The B.F.A. program at Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP) is an exclusively fine arts–focused program with the goal of producing artists who are informed by the condition of the world, and who will graduate with the experience and rigor necessary to sustain their artistic practices into the future. The B.F.A. curriculum stresses five educational goals: Artistic training: a developing relationship to craft, which is defined as the choice and knowledgeable use of the appropriate materials for the desired conceptual ends Contextual preparedness: a theoretical and historical understanding of art and the larger world in which it functions Critical thinking and expression: the essential habit of questioning everything, i.e., all assumptions within and surrounding one's practice Practical understanding of the contemporary art world: its global landscape, institutions, and modes of artistic viability and presentation Sustainable practice: the development of an autonomous or collaborative practice built on continued inquiry, research, experimentation, and making The two academic components of the B.F.A. education consist of the art-specific requirements and the general liberal studies education, which includes a broad list of university electives. The art component is structured to provide wide-ranging exposure to various art media including digital media, drawing, installation, painting, photography, print media, sculpture, sound, video, and emerging forms and practices.
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