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The B.F.A., which requires 74 credits, provides much more breadth and depth than the B.A., which requires 43 credits. The B.F.A. is considered the degree for professional preparation; however, the B.A. degree provides the opportunity to take a second major, minors, or more elective courses. For example, the B.A. enables a student to study both art and psychology in preparation for a Masters in art therapy. Discuss the degrees with your advisor, any of the art faculty, or the art chairperson. You can also read about the B.F.A. and the B.A. in the Plattsburgh College Catalog, and in the catalogs of many art schools and universities with B.F.A. degrees.
In the first year, courses for the B.A. and the B.F.A. are identical. This permits you to select either degree on April 1, near the end of the foundation year. In the second year, courses for the B.A. and the B.F.A. are similar; however, students intending to apply for the B.F.A .must take more studio courses each semester, and must complete most of the "breadth" courses (5 of 8).
Freshmen can complete the B.F.A. in four years by carefully following the semester-by-semester plan in the Art Major Handbook.
The B.F.A. requires 34 lower-division credits. The B.F.A. requires 31 credits of upper-division courses, and the nine credits of studio elective may be upper-division courses, for a total of forty. Six credits of perspectives courses are upper-division, and free electives may be upper division.
You may choose to apply as a high school student, or you may submit an application and a portfolio on April 1 of your freshman year.
Yes, you may apply after your first year, but it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible. You must complete three semesters in the B.F.A. program after you have been accepted. To graduate in four years, you should follow the B.F.A. course plan all four years.
You must complete three semesters after you are accepted. Therefore, for many students, the final application opportunity will be at their junior-level review, which takes place in January. (B.F.A. applicants will be grouped separately at the junior-level review.) You may apply the following April, if you plan to attend extra semesters.
You may apply a maximum of three times.
The forms are available in the art office, or from:
Kimberly Hall-Stone, Secretary
Phone: (518) 564-2179
Forms should be returned to the art office at the above address.
An interview is highly recommended, but is not required.
If you enter as a second-year student, you should apply either with your transfer portfolio, or after your first year. If you enter as a third-year student, you should apply either with your transfer portfolio, or after your first semester--as part of the junior-level review. (B.F.A. applicants will be grouped separately at the junior-level review.) If you enter with no art courses and no portfolio, you will need at least three years to complete the degree, as noted above. During the first year you should complete the foundation program, and you should apply in April.
If you intend to graduate in two years, you must apply during your junior-level review, in January of your junior year. (B.F.A. applicants will be grouped separately at the junior-level review.) You must be in the B.F.A. for three semesters before you graduate. You must also have your concentration approved prior to your junior-level review.
An interview is highly recommended, especially for transfer students. An interview is not required.
The number of semesters required for transfer students depends on the art credits completed before entering the program. Students who have taken no art credits will require at least three years to complete the art courses in the B.F.A., as can be seen in the schedule below.
|First Year||Second Year||Third Year|
|ART 102||ART 262||1 of 5 studio||studio elective||ART 471||ART 473 (1 cr)|
|ART 161||1 of 5 studio||1 of 5 studio||concentration II||ART 472||concentration V|
|ART 104||1 of 5 studio||concentration I||1 of 5 studio||concentration III||concentration VI|
|ART 231||ART 137||art history||art history||concentration IV||studio elective|
|ART 139||(open elective)||(GenEd persp)||(GenEd persp)||studio elective||(open elective)|
|Courses in italics are 46 credits in 300/400 courses.|
The College Catalog B.F.A. Footnotes lists special requirements for transfer students. Forty-one credits in art courses must be taken at SUNY Plattsburgh, including ART 102 (1), the concentration (18), studio electives (12), art history elective (3), ART 471, 472, and 473 (7).
Probably. Each course will be reviewed individually. You should complete a request for a substitution immediately upon entering the program.
You will automatically be changed from the B.F.A. to the B.A. degree. It will be necessary to reapply to the B.F.A. after your G.P.A. has returned to 3.0. When your G.P.A. returns to 3.0 or higher, you will be permitted to reapply for the B.F.A.
It will be necessary to take additional courses to satisfy these requirements.
The studio elective courses may be taken in any studio area; however, the elective courses for graphic design students must be approved by the graphic design faculty. It may be necessary to take 300/400-level courses in order to satisfy the college requirement of 45 credits of upper-division courses (see next question).
Yes, you must be approved by the faculty in the concentration area. That approval requires an initial approval, which must be renewed at the conclusion of each semester. The final approval will be at the conclusion of your course of study, including the B.F.A. Senior Exhibition.
You may not be approved for a concentration before April 1 of your sophomore year (and only if you are near successful completion of your required courses). You must take the required foundation and breadth courses before seeking concentration approval.
The last opportunity to obtain approval from the concentration faculty is the first week of spring semester of your junior year. You may be approved at a later date, but it will delay your graduation. You must have approval three semesters before you intend to graduate.
Yes, you may take two concentrations.
Yes and yes. Faculty approval is not guaranteed. Initial approval does not guarantee renewal. Faculty will complete a Concentration Renewal Form and Progress Report each semester.
It's preferable and beneficial for you to graduate in May, and be in the senior exhibition in your final semester. You should make every effort to complete a normal senior year fall and spring sequence of ART 472 and ART 473.
If you are graduating in the fall semester, you may receive special permission to exhibit the previous May, only if you are completing your fifteenth credit in your concentration during the semester of the exhibition. To obtain this permission, you must demonstrate that you will graduate the fall after the exhibition.
The year of the exhibition, you must be in ART 472 and must pass the faculty review in September. You also must fully complete ART 473 the year of your exhibition. During the fall of your graduation, you must present the work of that semester to the faculty in December.
Normally you will not be permitted to exhibit in the fall semester (see next question).
Under normal circumstances you will be expected to exhibit in the Senior Exhibition the following May; however, you may apply for a deviation to exhibit in December. That deviation will only be granted if the following are demonstrated:
Yes, there will be a review in September, to determine whether you are ready to be in the B.F.A. exhibition. You must be in the exhibition in order to receive the B.F.A. If you are not accepted in the September review, you will have one last opportunity in December.
If you would like more information about art at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Dr. Karen Blough
Office: Myers Fine Arts 220B
Phone: (518) 564-2468
Kimberly Hall-Stone, Secretary
Office: Myers Fine Arts 220B
Phone: (518) 564-2179
Fax: (518) 564-2199