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Thesis Exhibition

Majors must complete a senior project in their elected area of concentration. This two semester course sequence requires a project incorporating in-depth study and exploration of an artistic endeavor. The senior project culminates in a BFA thesis exhibition which is judged by the faculty and reviewed by the public. Students must pass a series of senior exhibit presentations in both semesters prior to participating in the public thesis exhibition. In the second semester each student’s senior thesis exhibition will be reviewed by a committee of the VCD Department faculty. Upon successful completion of this final review, the student is able to exhibit their work with their peers. Successful completion of this exhibition is a requirement to earn the BFA degree.

If a student fails to pass the exhibition project review due to a deficiency in content, skills, or presentation, he/she will be asked to address those deficiencies and the student may elect to resubmit their work for a second review at a later date during the same semester. Information will be provided as to the changes and additions required for resubmission. Failure to pass this review will result in the student’s withdrawal from the course or a grade of F. Students may apply for the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition review no more than two times.

Outstanding Senior Award

The outstanding Senior Award is presented to honor seniors who demonstrate excellence in their VCD degree program, with exceptional portfolios, superior academic achievement, and exemplification of superior personality and character traits in his or her campus conduct. Awardees will be selected by their peers and approved by the department chairperson. They will be recognized with certificates of achievement.

Selection criteria:

  • Candidate must have senior status, and participate in the VCD Department BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition.
  • Candidate must have made a significant contribution to his/her degree concentration.
  • Candidate must be recognized for outstanding creative work in VCD.
  • Candidate must have maintained an over-all GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Candidate must have made contributions to the life and activities of the VCD Department.
  • Candidate must exemplify desirable personality and character traits in his/her campus conduct.

BFA Thesis Exhibition Awards. The Best of Senior Thesis Exhibition Awards are presented to seniors with exceptional senior thesis projects that contribute significantly to the success of the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition.

Selection process:

  • VCD invites an external juror.
  • External juror selects the best work in each concentration (computer art and design, graphic design, photography) as well as the best overall work (Best-In-Show).
  • Awards are given only if worthy recipients are identified.

A Viewers’ Choice award is presented to the student whose work is determined as outstanding by the viewing public. A voting box is placed in the exhibition space to enable viewers make their decision. The department chairperson processes the ballot.