Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Fine Art

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

78 credits in program-specific courses.

Recommended Program of Study

Required
12 credits in foundational courses
CFN 1090First-Year Studio 1: Drawing and Surface
CFN 1091First-Year Studio 2: Form and Materials
CFN 1092First Year Studio 3: Time and Light
CFN 1093First-Year Studio 4: Interaction
12 credits in fine art studio courses
CSA 1090Fine Art Fundamentals I
CSA 1091Fine Art Fundamentals II
CSA 2092Fine Art Studio Experimental Materiality
CSA 3092Fine Art Studio Critical Practices in Making
9 credits in introductory studio electives, selected from the following:
CSA 1101Introduction to Handbuilt Ceramics
CSA 1102Introduction to Wheelthrown Ceramics
CSA 1501Black and White Photography Fundamentals
CSA 1502Introduction to Digital Color Photography
CSA 1502Introduction to Digital Color Photography
CSA 2701Printmaking Medium and Materials Workshop
9 credits in studio electives taken from at the 1000 level or above, selected from studio areas CDE, CGD, CIAR, CIXD, CPJ, and CSA.
9 credits in studio arts electives taken at the 2000 to 4000 levels, selected from studio areas CPJ or CSA.
3 credits in cross-disciplinary studio electives, selected from the following:
CSA 3901Special Topics: Cross-Disciplinary Studio Arts
CSA 3911Collaborative Practices: Social Practices of Art
CSA 3912The Cinematic in Contemporary Art
CSA 3913Painting Off the Wall
CSA 3914Art Outside the Gallery
CSA 3915Public Spectacle in Socially Engaged Art
CSA 3951Creative Photovoltaics
3 credits in professional practices, selected from the following:
CSA 4070Professional Practices for Lens-Based Media
CSA 4170Professional Practices for Artists
6 credits in thesis coursework. Students participate in a thesis exhibition as part of their thesis.
CSA 4092Fine Art Thesis I
CSA 4093Fine Art Thesis II
6 credits in introductory art history courses
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1091Art History II: Historical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
3 credits in an art history elective, selected from any AH or CAH course (Writing in the Discipline courses are recommended).
6 credits in seminars, selected from the following:
CSA 3020Topics in Photography and Photojournalism
CSA 3021Topics in Fine Art
CSA 4020Photography and Photojournalism Studio Seminar
CSA 4021Fine Art Studio Seminar

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.