Degrees and Programs

Fine Arts
Fine Arts

Why study Fine Arts at Benedictine?

The Fine Arts major at Benedictine University at Mesa leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree and is a professional visual arts education rooted in the liberal arts with an emphasis upon the Benedictine values of a balanced life, the stewardship of intellectual and technical artistic gifts, and the full development of an artist’s role within the greater community.

  • You will utilize the varied facilities and diverse teaching staff of Benedictine, local art centers and community colleges to develop as an artist.
  • You will be engaged in intellectual and spiritual discovery through a chosen medium.
  • You will be taught from a variety of philosophical and stylistic approaches to contemporary art.
  • Your professional training of the visual arts will be combined with the analytical depth of a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.
  • You will be prepared for continued study in a Master of Fine Arts program of your choosing.
  • You will be prepared for an exhibition career and the life of an artist.

What does a degree in Fine Arts at Benedictine offer?

  • Traditional Art Foundation Core: 18 semester credit hours of foundation courses that stress the Mimetic tradition of Western Art, coupled with the Modernist tradition of abstraction.
  • 15 semester credit hours of Art History covering prehistoric through contemporary art.
  • Readings in Criticism and Aesthetics expands the intellectual foundation for a practicing artist. The content of these two courses is rarely taught in B.F.A. programs elsewhere making our program distinctive.
  • 6 semester credit hours of a 300-level language.
  • 12 semester credit hours of Advanced Studio courses focusing in one specific area of choice. Each studio will build upon the knowledge and skills of the previous course.

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Upcoming Events

Mar
1
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 01

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

Click here to schedule your visit!

Mar
2
Admitted Student Day
Mesa Branch Campus
9:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Event Details

Admitted Student Day

Date: March 02

Time: 9:30 AM - 1:45 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Benedictine University Mesa

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Check in, Resource Fair and Continental Breakfast
Student will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, pay their deposit and make an appointment with their advisor to register for Fall courses

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Steps to Becoming a Redhawk
Students will learn about the net steps in their admission's process

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Campus Tour of BenU Mesa and downtown Mesa
Students and families will tour each of our buildings and take a ride on the light rail to get the full BenU Mesa student experience

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Still Have Questions?
Students and families can visit with additional departments to get any last minute questions answered. Students may also pay their deposit and make an appointment to meet with their advisor to register for fall courses

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Class Time
Students who signed up to shadow a class will need to meet in the main lobby of Gillett Hall to be escorted to their assigned classroom.

**Parents, feel free to enjoy some light refreshments while your student attends their class


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Mar
8
Freshman Fridays
Mesa Branch Campus
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Event Details

Freshman Fridays

Date: March 08

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: Gillett Hall

Contact: Alan Daniels    (602) 888-5504    adaniels@ben.edu

Event Description:

Experience BenU Mesa First-Hand.

Chat with a faculty member for your major. Get a financial aid assessment tailored to your needs. Meet other students. Check out beautiful downtown Mesa.

Every Friday, we make time to meet with students like you who are preparing for their college experience. Schedule your visit today and find out more about what makes BenU Mesa a place where you can grow as a person while you prepare to lead in your career.

What to expect during your visit:

  • A campus tour given by one of our current students
  • The opportunity to meet the faculty and Student Life staff who help to make the BenU Mesa experience unique
  • An individual meeting with your Admissions Counselor to discuss your goals and plans, including:
    • Your college major and developing your future career
    • Financial aid and scholarships available to you
    • Student activities and athletics to pursue your interests
    • Campus ministry and service work at BenU Mesa

Click here to schedule your visit!

Mar
14
Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: The Providers
Mesa Branch Campus
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Details

Indie Lens PopUp Film Screening: The Providers

Date: March 14

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Campus: Mesa

Location: BenU Mesa

Contact: Jeff Ames    (602) 888-5532    james@ben.edu

Event Description:

City of Mesa Diversity Office and Arizona PBS
Present a Free Preview Screening of:

The Providers

March 14th, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Benedictine University Mesa
225 E Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

Film Screening Followed by a Panel Discussion and Reception

Event is FREE, but RSVP is Requested on Eventbrite.

PANEL DISCUSSION TOPIC:
Challenges faced by the industry to provide care to those who cannot normally afford it.

FILM DESCRIPTION: 
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers folls three 'country doctors' in New Mexico at clinics offering care to all, regardless of ability to pay. As their personal struggles at times reflect those of their patients, the providers work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left without healthcare.

Questions? Please call 480-644-3705

 

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