New Student Programs

Fine Art

About the BA in Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program offers opportunities to develop the capacity for ideation, expression and production, while allowing students to experience other creative fields. Students are encouraged to develop a studio practice supporting the creation of images, objects, visual, spatial and/or time-based experiences.

The faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists active in the field and committed to teaching, research and lifelong learning. The philosophy stresses technical skills informed by ideas, a firm grounding in making, linkage to conceptualization and art theory and criticism, and the need for work to show awareness of contemporary issues. Courses in such areas as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital practices, performance art, as well as a variety of contemporary theory and history courses fosters an environment in which students can explore and expand methodologies to refine their personal voice and vision.


For Orientation

On Campus Freshmen Students
If you are attending New Student Orientation as a freshman you do not need to bring a portfolio.  We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshmen. All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.

On Campus Transfer Students
No student is required to bring a portfolio, however, any students attempting to place into upper-level courses will need to complete a portfolio review.

Students who are attempting to transfer credits for upper-level classes in the following disciplines should plan to bring a portfolio, as well as syllabi and course descriptions for those transfer classes.  In addition, you may want to bring an additional copy of your transcripts:

  • • Graphic Design
  • • Advertising Art Direction
  • • Illustration
  • • Interior Architecture
  • • Fine Art
  • • Product Design
  • • Graphic Design

Students must bring a portfolio consisting of the following:

  • • 8-10 images from each course to be evaluated
  • • A course description/and or syllabus for each course being evaluated
  • • The format may be a hardcopy or digital

The following courses do not require a portfolio review and will be applied to a student’s degree after the transcripts have been evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and the Art and Design department, unless the course is otherwise names, then clarification of course content may be needed.

  • • Art History I and II
  • • Beginning Drawing
  • • 2-D Design
  • • 3-D Design

On Campus 2nd BA Students
If you took art and design classes as part of your undergraduate degree you must bring a copy of your transcript and portfolio to be reviewed at Orientation.

We regret that we are unable to register any 2nd BA student for upper level courses without a portfolio review.

Students must bring a portfolio consisting of the following:

  • • 8-10 images from each course to be evaluated
  • • A course description/and or syllabus for each course being evaluated
  • • The format may be hardcopy or digital

2nd BA students cannot transfer credit to Columbia College Chicago, however they can be waived out of course work that they have previously completed.


Distance Freshmen Students
We do not evaluate non-college level work for incoming freshmen.  All AP credits will be evaluated by the Office of Degree Evaluation and do not require a portfolio review.


Distance Transfer Students
Students should expect to see the results of applying to transfer course credit in the following classes:

  • • Art History II
  • • Beginning Drawing
  • • 2-D Design & 3-D Design (unless course is otherwise named, then clarification of course content may be needed)

First Semester Classes

Freshmen
Studio courses are intensive in terms of time in the classroom as well as time outside of class to complete assignments. The curriculum is intentionally designed to allow students to take their general education courses (LAS) and major requirements concurrently.

For studio majors, a good rule of thumb in creating your schedule each semester is to balance 2–3 studio courses with LAS courses.

We recommend all Fine Art students take the following classes in the major during their first semester:

  • • 22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture 
  • • 22-1910 Making I -OR- 22-1925 Making for Transfers 
  • • 22-1960 through 22-1979 Foundation Skill Courses–schedule one for each week of the five-week increments over the fifteen week semester, e.g. one for weeks 1-5, another for weeks 6-10, and the last for weeks 10-15.

We recommend the following Foundation Skills courses for Fine Art majors in their first semester (choose 3):

  • • 22-1967 Foundation Skill: Digital Camera
  • • 22-1971 Foundation Skill: Photoshop
  • • 22-1966 Foundation Skill: Drawing in Perspective
  • • 22-1979 Foundation Skill: Special TopicsL 2D to 3D Form

All freshmen are requireed to take these two LAS (general education) courses in their first semester:

  • • 52-1151 Writing & Rhetoric I (depending on placement)
  • • 48-1101 through 48-1114 First-Semester Experience

Transfers
All transfer students have unique considerations when it comes to scheduling courses, depending on the type and number of courses being transferred.

If you have questions regarding your transfer credits please contact Academic Program Coordinator, Jenn Jones, at jennjones@colum.edu to arrange for a portfolio review.

Transfers should round out their schedule with LAS requirements they have not yet completed.