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The Department of Art (ART, ARH)

The Department of Art offers undergraduate majors in studio art (BA and BFA) and art history (BA) and minors in studio art and art history.

Art (studio) Major (BA)

Department of Art, 103 Garland Hall
www.as.ua.edu/art
art@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in studio art must complete all University, college (see p. 50-52), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. 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 a BA degree requires successful completion of the following 30 semester hours.

CoursesHours
ART 1103
ART 1303
ART 1313
ART 2103
ART concentration*12
ART elective 300 level3
ART elective3
Total30

*Students must earn 12 hours in a single studio media area chosen from ceramics, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, or 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. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in studio art requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the major:

CoursesHours
ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 2543
ARH 380, ARH 381, ARH 383, ARH 385,
    ARH 400, or ARH 4816
ARH elective3

Required minor. This major requires the 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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