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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 major in studio art. The major in studio art requires 30 hours of studio art courses, including 12 hours of foundations courses (ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, ART 210), 12 hours in a single studio area, and 6 hours in any studio area.* 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. Also required are 12 hours of art history courses, including 3 hours selected from ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254; and 6 hours in modern and contemporary art history coursework at the 300 or 400 level.

Minor in studio art. The minor in studio art requires a minimum of 18 hours of studio art courses, including 6 hours of foundations courses (chosen from ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, and ART 210) and 6 hours in a single studio area.* At least 6 hours must be in advanced courses (those at the 300 or 400 level). A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. Also required are 6 hours of art history courses (3 hours selected from ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254 and a 3-hour ARH elective at the 300 or 400 level).

*Studio media areas from which major and minor concentrations may be chosen include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Studio Art Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 2543
ART 110 or ART 1303
EN 1013
MATH13–4
Foreign language or computer science3–4
___
15–17
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
ART 110 or ART 1303
EN 1023
Social and behavioral sciences23
Foreign language or computer science3–4
___
15–16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH 300- or 400-level elective3
ART 131 or ART 2103
EN 205 or EN 2092 3
Natural science4
History or social and behavioral sciences23
___
16
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH 300- or 400-level elective3
ART 131 or ART 2103
EN 206 or EN 21023
Natural science4
Social and behavioral sciences23
___
16
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
Studio area3
Computer science or elective3
Minor 3
Fine arts23
ART elective3
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Studio area3
ART elective3
History23
Humanities23
Minor3
___
15
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
Studio area3
Minor6
Electives6
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Studio area3
Minor6
Electives6
___
15
 
Total: At least 120

1MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.
2A 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.
3Six 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.

Bachelor of arts major in art history. The major in art history requires 33 hours of art history courses, including 6 hours selected from ARH 252, ARH 253, and ARH 254. 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. Also required are 6 hours of studio art courses and two years of university-level study or equivalent proficiency in one foreign language (preferably French or German).

Minor in art history. The minor in art history requires 18 hours of art history courses, including six hours selected from ARH 252, ARH 253, and ARH 254. At least 6 hours must be in advanced courses (those at the 300 or 400 level). A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus. Also required are 3 hours of studio art courses.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Art History Major
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH 2523
EN 1013
Social and behavioral sciences23
Humanities23
Foreign language3–4
___
15–16
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH 253 or ARH 2543
EN 1023
Natural science4
Humanities23
Foreign language3–4
___
16–17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
EN 205 or EN 20923
MATH13–4
Natural science4
Foreign language3
___
15–17
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
EN 206 or EN 21023
Fine arts23
Social and behavioral sciences23
Foreign language3
___
15
 
JUNIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
ART 110 or ART 130 3
Minor3
History23
Elective3
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH 300- or 400-level electives6
ART 110 or ART 1303
Minor3
History or social and behavioral sciences23
___
15
 
SENIOR YEAR3
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH 300- or 400-level electives6
Studio area 3
Minor6
Elective3
___
18
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH electives6
Minor6
Electives3
___
15
 
Total: At least 120

1MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.
2A 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.
3Six 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.

Arts administration option. This option consists of the major in studio art or art history; a Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration minor in management or business administration; 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 and art history. Introductory studio discipline courses (ART 212, ART 216, ART 218, ART 220, ART 222, ART 224) 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: 12 hours in the primary studio foundations courses (ART 110, ART 130, ART 131, ART 210); 6 hours in secondary studio foundations (ART 302, ART 310, ART 311); 12 hours in 200-level introductory studio courses (3 hours from four studio areas*); 15 hours, including the 200-level introductory courses, taken in sequence in a major studio area; 12 hours, including the 200-level introductory course, taken in sequence in a minor studio area; 18 hours of art history, including 3 hours selected from ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254 and 6 hours in modern and contemporary art history at the 300- or 400-level, and 12 hours of ART and/or ARH electives.

*Studio media areas from which major and minor concentrations may be chosen include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH 252, ARH 253, or ARH 254 3
ART 110 Drawing I3
ART 130 Two-Dimensional Design3
EN 1013
Foreign language or computer science3–4
___
15–16
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
ART 131 Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 210 Drawing3
EN 1023
Foreign language or computer science3–4
___
15–16
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
Studio art introduction13
Studio art introduction13
EN 205 or EN 2093
Natural science4
___
16
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH elective3
Studio art introduction13
Studio art introduction13
EN 206 or EN 2103
Natural science4
___
16
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
ARH 300- or 400-level elective 3
Studio major or minor16
ART 302, ART 310, or ART 3113
MATH33
___
15
Second Semester
CourseHours
ARH 3853
Studio major or minor16
History43
ART 302, ART 310, or ART 311 3
Social and behavioral sciences43
___
18
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
Studio major or minor16
ARH elective3
ART elective3
History or social and behavioral sciences43
Computer science or elective3
___
18
Second Semester
CourseHours
Studio major or minor16
ART or ARH elective 3
Social and behavioral sciences43
Humanities43
___
15
 
Total: At least 128

1Studio art introduction, studio major or minor. This requirement comprises 12 hours of introductory-level studio courses [ART 212 Ceramics (3 hours), ART 216 Painting (3 hours), ART 218 Photography (3 hours), ART 220 Printmaking (3 hours), ART 222 Sculpture (3 hours), and ART 224 Digital Art (3 hours)], 12 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.
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.
4A 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.

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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