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, including 54 credits in required courses and 24 credits in elective courses. Students should contact their advisor for a sample program of study.

Recommended Program of Study

Required
CAH 1090Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CAH 1091Art History II: Historical Perspectives in the Visual Arts
CFA 2090Fine Art Studio I
CFA 2091Fine Art Studio II
CFA 3090Fine Art Studio III
CFA 3091Fine Art Studio IV
CFA 3120Fine Art Seminar I
CFA 3121Fine Art Seminar II
CFA 4090Fine Art Thesis I
CFA 4091Fine Art Thesis II
CFA 4170Professional Practices for Fine Artists
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
Electives
In years one and two, 12 credits in methods studios from the following:
CFA 2122Medium and Materials Workshop: Time-Based Media
CFA 2123Medium and Materials Workshop: The Object in its Environment
CFA 2124Medium and Materials Workshop: Painting Basics for Fine Art
CFA 2125Medium and Materials Workshop: Printmaking
CFA 2126Medium and Materials Workshop: Ceramic Practice, Earth to Stone
9 credits in elective courses from any art or design studio area (CFA, FA, CPH, CPJ, CDE, CGD, CDM).
12 credits in advanced major electives (CFA, FA) taken in the 2000-4000 range.
3 credits in art history electives (CAH, AH) taken in the 2000 – 4000 range.

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.