Academics

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate studio degrees offered by the School of Art include the bachelor of arts (BA) and the bachelor of fine arts (BFA). The department also offers an undergraduate minor in SOA and a departmental honors program for selected SOA majors.

All students are admitted to SOA programs of study separately from their admission to the university and only by portfolio review. Students may be admitted to study in the BA or BFA program by one of three ways:

1. Presenting a portfolio and any other requested credentials at designated portfolio review days before each semester and before applying for admission;

2.  Completing the sequence of AVT 104, 105, and 222 with a 3.25 or higher average in those courses, and applying for admission through a portfolio review;

3.  Completing the sequence of AVT 104, 105, and 222; and 323 or 324; and one other 200-level AVT course with a 3.00 or higher GPA in those courses; and applying for admission through a portfolio review.

School of Art, Bachelor of Arts (BA)
This program offers a broad background for students who seek a liberal arts education with a major in studio or digital art. Students can concentrate a portion of their study in new media, graphic design, critical art practices, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

School of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
This is an intensive 120-credit studio production program with an emphasis in analytical, creative, and experiential aspects of studio and new media arts. It is designed to prepare students professionally as visual artists, or for graduate study in the fine arts. Students devote a significant portion of their college careers to an in-depth study in one of the following concentrations: new media, graphic design, critical art practices, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

Senior BFA students are required to participate in the visiting critics program as part of the course requirements for AVT 472 Critical Theory in the Visual Arts, and the AVT synthesis courses.

Students interested in applying for the BFA program should contact their concentration coordinator for application details.

School of Art, BFA Curriculum for Students Intending to Pursue the MAT Degree in Art Education
Students who intend to seek licensure to teach art in Virginia public schools or who intend to apply for entrance to the master of arts in teaching program for art education should pursue a BFA (any concentration) with the coursework suggested in the GMU University Catalog.

SOA Honors Program
Students interested in the Honors Program in the School of Art should contact the chair of department. Both BA and BFA students are eligible to apply for admission to the program. Honors students must complete at least 4 credits of AVT 394 Honors Seminar.

Minor in the School of Art
The minor in SOA requires 20 credits and offers a core of foundational studies with the opportunity for further study the following areas: new media, graphic design, critical art practices, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture..