Bachelor of Arts in Art

The following requirements are effective for students admitted on or after Fall 2017:

  • Minimum 121 Credit Hours
  • Writing Intensive Course
  • Minimum Cumulative G.P.A.: 2.00
  • 30 Credit Hours of Residency Courses
  • 9 Credits of Upper-Level Major Residency Courses
  • Minimum G.P.A. in the Major: 2.00
  • 30 Credit Hours of Upper-Level (300-400) Course Work

Foundations (15 credit hours):

  • ARH 105 History of Art & Architecture I (3)
  • ARH 106 History of Art & Architecture II (3)
  • ART 112 2-D Design (3)
  • ART 113 3-D Design (3)
  • ART 115 Drawing I (3)

Core (33 credit hours):

  • Complete one of the following (3):
    • ARH 274 Modern Art I
    • ARH 375 Modern Art II
  • Complete any ARH 2xx or higher (3)
  • ART 202 Electronic Arts I (3)
  • Complete one of the following (3):
    • ART 209 Silkscreen and Relief Printmaking
    • ART 210 Intaglio Printmaking
  • ART 215 Drawing II (3)
  • Complete one of the following (3):
    • ART 219 Sculpture I
    • ART 229 Metal Sculpture
  • ART 221 Painting I (3)
  • ART 235 Photography I (3)
  • ART 420 Senior Seminar (3)
  • ART 430 Senior Project (3)
  • ART 496 Art Internship (3)
  • Complete 4-6 ART courses and/or 0-2 ARH courses at the 300-400 level (18)
  • Complete any 100-level Communications course (3)
  • ENG 101 College Writing (3)
  • ENG 102W Introduction to Literature (3)
  • Complete any 300-400 level ENG course (3)
  • Complete a two-semester sequence of the same Foreign or American Sign language or history sequence (6-8)
  • Any 100-level mathematics course (3)
  • Complete any 100-level laboratory science course (4)
  • Complete one of the following Computer Information Systems electives (3):
    • CIS 100 Introduction to Computer Applications
    • CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Science
  • Complete two of the following Social Science Electives (6):
    must be from two different disciplines

    • ANT 1xx any 100-level Anthropology course
    • ECO 1xx any 100-level Economics course
    • ECO 201 Macroeconomics
    • ECO 202 Microeconomics
    • JUS 1xx any 100-level Justice Studies course
    • POS 1xx any 100-level Political Science course
    • PSY 1xx any 100-level Psychology course
    • SOC 1xx any 100-level Sociology course
    • SSC 1xx any 100-level Social Science course
  • Complete 19-21 credits of any 100-level or higher electives (10) no more than 9 credits may be designated as ART

Students must take 30 credits at the 300-level or higher. Students interested in the Elementary Education minor or Secondary Education minor should focus electives based upon those curriculums and plan on at least one additional semester to complete the 12-15 credit student teaching component.  

What is Portfolio Review?

A committee of full-time and adjunct faculty from all studio areas – ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture- will come together and review portfolios of student work. The committee will determine if the student has a body of work that displays the craft, composition, and conceptual foundation needed to succeed in the advanced studio courses. All BA Studio candidates are required to pass portfolio review before taking any 300 ART/PHO level classes, except Art 315. Reviews typically take place at the end of the Fall and Spring semester.

When should I submit work for review?

Work should be submitted immediately after a student has completed the 100-200 level art core: ARH 105/106, ART 112, 113, 115, and 215. A student may apply if their core will be completed at the end of that semester (Ex: If you are enrolled in Drawing II and ARH 106 in the Spring, you may submit for the Spring review). Your portfolio will not be reviewed if you have not completed or are currently enrolled in these courses. Transfer students with the equivalent of these courses should submit after their first semester at UMA.

What should I do before I submit?

All students are strongly encouraged to meet with both an advisor and an additional art faculty member to discuss their work and edit their portfolio before the review. Selecting quality work is a very important part of the process. Remember that many students will want to meet with faculty, so plan ahead and utilize office hours effectively.

What are the requirements?

  1. A check sheet indicating the completion of the 100/200 level portion of the art core.
  2. 5 monochromatic drawings, approximately 18” x 24”, that effectively address craft and composition. One of these drawings must be either figurative or a self-portrait.
  3. 5 additional works in any media that effectively address craft, composition, and concept. Students are encouraged, but not required, to submit works from their proposed concentration. 3D work should be photographed from several points of view that show form and detail; dimensions should be listed in inches in the format of LxWxH. These images can be mounted on board or digitally submitted on disc as either clearly labeled JPEG or PowerPoint files.

*Note to transfer/returning students. At least 3 works must be completed within the last 3 years.

How should the work be submitted?

All portfolios must be submitted in a suitable container that can be easily packed and unpacked. Discs should be labeled and in a jewel case. Portfolios must be clearly labeled with student’s name, address and telephone number. Portfolios must be delivered to the Arts and Humanities office, Jewett Hall Room 152, according to the posted dates and picked up within one week of the review.

How will I know if my portfolio was approved? What happens if I don’t pass?

All students who submit work for review will receive a letter from either the coordinator of the art department or the coordinator of the photography concentration. The letter will contain an overview of the portfolio assessment. If the portfolio is passed, the student may declare an area concentration. If the portfolio did not pass, areas that need improvement will be addressed in the letter. Students that do not pass should meet with a faculty representative who teaches in an area of suggested improvement. Together they can develop a strategy for improvement. Students may submit work for review up to three times

This program resides under the College of Arts & Sciences

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