Student working in Drawing Studio

Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio has six different concentration choices:

This degree program emphasizes the development of visual language through in-depth study of one or more of these studio areas. Over the span of the program, students are exposed to traditional areas of artistic craftsmanship as well as innovative trends and technologies such as courses in animation and digital imaging. Majors develop professional portfolios to gain entry-level positions in art related fields or to pursue post-graduate study.

Degree candidates exhibit their work in professional settings on campus through the senior capstone experience and off-campus both regionally and nationally. Studio students enjoy a strong sense of community and many are active in the Visual Arts Club, a university-sponsored organization that offers a range of extra-curricular activities such as field trips and specialized workshops. Our studio faculty are practicing, internationally exhibiting artists and our program is an engaged and supportive community where instructors offer personalized attention and professional mentoring.

The program is flexible enough to allow for students to combine concentrations and have a major with two tracks (painting and photography, printmaking and metals, etc.). And Studio Art also offers the potential for double majors with Art and Architecture History or Art Education. Additional co-majors and/or academic minors that are often combined with studio art include Arts Management, Entrepreneurship, Interactive Media Studies (IMS), or the IMS Games Minor.

Miami also offers a variety of international opportunities. See Study Abroad and Away for more information on programs we are currently offering.


Program Requirements

Sample Four-Year Plan
128 minimum credit hours

BFA in Studio with one or two concentrations

First Year

Fall
ART 121 Observational Drawing (3)
ART 102 Color Theory (1.5)
ART 105 Technical Drawing (1.5)
ART 187 Prehist-Gothic (3)
ART 281 Contemporary Art Forum (1)
Global Miami Plan Foundation (GMPF) English (3)
GMPF Science (3)
16 credit hours

Spring
ART 111 Design and Composition (3)
ART 103 Creative Technology (1.5)
ART 104 Problem Solving (1.5)
ART 106 Figure Drawing (1.5)
ART 188 Renaissance - Modern (3)
ART 281 Contemporary Art Forum (1)
GMPF English (3)
GMPF Math (3)
17.5 credit hours

Second Year

Fall
ART 221 Drawing III (3)
ART 231 Painting I (3)
200 level 3D Studio (3)
GMPF Science (3)
GMPF Global (3)
ART 281, Contemporary Art Forum (1)
16 credit hours

Spring
ART 222 Drawing IV (3)
200 level 2D Studio (3)
3D or 2D Studio Elective (3)
GMPF Social Science (3)
GMPF Global (3)
GMPF Science (3)
18 credit hours

Third Year

Fall
ART 320 Thematic Studio (3)
300 level studio concentration (3)
Studio Elective (2nd concentration?) (3)
GMPF Global (3)
Upper level art history (3)
Thematic Sequence (3)
18 credit hours

Spring
ART 320 Thematic Studio (3)
300 level studio concentration (3)
Studio Elective (2nd concentration?) (3)
ART 496 Theory for Visual Artists (3)
Thematic Sequence (3)
15 credit hours

Fourth Year

Fall
400 level studio concentration (3)
Studio Elective (2nd concentration?) (3)
Thematic Sequence (3)
Upper level art history (3)
Capstone (3)
15 credit hours

Spring
400 level studio concentration (3)
Studio Elective (2nd concentration?) (3)
Art Elective (3)
Elective (2)
Art Elective (3)
14 credit hours