Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Fine Art, B.A.


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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art is designed to prepare students for entry into professional positions such as illustrators, teachers, art directors, art critics, studio/commercial photographers, or independent artists with lifelong growth as an artist. The program emphasizes mastering technical processes, understanding the role of cultural history as an influence upon artistic expression, developing verbal and visual communication skills, and the importance of creative and original thinking. Students will expand and enrich their studio and academic experiences through exhibitions, internships in professional settings such as the York College Art Galleries, completion of the Professional Development Seminar, and participation in activities such as artist’s lectures and museum excursions.

Requirements for Graduation

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Fine Art must complete 120 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations (FCO 103  will be a required co-requisite with FCO 105  for students who have a high school GPA below 3.20), Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

In addition, students majoring in Fine Art are required to complete a series of foundation courses, which offer a common studio experience to all art majors. Foundation courses must be successfully completed by the end of the first semester of sophomore year. Foundation courses teach basic skills, provide a technical foundation on which to build, develop creative and problem-solving skills, and help identify professional and studio interests. Students are also required to participate in the Sophomore Portfolio Review and Senior Portfolio Review and Exhibition, both of which provide an opportunity for self-evaluation and professional evaluation. During the junior year students will participate in the Junior Fine Art Studio Professional Development Seminar, and in the senior year students enroll in both Senior Fine Art Studio and the Senior Art Major’s Exhibition. The student is required to earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all major courses.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses


Studio Foundation Courses


Studio Electives


Select 15 credits from the following:

Drawing


Figure Drawing


Illustration


Painting


Printmaking


Sculpture


Art History Electives


Select 6 credits from the following:

Required Electives


Students must complete an additional 13 credits of electives. 

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours.
  • Studio Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Art History Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives course - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Studio Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspective course - Arts 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspective course - Natural and Physical Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Studio Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Art History Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (15 credits)


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