The Bachelor of Arts in Art is the most basic of the undergraduate offerings within the department of fine arts. The degree provides a broad base of fundamental to intermediate skills, and allows for exploration of a wide range of media. As the basic degree, students have a wide range of electives, and many choose to combine the BA with another major or minor, often choosing the Missouri K-12 teaching certificate.
Beyond fundamental courses, classes are taught in the Academy style, with students from all levels in the same class. This offers the opportunity to learn from peers as well as more advanced students. With the departmental emphasis on the figurative, skills and techniques are stressed, providing the basis for creative exploration, as well as instilling the idea of continual learning. Classes are small, allowing for much interaction between students and the instructor, and students and their peers.
With a faculty of working artists, an ongoing visiting artist program and an active gallery, opportunities are present for students to interact with professionals in the art world outside of the classroom, an important factor for artists at any level.
Art Program Highlights
- Academy-style teaching
- Student participation in exhibits on and off campus
- Graduate students as mentors
- On-campus Fine Arts Gallery and visiting artist program
- Ceramics, painting, sculpture, design and photography studios
- Optional Missouri public school teacher certification (K-12) — Fontbonne University meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Art Course Samples
- ART 100
Beginning Drawing3 credits
Basic skills in life drawing will be covered. The use of line, shape, value, and composition will be explored as tools in visual communication.
- ART 110
Design I3 credits
A study of two-dimensional design, three dimensional design, and color theory. Extensive studio work on specific problems will be done in class.
- ART 492
The American Photograph: 150 Years of American Culture3 credits
The American Photograph is a course designed to accomplish three objectives. It will provide an introduction to select periods of American history, from 1840 to the present, through the exclusive use of photographs as evidence. It will explain the history of photography itself, how it came to be and why it grew in popularity. Finally, and perhaps most challenging, the course will introduce the participants to the field of visual culture, using the photograph to examine how we see and how images are used to influence our act of knowing.
Fontbonne University’s Art Graduate Successes
- Jen Chapman ’00 – Communications Manager at RubinBrown LLP
- Kayla Leech ’12 – Marketing Specialist, Client Services Inc.
Art Career Opportunities
Fontbonne University Gallery of Art’s mission is to encourage and support the artist and the education of the visual arts in the community through its exhibitions and programs. Learn more.
Discover what our students, faculty and alumni are creating. Learn more.
Fontbonne University annually hosts a summer workshop and Saturday workshop for high school art students. This will be an intense, college level drawing and painting experience for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Learn more.
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