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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF ART (ART) (ARH)

Professor William Dooley, Chairperson
Office: 103 Garland Hall

The Department of Art offers courses of study in studio art and in the history and theory of art. These courses are designed to develop the intellect, the perception, and the creative powers while enabling a student to participate in art's great legacy to world culture. One of the department's purposes is the education and training of the serious professional artist. Another purpose is self-enrichment for the general student. Although the object of study in this department is not primarily vocational, the student will acquire knowledge and skills that may lead to employment in art-related fields, such as teaching, museum or gallery operation, arts administration, art librarianship, graphic communication, and design. Members of the department will counsel students seeking advice about career opportunities in art.

The Department of Art offers undergraduate programs leading to the bachelor of arts degree and the bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art and the bachelor of arts degree in art history. An option in arts administration may be taken with the bachelor of arts degree in either studio art or art history. The Department of Art also offers graduate programs leading to the master of arts degree in studio art and art history, and the master of fine arts degree in studio art (see the University of Alabama graduate catalog).

The bachelor of arts degree program is flexible, allowing a student to fulfill the requirements for a major in art and a minor outside the field of art. The bachelor of fine arts degree is designed for the more professionally minded student. A student in this program will take fewer courses outside the field of art while fulfilling the requirements for the Standard Curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of arts in studio art. The major in studio art requires a total of 42 hours. Twenty-four hours of studio courses must be taken, including 12 hours of foundations courses (ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, ART 210); 12 hours taken in a single studio area; and 6 elective hours taken in any studio area or art history.* Also required are 12 hours of art history, including ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254; ARH 385; and ARH 381. At least 12 hours must be in advanced courses (those at the 300 or 400 level). A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Minor in studio art. The minor in studio art requires a minimum of 21 hours in art, including 6 hours of foundations courses (chosen from ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and ART 210) and 6 hours in one studio area; and 6 hours of art history courses, including ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254. The minor must include 6 hours of 300- or 400-level art courses. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. A student may elect additional hours in studio art or art history.


*Studio areas in the Department of Art are ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. (Graphic design is not offered on the graduate level.)

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Studio Art Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254 3 ART 110 or ART 130 3
ART 110 or ART 130 3 EN 102 3
EN 101 3 Social and behavioral sciences1 3
MATH3 3-4 Foreign language or computer science 3-4
Foreign language or computer science 3-4 ___
___ 15-16
15-17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Art history 3 Art history 3
ART 131 or ART 210 3 ART 131 or ART 210 3
EN 225 3 EN 226 or EN 227 3
Natural science 4 Natural science 4
History or social and behavioral sciences1 3 Social and behavioral sciences1 3
___ ___
16 16
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Studio area 3 Studio area 3
Computer science or elective 3 Art elective 3
Minor 3 History1 3
Fine arts1 3 Humanities1 3
Electives 6 Elective 3
___ ___
18 15
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Studio area 3 Studio area 3
Minor 6 Minor 6
Electives 6 Electives 6
___ ___
15 15
 
Total: at least 128


1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
3MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.

Bachelor of arts in art history. The major in art history requires 33 hours of art history courses, including ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254 (for a total of six hours); ARH 381; and ARH 385. Also required are 6 hours in studio courses (ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, ART 210, ART 302, ART 310, ART 311). Twelve of the 33 art history hours must be in advanced art history courses (300- or 400-level). A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. Two years of university-level study or equivalent proficiency in one foreign language (preferably French, German, or Italian) is required.

Minor in art history. The minor in art history requires 15 hours of art history courses, including ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254, and 3 hours in introductory studio courses. The minor must include 6 hours of 300- or 400-level art history courses. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. A student may elect additional hours in art history or studio art.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Art History Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Art history 3 Art history 3
EN 101 3 EN 102 3
Social and behavioral sciences1 3 Natural science 4
Humanities1 3 Humanities1 3
Foreign language 3-4 Foreign language 3-4
___ ___
15-16 16-17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Art history 3 Art history 3
EN 225 3 EN 226 or EN 227 3
MATH3 3-4 Fine arts1 3
Natural science 4 Social and behavioral sciences1 3
Foreign language 3 Foreign language 3
___ ___
15-17 15
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Art history 3 Art history 6
Studio area 3 Studio area 3
Minor 3 Minor 3
History1 3 History or social and behavioral sciences1 3
Electives 6 Elective 3
___ ___
18 18
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Art history 6 Art history 6
Studio area 3 Minor 6
Minor 6 Electives 3-6
Elective 3 ___
___ 15-18
18
 
Total: At least 128


1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
3MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.

Arts administration option. This option consists of a 42-hour major in studio art or art history; an approved Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration minor in management, marketing, or general business; and ancillary requirements in music and theatre, specifically MUS 121, MUS 490, and TH 472. The major must be completed according to the departmental requirements above.

Bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.). The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree is the professional degree for the artist; it is also the foundation for the master's program in studio art. The B.F.A. degree program permits a student to take a greater number of concentrations in studio art and art history. The program incorporates both a major and minor in the field of art. Students who wish to fulfill the requirements for the B.F.A. in eight semesters must enter the program at the beginning of the freshman year; full admission to the program is granted only upon successful completion of the B.F.A. review.

The B.F.A. review is to be scheduled after a minimum of a combined 18 hours of foundations courses in studio (ART 110, ART 210, ART 130, ART 131) and art history (ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254). Introductory studio discipline courses (ART 212, ART 214, ART 216, ART 218, ART 220, ART 222) may also be taken prior to the B.F.A. review; however, the review should be conducted prior to advancement into upper-level studio classes.

The B.F.A. degree requires 81 hours in the Department of Art. The requirements of the foundations core make up 12 of those hours: ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and ART 210. Additional requirements are 12 hours of introductory courses (3 hours each in four studio areas*); 15 hours in a major studio area and 9 hours in a minor studio area, taken in sequence above the introductory level; 15 hours of studio art and/or art history electives; and 18 hours of art history, including 3 hours selected from ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254; ARH 381; and ARH 385. B.F.A. majors are encouraged to take ART 302, ART 310, ART 311, ARH 381, and ARH 385.


*Studio areas in the Department of Art are ceramics, graphic design (not offered on the graduate level), painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
ARH 252 3 Art history elective 3
ART 110 Drawing I 3 ART 131 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 130 Two-Dimensional Design 3 EN 102 3
EN 101 3 Foreign language or computer science 3-4
Foreign language or computer science 3-4 ___
___ 15-16
15-16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Art history elective 3 Art history elective 3
Studio art introduction 3 Studio art introduction 3
Studio art introduction 3 Studio art introduction, studio
EN 225 3       major or minor 4
Natural science 4 EN 226 or EN 227 3
___ Natural science 4
16 ___
16
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
ARH 381 3 ARH 385 3
Studio major or minor4 6 Studio major or minor4 6
MATH3 6 History1 3
___ Art elective (ART 302, ART 310, or ART 311) 3
15 Social and behavioral sciences1 3
___
18
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
Studio major or minor4 6 Studio major or minor4 6
ARH 385 3 Art elective 3
Art elective 3 Social and behavioral sciences1 3
History or social and behavioral sciences1 3 Humanities1 3
Computer science or elective 3 ___
___ 15
18
Total: at last 128


1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses must be completed on this campus.
3MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.
4Studio art introduction, studio major or minor. This requirement comprises 12 hours of introductory-level studio courses [ART 212 Ceramics (3 hours), ART 214 Graphic Design (3 hours), ART 216 Painting (3 hours), ART 218 Photography (3 hours), ART 220 Printmaking (3 hours), and ART 222 Sculpture (3 hours)], 15 hours of 300- and 400-level studio courses in one major studio area, and 9 hours of 300- and 400-level studio courses in one minor studio area.

Graduate programs. The Department of Art offers programs leading to the master of arts degree in studio art and art history and the master of fine arts degree in studio art. The requirements for these degrees are stated in the University of Alabama graduate catalog.

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