methods; earthenware, stoneware, and raku firing methods; examples from the history of ceramics. Lab fee: $45.
By exploring organic forms and creating designs from imagination, students make original sculptural surfaces that emerge from a two-dimensional plane. Exercises that expand the capacity to envision and create give students a deeper appreciation of the 2016/17 51 nature, creation, and function of sculpture, and thus the opportunity to express the fundamental laws that structure form in the natural world. Topics include: low, middle and high relief; organizing principles of two and three-dimensional design (balance, rhythm, economy, etc.); light and shadow; transforming clay reliefs into plaster reliefs; the history of relief sculpture. Materials: paper/cardboard, clay and plaster. Materials fee: $40.

Plus 4 credits of either:

 

Students learn to use the power of drawing to convey a story, thus revealing in a visual narrative the sequential unfoldment of consciousness. Students engage the fundamental principles of drawing while introducing a variety of methods and materials; this sustains aesthetic unity while encouraging diversity in the discovery process and the resulting image. Taught in an open studio situation, the course allows the teacher to address both the general needs of the group and the specific needs of the individual student to advance in the experience of drawing as a means of self-expression. Materials fee: $35. Prerequisite: FA 301
Students explore drawing with an emphasis on process, and its result, as a response to nature and the environment. Different applied viewpoints may include: illustration, graphics, animation, architecture, site-specific sculpture, industrial design, painting, and sculpture. The theme of the course depends on the instructor. Materials fee: approximately $75, which includes field trips. Prerequisites: at least two of the following courses: FA 205, FA 301, FA 302, FA 311, FA 312.

Plus 4 credits of this art theory course

 

Students critically analyze, interpret, and contextualize art in terms of the history of art, art theory, and culture. They study some of the most significant writings by modern art critics, theorists, and artists. They then write a research essay contextualizing a modern artist or a contemporary issue and relating art and ideas to the larger context of consciousness. Textbook fee: $75 Prerequisite: BFA student or consent of instructor.

Plus 28 credits of art electives (up to 16 credits in Media and Communications may be counted toward the 28 elective credits in the BFA).

Plus 16 credits of this course to be taken during the spring semester of the senior year:

 

Advanced students work with an idea-based structure that allows them to go deeply into their work at the final stage of their degree requirements. This course is designed to forward studio work by capitalizing on students’ strengths through intensified pure studio time coupled with personal contact with faculty. During these months the student connects thinking with action in the artist’s statement and receives direct support for presentation, installation, and documentation of thesis work. Required for the degree. Materials costs will vary with the student. This course is repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For BFA students only or with specific consent from the professor.

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 review

BFA Graduate School Preparation Track

The requirements for the BFA Graduate School Preparation Track are 92-116 credits. In addition to the standard BFA requirements, students must complete 12–36 more credits in:

Advanced students work with an idea-based structure that allows them to go deeply into their work at the final stage of their degree requirements. This course is designed to forward studio work by capitalizing on students’ strengths through intensified pure studio time coupled with personal contact with faculty. During these months the student connects thinking with action in the artist’s statement and receives direct support for presentation, installation, and documentation of thesis work. Required for the degree. Materials costs will vary with the student. This course is repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For BFA students only or with specific consent from the professor.

NOTE: Students interested in this track should first check with their Graduation Director to make sure they can complete the track.

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) for BA Graduates

The requirements for the BFA Graduate School Preparation Track are 92-116 credits. In addition to the standard BFA requirements, students must complete 12–36 more credits in:

This program allows the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art to receive the BFA degree. The degree requirements are slightly different for a graduate of Maharishi University of Management.

Students who have a BA in Art from Maharishi University of Management must complete:

  • One Forest Academy course (2 credits) in each semester they are enrolled for at least 12 credits.
  • 28 credits of art courses, including FA 414, a modern art history course (FA 385, FA 386, or FA 470), and 16 credits of specialization

Students who do not have their BA degree from Maharishi University of Management must complete 42 credits, including the following courses:

  • FOR 500 or STC 508 (4 credits): This course is the first course taken at the University and constitutes a prerequisite for all other courses.
  • One Forest Academy course on the topic of Higher States of Consciousness (2 credits)
  • FA 414 Artist as Philosopher: Critically Reading Visual Experience (4 credits)
  • A modern art history course (FA 385, FA 386, or FA 470) (4 credits)

plus 12 or more elective credits in Art or Media and Communications

plus 16 credits of specialization to be taken during the final spring semester of this course:

Advanced students work with an idea-based structure that allows them to go deeply into their work at the final stage of their degree requirements. This course is designed to forward studio work by capitalizing on students’ strengths through intensified pure studio time coupled with personal contact with faculty. During these months the student connects thinking with action in the artist’s statement and receives direct support for presentation, installation, and documentation of thesis work. Required for the degree. Materials costs will vary with the student. This course is repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For BFA students only or with specific consent from the professor.

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