Why Study Art?
Requirements: 37 hoursFull Program Requirements
Art Foundation: 15 hours
Requirements: 36 hours
Art History: 9 hours
Elective: 1 hour
Total: 120 hours
Art does not only
enrich individual lives—it is essential to the health of any society, as it is practiced and
experienced collectively. Governors State’s Bachelor of Fine Arts offers an
interdisciplinary approach in the visual arts with concentrations in Studio
Arts or Film, allowing students to explore and create within the discipline of
Moreover, the GSU campus is located within the internationally renowned Nathan
Manilow Sculpture Park. This “museum in the prairie” serves as a living
laboratory for the union of art, nature, and university life.
coursework in art history, ceramics, drawing, digital imaging, film, graphic
design, glass, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture, students are
free to explore one or several disciplines as they begin to formulate their
individual vision. And in the senior year, BFA students conclude their studies
by presenting a senior project of their creative work, which provides an
opportunity to share the
visual result and evidence of their creative investigations and research.
Reach your career
A BFA prepares
visual artists with an emphasis on the lifelong production of professional
creative work. Graduates who continue to produce often go on to build a
professional exhibition record, showing in galleries and museums, while others
choose to enter careers utilizing skills developed in the program, such as
entrepreneurship, critical thinking, marketing, and problem solving. Advanced
study at the master’s and Master of Fine Arts level is also common, especially
for students interested in teaching at the university level.
The study of art prepares
students with the drive and determination needed to succeed as professional
artists and with the skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and
entrepreneurship valued by employers. GSU’s student club Art Forum allows student artists to sell and
showcase their work at biannual art markets on campus, fostering skill-building
in such areas as networking and marketing.