Launching in Fall 2023, UW-Eau Claire’s bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in integrative visual arts is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate MFA programs or professional careers in the visual arts. The integrative visual arts comprehensive major provides you with an integrated, immersive studio experience with advanced levels of artistic exploration, experience and focus. You can hone your craft in a desired area of focus — including ceramics, sculpture, photography, illustration, drawing or painting — while also becoming a well-rounded visual artist.
In this program, you will be encouraged to select a theme of electives that will help you achieve your professional goals and allow you to take creative risks and grow as an artist. A few examples of themes are: "Form and Space" (sculpture, ceramics, etc.); "Sequential Expression" (illustration narratives, video for artists, visual vommunications, etc.); "Communication in Contemporary Culture" (photography, illustration editorials, UX design, etc.).
While pursuing the BFA in integrative visual arts, you will also have the opportunity to explore thesis or capstone work; complete relevant internships, community collaborations, or apprenticeships; and apply ideas and concepts learned from disciplines outside the department and translate them into your work inside the studio.
Flexible, skill-building curriculum. A large portion of the integrative visual arts degree is made up of course electives, giving you the opportunity to pursue multiple interests and expand your skill set. This all-encompassing approach allows you to enter the working world with a variety of skills and talents that can help take your integrative visual arts career to the next level.
Access to advising and mentoring. Depending on your chosen theme or area of focus within the major, you will have access to a faculty mentor who knows your area of expertise best — and who can advise you on future schooling or career aspirations, selecting relevant courses, finding internships or apprenticeships and more.
Opportunities to travel. Integrative visual arts majors have the opportunity to travel while studying at UW-Eau Claire. This could include a study abroad program or one of the department’s national or regional field trips. Explore contemporary art and design in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York City. Or find inspiration in some of the world's art and architecture meccas, like Florence, Rome or Paris.
Art close to home. UW-Eau Claire is home to the Foster Gallery, the largest art gallery in the Eau Claire area. Art and design students can take advantage of this learning space through exhibition receptions, open viewings, installation opportunities, guest speaker presentations and the chance to participate in the annual juried student art show.
Integrative visual arts program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
- Art Student Association (ASA)
- None of the Above (NOTA)
- Graphic Communications Design Club
- Photography Club
Graduates of the integrative visual arts degree leave with a bachelor's in fine arts, a polished portfolio, countless connections and the skills needed to pursue their passion.
Possible art careers
- Fine artist
- Multimedia artist
- Graphic designer
- Arts administrator
- Exhibition designer
- Product designer
- Creative director
- Art director
- Design manager
Curriculum within the integrative visual arts bachelor's degree includes core foundation courses in art as well as courses in art history, sculpture, photography typography, drawing, painting and ceramics. All courses focus on providing students with the knowledge, skills and tools to develop creative solutions to problems and develop a cohesive, compelling portfolio.
What classes do integrative visual arts majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Intermediate Drawing
- Art of the 20th Century
- Beginning Sculpture
- Introduction to Photography as an Art Form
- Global Art History to 1400
- Advanced Studio Practice
- Advanced Graphic Communications
Learn more about the integrative visual arts major in the UWEC course catalog.
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