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Visual Arts offers a professional degree, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, and the Liberal Arts degree, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The BA degree is designed to easily work with a dual degree or Minor in another subject. The Professional BFA degree is designed for students who seek careers or graduate school in the visual arts and allows students to pursue an area of media concentration within the professional degree, including:

  • Film, Animation and Video
  • Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Sculpture

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts Studies

Degree Requirements

Foundation Course Requirements

VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing
VARTS 231 Foundations of Sculpture
VARTS 261 Foundations of Photography
VARTS 281 Foundations of Painting

Intermediate Studios
The Intermediate Studio sequence is a two-part structure of 2 required courses + 3 intermediate studio options including at least one advanced studio option. Students complete all five required + elective studio courses.

VARTS 361 Introduction to Digital Media
VARTS 392 Mixed Media

Seminars

VARTS 190 VARTS Intersections I
VARTS 290 VARTS Intersections II
VARTS 390 VARTS Intersections III

Advanced Studies

VARTS 471 Visual Arts Professional Practices
VARTS 491 Inter-media Workshop
VARTS 492 Senior Studio

History/Theory

AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
AAH 122 History of Art and Architecture II

Electives Requirement

Completion of three elective studios including at least one VARTS studio course at the 400 level or above is required for graduation.

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Elective Offerings

Electives

VARTS 201 Drawing the Figure
VARTS 203 Renaissance Drawing Techniques
VARTS 204 Renaissance Drawing Techniques: The Human Figure
VARTS 232 Intermediate Concepts in Sculpture
VARTS 241 Introduction to Printmaking
VARTS 282 Oil Painting
VARTS 301 Advanced Drawing: Process and Content
VARTS 330 Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS 333 Advanced Sculpture: Process and Content
VARTS 351 Intermediate Concepts in Photography
VARTS 352 Advanced Photography: Process and Content
VARTS 362 Film, Video and Animation
VARTS 363 Intermediate Concepts in Digitial Media
VARTS 364 Intermediate Concepts in Film, Animation, and Video
VARTS 381 Painting the Figure
VARTS 382 Renaissance Apprentice Workshop
VARTS 383 The Art of Buon Fresco
VARTS 430 Special Topics in Visual Art
VARTS 431 Topics in Sculpture
VARTS 451 Topics in Photography/Digital Media
VARTS 469 VARTS Coop
VARTS 472 Visual Art Thesis
VARTS 481 Topics in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking
VARTS 530 Special Topics in Visual Arts

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts Studies

Degree Requirements

Foundation Course Requirements

VARTS 101 Foundations of Drawing
VARTS 231 Foundations of Sculpture
VARTS 261 Foundations of Photography
VARTS 281 Foundations of Painting

Intermediate Studios
Students complete twelve required + elective studio courses.

VARTS 361 Introduction to Digital Media
VARTS 392 Mixed Media

Concentration and Elective Studios
4 intermediate studios, including at least one advanced studio, and 5 additional Visual Arts elective studios. To create the optional media concentration, a sequence of 4 courses must be in the same media area, i.e.: Film, Animation, and Video; Painting, Drawing and Printmaking; Photography and Digital Media or Sculpture including at least on VARTS studio course at the 400 level. Elective studios may be from any of the other media areas.

Film, Animation and Video

VARTS 362 Film, Animation and Video
VARTS 363 Intermediate Concepts in Digital Media*
VARTS 364 Intermediate Concepts in Film, Animation and Video
VARTS 451 Topics in Photography/Digital Media*

Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

VARTS 201 Film, Animation and Video
VARTS 203 Renaissance Drawing Techniques
VARTS 204 Renaissance Drawing Techniques: The Human Figure
VARTS 241 Introduction to Printmaking
VARTS 282 Oil Painting
VARTS 301 Advanced Drawing: Process and Content
VARTS 381 Painting the Figure
VARTS 382 Renaiisance Apprentice Workshop
VARTS 383 The Art of Buon Fresco
VARTS 481 Topics in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking

Photography and Digital Media

VARTS 351 Intermediate Concepts in Photography
VARTS 352 Advanced Photography: Process and Content
VARTS 363 Intermediate Concepts in Digital Media*
VARTS 451 Topics in Photography/Digital Media*

Sculpture

VARTS 232 Intermediate Concepts in Sculpture
VARTS 333 Advanced Sculpture: Process and Content
VARTS 431 Topics in Sculpture

*Maybe be applied to either the Film, Video, and Animation or Photography and Digital Media Concentrations

Additional Intermediate studio options may be applied to all concentration areas:

VARTS 330 Special Topics in VIsual Art
VARTS 430 Special Topics in VIsual Art
VARTS 530 Special Topics in VIsual Art

Seminars

VARTS 190 VARTS Intersections I
VARTS 290 VARTS Intersections II
VARTS 390 VARTS Intersections III

Advanced Studies

VARTS 469 VARTS COOP
VARTS 471 Visual Arts Professional Practices
VARTS 472 Visual Arts Thesis
VARTS 491 Inter-media Workshop
VARTS 492 Senior Studio

History/Theory

AAH 121 History of Art and Architecture I
AAH 122 History of Art and Architecture II

Electives Requirement

Completion of two History/Theory electives is required for graduation.

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Elective Offerings

History/Theory Electives

AAH 305 Theory and Methods of Art and Architectural History
AAH 311 AmericanArt
AAH 312 Modern Art
AAH 313 African Art
AAH 315 Art of Buon Fresco
AAH 317 Giotto to Leonardo
AAH 318 Michelangelo to Vasari
AAH 319 History of Italian Renaissance Art
AAH 320 The Art of Buon Fresco
AAH 321 Arts & Arch of the Classical World
AAH 322 Arts & Arch of the Medieval World
AAH 323 Arts & Arch of the Islamic World
ARCH 324 Evolution of Urban Form
ARCH 325 History of Modern Architecture
ARCH 327 American Architecture
ARCH 328 Renaissance Architecture
ARCH 329 Landscape Architecture
AAH 330 Special Topics in Art and Architectural History
FILM 101 Introduction to Film Studies
HP 341 Pre-Industrial America
HP 342 Industrial America
AAH 421 Issues in Contemporary Art

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Intersections Program
The Intersections program is an ongoing, weekly seminar, required of all VARTS majors throughout their college career. Designed to build a sense of community among the students, the program provides a forum for lively discussion around a range of issues in the arts. Lectures, demonstrations, presentations or round-table discussions with students, faculty and guest artists stimulate an ongoing dialogue meant to complement the studio

RWU VARTS Student Work

Sound installation
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Recycled paper installation
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Photo Installation
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Senior Thesis
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Rapid Prototype couch model
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painting
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Digital Media
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Photo Installation
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Anthony Capriccio
Adam Darter and Anthony Capriccio
Jedidiah Sopchak
Rachel Coleman
Dustin Powell
Mixed Media, Collaboration with Zehra Khan
Shannon Inglis, Mixed Media
James Dixon
Jessica Lundberg
Jessica Lundberg
Lauren Opaciuch
Krysten Gormley, Sculpture/Installation
Michael Sekera, Sculpture
Michelle Meagher, Sculpture
Jocelyn Canario
Jonathan Shea, Sculpture
Abby Lazerick, Sculpture
Mary Woodward in her Studio
Brian Rossacci, Sculpture
Michael Sekera, Sculpture
Phil Soucy (foreground) Phil Shaw (Background) at Franklin Street
Cynthia Rahming, Installation
Sara Consolati, Sculpture
Lou Benedetto
Foundations Drawing
Foundations Painting