Virtual Visit

Welcome to the School of Art!

Your college search is so important and I understand that a campus visit is the best way to get a feel for the school you would like to attend. I wish that I could meet you in person to show you around our fantastic facilities, talk about your area(s) of interest, and help you see how you belong here at BGSU. Because BGSU cares about your safety as well as the safety of it's faculty and staff, our campus is currently closed. Instead, I invite you to visit us virtually through this page as well as through BGSU Virtual. This page is meant to be an overview, but you will find links to additional information on our website. If you have more questions please feel free to contact me directly via my email rblumer@bgsu.edu or set up an appointment to meet with me virtually.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                   Rachel Blumer, Admissions Coordinator

Set up a virtual meeting with Rachel

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You belong in the School of Art

"The staff is super super helpful fostering my ideas for like say thesis or for a lot of my projects outside of what I do here for projects in class. BG was more than willing to take me in and then the aid I got here as well was really good compared to some of the places I applied to. So it just seemed like the right fit."

Getting started at BGSU's School of Art

Even if you don't know exactly where you want to go with art, you can start taking art classes your first semester at BGSU. And you don't have to submit a portfolio to do it, just make sure you declare your major as one of the following: Art Education, Digital Arts (BA or BFA), Graphic Design, or Studio (BA or BFA). All of these majors start with the same three courses. So if you change your mind about which art major you want to pursue, you'll still be on track. These three Art Foundation courses are all part of the First Year Program.

  • ART 1020  Design Studio: Surface and Process (usually taken in the fall)
  • ART 1030  Drawing Studio: Perception and Color (usually taken in the fall)
  • ART 1120  Media Studio: Space and Time (usually taken in the spring)

These courses will challenge you to think outside the box and might even be classified as a sort of art boot camp. They will condition you for the rest of your college art courses. You will be able to use work you create in these courses for your BFA portfolio review if you choose to pursue a BFA degree.

Because everyone takes the same foundations courses, you will have the opportunity to make friends from around the School of Art. Your academic advisor will even register you for linked sections of ART 1020 and ART 1030 so that the same people will be those two classes.

FYP Studio Visit
BGSU first year art students visit an artist studio.

BFA Portfolio Review

Here are some important facts about the BFA portfolio review:

  • You do not need to submit a portfolio to be admitted to BGSU or to BGSU's School of Art.
  • Do NOT submit a portfolio before you start at BGSU. The review is for students who have completed at least 2 of the 3 foundation courses.
  • Only students seeking a BFA degree need to submit a portfolio. They are coded as pre-BFA until they pass the review.
  • You have two chances to pass. If you don't pass your first time around you can submit a portfolio the following spring. You can continue to take art classes in the meantime.
  • You can use work from your foundation classes, high school, or work you do in your free time in your portfolio. Use your best work.
  • The School of Art faculty and staff can help you prepare by giving instruction on documenting your work and advice about which pieces to include.

Learn more about the BFA Portfolio Review here.

Take A Virtual Tour

We are working on a 360 Virtual Tour of our main labs and studio spaces for each of our divisions so check back to experience those. In the meantime, please enjoy the video tours of few of our spaces via the links below.

Digital Arts

Graphic Design

Areas of Study

Click through the tabs to explore the different areas of study/majors in the School of Art.

Painting student
A BGSU student takes a break from painting to smile at the camera.

Studio is comprised of 7 different concentrations:

Students are encouraged to work across media allowing for the artist's creative journey to lead them to a new medium without having to start over in a new major.

There are 2 degree options for Studio: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)   

The BFA does require students to submit a portfolio for review during their second semester in the program. Students have two chances to pass.

Take a minute to check out the work our BFA Studio seniors made for this year's BFA Thesis Exhibition. This is the culmination of the BFA degree.

Find more information about the Studio division here.

Trying to decide between the BA and the BFA degree? Watch this short video:

Intro: Hi my name is Rachel Blumer and I am the Admissions Coordinator for BGSU’s School of Art. Today we’re going to be talking about the difference between a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. If you have any questions at the end of this presentation, please feel free to contact me. My contact information will be on the final slide. I’d love to chat whether that’s over the phone or via video call; I’m here to answer your questions.

Slides

1. Ok, let’s begin.

2. The School of Art has five divisions: Digital Arts, Art History, Graphic Design, Art Education, and Studio Art.

3. Of those divisions only Digital Arts and Studio Art offer the choice between a BA or a BFA degree.

a. Digital Arts offers areas of emphasis in

            i. Computer Animation and Video

            ii. Imaging

            iii. Interactive Art & Gaming

            iv. Virtual Reality

b. Studio includes the following media areas

            i. Drawing & Painting

            ii. Photography

            iii. Printmaking

            iv. Ceramics

            v. Glass

            vi. Jewelry & Metals

            vii. Sculpture

4.     Let’s compare the two degrees.

a. The Bachelor of Arts is a normal degree length,

i. but compared to a BFA it requires a lot fewer major classes: usually 42-45 credit hours which translates into 14 or 15 courses for your major. Now that includes your 3 foundation classes and your 4 required Art History classes.

ii. Fewer major classes means you have time for a minor or a double major. A minor usually requires 15-21 credit hours or 5-7 courses.

iii. Finally, BGSU’s College of Arts & Sciences requires that BA students have 4 years of the same foreign language. The good news is that if you studied a foreign language in high school those classes can count towards this requirement.

b. The Bachelor of Fine Arts has

i. a lot more major classes – usually between 73-75 credit hours which translates to 25 or 26 major classes. Again, this includes 3 foundation classes and 4 Art History classes.

ii. Now if you’re a Digital Arts BFA, that also includes studio art support classes. So you can take ceramics or printmaking or sculpture and those classes are built in to your major.

iii. BFA majors must pass a portfolio review which I will talk about in the next slide.

iv. They also complete a senior thesis project.

v. Because BFA majors have to take so many other classes, they are only required to take 2 years of the same foreign language and, again, if you’ve already done those two years in high school then you’re all set.

5. Ok, let’s talk Portfolio Review.

a. First of all, you are NOT required to submit a portfolio to be admitted to BGSU or the BGSU School of Art.

b. It is ONLY required for BFA majors and even then,

c. it is not submitted until the spring semester of your first year. So you’ll come to BGSU, complete your first two foundation courses and THEN submit your portfolio during your second semester.

d. You have two chances to pass the portfolio review so don’t worry. If you don’t pass the first time, you can always take it the next year and in the meantime, you can continue taking your coursework.

e. Also we offer faculty and staff support so you can ask your instructors to help you decide which pieces to put in your portfolio, how to photograph them,

f. and then you can use the production studio and media center to help you get the correct camera and other equipment and the space to take those photographs so that your artwork can really shine.

6. So if you want to do Digital Arts and you’re still trying to decide between a BA and a BFA, think about these two questions.

a. If you would like to combine your degree with another area of study like, say, Media Production, or maybe you would like to be a digital illustrator and you want to do the Word and Image minor, or maybe you just really want to minor in Japanese then a BA is a better fit for you because it allows you time to do an additional area of study.

b. But if you would prefer to have more experience through coursework in animation or imaging and you want to experience doing a big project like the BFA senior thesis project so that you can put it in your professional portfolio, then a BFA degree is probably a better fit for you.

7. If you’re going into studio you’ll want to ask yourself similar questions.

a. Would you like to combine with another area of study? For example; if you’re thinking about going into art therapy, doing a BA in studio with a minor in Psychology will prepare you for a master’s program in art therapy. Maybe you want to draw comic books or graphic novels. You can combine your BA with the Word and Image minor. Or maybe you want to pick something that will inform your artwork. Any of those things could be combined with a BA degree.

b. But if you would prefer to have more time in the studio to develop your style and concepts and you want to gain exhibition experience through a BFA senior thesis project to prepare you for a professional art career, then a BFA is probably a better fit for you.

8. Here is my contact information. If you have any further questions regarding the program, I would be happy to answer them. Thank you for watching.

Graphic Design class
BGSU Graphic Design students and their instructors gather around for a critique.

Visualizers. Collaboraters. Leaders.

Students take courses in Design theory as well as courses where they apply their knowledge to create and physically produce their design work. Studio art support classes are also required allowing for integration of design in classes like printmaking or jewelry.

All Graphic Design majors must complete at least one internship that is approved by the internship coordinator.

Graphic Design is offered as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

The BFA does require students to submit a portfolio for review during their second semester in the program. Students have two chances to pass.

Take a minute to check out the work our BFA Graphic Design seniors made for this year's BFA Thesis Exhibition. This is the culmination of the BFA degree.

Find more information about the Graphic Design division here.

Digital Arts class
BGSU Digital Arts students sit at computer stations in the lab and listen during a class discussion.

Digital Arts students can focus on one of four areas:

  • Computer Animation & Video
  • Imaging
  • Interactive Art & Gaming
  • Virtual Reality

Students can enjoy courses in animation, story and concept development, creative character design, Digital Imaging, Digital Painting, and more.

We have three state of the art computer labs and a stop motion animation lab. Students will learn to use Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, GenArts Sapphire, Painter, Processing, Unity, and zBrush.

There are 2 degree options for Digital Arts: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The BFA does require students to submit a portfolio for review during their second semester in the program. Students have two chances to pass.

Take a minute to check out the work our BFA Digital Arts seniors made for this year's BFA Thesis Exhibition. This is the culmination of the BFA degree.

Find more information about the Digital Arts division here.

Trying to decide between the BA and the BFA degree? Watch this short video:

Intro: Hi my name is Rachel Blumer and I am the Admissions Coordinator for BGSU’s School of Art. Today we’re going to be talking about the difference between a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. If you have any questions at the end of this presentation, please feel free to contact me. My contact information will be on the final slide. I’d love to chat whether that’s over the phone or via video call; I’m here to answer your questions.

Slides

1. Ok, let’s begin.

2. The School of Art has five divisions: Digital Arts, Art History, Graphic Design, Art Education, and Studio Art.

3. Of those divisions only Digital Arts and Studio Art offer the choice between a BA or a BFA degree.

a. Digital Arts offers areas of emphasis in

            i. Computer Animation and Video

            ii. Imaging

            iii. Interactive Art & Gaming

            iv. Virtual Reality

b. Studio includes the following media areas

            i. Drawing & Painting

            ii. Photography

            iii. Printmaking

            iv. Ceramics

            v. Glass

            vi. Jewelry & Metals

            vii. Sculpture

4.     Let’s compare the two degrees.

a. The Bachelor of Arts is a normal degree length,

i. but compared to a BFA it requires a lot fewer major classes: usually 42-45 credit hours which translates into 14 or 15 courses for your major. Now that includes your 3 foundation classes and your 4 required Art History classes.

ii. Fewer major classes means you have time for a minor or a double major. A minor usually requires 15-21 credit hours or 5-7 courses.

iii. Finally, BGSU’s College of Arts & Sciences requires that BA students have 4 years of the same foreign language. The good news is that if you studied a foreign language in high school those classes can count towards this requirement.

b. The Bachelor of Fine Arts has

i. a lot more major classes – usually between 73-75 credit hours which translates to 25 or 26 major classes. Again, this includes 3 foundation classes and 4 Art History classes.

ii. Now if you’re a Digital Arts BFA, that also includes studio art support classes. So you can take ceramics or printmaking or sculpture and those classes are built in to your major.

iii. BFA majors must pass a portfolio review which I will talk about in the next slide.

iv. They also complete a senior thesis project.

v. Because BFA majors have to take so many other classes, they are only required to take 2 years of the same foreign language and, again, if you’ve already done those two years in high school then you’re all set.

5. Ok, let’s talk Portfolio Review.

a. First of all, you are NOT required to submit a portfolio to be admitted to BGSU or the BGSU School of Art.

b. It is ONLY required for BFA majors and even then,

c. it is not submitted until the spring semester of your first year. So you’ll come to BGSU, complete your first two foundation courses and THEN submit your portfolio during your second semester.

d. You have two chances to pass the portfolio review so don’t worry. If you don’t pass the first time, you can always take it the next year and in the meantime, you can continue taking your coursework.

e. Also we offer faculty and staff support so you can ask your instructors to help you decide which pieces to put in your portfolio, how to photograph them,

f. and then you can use the production studio and media center to help you get the correct camera and other equipment and the space to take those photographs so that your artwork can really shine.

6. So if you want to do Digital Arts and you’re still trying to decide between a BA and a BFA, think about these two questions.

a. If you would like to combine your degree with another area of study like, say, Media Production, or maybe you would like to be a digital illustrator and you want to do the Word and Image minor, or maybe you just really want to minor in Japanese then a BA is a better fit for you because it allows you time to do an additional area of study.

b. But if you would prefer to have more experience through coursework in animation or imaging and you want to experience doing a big project like the BFA senior thesis project so that you can put it in your professional portfolio, then a BFA degree is probably a better fit for you.

7. If you’re going into studio you’ll want to ask yourself similar questions.

a. Would you like to combine with another area of study? For example; if you’re thinking about going into art therapy, doing a BA in studio with a minor in Psychology will prepare you for a master’s program in art therapy. Maybe you want to draw comic books or graphic novels. You can combine your BA with the Word and Image minor. Or maybe you want to pick something that will inform your artwork. Any of those things could be combined with a BA degree.

b. But if you would prefer to have more time in the studio to develop your style and concepts and you want to gain exhibition experience through a BFA senior thesis project to prepare you for a professional art career, then a BFA is probably a better fit for you.

8. Here is my contact information. If you have any further questions regarding the program, I would be happy to answer them. Thank you for watching.

Color mixing at Saturday Art
A BGSU Art Education student demonstrates how to mix color to a small group of elementary-aged students.

The Art Education degree requires courses in art education curricula and some classes from the College of Education, but what sets our program apart is that our students earn a BFA degree. Because of that, students develop as artists in their own right in their many studio art classes.

Students get practical teaching experience through a number of courses before doing their student teaching their final semester.

Over the past several years our Art Education graduates have enjoyed 100% placement in teaching jobs within 6 months of graduation.

Art Education is offered as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

The BFA does require students to submit a portfolio for review during their second semester in the program. Students have two chances to pass.

Take a minute to check out the work our Art Education seniors made for this year's BFA Thesis Exhibition. This is the culmination of the BFA degree.

Find more about the Art Education division here.  

Museum Visit
A BGSU Art History student poses in front of a still life painting of flowers in a gold frame at the Toledo Museum of Art.

All School of Art students are required to take four Art History courses.

The Art History Division's relatively intimate size, together with BGSU's commitment to teaching, ensures a strong connection between students and faculty, and offers an opportunity for students to profit from close faculty attention.

Students can specialize in:

  • Ancient Art
  • Early Modern Art
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • World Art

Many students decide to experience Art History first hand by doing Study Abroad in Florence, Italy.

Art History is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Learn more about the Art History division here.