BFA in Studio Art

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link to the BFA in Studio Art curriculum
(concentrations in drawing, painting, sculpture,
printmaking, mixed media or photography/video)

Trinity's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio with a concentration in a fine arts medium is a professional program in fine art for students who intend to pursue graduate studies and professional practice in fine art. Trinity's program connects personal instruction — the advantage of a small program— to Chicago's internationally significant art scenes, an advantage many schools much larger than Trinity don't have. Another thing they don't have is personal studios for juniors and seniors. BFA students develop professional level skills and connections to Chicago's art scene by visiting artists in their studios and exploring galleries and museums in order to learn to operate successfully in a contemporary environment.

Entrance to the BFA programs are based on a portfolio review midway through the sophomore year, or before the start of the year for junior transfer students.

The BFA program consists of 75 credits; this includes nearly a full year in a student's medium of concentration in addition to work in art history and related disciplines. The department offers concentrations in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media and photography/video.

individual studio spaces for juniors and seniors

Because students study with faculty members who are professionally successful themselves, they not only get knowledge that is current, but also get a hand up into professional networks for both internships and jobs. In addition, professionally active faculty provide roles models for how Christians think and work in the art world.


Program overview

BFA student in fine art 24 of 40 courses required for graduation in art. Those course are divided in this way: nine courses build a students' area of specialization. Seven courses are devoted to foundation skills in design, drawing, painting, sculpture, print or photography and digital media required of all art BFA students. Five courses cover art history and theory.The program also requires students to take a two course module in discipines that support their studio work. Options include philosophy, video production, communication theory, computer science or business.

Freshman courses build a range of basic skills. Sophomores typically choose an area in which to specialize and continue their study at an intermediate level. Upperclass students from all artistic disicplines meet together in advanced studio courses. The interdisciplnary nature of advanced studio classes —where painters, sculptors, photographers and designers mix it up— mirrors the nature of the art world and drives creativity in department. You can see examples of this in work done by artists in Senior Shows.

During junior or senior year, students do internships in artists' studios, arts organizations, galleries, to see how the material they have learned in class operates in the real world of art. Some students take advantage of off campus programs like Chicago Semester affiliated with or approved by Trinity.

mock up installation for the 2014 senior show

The Art Studio program in fine culminates in an exhibition in the Seerveld Gallery as part of Senior Seminar. A number of our students have gone on to highly ranked graduate programs in fine art and significant professional positions with galleries, museums and arts organizations.

The broad background of a liberal arts degree gives students a flexible approach to creative problem solving and careers in and beyond the art world. You can see what just some of our alumni are up to here.