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B.A./B.F.A. Major in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art Program Overview

The B.A. or B.F.A. Major in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art at Freed-Hardeman University offers a comprehensive education for aspiring studio artists. Focusing on skill development, personal philosophy, and hands-on experience, the program covers drawing, painting, photography, and more. With a unique studio research component, students deeply explore their chosen medium. Graduates are well-prepared for careers as fine artists or advanced studies.


Department of Creative and Communication Arts

Department chair name:

Margaret Payne,
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Program Coordinator:

Mr. Brian Bundren

Learning at FHU

Why Earn a Degree in Arts from FHU?

Earning a B.A. or B.F.A. with an Emphasis in Studio Art from FHU provides a distinct advantage for aspiring artists. This program offers a comprehensive curriculum that prioritizes honing fundamental skills and cultivating a personal artistic philosophy, crucial for thriving in today’s competitive art market.

Embark on your journey as an accomplished artist with FHU's B.F.A. program. Through immersive courses in drawing, painting, photography, and more, you'll refine your skills, craft your artistic philosophy, and build a solid creative foundation. Our distinctive studio research approach encourages innovation, empowering you to excel in the dynamic world of visual arts.

Program Highlights:

  • Practical experience fostering creativity and innovation
  • Hands-on courses in drawing, painting, photography and more
  • Unique studio research component
  • Opportunity to create an impressive portfolio
  • Increased chance of entering competitive graduate programs upon graduation
  • 100% graduate school acceptance rate

B.A. or B.F.A. with an Emphasis in Studio Art Degree Four-Year Plans

Open the door to artistic success through a tailored four-year journey designed to guide you to excellence. FHU’s B.F.A. program is crafted to equip students with the vital tools and skills needed to thrive in the competitive realm of the art world.


Diverse and exciting career prospects await graduates with a B.F.A. major in Art, encompassing a wide range of roles within the art world. Whether it's showcasing your art in different mediums, teaching artistic techniques, leading creative projects, diving into digital artistry, or exploring roles in art curation and design, your art education unveils a multitude of enriching and satisfying artistic avenues.</p>

Careers for Fine Arts Majors

Graduates with a B.F.A. Major in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art from Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) have a range of exciting career opportunities available to them. Some potential paths include:

  • Fine Artist
  • Gallery Curator or Manager
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Freelance Artist
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Restoration Specialist

 Course of Study for a B.A. Major in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art

Explore the captivating Art program at Freed-Hardeman University! Hone your artistic skills while delving into art history and creative expression. Ignite your imaginative drive and embark on an exhilarating journey in the art world. Unleash your creative potential with us!

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements - 34 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

II. Major Requirements* - (40-43 hours)
ART 120 Drawing I  3
ART 130 2-D Design  3
ART 201 Introduction to Photography  3
ART 220 Drawing II  3
ART 240 Painting I  3
ART 311 Ancient Art (W) OR  3
ART 312 Medieval and Asian Art (W) (3)
ART 313 Renaissance Art OR  3
ART 314 Modern Art (W) (3)
ART 332 3-D Design and Sculptural Techniques  3
ART 340 Painting II  3
ART 350 Sculpture OR  3
ART 380 Printmaking I (3)
ART 410 Readings in Art History (W)  3
ART 440 Painting III  3
ART 460A-D** Senior Exhibit and Seminar (W) 1-4
ART Electives  3

*A senior exhibit and portfolio are required in addition to course requirements.
**Teaching majors take seminar for 1 hour credit.

III. Electives (including additional Bible) - 52-55 hours
Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Art
  1. Completion of the B.A. major in art as outlined above
  2. Must take HUM 310 Arts and Ideas and ART 355 Art for Children
  3. Required professional education courses (See Department of Education, Professional Core-Secondary Education.)

Course of Study for a B.F.A. Major in Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements - 34 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core

II. Major Requirements - (58-61 hours)
ART 120 Drawing I 3
ART 130 2-D Design 3
ART 220 Drawing II 3
ART 240 Painting I 3
ART 260 Black and White Photography 3
ART 314  Modern Art (W) 
ART 332  3-D Design and Sculptural Techniques 
ART 340  Painting II 
ART 380  Printmaking I 
ART 390  Studio Research Drawing I 
ART 391 Studio Research Drawing II 
ART 410  Readings in Art History (W) 
ART 381  Printmaking II OR
ART 440 Painting III  (3) 
ART 460A-D*  Senior Exhibit and Seminar (W) 1-4 
ART 490  Studio Research 2-D Medium I (W) 
ART 491  Studio Research 2-D Medium II (W) 
ART 492  Studio Research 2-D Medium III (W) 
ART 493  Studio Research 2-D Medium IV (W) 

Choose six (6) hours from the following courses:

ART 311 Ancient Art (W) (3)
ART 312 Medieval and Asian Art (W) (3)
ART 313  Renaissance Art  (3) 

*Students certifying to teach should take this course for 1 hour credit.

III. Electives (including additional Bible) - 31-34 hours

Troy Plunk Art Gallery

The Troy Plunk Art Gallery in the Bulliner-Clayton Visual Arts Building displays art by local, regional and student artists. To attend opening lectures and receptions, see the schedule dates and times.

The Troy Plunk Art Gallery on the campus of Freed-Hardeman University encourages campus and community appreciation of art by providing opportunities for visitors to view original pieces of art. The gallery hosts exhibitions with professional artists every year, as well as senior exhibits for all graduating studio art majors plus additional projects outside the gallery’s walls. The gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process by providing opportunities for dialogue that allows students to interact with the artists at opening lectures and receptions. The senior exhibits provide students with the opportunity to exhibit a body of work and to explain and defend their work with faculty and other students.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Art Studio Program

Below are answers to questions prospective students often have when considering a major in B.A. or B.F.A. with an emphasis in Art Studio. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact admissions@fhu.edu and they will happily answer questions and provide additional details about our program.

What makes the Art Studio degree at FHU unique?

The Bachelor of Art (B.A.) or Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.) Degree with an Emphasis in Studio Art at Freed-Hardeman University stands out due to its distinct blend of immersive artistic training and comprehensive educational experiences. What sets this program apart is:

  1. Focused Emphasis on Studio Art: The program prioritizes studio-based courses, allowing students to deeply explore their chosen artistic mediums, refine their technical skills, and develop a personal artistic philosophy.
  2. Studio Research Component: The unique studio research aspect of the program enables students to delve deep into their medium of choice, fostering innovation, creativity, and individual expression.
  3. Rigorous Curriculum: The curriculum is carefully designed to cover a range of artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, photography, and more. This comprehensive approach equips students with a well-rounded skill set.
  4. Practical Experience: Through hands-on courses, students gain practical experience that prepares them for the dynamic art industry, whether they choose to become independent artists, work in galleries, or pursue various artistic careers.
  5. Faculty Expertise: The program is guided by experienced faculty members who are themselves accomplished artists, ensuring students receive mentorship and guidance from professionals in the field.
  6. Preparation for the Art Market: The program’s emphasis on honing fundamental skills and fostering creativity positions graduates to be competitive in the art market. They’re well-prepared to exhibit their work and engage with the art community.
  7. Graduate School Opportunities: For those aspiring to further their education, the program lays a solid foundation for graduate studies, with a portfolio of work and credit hours that are attractive to competitive graduate programs.
  8. Hands-On Exhibitions: The senior exhibit and seminar component gives students the opportunity to showcase their accumulated work, gaining valuable experience in presenting and discussing their art.

In essence, FHU offers an enriching and comprehensive artistic education that not only equips students with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in the art world but also nurtures their individual artistic voice, fostering a well-rounded and adaptable artist.

What is the job outlook for students who graduate?

The job outlook for students who graduate with a B.A. or B.F.A. degree with an Emphasis in Art Stdio can vary based on several factors, including the individual’s specialization, location, skills, and the overall demand for artists in different industries. Here are some general considerations:

  1. Competitive Nature: The field of art is known for its competitiveness due to the high number of aspiring artists and limited traditional job openings. Graduates should be prepared to actively promote their work, network, and continuously seek opportunities to establish themselves.
  2. Diverse Career Paths: Graduates have the flexibility to pursue various career paths. While some may work as independent fine artists, others can find opportunities in graphic design, illustration, animation, art education, museum and gallery work, art therapy, advertising, and more.
  3. Freelance and Self-Employment: Many artists, especially those in fields like fine arts, illustration, and design, opt for freelance or self-employment. This allows for more creative freedom but also requires strong self-promotion and business skills.
  4. Location Matters: Job opportunities can be influenced by the location. Urban areas with a strong arts scene, galleries, and creative industries may offer more opportunities for artists.
  5. Art Education: Some graduates may choose to pursue careers in art education, teaching at schools, community centers, or private studios. This path often requires additional education and certification.
  6. Graduate Studies: Some graduates opt to further their education by pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree, which can open up opportunities for teaching at the college level and provide further specialization.
  7. Digital and Technology Focus: The rise of digital media and technology has expanded opportunities in areas like animation, digital illustration, web design, and multimedia production.
  8. Entrepreneurial Skills: Graduates with strong entrepreneurial skills can explore avenues such as starting their own art-related businesses, designing and selling products online, or offering creative services.
  9. Art Market Fluctuations: The art market can be subject to economic fluctuations and trends. Staying adaptable and versatile in terms of artistic style and skills can help graduates navigate changes in demand.

While the job outlook can be competitive, graduates who are dedicated, proactive, and open to exploring various opportunities can find fulfilling careers in the art world. Building a strong portfolio, continuously improving skills, networking, and staying informed about industry trends can contribute to a successful career in studio art.

What skills can I learn while majoring in the program at FHU?

Majoring in the B.A. or B.F.A. with an emphasis in Art Studio at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) provides you with a diverse set of skills that are valuable in the art world and beyond. Here are some of the skills you can learn while pursuing this program:

  1. Artistic Techniques: You’ll master various artistic techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, and more, allowing you to create compelling and visually engaging artworks.
  2. Creative Problem-Solving: Art often involves finding innovative solutions to visual challenges, enhancing your ability to think creatively and critically.
  3. Visual Communication: You’ll learn how to effectively convey ideas, emotions, and concepts through visual means, a skill applicable in various industries including graphic design and advertising.
  4. Art History Knowledge: Studying art history provides insight into different artistic movements, styles and cultural contexts, enriching your understanding of artistic evolution.
  5. Portfolio Development: You’ll build a strong portfolio showcasing your artistic range and skills, a crucial tool for entering the art industry or applying to graduate programs.
  6. Studio Research: The emphasis on studio research fosters exploration, experimentation and the ability to develop in-depth projects and concepts.
  7. Time Management: Balancing studio work, coursework, and projects hones your time management and organizational skills.
  8. Presentation Skills: Presenting your work in critiques, exhibitions, and seminars enhances your ability to articulate your ideas clearly and confidently.
  9. Critical Thinking: Analyzing and interpreting art trains your critical thinking skills, applicable in a wide range of fields.

These skills collectively equip you not only for a successful career in the art world but also for a variety of roles that value creativity, problem-solving, and strong communication abilities.

What is the B.A. or B.F.A Major with an emphasis Art Studio program at FHU?

The B.A./B.F.A. Major with an Emphasis in Art Studio at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) is a comprehensive and immersive undergraduate program designed to provide students with a solid foundation in various artistic disciplines. This program focuses on developing technical skills, fostering creative expression, and encouraging individual artistic exploration. Here are some key features of the program at FHU:

  1. Emphasis on Studio Art: The program places a strong emphasis on studio-based courses, allowing students to deeply engage with various artistic mediums, including drawing, painting, printmaking and more.
  2. Personal Artistic Philosophy: Students are encouraged to develop their own unique artistic voice and philosophy, helping them create meaningful and original artworks.
  3. Studio Research: The program includes a unique studio research component that enables students to delve deeply into their chosen artistic medium. This fosters creativity, innovation and the development of advanced skills.
  4. Comprehensive Curriculum: Students explore a diverse range of subjects, including art history, drawing, painting, photography and more. This comprehensive approach prepares them for a well-rounded career in the arts.
  5. Senior Exhibit and Seminar: The program culminates in a senior exhibit and seminar, where students showcase their accumulated work, gaining valuable experience in presenting and discussing their art.
  6. Faculty Expertise: Students benefit from guidance and mentorship from experienced faculty members who are themselves accomplished artists.
  7. Career Preparation: The program equips students with the skills, knowledge, and portfolio necessary to pursue careers as fine artists, educators, gallery professionals, and more.
  8. Graduate School Pathways: Graduates who wish to further their education can use their degree as a stepping stone to pursue graduate studies in fine arts or related fields.
  9. Hands-On Experience: Through practical courses, students gain hands-on experience that prepares them for real-world artistic challenges and opportunities.

Overall, the B.A./B.F.A. Major with an Emphasis in Art Studio at FHU provides a comprehensive and tailored education that equips students with the skills, knowledge, and mindset needed for success in the dynamic and diverse field of visual arts.

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