Your Passion Can Be Your Profession.
You already know that art is more just a hobby.
The time you spend in studio goes beyond satisfying your inner muse—it’s preparing you to excel in a world where creativity, inspiration, dedication, and practical knowledge are key to success.
Whether you work with paint or pastels, graphite or graphic design, the lens of a camera or the many textures of mixed media, Coker’s B.F.A. program in studio art prepares you for a professional, studio-based career.
Students with interest in submitting a portfolio for scholarship must complete an additional application by visiting getacceptd.com/coker
- B.F.A. application form
- Portfolio of 15 works of art and/or design (documentation/sketchbooks required)
- Statement of intent (1-2 pages)
- Statement of degree/career plan (one page)
The B.F.A. in studio art requires a total of 78 credits (63 studio credits and 15 credit hours in art history).
Required Core Studio Courses
- ART 101
- ART 102
- ART 105
- ART 109
- ART 130
- ART 205
- ART 220
- ART 250
- ART 260
Required Art History Courses
- ART 280
- ART 281
- ART 384
- ART 387
- ART 388
- Eight (8) courses within studio art*
- Four (4) or more at 300-level
- 400-level senior studio courses
- 400-level professional practice course
*Includes advanced courses reserved for B.F.A. students only.
DOWNLOAD THE ACADEMIC CATALOG
For a more detailed explanation of requirements, including course descriptions, download the Academic Catalog.
All B.F.A. students in studio art must complete a year-long senior studio course, resulting in a cohesive body of work. Each student will work on this capstone project with a faculty mentor.
B.F.A. students will be responsible for the following aspects of their senior exhibition:
- Installation of body of work
- Exhibition promotion (posters, designed and printed; press release, etc.)
- Gallery talk at exhibition opening
All B.F.A. students will undergo a senior review, consisting of:
- Critique of the body of work and discussion of process
- Discussion of how the student’s work connects to non-art investigation*
- Discussion of expectations for the body of work moving forward
- Discussion of professional goals and/or opportunities within art and design industries
The process book is a record of the evolution of ideas throughout a student’s senior studio. This documentation reflects the depth of investigation into research material, artists, designers, photographers, and applicable study outside of art.
*This process keeps in mind that Coker is a liberal arts institution, and that our B.F.A. students should have an awareness of what a liberal arts education encapsulates.
B.F.A. students are required to develop and complete:
- An interview with an arts professional
- A research paper on their senior studio work
- An artist’s statement
- A CV
- A cover letter
- A portfolio website
- Mock interviews
Students are encouraged to complete (one or more):
- Proposal submission for an off-campus exhibition
- Job applications relevant to career interests
- Written draft for a business proposal