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Fine Art

LAAFA’s Fine Art programs are renowned for combining a solid, substantial foundation of technical adeptness and control with the critical thinking and communication skills essential for success in today’s complex art world.  Our graduates possess strong technical abilities and are driven to develop their own visual language and a personal aesthetic that resonates deeply with one’s self.

The Fine Art Programs reflect a deep respect for time-honored teachings that have produced great art throughout history.  In addition, the programs also embrace contemporary, critique-based methodology equipping students for the art world of the 21st century.

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.

Students enrolled in the three-year degree program must satisfy all general education requirements.

Required Credits

BFA Degree in Fine Art (180 credits)
The required credits are comprised of the following:

  • Studio – 90.5
  • Anatomy/Ecorché – 6
  • Contemporary Art Theory/Visual Culture – 4
  • Electives – 7.5
  • Art History – 21 (General Education courses offered at LAAFA)
  • Business – 3 (General Education course offered at LAAFA)
  • Arts, Non-Visual – 15 (General Education courses offered at LAAFA)
  • General Education – 33 (General Education Courses to take at other institutions)

Certificate in Fine Art (147 credits)
This program is designed for students who do not wish to pursue a BFA degree. The three-year Atelier Certificate Program includes the same balanced curriculum with fewer liberal arts and sciences requirements. The required credits are comprised of the following:

  • Studio – 90.5
  • Anatomy/Ecorché – 6
  • Contemporary Art Theory/Visual Culture – 4
  • Electives – 7.5
  • Art History – 21 (General Education Courses Offered at LAAFA)
  • Business – 3 (General Education Course Offered at LAAFA)
  • Arts, Non-Visual – 15 (General Education Courses Offered at LAAFA)
General Education

In this area, you will find a listing of LAAFA’s General Education course requirements.   As indicated by Asterisk (*), some of the General Education courses listed below are offered at LAAFA.  The remaining courses must be completed at colleges or universities that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education such as Western (WASC), or National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Please note that general education requirements listed below are expressed in “semester credits”, as LAAFA recognizes that students will most likely be transferring these credits from semester based institutions.  LAAFA will award 3 credits for any course transferred from another institution regardless of quarter/semester format and regardless of the number of credits awarded at the institution.

Students must satisfy each of the following listed areas:

Area A: English (9 Semester Credits)

Must take each of the following 3 courses

English Comp 101

English 102 (Composition II: Critical Thinking) or 103 (Critical Thinking)

Creative Writing (Offered at LAAFA)*

Area B: Scientific Inquiry (9 Semester Credits)

Must take 3 of the following courses – One of the courses must include math or statistic.  The remaining two courses must be of at least 2 separate disciplines.

Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Ecology, Oceanography, Meteorology, Zoology (Animal Science), Botany (Plant Science) Environmental Science, Microbiology, Physiology, Math, Statistics, Anatomy

Scientific Inquiry is considered an essential skill of graduates in the area of Fine Art and Entertainment Art; LAAFA’s philosophy of Scientific Inquiry is that it encompasses courses in quantitative reasoning.  Courses in Quantitative Reasoning include any course in Math or Statistics.

Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Semester Credits)

Must take each of the following 4 courses

Introduction to Music (Offered at LAAFA)*

Introduction to Theater (Offered at LAAFA)*

Introduction to Dance (Offered at LAAFA)*

Introduction to Film (Offered at LAAFA)*

Area D: Social Sciences (9 Semester Credits)

Must take 3 courses in the following areas – One of the courses must include Communication Studies.  The other 2 courses must be from at least 2 separate disciplines listed below.

Anthropology, Communication Studies (includes Speech), Economics, Education, Government, Human Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Human Sexuality, Sociology.

Area E: Philosophical Reasoning (6 Semester Credits)

Must take 2 of the following courses

Any Philosophy course qualifies.  Beyond Philosophy courses, examples may include courses on Semantics, Logic, Human Rights, Art and Philosophy, Ethics, Justice.

Area F: Business Studies (6 Semester Credits)

Must take the following course

Business of Art (Offered at LAAFA)*

In addition, must take one of the following courses:

Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Operations Management, Business Administration, etc.

Area G: Art History (21 Semester Credits)

Must take the following 7 courses

Art History 1,2,3,4,5,6; Semiotics and Isms (Offered at LAAFA)*

SUMMARY:

General Education courses Offered at LAAFA – 39 Credits*

General Education Courses to take at other institutions – 33 Credits

Total of 72 Credits of General Education Courses

Curriculum

LAAFA’s Fine Art curriculum focuses on drawing and painting from direct observation combined with contemporary critique based methodology. The curriculum listed below does not include the required general education courses

Year 1

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  • Drawing 1A/B, 2A/B, 3A/B, 4
  • Sculpture 1, 2
  • Figure Construction 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Anatomy/Ecorché 1, 2 (This includes lab hours where a student has the opportunity to draw and study from a dissected cadaver.)
  • Composition 1, 2
  • Perspective
  • Art History 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Creative Writing

Year 2

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  • Painting 1A/B, 2A/B, 3A/B, 4A/B
  • Composition 3, 4
  • Methods and Materials in Painting
  • Color and Light Theory
  • Business of Art 1, 2
  • Semiotics and Ism’s in Contemporary Society
  • Theoretical Pursuit of Contemporary Art-Making 1
  • Art History 5, 6
  • Electives

Year 3

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  • Fine Art, (Personal Projects) 1A/B, 2A/B, 3A/B, 4A/B
  • Studio/Gallery Tour Visit
  • Theoretical Pursuit of Contemporary Art-Making 2
  • Graduate Painting with Chosen Mentor 1, 2
  • Business of Art
  • Non-Visual Arts 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Electives
Transfer of Credits

Transfer of General Education Credits From Other Institutions

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Criteria for the transferability of General Education credits from other institutions:

  • Transfer credit for General Studies/Liberal Arts may be accepted from colleges or universities that are accredited by a regional accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education such as Western (WASC), or National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • Transfer credits will only be accepted for those classes with which the student received a grade of “C” or above.
  • The title and description of the course, as well as any information you feel are pertinent for the registrar to know should be included.
  • International course transfer is considered on a case-by-case basis. International students must provide an English translation of their foreign transcripts and evaluations of the transcripts into the American quarter unit system.  International college documents must be evaluated and translated by WES and will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • LAAFA’s transfer policy for General Education courses is that 3 credits, no more or less, will be awarded for any course that is encompassed in LAAFA’s list of required General Education courses, regardless of the credits earned from the institution of origin (Institute of origin may award more or less credits for any given course, based on the individual policies of the institution or based on semester/quarter format.)
  • Transferred courses will satisfy the General Education requirements for the respective areas of the General Education curriculum.
  • The faculty chair is the final authority for approving a course for transfer in the general education areas.
  • Evaluations must take place prior to orientation and registration.
LAAFA accepts transfer courses in the area of Art History, though incoming transfer students are encouraged to take all Art History courses offered as part of the LAAFA curriculum as opposed to transferring these requirements from another institution.
LAAFA accepts transfer courses of the following nature: Creative Writing, Introduction to Music, Introduction to Dance, Introduction to Theater Arts, Introduction to Film. These courses, or courses with similar titles, are part of LAAFA’s required Experience of the Non-Visual Arts curriculum, and students are encouraged to take all Experience of the Non-Visual Arts courses as part of the LAAFA curriculum as opposed to transferring these courses from another institution.

LAAFA accepts transfer courses in Business of Art or Business of Entertainment Art, or courses with similar titles, though students are encouraged to take these courses at LAAFA as opposed to transferring these requirements from another institution.

LAAFA doesn’t charge a fee for the evaluation of the student’s transfer credit.

Transfer of Studio Credits From Other Institutions

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A transfer portfolio must be submitted for each studio art course you wish to be considered for transfer.  Transfer portfolio evaluations must take place prior to orientation and registration.  LAAFA will be looking for evidence of the work you completed in the specific course or courses you wish to apply toward required courses in the LAAFA curriculum. Submit at least 6 to 10 examples from each studio class.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • A grade of “C” or better from an accredited American post secondary institution is the minimum grade required for transfer studio eligibility. Your portfolio must reflect the overall strength of the course you have completed.
  • The title and description of the course, as well as any information you feel are pertinent for the reviewer to know should be included with your portfolio.
  • Your work must be organized in a chronological manner.
  • All fragile media must have a cover sheet.
  • Label the outside of your portfolio with your name and “Transfer Portfolio.”
  • Portfolios cannot be evaluated until the Registrar has reviewed your transcripts.
  • Your portfolio will be evaluated by the full-time faculty. The evaluator will document their findings in the student’s file and forward the results to the Registrar.  If the student disagrees with the findings, they may appeal their case to the Faculty Chair for review.  The Faculty Chair will further document the student’s file with their findings and notify the Registrar.
  • International course transfer is considered on a case-by-case basis. International students must provide an English translation of their foreign transcripts and evaluations of the transcripts into the American quarter unit system.  International college documents must be evaluated and translated by WES and will be evaluated on an individual basis.

LAAFA doesn’t charge a fee for the evaluation of the student’s transfer credit.

Transferability of Credits And Credentials Earned At Our Institution

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The transferability of credits you earn at LAAFA is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.  Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn in Fine Art or Entertainment Art is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.  If the credits or degree, diploma or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your course work at that institution.  For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending LAAFA to determine if your credits or Degree, diploma or certificate will transfer.

Once a student is done with their studies at LAAFA and if they wish to attend another college, we will, on behalf of the student, attempt to articulate an agreement with their school of choice.