Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts and Design

The Fine Arts and Design program will offer two concentrations: oil painting and graphic design. The oil painting concentration adopts the classical painting techniques and traditions. It will provide interested students with a systematic approach to this invaluable artistic legacy of the west, incorporating the best features of the intensive Atelier training environment within a rigorous academic setting. The graphic design concentration provides the same foundation in classical drawing and painting techniques, as well as traditional aesthetics principles. At the same time, students will learn modern design technologies, tools, and software. Graduates from this concentration will stand out amongst their peers with a solid training in classical fine arts techniques and perspectives that will underpin their creations in the digital format.

Depending on their chosen concentration, students will develop the ability to either practice the art of painting in the classical form or apply the beauty of classical fine arts perspectives to their design and creativity.

Program Purpose

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Arts and Design program at FTC Middletown seeks to produce students with a solid grasp of fundamental techniques, skills, and concepts in the visual arts as well as an understanding of art aesthetics, history, theory, and management. The program prepares students for careers in drawing, painting, graphic design, or advanced studies in related areas.

Program Goal

  • To provide students with a solid foundation and a systematic training in crafting techniques, theories, methods, knowledge, and application of fine arts.
  • To equip students with the ability to combine and apply professional knowledge and skills to practical problem solving and decision-making related to fine arts, along with a sense of teamwork, professional attitude, and ethical judgment.
  • To enable students to develop communication and critical thinking skills for life-long learning, the ability to appreciate human cultures, arts, traditional values, and a respect for moral character.

Program Concentration

This program offers two concentrations: Oil Painting and Graphic Design. Oil Painting is a long-standing form of artistic expression. Students in this concentration will follow the “Academic Art” training, study portrait techniques and skills, figure, and landscape painting as well as classical drawing, and culminate in the composition of oil painting.

Graphic Design has become a significant industry today with an array of applications. Students in this concentration take a wide range of courses related to visual communication, including basic training in drawing, painting, color as well as typography and information design, motion graphics, web, and interactive design.

Curriculum Overview

The BFA in Fine Arts and Design is a 125-semester credit curriculum with three major components.

Curriculum Structure for BFA in Fine Arts and Design

Area

Credits

Qualifying LAS Credits

Major Requirements

83

11-17

 

Drawing Fundamentals Skills and Training

14

0

 

Art History and Theory

11

11

 

Concentration courses, one of

48

0-6

 

 

Oil Painting

48

 

 

 

    Drawing Skills and Techniques

24

0

 

 

   Oil Painting Skill and Techniques

20

0

 

 

   Composition

4

0

 

 

Graphic Design

48

 

 

 

    Fundamental Design Skills

21

0

 

 

   Design History, Theory, Lectures

14

6

 

 

   Elective

13

0

 

Professionalism and Career Development

10

0

General Education Core

 

36

33-36

 

Humanities

 

9

9

 

 Art and Aesthetics (satisfied through major)

5

  

 

Values and Ethics

 

3

3

 

Writing and Rhetoric

 

9

9

 

Quantitative Reasoning

 

3

3

 

 Natural Sciences (satisfied through major)

4

  

 

Social Sciences

 

3

3

 

Foreign Language

 

6

6

 

Health and Wellness

 

3

0-3

Electives

6

0-6

Total Required Credits for Graduation

125

>=46

Graduation Requirement

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the curriculum with a grade point average of no less than 2.0. In addition, a graduate must have taken at least 50% of all courses from FTC Middletown. Students must also complete at least 42 courses designated as “LAS” or Liberal Arts and Science in accordance with New York State regulations.

Course List

  • Major Requirements (83 credits)

The major requirements are comprised of foundation courses in art history, theory, and composition; and courses that provide a solid technical foundation in drawing, painting, and graphic design, as well as courses that help students develop professional experience and insight for career development.

Major Required Courses for BFA in Fine Arts and Design

Code

Course Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

Drawing Fundamental Skills and Training (14 cr)

ART101A

Perspective A

2

N

None

ART102A

Art Anatomy A

2

N

None

DRP101

Drawing I

4

N

None

ART107

Dynamic Composition

2

N

None

DRP102

Painting

4

N

DRP101

Art History and Theory (11 cr)

ARH101

Art History I

3

Y

None

ARH102

Art History II

3

Y

ARH101

ARH203

Art History III

3

Y

ARH102

ART111

Visual Literacy I

2

Y

None

Professionalism and Career Development (10 cr)

Choose two of:*

   

BUS121

Fundamentals of Arts Management

3

N

None

ART351

Junior Internship

3

N

Permission Form

MKT321

Digital Marketing

3

N

MKT201

Choose one of:

   

ART451

Senior Project

4

N

Dept. Approval

ART461

Senior Internship

4

N

Dept. Approval

Concentration – Oil Painting (48 cr)

 

Drawing Skills and Techniques

24

  

ART101B

Perspective B

2

N

ART101A

ART102B

Art Anatomy B

2

Y

ART102A

DRP201R

Drawing II

4

N

DRP101R

DRP301R

Drawing III

6

N

DRP201R

DRP401R

Drawing IV

6

N

DRP301R

DRP103

Quick Sketch Techniques

2

N

None

ART103

Introduction to Sculpture

2

N

None

 

Oil Painting Skill and Techniques

20

  

DRP202

Still Life Painting

2

N

DRP102B

DRP203

Landscape Painting

2

N

DRP102B

DRP204

Small-scale Painting

2

N

DRP102B

DRP321

Portrait Painting

2

N

DRP202,DRP203

DRP322

Half-length Portrait

2

N

DRP321

DRP323A

Nude Painting A

2

N

DRP322

DRP323B

Nude Painting B

2

N

DRP323A

DRP324R

Full-body Painting

4

N

DRP322

ART410

Mural Art

2

N

DRP324R

 

Composition

4

  

DRP310R

 Composition I

2

N

DRP204

DRP410R

 Composition II

2

N

DRP310R

Concentration – Graphic Design (48 cr)

 

Fundamental Design Skills

21

  

DSG101

Design Studio I

3

N

None

DSG102

Design Studio II

3

N

DSG101

DSG201

Design Studio III

3

N

DSG102

DSG202

Design Studio IV

3

N

DSG201

DSG103

Typography Design I

3

N

None

DSG104

Typography Design II

3

N

DSG103

DSG203

Typography Design III

3

N

DSG104

 

Design History, Theory, Lectures

14

  

Choose five of the following courses:

 

 

 

ARH131

History of Graphic Design

3

Y

None

ART112

Visual Literacy II

3

Y

ART111

DSG151

Image Making

3

N

None

DSG215

Design with Color

2

N

None

DSG241

Brand Identity

3

N

DSG102

MKT201

Principles of Marketing

3

N

None

 

Design Elective (Select at least 13 cr from)

13

  

ART101B

Perspective B

2

N

ART101A

ART102B

Art Anatomy B

2

N

ART102A

DRP202

Still Life Painting

2

N

DRP102B

DRP203

Landscape Painting

2

N

DRP102B

ART103

Introduction to Sculpture

2

N

None

ART105

Photography

2

N

ART105

DSG321

Motion Graphics Studio I

3

N

DSG321

DSG322

Motion Graphics Studio II

3

N

DSG322

DSG331

Environmental Graphic Design

2

N

DSG102

DSG332

Advertising Design

3

N

DSG102

DSG334

Web Design

3

N

DSG102

ART410

Mural Art

2

N

DRP324R

DRP103

Quick Sketch Techniques

2

N

None

DRP341

Intro to Illustration I

2

N

DRP103

Total

 

83

  
  • General Education Core (36 credits)

Students must complete the College-wide General Education requirements. The GE program is 45 credits. For BFA in Arts Management students, 9 of these GE required credits are satisfied through their major courses.

  • Free Electives (6 credits)

Students are free to choose 6 credits from any college level courses offered by the College.

Minors

The Department of Art also offers minors in oil painting and graphic design for students pursuing majors in other departments.

Courses for Minor in Oil Painting (21 cr)

Code

Course Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

Drawing Fundamental Skills and Training (10 cr)

   

ART107

Dynamic Composition

2

N

None

DRP101R

Drawing I

4

N

None

DRP102

Painting

4

Y

DRP101R

Oil Painting Skill and Techniques (6 cr): Choose 3 courses from either the following list or any ART, DRP course(s)

DRP103

Quick Sketch Techniques

2

N

None

ART103

Introduction to Sculpture

2

N

None

DRP203

Landscape Painting

2

N

DRP102

DRP202

Still Life Painting

2

N

DRP102

DRP321

Portrait Painting

2

N

DRP202,DRP203

DRP322

Half-length Portrait

2

N

DRP321

Composition (2 cr)

   

DRP310R

Composition I

2

N

DRP204

Art History Requirement (3 cr): Select one of the following ARH courses

 

ARH101

Art History I

3

N

None

ARH102

Art History II

3

N

ARH101

Courses for Minor in Graphic Design (20 cr)

Code

Title

Cr

LAS

Prerequisite(s)

Fundamental Skills and Training (4 cr)

DRP101

Drawing

4

N

None

Fundamental Design Skills (11): Choose 4 courses from either the following list

DSG101

Design Studio I

3

N

None

DSG103

Typography Design I

3

N

None

DSG215

Design with Color

2

N

DSG101

DSG151

Image Making

3

N

None

DSG241

Brand Identity

3

N

DSG102

Art History Requirement (5 cr):

ART111

Visual Literacy I

2

Y

None

ARH131

History of Graphic Design

3

N

None