B.F.A. 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

A.A. Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts (A.A.)

This program offers students an intensive investigation of ideas and practices in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that is required in the general education program with an emphasis on critical inquiry and creative expression. It is designed to prepare students to transfer to four-year programs of study in Liberal Arts or related degree programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The range of courses required in the Liberal Arts program is appropriate for all students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in these areas.

General Education Core Credits
Communications
ENG 101: Freshman English I
ENG 102: Freshman English II
6
Humanities and Fine Arts
Students must choose two courses from:
Art History (ARH)
English (ENG) 212, 213, 231, 233, 234, 241, 297
Fine Arts (FA)
Humanities (HUM)
Theater (THR) 101, 102
6
Mathematics Student must take appropriate course based on major.
MTH 110: College Algebra
MTH 114: College Mathematics
MTH 106: Survey on College Mathematics
3-4
Social and Behavioral Science
Students must choose one History (HST) 101, 102, 135, 136 course and one other course from:
Anthropology (ANT)
Sociology (SOC)
Social Work (SWO)
Social Science (SSC)
Political Science (POS)
Economics (ECO)
Psychology (PSY)
6
Laboratory Science
Students must choose one Life Science and one
Physical Science course both with labs from:
Life Science: BIO
Physical Science: AGR, AST, CHM, ENV, GLG, PHY, PHS
8
Physical Education and Health Education
PEH 122
PEH 113-148
Health Education (HEE)
HEE 110, 111, 112
2-3
Navajo Studies
One Navajo Language Course Based on Placement Test (NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, or 211)
NIS 111: Foundations of Navajo Culture and
NIS 221: Navajo History to Present 9-10
2-3
Required Core Total Students transferring may need to take additional courses to meet core requirements. 40-43
Program Requirements Credits
Literature
Choice of two ENG 231, 233, 234, 236, 238
6
Communication: COM 121 3
Humanities
Choice of one from Any 200 level of ARH ; ENG; FA; HUM and one from ARH 211, 213, 214; HUM 221, 250
6
Creative Arts
Choice of one from ENG 208, 212, 213; FA 215, 221, 231, 245, 290; NIS 205, 208
3
Social Science
Choice of two from ANT 210, 225, 265; HST 201, HST 202; HST 234, 245, HST 256; PSY 215, 240, 250; SOC 215, 230, 275
6
Diné Studies
Choice of one from NIS 220, 226, 371
3
Program Credits 27
Degree Earned Credits
General Education 40-43
Program Requirements 27
Total Credits Earned: 67-70

*This requirement waived for students who have earned the graduation requirement of 64 hours.

Program Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code
Code Title
24.0101 Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

Provost

Provost

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

Contact

Call:
928.724.6623

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

A.A. Fine Arts

Fine Arts (A.A.)

The Fine Arts program offers a visual arts curriculum for students who want to transfer to a four-year program. The curriculum promotes personal development in the arts. It includes studio art courses in Ceramics, Drawing, Commercial Art, Graphics, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture, as well as Art History and Art Education.   Interested students should consult the catalog of four-year institutions that offer Bachelor of Fine Arts programs and speak with Fine Arts advisors. Ceramics, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture are available only at Tsaile.

General Education Core Credits
Communications
ENG 101: Freshman English I
ENG 102: Freshman English II
6
Humanities and Fine Arts
Students must choose two courses from:
Art History (ARH)
English (ENG) 212, 213, 231, 233, 234, 241, 297
Fine Arts (FA)
Humanities (HUM)
Theater (THR) 101, 102
6
Mathematics Student must take appropriate course based on major.
MTH 110: College Algebra
MTH 114: College Mathematics
MTH 106: Survey on College Mathematics
3-4
Social and Behavioral Science
Students must choose one History (HST) 101, 102, 135, 136 course and one other course from:
Anthropology (ANT)
Sociology (SOC)
Social Work (SWO)
Social Science (SSC)
Political Science (POS)
Economics (ECO)
Psychology (PSY)
6
Laboratory Science
Students must choose one Life Science and one
Physical Science course both with labs from:
Life Science: BIO
Physical Science: AGR, AST, CHM, ENV, GLG, PHY, PHS
8
Physical Education and Health Education
PEH 122
PEH 113-148
Health Education (HEE)
HEE 110, 111, 112
2-3
Navajo Studies
One Navajo Language Course Based on Placement Test (NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, or 211)
NIS 111: Foundations of Navajo Culture and
NIS 221: Navajo History to Present 9-10
2-3
Required Core Total Students transferring may need to take additional courses to meet core requirements. 40-43
Program Requirements Credits
Fine Arts:
FA 106 Color Theory
FA 107 3D Design
FA 112 2D Design
FA 115 Drawing I
12
Choice of two courses of Art History:
ARH 211 Survey of Native American Art
ARH 213 Survey of World Art, Prehistoric to 1500
ARH 214 Survey of World Art, 1500 to Present
6
Choice of three courses of ARH or FA: 9
Six hours of Electives 6
Program Credits 33
Degree Earned Credits
General Education 40-43
Program Requirements 33
Total Credits Earned: 73-76
Program Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code
Code Title
50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General.

Provost

Provost

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

Contact

Call:
928.724.6623

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

Certificate Digital Arts

Digital Arts

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The Digital Arts Certificate prepares students to learn the basics of graphic arts and graphic art design programs and for employment in the computer graphics and publishing field. It is also for entrepreneurs starting their own business. Students follow basic aesthetic principles in creating work. Students will gain experience in page design, illustration, photography, and web design using professional Adobe programs.

NOTE: Student will not be eligible for Title IV Financial Aid in this certificate program.

Program Requirements Credits
ENG 085 Communication Workshop II 3
MTH 096 or MTH 106 3-4
*DA 109 Introduvtion to the Mac

*Students may opt to test out of this class

1
DA 110 Introduction to Graphic Arts 3
DA 111 Page Design I 3
DA 112 Computer Illustration I 3
DA 113 Photographic Image Editing I
(cross listed with FA 181)
3
DA 211 Page Design II 3
DA 212 Computer Illustration II 3
DA 115 Web Design I 3
DA 220 Digital Portfolio 3
Electives: Optional, not required.
DA 213; DA 215; or ENG 180
3
Program Credits: 29-34

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided describes the graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information regarding gainful employment for the latest completed academic year as of July 1st.

Program Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code Code Title
50.0409 Graphic Design
Program Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code Code Title
27.1024 Graphic Designers

Program Chair

Program Chair

Sheila White
swhite@dinecollege.edu

Contact

Call:
928.724.6619
Tsaile, AZ 86556

School of Arts, Humanities and English

General Information

The Fine Arts program at Dine College offers a visual arts curriculum for students who expect to transfer to a four year program. The curriculum promotes personal development in the arts. It includes studio art courses in Ceramics, Drawing, Commercial Art, Graphics, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture, as well as in Art History and Art Education. Interested students should consult the catalogs of four year institutions that offer Bachelor of Fine Arts programs and speak with Fine Arts advisors.

The Liberal Arts Program offers students a more intensive investigation of ideas and practices in the arts, humanities, and social sciences than is required in the general education program, with an emphasis on critical inquiry and creative expression. It is designed to prepare students to transfer to four year programs of study in Liberal Arts or related degree programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The range of courses required in the Liberal Arts program is appropriate for all students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in these areas.

Meet The Instructors

Tsaile

Robert Barraclough, Faculty
Ed.D.,West Virginia University
928.724.6966    e-mail me

R. Matthew Bollinger, Faculty
M.Arch, University of New Mexico
M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute
928.724.6961 email-me

Sheila White, Faculty
M.A., Northern Arizona University
928.724.6619    e-mail me

Don Whitesinger, Faculty
M.A.T., Rhode Island School of Design
928.724.6963    e-mail me

Karen Willeto, Faculty
M.F.A., Eastern Michigan University
928.724.6618    e-mail me

Dr. Paul Willeto, Faculty
Ed.D., University of New Mexico
928.724.6962    e-mail me

LaFrenda Frank, Faculty
M.A., Northern Arizona University
928.724.6968    e-mail me

Emily Green, Faculty
M.A., Old Dominion University
928.724.6706    e-mail me

Velma Hale, Faculty
M.A., Northern Arizona University
928.724.6617    e-mail me

Debra Robinson, Faculty
M.A., Ohio University
928.724.6713    e-mail me

Orlando White, Faculty
M.F.A., Brown University
928.724.6615    e-mail me

Shiprock

Gerry Himmelreich, Faculty
M.A., Hollins University
505.368.3662    e-mail me

Haesong Kwon, Faculty
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
928.724.6661    e-mail me

Vernon Ng, Faculty
M.F.A., University of California
505.368.3663    e-mail me

Tuba City

Janel Hinrichsen, Faculty
Ph.D., University of Kansas
928.283.5113 x7522    e-mail me

Jesse T. Maloney, Faculty
505.368.3661   e-mail me

Dean & Contact

Dean

Veronica Chee, Administrative Assistant
928.724.6614    e-mail me

Contact

Mail To:
School of Humanities and English
P.O. Box C23
Tsaile, AZ 86556

Call:
928.724.6614