B.F.A. Program – Draft

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Diné College, located in the heart of the Navajo Nation in Tsaile, Arizona, is the oldest tribally-controlled college in North America. Since its founding in 1968, it has been committed to encouraging students to become contributing members of the Navajo Nation and the world, intellectually and personally grounded in Navajo traditions yet conversant with contemporary life. Diné College has an especially deep history of promoting the study of the humanities and the making of art as these fields relate to Navajo culture and language. Located just east of Canyon de Chelly, in the Four Corners region, the college is at the epicenter of a community of world-class Native artists and writers who continue the legacy of generations of Diné culture.

Academic Tracks/Minors

At Diné College, the making of art and literature is understood as an intellectual process integrated within the language and heritage of the people. Reinforcing this social vision of the arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is a four-year art degree encompassing a variety of media. Students may choose from one of six areas of emphasis:

  1. Traditional Painting,
  2. Digital Photography,
  3. Graphic Arts
  4. Navajo Silversmith
  5. Navajo Weaving
  6. Creative Writing (Forthcoming program)

Minors:

  1. Art Endorsement
  2. Art History Endorsement (Forthcoming Certificate program)

Academic Checklist

General Education Core 40-42
Credits
Lower Division Requirements 27
Credits
FA 106 Color Theory
FA 107 3D Design
FA 112 2D Design
FA 115 Drawing I
FA 181 or FA 190
FA 281 or FA 290
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
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 415 Advanced Drawing
FA 392 Experimental Painting Techniques
or
FA 382 Experimental Photographic Technique
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 Museum Exhibition
Program Credits:
4
4
4
12
Degree Earned Credits 40-42
Lower Division Program Requirements
Upper Division Requirements
Total Credits Earned:
27
49
122-125