2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog & Student Handbooks [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, Studio Art, B.F.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree is a professional degree program that provides a more intensive course of study than the traditional B.A. in Art. The degree prepares students to become professional visual artists, enter a specific art field or to continue their education at the graduate level. No minor is required due to the comprehensive curriculum. It provides a well-rounded knowledge of art history, extensive training in a variety of studio areas, and encourages specialization within the field. Students spend their senior year developing a body of work that will be displayed at their capstone thesis exhibition.

Faculty members work closely with students to strengthen students’ technical and conceptual abilities. They also serve as an entry point into professional practice through their own studio practices and professional networks and, if they intend to earn a higher degree, guide them through the graduate school application process. Students are expected to seek internships, attend art events, enter art shows and exhibitions, and actively participate in the art community through organizations like the Mobile Arts Council in order to cultivate their own professional networks and build their artistic resumes.

University Core and General Education Electives

University of Mobile’s undergraduate program is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, Alabama College for Professional and Continuing Studies, Alabama School of the Arts, School of Business, School of Christian Studies, and School of Education. All University of Mobile undergraduate students are required to complete certain basic courses that apply uniformly to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Music degree unless otherwise noted. These are identified as basic course (general education) requirements. 

Requirements (Please see NOTES section below)


  1. Consult with your College/School advisor for specific and/or additional requirements relating to general education courses. For example, COM 101  is required for business, Christian studies, and education majors and teacher certification students. MA 110  is required for all majors in the School of Business. Education majors and teacher certification students have very specific requirements, particularly regarding English, Mathematics, History, and Laboratory Sciences.
  2. FS 100 Freshman Seminar (1 semester hour) is required for freshmen only. 
  3. Students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree must also complete twelve semester hours of a foreign language. See specific requirements in the World Languages section of the catalog.
  4. Students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, or Graphic Design must also complete six semester hours of a foreign language.
  5. Students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in English, Creative Writing must also complete twelve semester hours of a foreign language.
  6. Students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management must also complete PSY 201 .  Students earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing must also complete AR 226 .


World Languages (B.F.A.)

Students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must also take six semester hours of a foreign language.


  1. A minor is not required. Students have the option to complete a minor in a discipline outside the department. The addition of a minor will require course work in excess of the 123 hours minimum required for the B.F.A. and may delay time to graduation.

  2. Portfolios are not required for admission to BA and BFA programs, but are encouraged.

  3. Candidates for the B.F.A in Studio Art or Graphic Design are required to exhibit their capstone thesis project during their senior year.

  4. All art majors must attend a minimum of three art and/or design events per semester. Attendance at these events will make up 10% of your thesis grade during your senior year. Events include on-campus artist talks and exhibitions as well as off-campus events but you must submit verification from the exhibit (postcard, brochure, etc.)

  5. Additional AR electives may be approved at your advisor’s discretion, in consultation with the Art Department chair. Some electives may have prerequisites that must be fulfilled before registering for the course.

  6. AR 331: Internship course may be repeated in order to fulfill a portion of the elective requirement. No more than six (6) hours of Internship credit will be accepted.