What can I do with a major in Art - Fine Arts?
UGA Specific Information for Art - Fine Arts
Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) are guided by accomplished artists/professors to pursue their goals in emphasis areas including Art X, Ceramics, Drawing, Fabric Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry and Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Printmaking & Book Arts, Scientific Illustration, and Sculpture. Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree (AB) in Interdisciplinary Art & Design (formerly AB Studio Art) are guided in this same way and have the opportunity to combine their interests in mulitple fine art emphases and additional disciplines. Generally, visual artists fall into two categories—"graphic artists" and "fine artists"—depending on the artist's purpose in creating a work of art. Graphic artists can put their artistic skills and vision at the service of clients, such as major nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, retail stores, advertising, design, or publishing firms. Fine artists create art to satisfy their own need for self-expression, and may display their work in art galleries, museums and homes. Fine artists work independently, choosing their mediums and subject matters as they see fit. Often, they specialize in one or more forms of art, i.e. painting, sculpting, or printmaking. In many instances, visual artists work in more commercially connected endeavors, while pursuing their "fine arts" goals.
Students are asked to consider historical developments, critical ideas and current practices related to time-based art. The area emphasizes creativity, versatility and poetics over computer-based technical skills. Students will be able to utilize a computer lab for digital imaging, digital video, editing and robotic programming. Along with a CNC fabrication facility, digital media students have access to the haptic sensible technology lab and 3D stereo thermojet lithographic printing in sculpture. The primary media and practices in this area deal with the research and experimentation of technology and time-based forms of art. Students are expected to demonstrate a proficiency in this area and must be able to work comprehensively, translating concept and idea into visual poetic forms.
The BFA candidate should have a working knowledge of the various techniques of the ceramic process including clay and glaze formulation, kiln building and firing, throwing on the potters wheel and numerous methods of hand forming. Both utilitarian and sculptural approaches will be stressed. Students will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary and historical examples of ceramic art. The BFA candidate should be prepared to present a professional portfolio of their work as an application to graduate school. Exceptional students may be prepared to function independently as working studio artist-potters; however, further study at the graduate level is recommended. BFA candidates are required to present an exhibition that demonstrates their achievement in developing a mature and cohesive body of creative work. Students are also encouraged to enter competitive shows and attend workshops and national conferences.
Students investigate various types of media including charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, graphite, aqueous media, oil, and acrylic paint. Through research, experimentation, and critique, they master basic drawing skills and begin to address art's relationship to contemporary issues and ideas.
Students investigate various types of media including charcoal, pastel, colored pencil, graphite, aqueous media, oil, and acrylic paint. Through research, experimentation, and critique, they master basic painting skills and begin to address art's relationship to contemporary issues and ideas.
The program emphasizes studies in drawing, painting and color as a way of building the foundation for individual artistic expression. Whether choosing to design for industry or to create fine artwork, research into new ideas, materials, methods and design applications are continually expected.
Graphic designers work with drawn, painted, photographed, or computer-generated images (pictures), but they also design the letterforms that make up various typefaces found in movie credits and TV ads; in books, magazines, and menus; and even on computer screens. Designers create, choose, and organize these elements—typography, images, and the so-called “white space” around them—to communicate a message. Graphic design is a part of your daily life. From humble things like gum wrappers to huge things like billboards to the T-shirt you’re wearing, graphic design informs, persuades, organizes, stimulates, locates, identifies, attracts attention and provides pleasure.
The Interior Design program in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly known as FIDER. The program was initially accredited in 1984. It was re-accredited in 2013 for a term extending through 2019. All potential students should note that graduation from a CIDA-accredited program is one of the pre-requisites for licensing of Interior Designers in the State of Georgia.
The BFA candidate should develop an understanding and competency of the various techniques associated with metalsmithing including fabrication, lost wax casting, raising, forging, stonesetting and numerous forming and surface embellishment processes. Through the course of study, students should gain an appreciation for the history of jewelry and metals from body adornment to the ritualistic and functional object. In completing the BFA exit project, the student should present a professional portfolio that can be used towards application to graduate school or the jewelry/metals profession.
The Photography Area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is pushing the boundaries of education in photographic fine arts. Spanning the history of the medium from large format cameras and historic printing processes to the latest in digital technology, mixed media and installation.
The printmaking and book arts concentration provides a student the opportunity to conduct an intensive investigation in a professional studio environment. Students will develop technical competence in the diverse skills associated with most major fine-art printmaking processes including intaglio, relief, screen printing, digital printing, letterpress, book arts, papermaking and lithography.
The production of illustrations of measured accuracy, conceptualized illustrations and diagrammatic illustrations are created to enable communication between scientist and author, teacher and student, or physician and patient. An artist must, therefore, be aware of the viewer's level of knowledge and relate the message in a logical sequence without confusing the viewer with too much or too little information. Because they communicate subtleties and eliminate ambiguities of language, scientific illustrations are an important, often necessary, element in precise communication in scientific education.
The sculpture area is an environment that encourages exploration in many ways. The undergraduate course of study allows students to develop conceptual and technical understanding in the three-dimensional arts. Sculpture courses introduce both contemporary and traditional practices in the discipline. Students are encouraged to investigate issues of object-making, as well as installations and public art interventions.
In the Interdisciplinary Art and Design AB (formerly Studio AB) program, students are exposed to a variety of media and techniques associated with studio art disciplines, yet have the flexibility to build a more interdisciplinary degree program with more elective coursework outside of Art. Students pursuing the AB will understand the non-verbal language of art and design in terms of artistic principles and application, will be able to organize visual elements both rationally and intuitively according to understood artistic principles, and will become familiar with the major achievements in the history of art and visual culture.
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Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Art - Fine Arts Majors for the Class of 2017*
Augusta University | Columbia College Chicago | The Georgia Institute of Technology | The University of Georgia | The University of Iowa | The University of Louisville | Tufts University | University College London