May 23, 2024  
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2018-2019 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, B.F.A.: Fine Arts Practice Concentration

Art, B.F.A Program (127 units)

Program Description

The Art Department emphasizes study in our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Program. This is a professional degree that offers students the opportunity to develop greater expertise through comprehensive and intensive study in a specific area of art or design - a program that leads to successful careers in the visual art and design industries. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies or advanced skills for a professional career typically choose the B.F.A degree.

The B.F.A. professional concentrations require 70 units of study in the Department to complete the major.  There is no application procedure to enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts program beyond declaring as a B.F.A. student with a specific concentration.  The concentrations are listed below under major requirements.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program go on to pursue careers as:

• User Experience (UX) Designer • Interaction Designer • Game Designer • Web Designer • User Interface (UI) Designer • User Experience (UX) Researcher • Level Designer • Product Designer • Creative Director • Information Designer/Information Architect • Fine Artist • Product Designer • Architectural Model Maker • 3D Modeler for Film • Craft Artist • Secondary School Teacher • Computer Aided Designer (CAD) • Book Illustrator • Character Designer • Educational Illustrator • Matte Painter (Film and Game Industry) • Animator • Editorial Illustrator • Storyboard Artist • Advertising Illustrator • 3D Modeler • 3D Character Rigger • Digital Painter • Forensic Animator • Stop Motion Animator • Film / Video Editor • Video Production Crew • Motion Graphics Designer • 3D Character Animator • Effects Animator • Compositing Artist • Photo Journalist • Studio / Portrait Photographer • Stock Photographer • Fine Art Photographer • Event Photographer • Fashion Photographer • Commerical / Industrial Photographer • Graphic Designer • Multimedia / Content Developer • Publication Designer • Visual / Branding Designer • Creative Studio Manager • Studio Artist • Muralist • Set Painter/Designer • Production Assistant/Manager • Printmaker • Gallery Assistant • Arts Administrator • Assistant Conservator • Museum & Gallery Preparator • Sculptor • Ceramicist • Production Potter • Art Teacher/Instructor • Game Developer • Creative Technologist • Design Researcher • Wildcard Designer • Imagineer • Environment Designer • Portfolio Coordinator.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate mastery of appropriate art-making skills and tools.
  • Imagine, ideate and create using an open, confident, and flexible method through creative processes and design thinking.
  • Critique and think critically about art works using appropriate concepts from art history and theory, in the context of culture, contemporary art, and in public and global spheres.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively through their work.
  • Integrate arts related skills in developing professional practices and planning for ethical, sustainable civic engagement.
  • Formulate a plan to develop and maintain a  professional creative practice.

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of fine arts degree requires a total of 127 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 70 units;
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 0 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

Art, B.F.A. Major Requirements (70 units)

Lower Division Foundation

18 units of lower-division required:

Upper Division Foundation

The following 13 units of upper-division are required:

Fine Arts Practice Concentration

BFA in Fine Arts Practice

The Fine Arts Practice concentration is offered for students who wish to delve deeper into their art practice, develop their key concepts, and create a focused body of work to propel their career in the Arts to the next level. Through intensive hands-on studio courses, thought-provoking academics, and BFA critiques, faculty work with students to hone their skills, widen critical thinking, strengthen creative expression, and form a deeper understanding of their role as a cultural maker. Students can specialize in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or hybrid approaches to artmaking which may incorporate multiple media and digital media. Bridging traditional and contemporary art practices, the program prepares students with skills to produce and sustain a culturally responsive practice that embraces the emerging issues and technologies that impact society and cultural production. This degree is chosen by students who intend to become professional working artists, work in art related fields, or apply for graduate work.

Fine Arts Practice Core

Restricted Electives - Faculty Advisement Only

Only with faculty advisement, select seven (7) classes for 21 units from the list below to create a coherent course of study.

Choose at least five (5) courses in a specific media area (drawing-painting-printmaking OR ceramics-sculpture), and at least five (5) must be upper division. Up to two (2) electives may be lower or upper division courses from another concentration; example: Video 1, Audio Production, Photo 2, etc.

Note: repeatable-unit courses may count towards the 21 units.

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Requirements, Exams & Testing  chapter of this catalog. 

Department Courses Listed by Course Type

Art Courses

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