The BFA degree​ in fine arts in the Lamar Dodd School of Art requires focus in an area of emphasis (such as Ceramics, Sculpture, Graphic Design or Fabric Design, for example.) Area-specific requirements within the BFA are listed below. Find sample four-year plans listed below with each corresponding area of emphasis.

For most current requirements and detailed course descriptions, refer to the UGA bulletin.

BFA Degree & Area of Emphasis Requirements

The BFA degree requires 60 hours of major coursework (beyond Area VI requirements).
A minimum grade of C (not C-) is required in all major courses.


Area VI Courses

Area VI of the UGA General Education Core Curriculum outlines requirements.

  • ARST 1040 Professional Seminar
  • ARST 1050 Drawing I
  • ARST 1060 Color and Composition
  • ARST 1080 Three-Dimensional Design
  • ARST 2010 Intermediate Drawing or ARST 2020 Ideation and Methodologies
  • ARHI 2300 Art History I **
  • ARHI 2400 Art History II **

** Both are required in core Area IV.

Franklin College Core Requirements

Additionally, the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences requires core courses for its majors.
BFA students need only the additional multicultural course requirement.

Studio Art Core

Effective spring semester 2017, what was formerly Foundations has expanded to the Studio Core requirements and includes:

ARST 2020 Ideation and Methodologies
ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art & Design
ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices


BFA in Fine Art Areas of Emphasis:

ArtX: Expanded Forms Jewelry & Metalwork
Ceramics Photography
Drawing & Painting Printmaking & Book Arts
Fabric Design Scientific Illustration
Graphic Design Sculpture
Interior Design  

Art X: Expanded Forms

Additional Area VI Courses: ARST 2810 Hypermedia, one 2000 or 3000-level ARST course

Art X Courses (21 Hours):
(12) hours of 3000-level and (12) hours of 4000-level courses. ARST 4800 repeatable up to 3 times (max. 9 hours)

  • ARST 3800 Transmedia
  • ARST 3810 CAD/FAB I
  • ARST 3830 Digital Video I
  • ARST 3840 Interdisciplinary Art I 
  • ARST 3850 Interactive Art I      
  • ARST 3860 Net Art     
  • ARST 3870 E-Gadgets 
  • ARST 4800 Special Topics in Art & Tech
  • ARST 4810 Cad & Fabrication
  • ARST 4830 Digital Video II
  • ARST 4840 Interdisciplinary Art II
  • ARST 4850 Interactive Art II         
  • ARST 4860 Video Installation      
  • ARST 4880 Directed Study in Digital Media

Required Studio Courses: nine (9) hours:

  • ARST 4915/6915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices
  • ARST 4820 Exit Studio

Art History: nine (9) hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Art X sample four-year plan

Ceramics

Additional Area VI Courses: ARST 2500 Introduction to Ceramics

Required Courses:

  • ARST 2550 Introduction to Throwing
  • ARST 3500 Intermediate Ceramics (repeatable for 6 hrs)
  • ARST 3550 Intermediate Pottery
  • ARST 4500 Advanced Ceramics (repeatable for 9 hrs)
  • ARST 4580 Directed Study in Ceramics
  • ARST 4590 Senior Exit Show in Ceramics
  • ARST 2000 Introduction to Figure Drawing
  • ARST 2400 Fundamentals of Sculpture or ARST 2410 Portrait and Figure Sculpture
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

Choose twelve (12) hours from the following:

  • ARST courses 2000-level or above*
  • ARTS 4100 Art and Design in the City Intensive Field Study
  • ARTS 4900 Professional Practices: The Business Side of Art
  • ARTS 4920 Seminar in Contemporary Art

Art History: 9 hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Ceramics sample four-year plan

Drawing & Painting

BFA in Fine Art, Emphasis in Drawing

Additional Area VI courses: ARST 2000 Introduction to Figure Drawing

Art History: 9 hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

Required Studio Courses (24 hours)

  • ARST 2100 Introduction to Painting and Visuality
  • ARST 2110 Intermediate Painting 
  • ARST 3010 Advanced Drawing (6 hours)
  • ARST 4020 Figure Drawing/Anatomy 
  • ARST 4090 Senior Exit in Drawing
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

Choose twelve (12) hours of additional drawing and painting courses from the following:

  • ARST 3010 Advanced Drawing
  • ARST 3099 Advanced Drawing: Drawing in Conceptual Space (Repeatable up to 6 hours) 
  • ARST 3110 Transparent Watercolor
  • ARST 3120 Aqueous Media
  • ARST 3130 Figure Painting
  • ARST 3140 Painting Studio (3 hours)
  • ARST 3144 Advanced Painting: Hybrids (Repeatable up to 6 hours) 
  • ARST 3145 The Figure as Subject and the Narrative Impulse
  • ARST 3150 Figure Painting
  • ARST 3160 Painting Material and Techniques
  • ARST 4020 Figure Drawing/ Anatomy (Repeatable up to 6 hours)
  • ARST 4100 Directed Study in Painting (Repeatable up to 6 hours)

ARST 4140 Advanced Studio Concepts

Choose fifteen (15) hours from the following:

  • ARST courses 2000-level or above*
  • ARST 4080 Directed Study in Drawing
  • ARST 4180 Directed Study in Painting
  • ARST 4930 Internship in Art
  • ARTS 4100 Art and Design in the City Intensive Field Study
  • ARTS 4900 Professional Practices: The Business Side of Art
  • ARTS 4920 Seminar in Contemporary Art
>> Drawing sample four-year plan
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BFA in Fine Art, Emphasis in Painting

Additional Area VI courses: ARST 2100 Introduction to Painting and Visuality

Art History: 9 hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

Required Studio Courses twenty-four (24) hours:  

  • ARST 2000 Introduction to Figure Drawing
  • ARST 3010 Advanced Drawing
  • ARST 2110 Intermediate Painting
  • ARST 3140 Painting Studio (6 hours)
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices
  • ARST 4110 Senior Exit in Painting

Choose twelve (12) hours of additional drawing and painting courses from the following:

  • ARST 3010 Advanced Drawing
  • ARST 3099 Advanced Drawing: Drawing in Conceptual Space (Repeatable up to 6 hours)  
  • ARST 3110 Transparent Watercolor
  • ARST 3120 Aqueous Media
  • ARST 3130 Figure Painting
  • ARST 3140 Painting Studio
  • ARST 3144 Advanced Painting: Hybrids (Repeatable up to 6 hours) 
  • ARST 3145 The Figure as Subject and the Narrative Impulse
  • ARST 3150 Figure Painting
  • ARST 3160 Painting Materials and Techniques
  • ARST 4020 Figure Drawing/Anatomy
  • ARST 4140 Advanced Studio Concepts

Choose fifteen (15) hours from the following:

  • ARST courses 2000-level or above*
  • ARTS 4100 Art and Design in the City Intensive Field Study
  • ARTS 4900 Professional Practices: The Business Side of Art
  • ARTS 4920 Seminar in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4080 Directed Study in Drawing
  • ARST 4180 Directed Study in Painting
  • ARST 4930 Internship in Art
>> Painting sample four-year plan

Fabric Design

Additional Area VI Courses: ARST 2700 Textile Foundations, ARST 2710 Surface Design

Required Courses: (30 hours)

  • ARST 3700 Weaving I
  • ARST 3710 Advanced Weaving
  • ARST 3730 Screen Printing
  • ARST 3760 Advanced Studio Practices
  • ARST 3770 Design for Industry
  • ARST 3780 Material Futures
  • ARST 4700 CAD for Textiles
  • ARST 4710 BFA Project in Fabric Design
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

Required Related Studios: 
Choose three courses (9 hours):  

  • ARST 2000 Introduction to Figure Drawing
  • ARST 2010 Drawing and Visuality
  • ARST 2100 Introduction to Painting and Visuality
  • ARST 2210 Introduction to Photography and Image Culture
  • ARST 2800 Introduction to Digital Imaging

Choose twelve (12) hours from the following:

  • ARST courses 2000-level or above
  • ARGD courses 2000-level or above (Except ARGD 3070)
  • ARID courses 2000-level or above (Except ARID 2210, ARID 3310, ARID 3125, ARID 3210, ARID 3220, ARID 3320, ARID 4010)
  • ARST 4930 Internship in Art (Must be approved by area chair)
  • ARTS 4100 Art and Design in the City Intensive Field Study
  • ARTS 4900 Professional Practices: The Business Side of Art
  • ARTS 4920 Seminar in Contemporary Art

Art History: 9 hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Fabric Design sample four-year plan

Graphic Design

effective fall 2016

Additional Area VI Courses: ARGD 2010 Graphics Survey, ARGD 3010 Design Drawing Techniques

Required courses: 39 hours

  • ARST 2210 Intro Photo & Image Culture
  • ARGD 3020 Graphic Systems
  • ARGD 3030 Typography or ARHI 3300 History and Theory of Modern Design
  • ARGD 3060 Type & Image
  • ARGD 3070 Graphic Design History
  • ARGD 4030 Advanced Typography 
  • ARGD 4060 Design Center 
  • ARGD 4090 Visual Narrative Systems
  • ARGD 4110 Senior Portfolio Project
  • ARGD 4115 Design Professional Practices 
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art or ARGD 4020 Environmental Graphic Design 

Art & Design Electives: 9 hours
Choose six (9) hours from the following: 

  • ARST studio courses 2000-level or above (except ARST 4230 & ARST 4930)
  • ARID (Interior Design) courses 2000-level or above (except ARID 3125 & ARID 4010)
  • ARGD (Graphic Design) courses, including ARGD 4080 (can be repeated for up to 9 hours) 
  • ARST 4900, ARST 4100 & ARST 4920

ARGD Elective Courses

  • ARGD 3050 Illustration
  • ARGD 4040 Advanced Illustration
  • ARGD 4080 Special Topics in Graphic Design
  • (Recent topics: UX Design Research, Character Design, Trend Spotting) 
  • ARGD 4160 Data Visualization 
  • ARGD 4190 Topics in Digital Platforms & Dynamic Media

Art History: 6 hours
(6) hours of ARHI 3000/4000 level courses

Design Focus Tracks/Professional Electives: 9 hours
(9) hours in one of the following associated subject areas:

  • Art, Design & Architectural History
  • Communications & Media
  • Cultural Studies
  • Interaction & Computing
  • Marketing & Strategy
  • Studio Art & Design

Find more detailed course information here or on the UGA Bulletin.

>> Graphic Design sample four-year plan

Interior Design

Additional Area VI Courses: ARID 2020 Concepts Studio or ARST 2020 Ideation and Methodologies, ARID 2110 Studio I: Single Family Residential Design, ARID 3420 Computer-Based Business/Professional Application

Pre-requisite Interior Design Courses

  • ARID 2110 Studio I: Single Family Residential Design
  • ARID 2210 Concepts in Design

Interior Design Progression Review
Full progression into the Interior Design program requires completion of the Foundations program, ARID 2110, and ARID 2210. Admission is based on the area's resources and results of the Interior Design Progression Review, held at the end of Fall Semester. Students apply after completing ARID 2110 and ARID 2210. Faculty review the following materials:

  • cumulative GPA
  • portfolio of work from ID and foundation art studios
  • evaluation of an assigned weekend-long project
  • grades on prerequisite art and ID courses
  • effort and participation in ID studio courses

Required Courses (48 hours):

  • ARID 2210 Concepts in Design
  • ARID 3110 Studio II: Documenting Interior Design Projects
  • ARID 3120 Studio III: Space Programming and Office Design
  • ARID 3125 Internship Preparation
  • ARID 3210 History of Decorative Arts I
  • ARID 3220 History of Decorative Arts II
  • ARID 3310 Building Systems
  • ARID 3320 Interior Finishes and Materials
  • ARID 3330 Lighting for Interior Design
  • ARID 3340 Furniture Design
  • ARID 3410 Computer-Aided Design for Interiors
  • ARID 4010 Interior Design Internship*
  • ARID 4100 Studio IV: Non-residential Green Design
  • ARID 4110 Studio V: Large-Scale, Non-Residential Design
  • ARID 4650 Senior Exit in ID
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art

* Students may use an approved study abroad experience to replace the internship requirement with an approved elective. 

Art History
One ARHI 3000-level elective is required

Interior Design & Studio Electives (9 hours):
Students must take two art studio electives for a total of six credit hours. The following ID courses may count as studio electives. Students are encouraged to diversify by taking ARST courses as studio electives.

  • ARID 4015 Documentation of Vernacular Architecture
  • ARID 4080 Directed Study in Interior Design
  • ARID 4150 Special Topics in Interior Design
  • ARID 4410 Time-based Media and Design

Electives outside the School of Art, such as in Drama or Landscape Architecture, must be approved by your advisor.

>> Interior Design sample four-year plan (Internship)
>> Interior Design sample four-year plan (Cortona Study Abroad)
>> Interior Design sample four-year plan (Practicum + Cortona)

Jewelry & Metalwork

Additional Area VI Courses: ARST 2600 Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 2000-level or 3000-level ARST course 

Required Courses:

  • ARST 3610 Intermediate Jewelry (9 hrs)
  • ARST 3620 Intermediate Metals (9 hrs)
  • ARST 4620 BFA Project in Jewelry or Metalwork
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

Choose nine (9) hours from the following:

  • ARST 4600 Advanced Jewelry (up to 9 hrs)
  • ARST 4610 Advanced Metalwork (up to 9 hrs)

RELATED STUDIO COURSES: 
Choose 6 hours from the following:

  • ARST 2400 Sculpture Fundamentals
  • ARST 2500 Introduction to Ceramics
  • ARST 2700 Textile Foundations
  • ARST 4930 Internship in Art (Approved for major)

STUDIO ELECTIVES: 9 Hours
ARST, ARGD, ARID courses at the 2000/3000/4000 level

ART HISTORY: 9 Hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level
(take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Jewelry and Metalwork sample four-year plan

Photography

Additional Area VI Courses: ARST 2210 Introduction to Photography and Image Culture, ARST 3200 Black and White Photography

Required Courses: 

  • ARST 3210 Color Photography
  • ARST 3205 Contemporary Video Concepts and Practice  
  • ARST 3220 Large Format Photography
  • ARST 3250 Constructed Image in Photography 
  • ARST 4200 Advanced Photography
  • ARST 4220 Senior Exhibition and Portfolio
  • ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
  • ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

Choose (12) hours from the following: 

  • ARST 3221 Large Format Photography II
  • ARST 3240 Digital Photography: Color and the Image Machine
  • ARST 4201 Advanced Photography II
  • ARST 4210 Special Topics in Photography (repeatable) 
  • ARST 4230 External Internship in Photography
  • ARST 4251 Constructed Image in Photography II
  • ARST 4270 Social Documentary Photography and Video
  • ARST 4285 Alternative Photography
  • ARST 4290 Landscape Photography
  • ARST 4280 Directed Study in Photography

Choose (15) hours from the following:

  • ARGD or ARST courses 2000-level or above (except ARGD 3070)* 
  • ARST 4280 can be repeated in this section 
  • ARTS 4100 Art and Design in the City Intensive Field Study
  • ARTS 4900 Professional Practices: The Business Side of Art
  • ARTS 4920 Seminar in Contemporary Art

Art History (9 Hours):
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Photography sample four-year plan

Printmaking & Book Arts

Additional Area VI Courses:  One Printmaking course: ARST 2340, ARST 3305, ARST 3315, ARST 3325, or ARST 3335.

Required Courses:
Choose twenty-one (21) hours from the following:
ARST 2340 Digital Printmaking
ARST 3305 Printmaking: Relief
ARST 3310 Papermaking I
ARST 3315 Printmaking: Etching
ARST 3320 Book Arts/Letterpress I
ARST 3325 Printmaking: Lithography
ARST 3335 Printmaking: Screen Printing
ARST 3340 Advanced Printmaking (can be repeated)
ARST 3370 Advanced Book Arts (can be repeated)
ARST 4300 Internship
ARST 4330 Printmaking: Special Topics I
ARST 4380 Directed Study in Printmaking

Required Studio nine (9) hours:
ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices
ARST 4310 Senior Exit in Printmaking (requires a senior exhibition, critique, portfolio, and evaluation)

Studio Electives: 21 hours
ARST, ARGD, ARID courses at the 2000/3000/4000 level 

Art History: 9 hours
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000 level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Printmaking & Book Arts sample four-year plan

Scientific Illustration

Additional Area VI Courses:
ARST 2800 Introduction to Digital Imaging

Required Courses (48 hours)

ARGD 3310 Techniques and Topics in Science Illustration (6 hours)
ARGD 3320 Design in Scientific Illustration (6 hours)
ARGD 3330 Color Techniques in Scientific Illustration (6 hours)
ARGD 3340 Art Graphic Design Directed Study in Scientific Illustration
ARST 2000 Introduction to Figure Drawing
ARST 4020 Figure Drawing/Anatomy

Choose twelve (12) hours from the following:
ARGD 3010 Techniques and Topics in Science Illustration
ARGD 3050 Illustration
ARGD 4080 Special Problems in Graphic Design
ARGD 4090 Visual Narrative Systems
ARST 2100 Introduction to Painting and Visuality
ARST 2210 Introduction to Photography and Image Culture
ARST 2310 Printmaking: Etching
ARST 2320 Printmaking: Lithography
ARST 3010 Advanced Drawing
THEA 5810 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media I
THEA 5820 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media II
THEA 5830 Computer Animation for Dramatic Media III or ARST 2000 Introduction to the Figure (3 hours)

Science Electives 

Choose 12 hours from the following:
CBIO 2200-2200L
CBIO 2210-2210L
CBIO 3010-3010L
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050L
PBIO 4650/6650-4650L/6650L
WILD(ECOL) 3580, WILD(ECOL) 3580L 
WILD(ECOL) 4040/6040-4040L/6040L 
WILD(ECOL) 4060/6060-4060L/6060L

* Note: CBIO 2200/2200L, CBIO 2210/2210L, and CBIO 3000/3000L are required for Medical Illustration.

Senior Exit ARGD 3340: 3 hours (requires a senior exhibition, critique, portfolio, and evaluation) 

Art History: 9 hours
ARHI 300/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Scientific Illustration sample four-year plan

Sculpture

Additional Area VI courses: ARST 2400 Fundamentals of Sculpture, 2000-level or 3000-level ARST course 

Choose twenty-four (24) hours from the following:
ARST 2410 Portrait and Figure Sculpture
ARST 3400 Construction in Metal
ARST 3410 Intermediate Construction in Metal
ARST 3420 Sculpture: The Subtractive Process I
ARST 3422 Sculpture in Spatial Context I (Repeatable up to 9 hours)
ARST 3430 Sculpture: The Subtractive Process II
ARST 3440 Fundamentals of Casting Metal Sculpture
ARST 3450 Intermediate Casting in Metal
ARST 3460 Intermediate Portrait and Figure Sculpture
ARST 3470 Wood as a Sculptural Medium (Repeatable up to 9 hours)
ARST 4400 Advanced Casting in Metal
ARST 4410 Advanced Portrait and Figure Sculpture
ARST 4420 Sculpture and Spatial Context II (Repeatable up to 9 hours)
ARST 4430 Sculpture: The Subtractive Process III
ARST 4440 Advanced Construction in Metal
ARST 4480 Directed Study in Sculpture (Repeatable up to 9 hours) 

Required Studios - nine (9) hours:
ARST 4450 Senior Exit in Sculpture
ARST 4915 Thematic Inquiry in Contemporary Art
ARST 4990 Exhibition and Professional Practices

Choose eighteen (18) hours from the following:
ARGD, ARID, ARST courses 2000-level or above
ARST 4100
ARTS 4900
ARTS 4920

Art History: 9 hrs 
ARHI 3000/4000 level (take two 3000-level courses before enrolling in a 4000-level course)

>> Sculpture sample four-year plan