Bachelor of Fine Arts

Degree Information

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is for the student who seeks a professional degree that can lead to continued study on the graduate level or for the student who plans to make a career in Fine Arts. Acceptance into the B.F.A. program requires a formal application and portfolio review of artwork consistent with the intended concentration.

University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements

All Baccalaureate degrees offered by IU Southeast requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework (300-level or above). No more than 64 credit hours earned in accredited junior/community colleges may be applied toward a Baccalaureate degree. The University Residency Requirement dictates that students must complete no less than 26 credit hours at IU Southeast during their senior year and no less than 10 credit hours of coursework in the major field of study.

Department of Fine Arts Residency Requirements

The Department of Fine Arts enforces the University Credit Hour & Residency Requirements with no additions.


Coursework in art foundations provides a cohesive background of concepts and skills needed for advanced studies in all areas within the Fine Arts studio program. These fundamental studio courses are focused on the study and application of the elements and principles of art and design.

The foundations area contains four entry-level classes that are required of all fine arts majors:

  • F100 Fundamental Studio Drawing
  • F101 Fundamental Studio 3D Design
  • F102 Fundamental Studio 2D Design and Color Theory
  • D210 Digital Art Survey and Practice

Once students complete the foundation level classes, they have acquired a solid understanding of the visual elements and principles of design as they apply to two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based works of art. The foundations program is designed to give student artists opportunities to explore a variety of media and techniques. Cohesion among Foundations classes is achieved in several ways. Each semester students learn the pertinent vocabulary associated with each foundation class. Through various critique formats, each of these classes also engages the students in critical forms of thinking through problem solving and oral and written communication. Each semester, students have the opportunity to participate in local and regional field trips to art galleries and museums.

Foundations courses are taught in three studio classrooms that occupy central locations on two floors in Knobview Hall and in the Macintosh open lab on the second floor.

  • The Fundamental Studio Drawing studio is equipped with easels and stools for each student, an instructor’s computer station, a 60” digital monitor, and a wall-length white board for instruction.
  • The Three-Dimensional Design Studio is equipped with tables and chairs, an instructor's Macintosh computer station with an overhead digital projection system, a wall-length white board for instruction, storage cabinets, and a wide variety of power and hand-tools. This studio also contains a professional panel saw and a large CNC router.
  • The Two-Dimensional Design studio is equipped with large tables and chairs, an instructor’s Macintosh computer station with an overhead digital projection system, storage cabinets and drawers, drying racks, and large paper cutters.
  • Digital Art Survey and Practice is taught in the Macintosh open lab located in Knobview Hall. The lab is equipped with eighteen, state-of-the-art, high-powered Macintosh computer stations, an instructor’s Macintosh computer station with an overhead digital projection system, and a wall-length white board for instruction.

Our foundations classes utilize all of these studios extensively with multiple sections offered in each semester. Enrollments in foundation classes are capped between 12-16 students, allowing for optimal student and instructor interactions, as well as frequent individualized instruction.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree focuses on art and design within the context of a liberal studies program. A Bachelor of Fine Arts at Indiana University Southeast is a four-year, 120 credit hour university degree comprised of six studio concentrations with supporting courses in Art History. A formal application consisting of a letter of intent, a portfolio of work supporting the desired concentration area, and a minimum GPA is required before acceptance into the program. Students may apply for the following concentration areas:

Students can also minor in Art History or another studio specific discipline area.

In addition to university general education and BA requirements, art foundations, art history, and 200-level courses in all studio areas are required for the degree.