BFA Curriculum

The Department of Craft and Material Studies offers a professionally oriented program that leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft/Material Studies with majors in ceramics, fiberwork/fabric design, glassworking, metalsmithing/jewelry or woodworking/furniture design. Within these areas of specialization, courses are designed to assist students in developing concepts, personal direction, and the necessary skills and technical competencies to enable them to pursue a professional career or graduate study. In addition to the major area of study, students have the opportunity for a diverse education in the liberal arts and humanities. Students are encouraged to select courses in other schools on the Monroe Park Campus that will add to their general knowledge. A student may elect a minor area of study in any department or program offering a minor. The minor can be used to fulfill career objectives or to investigate a discipline of secondary interest.

Career opportunities for craft majors include setting up an independent studio or gallery, restoration or repair work, teaching or participating in the Artist-in-Residence programs in the public schools, and consulting and designing for industry.

Please refer to the VCU Course Bulletin for detailed BFA curriculum information

Course Descriptions

Curricular Map

BFA Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies requires a minimum of 120 credits, including 49 in the major. A minimum of 45 of the 120 credits must be 300- and/or 400-level courses. To enroll in an advanced-level craft course, majors must have earned a “C” or better in all courses prerequisite for that course.

Minor in Craft/Material Studies

The minor in Craft/Material Studies allows students from outside of the program to enrich their degrees with rigorous and engaging coursework. Students who wish to apply for a minor must first complete the Art Foundation program. To fulfill the requirements for a minor in Craft/Material Studies, students will complete a minimum of 18 credits of coursework in Craft/Material Studies including introductory, intermediate and/or advanced coursework. At minimum, 9 of the 18 credits must be at or above the 300 level.

Students may apply for the minor after successfully completing one 200-level craft and material studies course. Acceptance is based on a portfolio and application review. Applicants should submit 12 to 16 works of art crated in the past two years that show promise in visual art and design. Applicants should submit their strongest work that demonstrates potential to develop a diverse set of skills and ideas should their application to minor in Craft/Material Studies be accepted. It is recommended that applicants submit a diverse range of 2D and 3D media. Drawing from observation is recommended, while copying anime, cartoons, graffiti, or tattoos is discouraged.

Course Title Hours
Complete two of the following introductory craft and material studies courses: 8
Woodworking Techniques
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Glass Fabrication
Introduction to Textiles
Complete a minimum of nine credits in upper-level craft and material studies course work 9
Complete a minimum of one additional credit in 200- to 400-level craft and material studies course work 1
Total Hours 18

Please refer to the VCU Course Bulletin for detailed minor curriculum information