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College of the Arts

School of Art

211 Art Building
Tel: 330-672-2192


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts prepares students for professional careers in the visual arts by developing their conceptual understanding, technical competency and independent problem solving at a professional entry level in their chosen specialization. Through the study of art history and studio critiques, students learn to analyze and evaluate visual art and employ this knowledge in their own creative practice. Graduating students must demonstrate their competence by producing a body of work for evaluation presented in their senior project exhibition. The program comprises concentrations in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary, the latter of which allows students to choose two mediums in which to specialize.

Career Opportunities

Artists held about 221,900 jobs in 2008. About 60 percent were self-employed. Employment was distributed as follows:
Art directors  84,200
Multimedia artists and animators  79,000
Fine artists, including painters, sculptors and illustrators  23,600
Craft artists  13,600
Artists and related workers, all other  21,500

Of the artists who were not self-employed, many worked for advertising and related services; newspaper, periodical, book, and software publishers; motion picture and video industries; specialized design services; and computer systems design and related services. Some self-employed artists offered their services to advertising agencies, design firms, publishing houses, and other businesses.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

General Admission for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

Transfer Student: Applicants meeting the general transfer requirement for admission (2.0 cumulative GPA) will receive an art application from the School of Art. A portfolio must be submitted for review.

Transfer students with more than two fine art or crafts courses should submit a portfolio of work for proper placement. The director of the School of Art may impose additional requirements considered reasonable and necessary. Transfer credits are evaluated consistent with the state Transfer Articulation Guidelines (TAGs), although each student will be evaluated individually in terms of his or her ability to perform within the program. Transfer students should make every effort to complete admission requirements before the deadlines and to see an advisor in the School of Art for an evaluation of the portfolio and for schedule planning before registration.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 120 total credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and a 2.500 GPA in the major. Students are required to plan and execute independently a senior project exhibition that is presented for review to a fine arts faculty committee. The senior project includes a written proposal and an artist’s statement. Students should work closely with their fine arts faculty advisor on all aspects of the senior project.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate high quality in the presentation of the work under review for their senior project
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of important concepts and ability to apply them as relevant to the work created and exhibited
  3. Work by students will demonstrate a high degree of design and visual literacy
  4. Students will be able to articulate their individual vision in both written and oral form (thesis statement and oral defense before committee).
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

Travel to: New York, London and Paris, and Tunisia
Study Abroad in Florence, Italy; Semester in Italy or the Summer Art and Culture trip


National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Culminating Requirements

Students enrolled in a B.F.A. program in fine arts, must receive a rating of “satisfactory” on selected works exhibited during their portfolio review.

Advanced Degree Programs

Art Education (M.A.), Art History (M.A.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), Visual Communication Design (M.A. and M.F.A.)