Art with an Emphasis in Studio Art (BA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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This program offered by Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Art, Design, and Art History

Program Description

 The BA in art with an emphasis in studio art degree familiarizes students with the rich tradition of the visual arts, provides them with an understanding of the tools and materials available to the artists as a means of personal expression, shows students that there are fundamental concepts which unify all art yet which allow for infinite variation, and introduces to them alternative ways of looking, seeing, finding, and discovering. Students explore a variety of media, learning the techniques and expressive opportunities unique to each. Primary focus in the program is on students finding their own creative and conceptual voice and discovering ways to visually communicate their thoughts and ideas.

This program is offered through the Department of Art, Design, and Art History in the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. Please see the Colleges, Schools, and Departments section of this catalog for further information

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of the Art with an emphasis in Studio Art program will be able to:

  • Express an individual, creative voice through an artistic practice that engages with contemporary global art and design discourse
  • Implement the formal vocabularies of art and design as a foundation for artistic dialogue
  • Practice drawing as a means to develop ideas
  • Draw upon the history of art and design as a wellspring for ideas, solutions, and meaning within one's own artistic practice
  • Analyze and discuss art and design through discipline-specific vocabularies and methods
  • Display growth and competence in artistry and technical skills across a variety of artistic media and processes

Special Requirements

Advanced standing as a major in the Department of Art, Design, and Art History is achieved by faculty evaluation of a portfolio of the student's studio coursework during Major Acceptance Review. This evaluation is usually done during the first semester of the sophomore year or after a student has successfully completed 30 credit hours of study, providing the student has completed a minimum of 18 credit hours of studio coursework.

Following Major Acceptance Review, students are formally advised of admittance to the department as candidates for the BA program or are advised to resubmit their portfolios the following semester. Students whose portfolios do not receive a favorable evaluation when resubmitted are advised to seek another department for their major. The department notifies students of portfolio review dates.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 49 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

Core Distribution:

  • ART 1010 Creative Strategies (3 hours)
  • ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 1120 Principles of Drawing (3 hours)
  • DESN 1210 Design Concepts (3 hours)
  • Three-Dimensional Requirement (choose one): (3 hours)
    • DESN 1220 Design: 3-D
    • ART 2315 Sculpture I
    • ART 2530 Ceramics: Space
  • ART 2110 Figure Drawing (3 hours)
  • ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2200 Current Art (3 hours)
  • ARHS 2210 Intercultural History of Art (3 hours)
  • ART 2900 Art Major Acceptance Review (0 hours)
  • ART 4020 Visual Arts Seminar (3 hours)
  • ARHS 3000-level or above course (3 hours)
  • Studio course distribution (see below) (15 hours)
  • ART 4910 BA Senior Overview/Exhibition (1 hours)

Other Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework selected from at least five of the following studio areas: ceramics, electronic and time-based art, graphic design, painting, papermaking, printmaking, photography, or sculpture. At least one course must be at the 3000 level or above. If 2315 or 2530 completes the Three-Dimensional Requirement above, the same course cannot also be used to complete the studio course distribution requirement.

Senior Overview

In order to graduate with a BA in Art with an emphasis in Studio Art, students must successfully complete a senior overview and participate in the senior show held at the end of the spring semester in the Cecille R. Hunt Gallery. The senior overview usually consists of work done during the final semester of the senior year in one of the indicated studio areas. The work to be shown can be either a part of a regular studio course or a studio-related independent study. Students are sent Senior Overview forms immediately prior to the beginning of the last semester of their senior year. Students designate on their form the studio course in which they intend to do their senior overview. The instructor for that course becomes the student's senior overview advisor. Work submitted is subject to approval by the senior overview advisor and the director for the senior show. Students graduating at the completion of a summer are expected to exhibit in the show prior to completion of coursework.