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Art (studio) Major (BFA)

Department of Art, 103 Garland Hall

Degree requirements. The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree with a major in studio art is a professional degree, serving as the foundation for graduate study in studio art. Students pursuing the BFA must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 128 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students expecting to complete the requirements for the BFA in studio art in four years must begin the program as first-semester freshmen, but full admission to the BFA program is granted after the BFA review. This review is scheduled after the completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours in studio art and art history. Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the major throughout the entire higher education career.

Major courses. The major in studio art culminating in the BFA degree requires successful completion of the following 81 semester hours.

ART 1103
ART 1303
ART 1313
ART 2103
ART 302, ART 310, or ART 3116
ART 212, ART 216, ART 218, ART 220, ART 222, or ART 224*12
ART primary concentration* 300 or 400 level12
ART secondary concentration* 300 or 400 level9
ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 2546
ARH 380, ARH 381, ARH 383, ARH 385, ARH 400, or ARH 4816
ARH electives6
ART and ARH electives12

*Students should select studio courses to total 12 hours in a single studio media area chosen from ceramics, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture and another 9 hours in a second studio media area. For instance, a student could have 12 hours of painting and 9 hours of sculpture.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. This major does not require ancillary courses.

Required minor. The BFA does not require completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester.

Special opportunities. The Department of Art sponsors two student organizations. The Art Student’s League presides over a centrally located gallery that primarily features changing exhibitions of student work. The Crimson Ceramics Society is another organization that allows students opportunities to present ceramics projects in the community and across the state. Declared majors in art and art history can compete for merit-based departmental scholarships which are awarded annually to returning students. Graduating senior BFA majors present their most mature artwork in the BFA show which is produced annually. Members of the faculty actively assist students with internship and project placement in design agencies, exhibition venues, public community projects, and area museums.

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