Fine Art Curriculum.

LAAFA’s Fine Art curriculum focuses on drawing and painting from direct observation combined with contemporary critique-based methodology. Students will leave after three years of study with the knowledge necessary to alter the landscape of artistic expression in today’s art world and the confidence to pursue a lasting career as a successful, thought provoking, professional artist.

The 180-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is designed to combine a solid, substantial foundation of traditional painting and drawing skills with the critical thinking and communication skills essential for success in today’s complex art world. The required credits are comprised of the following:

Studio Core Classes – 126
General Education – 27
Business of Art – 6
Art History – 21

The 153-credit Certificate in Painting is a program for students who do not wish to pursue a BFA degree. The three-year Certificate program includes the same balanced curriculum without the liberal arts and sciences requirements. The required credits are comprised of the following:

Studio Core Classes – 126
Business of Art – 6
Art History – 21

The 1-year Intensive Drawing Track’s sequential curriculum focuses on drawing from direct observation.  Students will have a working proficiency of the human form as it relates to traditional representation in drawing. In addition, students will learn solid draftsmanship and technical skills in Classic Academic and Figure Construction, which will give students a well-developed understanding of line, form, structure, shadow, tone, light, edges, and the human anatomy. The curriculum for this track mirrors the courses outlined in the first year of the degree and certificate fine art programs. Exclusive of art history, students in this track are not required to take any additional general education courses. Students may apply to matriculate to the degree or certificate program.

Studio Core Classes – 46.5
Non-Studio Core Classes – 6

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This 18-month sequential curriculum focuses on drawing and painting from direct observation. Students will have a working proficiency of the human form as it relates to traditional representation in drawing and painting. Students will learn solid draftsmanship and technical skills in Classic Academic and Figure Construction, which will give students a well-developed understanding of line, form, structure, shadow, tone, light, edges, and the human anatomy. In addition, students will explore the fundamental practices of painting. Working from the live model, students will be challenged to refine their ability to simplify what they see and create paintings that feature strong structure, clear value organization and elegant simplification. The curriculum for this track mirrors the courses outlined in the first year and a half of the degree and certificate fine art programs. Exclusive of art history, students in this track are not required to take any additional general education courses. Students may apply to matriculate to the degree or certificate program.

Studio Core Classes – 69
Art History – 12

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