Life Drawing

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The courses in Life Drawing focus on intensive study of the figure in a variety of contexts. Students complete assignments that require them to render a representational figure, draw a figure in action, compose a figure within an environment and compose multiple figures in a narrative mode.

Students strive to develop an individualized style in their work and to produce a professional portfolio that exemplifies their creative vision.

Life Drawing Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

Technical
1. Create well-executed figurative art that demonstrates proficiency with:
  • Method / Materials
  • Anatomy
  • Gesture / Movement / Action/ Body language 
  • Facial expression / Likeness
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Color / Lighting / Seeing
  • Effectively render forms both in space, and in relation to each other
  • Skillfully apply principles of Composition / Design  
  • Compose the figure within an environment 
  • Compose the figure in a narrative mode.
  • Work with multiple figures
Theoretical
2. Use drawing as a form of personal expression to create a unique, consistently styled portfolio of work.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the world of contemporary art.  
  • Present their work within the context of contemporary art. 
  • Understand and engage in contemporary art discourse.
  • Emphasis on:
    • Concept / Content / Originality
  • Applying critical, historical, and theoretical principles to the work
  • Research
  • Style/ Motif
  • Critique
Professional
3. Apply professional practices to:
  • Artwork: presentation, archiving, documentation
  • Work habits: time management, reliability, motivation
  • Career skills: promotion, job search, commissions, galleries, exhibitions, grants business writing, interviews, memberships, networking
  • Business skills: taxes, sales, bookkeeping, insurance, organization 

Career Opportunities

• Portrait Commissions

• Landscape Commissions

• Group Exhibitions

• One-Person Exhibitions

• Gallery Representation

• Specialty Showroom and Display Shops

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Life Drawing

Sample Program

Semester 1

Fundamentals of Art I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Beginning Life Drawing I 5 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition I 3 Semester Credit Hours
College Success Seminar 1 Semester Credit Hour

 

Semester 2

Fundamentals of Art II 5 Semester Credit Hours
Beginning Life Drawing II 5 Semester Credit Hours
Anatomy 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 3

Intermediate Life Drawing I 5 Semester Credit Hours      
Figurative Sculpture I 5 Semester Credit Hours
College Composition II 3 Semester Credit Hours
Art History I 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 4

Intermediate Life Drawing II 5 Semester Credit Hours 
Oral Communication     3 Semester Credit Hours
Art History II    3 Semester Credit Hours
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 5

(One of three) Advanced Figurative Drawing; Advanced Figurative Drawing: Figure in Composition; or Drawing for Illustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours 
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 Semester Credit Hours
Quantitative Literacy 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Visual Culture; Art and Activism; or Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 6

(One of three) Advanced Figurative Drawing; Advanced Figurative Drawing: Figure in Composition; or Drawing for Illustrators 5 Semester Credit Hours
Digital Graphic Foundations 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of three) Advanced Anatomy; Intro to Lab Science; or Vision, Light and Color 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Contemporary Visual Culture; Art and Activism; or Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 7

Advanced Drawing I 5 Semester Credit Hours
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 Semester Credit Hours
Studio Elective 200/300 or 400 level 5 Semester Credit Hours

 

Semester 8

Portfolio: Life Drawing 5 Semester Credit Hours
Advanced Drawing II 5 Semester Credit Hours
(One of five) Film and Society; Film and Society: World Cultures; Contemporary Visual Culture; Art and Activism; or Introduction to Psychology 3 Semester Credit Hours
(One of seven) Survey of American Illustration; History of Graphic Design; 20th Century and Contemporary Art History; Art History: Renaissance and Baroque; Art History: Art and Technology; Art History: Rococo and Neo-Classical; or World Art 3 Semester Credit Hours

122 Total Credits Required for the BFA Degree in Life Drawing

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