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The Rosa DealSchool of Arts

Areas of Study

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art

The BFA degree in Visual Arts is structured to help students refine their visual, conceptual, and technical skills to prepare them for success as professional artists, graphic designers, and art educators.

BFA Core

  • Art History (9 hours)
  • Conceptual Development (3 hours)
  • Digital Design (6 hours)
  • Studio Arts (15 hours)
  • Area of Concentration (21 hours)
Each student completes a body of work and a written thesis culminating in a Senior Exhibition.

For specific curriculum requirements, please take a look at the Academic Catalog, and please do not hesitate to contact your advisor or a faculty member if you have any questions.

Concentration Areas

Art Therapy

The Art Therapy concentration consists of courses that combine both the study of psychology and the visual arts. Students gain greater insight into how art may be used as a therapeutic practice as it applies to conflict resolution, interpersonal skill development, stress reduction, and self-awareness. Classes also include field-study work at local museums, elder care facilities, and local schools for a hands-on approach to learning. 

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design concentration consists of courses that teach typography and image construction essential for conveying idea messaging and brand identity. Using the latest software and technology, students gain valuable experience in Web design, digital illustration, animation, image manipulation, and photo restoration, etc.

Studio Art

The Studio Arts concentration is the broadest area of study within the Visual Arts BFA degree. This traditional fine arts program places an emphasis on cultivating individual creativity within a contextual understanding of art history and global issues. In Studio Arts students develop their technique in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed and other media.

Studio Arts with Education Certification

After completion of the BFA in Studio Arts concentration, graduates have the opportunity to enroll in a fifth year of study toward earning a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Upon completion of the MAT program, graduates will be licensed to teach K-12 grades in the state of Tennessee.

How it Works

  • Meet with your advisor and inform him/her that you want to follow the 5th-year paradigm. At that time, you will be assigned a secondary advisor in the Department of Education.
  • During your junior/senior year, apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program through the Department of Education.