Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs promotes Diné culture, creativity, and excellence in the creation of art. Specifically, the program supports and promotes personal development in the Visual Arts. The teaching/learning approach is imbedded in the DEP (Diné Educational Philosophy) Paradigm of Nitsahakees (Thinking) Nahat'a (Planning), Iina (Doing) and Siihasin (Living and Reflecting). The art program prepares art majors to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, confidence, and values, to succeed as independent artists, or to choose to continue in a postgraduate Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Educational program. It offers Diné students the opportunity to complete a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree while residing on the Diné Nation. Students may earn a BFA with a major in one of the following areas: Photography, Painting or Digital Arts. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program is based at Tsaile campus. Students are required to fulfill a residency requirement at Tsaile campus. The BFA degree requires a total of 122 credit program requirements. The BFA degree program has two tacks: Photography and Painting. The BFA degree program is opened to Associate of Fine Arts majors, part-time students, working adults, transfer students, military personnel and tribal and non-tribal students. Any student who wishes to pursue a degree in the arts can enroll in the BFA degree program.

Transfer students from other colleges or university can enroll upon their credits being accepted by Diné College. The BFA degree program is an open door enrollment degree program. The BFA degree program utilizes an art space totaling 3441 square footage; a 2-D classroom for Painting and Drawing totaling 1054 sq. ft., a 3-D classroom for ceramics and sculpture totaling 1333 sq. ft., and 3. A general classroom for 2-D & 3-D design classes totaling 1054 sq. ft. There is a film photography laboratory located in the general classroom. There is one digital Mac lab classroom for Digital Photography classes with state of-art Adobe Creative Cloud design software. The BFA degree program promotes and excellent art curriculum for any student who chooses to pursue the field of art out of a passion to create to enhance their creativity. The BFA degree program has the potential to lead to advance terminal Master of Fine Arts degree at other college and universities, and teaching job opportunities, individual entrepreneurial ventures, cultural preservation and Indian Casino industry.

The Diné College Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program provides students with:

  1. An exemplary, excellent educational program in the areas of art and design to prepare them for pursuit in academia.
  2. Encouragement in their developing creativity and intellectual curiosity in the fine arts.
  3. Prepare students with strong foundational knowledge in the arts so they can contribute to the well-being of the Diné People and their own futures.
  4. A platform for creating studio artwork utilizing Diné cultural paradigms or Diné language.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is dedicated to embedding core values of the Diné culture into its program. The BFA focuses its efforts in embedding the DEP in its program and assessment processes; specifically Sa'ah Naaghai Bik'eh Hozhoon (SNBH). SNBH is a cultural paradigm that allows individuals to effectively think and analyze critically. In addition, the paradigm emphasizes self-study and reflection on completed work.

The following is a process of the Diné Educational Paradigm as it applies to the Fine Arts:

  • Nitsahakees: Thinking: The BFA degree program encourages students to utilize critical and creative thinking in creating and studying art.
  • Nahata: Planning: The BFA degree program encourages students to utilize planning skills in problem solving as it applies to the visual arts
  • Iina: Doing: The BFA degree program encourages students to develop self-discipline and independence in the learning process, also commonly referred to as T' aa Hwo Aji T' eego.
  • Siihasin: Reflecting: The BFA degree program encourages students to demonstrate reflecting (critiquing) art work and the history of art.

Professional Preparation Coursework

General Education Core 40-43
Credits
Lower Division Requirements 21
Credits
FA 106 Color Theory
FA 107 3D Design
FA 112 2D Design
FA 115 Beginning Drawing
ARH 211 Survey of Native American Art
ARH 213 Survey of World Art, Prehistoric to 1500
ARH 214 Survey of World Art, 1500 - Present
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
Upper Division Requirements 49
Credits
Junior Year Semester I
FA 315 Drawing III
FA 390 Painting III
or
FA 381 Photography III
ARH 313 Contemporary Issues in Art
DA 215 Web Design III
Program Credits:
3
3
3
3
3
3
12
Junior Year Semester II 49
Credits
FA 315 Drawing III (Repeat)
FA 390 Painting III (Repeat)
or
FA 381 Photo III
ARH 413 Contemporary American Indian Masters
MKT 240 Marketing
Program Credits:
3
3
3
3
3
3
12
Senior Year Semester III
FA 445 Life Drawing
FA 490 Painting IV
or
FA 481 Photo IV
FA 491 Capstone
FA 495 Senior Project
Program Credits:
3
3
3
3
3
4
13
Senior Year Semester IV
FA 495 Senior Project (Repeat)
FA 496 Senior Portfolio Development
FA 497 Gallery Exhibition
Program Credits:
4
4
4
12
Degree Earned Credits 40-43
Lower Division Program Requirements
Upper Division Requirements
Total Credits Earned:
21
49
121-122
Program Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code
Code Title
Fine/Studio Arts, General 50.0702
Drawing 50.0705
Painting 50.0708
Photography 50.0605
Art History 50.0703

Provost

Provost

Geraldine Garrity, Ed. D.
ggarrity@dinecollege.edu

Contact

Call:
928.724.6623

Mail to: Provost
Diné College:
Box C09
Tsaile, AZ 86556