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The Department of Art and Art History

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The Department of Art and Art History



335 Fine Arts Bldg. · Box 19089 · 817-272-2891
www.uta.edu/art


Overview

The mission of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Arlington is to provide and encourage education in visual arts and art history. The curriculum provides students with an extensive education through an understanding of professional, theoretical, visual and analytical processes. To assist students in comprehending the fundamental nature of the visual arts, its boundaries, methods and technologies, the department offers a comprehensive range of media and methodologies. Students will be able to create work in a number of unique and exciting media and articulate an understanding of their work in the context of art, its history, society and culture. The Department of Art and Art History offers degrees in the following:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art (with teacher certification)
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History

Students are constantly challenged to think in experimental and creative as well as disciplined and established ways as they take their places in a changing and increasingly complex world. They may choose among such varied options as: teaching, visual communication (graphic design), studio art, photography, curatorial studies, art historical research, film production, or a variety of Web-based or online content creation.

The Gallery at UT Arlington is an exceptionally valuable resource for students in the department. It presents a full program of major exhibitions in its 4,900-square-foot gallery, including lectures, symposia, screenings and publications.

Situated in the center of two major metropolitan cities, each supporting a nationally significant cultural community, the Department of Art and Art History extends and enhances its programs through co-sponsorship of projects with area museums, off-campus courses and student internships. This unique blend of resources and programs gives graduates of the department a distinctive point of view and better prepares them to make the transition into a challenging professional world.



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Facilities

The Department of Art & Art History studios and classrooms are located in two facilities:

The Fine Arts Building at 502 S. Cooper Street houses Art History, Film/Video, Photography, Visual Communication, Animation, Gaming, Drawing, 2-D Design and 3-D Design as well as the Digital Design foundation classes. Also included are Departmental Offices, The Gallery at UT Arlington and the Visual Resources Commons.

The Studio Arts Center at 810 S. Davis Street houses the following studios: Clay, Glass, Metals, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. It is also the site of Gallery West, a student-run exhibition space.



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Student Concentration Portfolio Review

The student concentration portfolio review is a method of assessing art student's progress and their preparedness to enter advanced classes in the B.F.A. program. The review will be able to recommend either acceptance into the B.F.A. degree (a pre-professional program) or the B.A. degree (a more general program).

Transfer and new students would be allowed to register for the B.F.A./B.A. as "Art intended." Those students designated as "Art" would be scheduled by the Art Advising Office into a set calendar of entrance reviews, by panels of appropriate faculty members.

As 21 and 36 studio class hours are achieved, each potential B.F.A./B.A. student will be reviewed by appropriate faculty (not by a standing committee). At 21 hours, the review would have the purpose of "entrance" into the B.F.A./B.A. programs.

For more information concerning the student concentration portfolio review, contact the Art and Art History advisor.



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Degree Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The B.F.A. degree program offers intensive pre-professional preparation in the field of studio art. This program is designed for those aspiring to work in their field of interest as professionals or to enter graduate school upon completion of the degree. In addition to fulfilling University and the College of Liberal Arts requirements, students planning to graduate with a B.F.A. in Art degree must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA within the major.
  • Complete 27 credit hours of Art Foundation courses: ART 1305, ART 1306, ART 1307, and ART 2304; 6 hours of ART 1309, ART 1310, or ART 1317; one 3-credit course in each of the following areas: 2-D studio, 3-D studio and media studio.
  • Complete 6 credit hours of advanced Art History courses.
  • Complete 39 credit hours of advanced studio, that includes ART 4100 (B.F.A. Senior Exhibition) and ART 4200 (Professional Practices)--or ART 4356 for Visual Communications majors--to complete the Art Concentration requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

The B.A. program in Art is of a more general nature, and is more suited to those whose current academic interests and/or prior work are directed toward a broad overview of art and its relationship to other disciplines. In addition to fulfilling University and the College of Liberal Arts requirements, students planning to graduate with a B.A. degree in Art must:

  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA within the major.
  • Complete 14 credit hours of Foreign Language.
  • Complete 27 credit hours in the Art Foundation area, to include the following: ART 1305, ART 1306, ART 1307, and ART 2304; 6 hours of ART 1309, ART 1310, or ART 1317; and one 3-credit course in each of the following areas: 2-D studio, 3-D studio and media studio.
  • Complete 6 credit hours of advanced Art History courses.
  • Complete at least 14 credit hours of advanced studio courses and a portfolio presentation (ART 4201, 2 credits) to fulfill Art Concentration requirements.
  • Complete 18 credit hours of coursework to earn a Minor in a subject area.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

The B.A. program in Art History emphasizes historical research, preparing students for graduate work in art history or museum studies.

In addition to fulfilling University and the College of Liberal Arts requirements, students planning to graduate with a B.A. in Art History must also fulfill the following requirements:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA within the major.
  • Complete 14 credit hours of Foreign Language.
  • Complete 9 credit hours in Art History Foundation courses: 6 hours of ART 1309, ART 1310, or ART 1317, ART 2300.
  • Complete 18 credit hours of coursework to earn a Minor in a studio or non-art history academic area.
  • Complete 30 credit hours in Advanced Art History and 1 credit hour Senior Research Presentation.
  • Complete 3 credit hours in studio art.


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Requirements for a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

Students who are interested in a B.F.A. in Art can choose from diverse studio concentrations incorporating fine arts and/or media arts components. Both expand aesthetic awareness and develop personal expression in clay, drawing, glass, metals, painting, printmaking and sculpture in addition to technology-related emphases exploring concerns related to contemporary applications in visual communication, photography and film/video.

Regardless of which emphasis is selected, students are required to complete the Art Foundation requirements prior to beginning work in the concentration.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours of ART studio course to satisfy the Liberal Arts Elective. This will be selected with the assistance of the Art Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441 or equivalent, and 1442.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312.

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).

Fine Arts

Satisfied by the major.

Social/Cultural Studies

The social and cultural studies requirement will be satisfied by designated courses, which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the Art Department.

Electives

Three hours of ART studio course, selected with the assistance of the Art Advisor. Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for a degree.

Major

72 hours to include the following:

Foundation

27 hours including ART 1305, 1306, 1307, 6 hours of 1309, 1310, or 1317, and 2304; three hours of upper-level 2-D courses (2000-4000 level); three hours of upper-level 3-D courses (3000-4000 level); and three hours of media courses (film/video, visual communication, photography) (2000-4000 level).

Advanced Art History

Six hours from two of the following groups:

Group I (Ancient to Medieval): 3302, 3304, 3306, 3316, 3319, 3320, 3321, 4307, 4317, 4396

Group II (Medieval to Modern): 3307, 3308, 3312, 3313, 3315, 3319, 3321, 3325, 3331, 3391, 4301, 4306, 4307, 4312, 4317, 4330, 4396

Group III (Modern): 3310, 3311, 3313, 3314, 3315, 3331, 3389, 3391, 3392, 4301, 4307, 4308, 4310, 4314, 4315, 4396

Art Concentration

39 hours, of which at least 36 hours must be advanced courses (3000/4000 level), including ART 4200, Professional Practices (or ART 4356 for Visual Communications majors) and ART 4100, B.F.A. Senior Exhibition.

Total

124 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art

Students who are interested in a B.A. in art can choose from diverse studio concentrations incorporating fine arts and/or media arts components. Both expand aesthetic awareness and develop personal expression in clay, drawing, glass, metals, painting, printmaking, and sculpture in addition to technology-related emphases exploring concerns related to contemporary applications in visual communication, photography, and film/video.

Regardless of which emphasis is selected, students are required to complete the Art Foundation requirements prior to beginning work in the concentration.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours of ART studio course to satisfy the Liberal Arts Elective. This will be selected with the assistance of the Art Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441 or equivalent, 1442, 2313, 2314.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312.

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).

Fine Arts

Satisfied by the major.

Social/Cultural Studies

The social and cultural studies requirement will be satisfied by designated courses previously approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the Art Department.

Electives

Sufficient to give the total number of hours required for a degree.

Major

47 hours to include the following:

Foundation

27 hours including ART 1305, 1306, 1307, and 2304; 6 hours of 1309, 1310, or 1317; three hours of upper-level 2-D courses (2000-4000 level); three hours of upper-level 3-D courses (3000-4000 level); and three hours of media courses (film/video, visual communication, photography) (2000-4000 level).

Advanced Art History

Six hours from two of the following groups:

Group I (Ancient to Medieval): 3302, 3304, 3306, 3316, 3319, 3320, 3321, 4307, 4317, 4396

Group II (Medieval to Modern): 3307, 3308, 3312, 3313, 3315, 3319, 3321, 3325, 3331, 3391, 4301, 4306, 4307, 4312, 4317, 4330, 4396

Group III (Modern): 3310, 3311, 3313, 3314, 3315, 3331, 3389, 3391, 3392, 4301, 4307, 4308, 4310, 4314, 4315, 4396

Art Concentration

14 hours advanced courses (3000/4000 level), to include ART 4201 - Portfolio Presentation (2 credits).

Minor

Complete 18 credit hours of coursework to earn the minor in a subject area, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History

The B.A. in Art History is intended to provide a strong academic preparation for scholarly research and further study at the graduate level. In this degree program, the 18-hour minor requirement may be in studio art. Other suggested fields for the minor are history, literature, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, and modern languages. Students seeking the B.A. degree in art history must complete all the requirements established by the College of Liberal Arts for the B.A. degree and an additional three hours of a 3000/4000-level history course.

Students are advised to complete the core requirements (the two-part survey and ART 2300) before beginning work in 3000/4000-level art historical courses. Students are required to take at least one course in each of the three groups: Ancient to Medieval (Group I), Medieval to Modern (Group II), and Modern (Group III). One course in a studio medium is required. Art history majors, with approval of their faculty, may take an additional studio course in their 30 hours of 3000/4000-level art historical studies, as well as utilizing their elective hours for this purpose.

English

Six hours of composition.

Literature

Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.

Liberal Arts Elective

Three hours of ART studio course to satisfy the Liberal Arts Elective. This will be selected with the assistance of the Art Advisor.

Modern and Classical Languages

1441, 1442, 2313, and 2314 or equivalent.

Political Science

2311, 2312.

History

1311, 1312, and three advanced hours.

Mathematics

Six hours (level of college algebra or higher).

Science

Eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology and/or physics).

Fine Arts

Satisfied by the major.

Social/Cultural Studies

The social and cultural studies requirement will be satisfied by designated courses, which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the Art Department.

Electives

Sufficient to complete the total number of hours required for the degree.

Major

43 hours to include 6 hours of 1309, 1310, or 1317, 2300, three hours of studio art work, the one credit hour Senior Research Presentation Class, and 30 hours advanced art history, with at least one course chosen from each of the following three groups:

Group I (Ancient to Medieval): 3302, 3304, 3306, 3316, 3319, 3320, 3321, 4307, 4317, 4396

Group II (Medieval to Modern): 3307, 3308, 3312, 3313, 3315, 3319, 3321, 3325, 3331, 3391, 4301, 4306, 4307, 4312, 4317, 4330, 4396

Group III (Modern): 3310, 3311, 3313, 3314, 3315, 3331, 3389, 3391, 3392, 4301, 4307, 4308, 4310, 4314, 4315, 4396

(An additional three hours of studio work may be included in these 30 advanced hours with the approval of Art History faculty).

Minor

18 hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.

Total

120 hours, of which at least 36 must be 3000/4000 level.



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Teacher Certification

Texas Teacher Certification in Art entails completion of 133 credit hours earned within the Department of Art and Art History and College of Education and Health Professions academic programs. It entails earning the B.F.A. degree in Art in addition to 15 hours of College of Education and Health Professions coursework that are required to fulfill minimum certification guidelines in Texas. Students earning the B.F.A. within this program are required to:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA within the Art major.
  • Maintain a 2.75 overall GPA as required by the College of Education. Effective Spring 2014 - a 3.00 cumulative GPA will be required by the College of Education and Health Professions.
  • Earn a minimum score of 220 on Writing and 230 on Math portion of the THEA in addition to a 270 minimum score on the Reading portion of the Texas Success Initiative (Texas Higher Education Assessment) test.
  • Submit official transcripts for credit hours earned at ALL colleges attended prior to enrollment at UT Arlington.
  • Have maintained a sufficient overall GPA at previous colleges to be considered for admission to the College of Education and Health Professions education preparation program. Acceptance into the college may be delayed if the student's overall GPA does not meet the minimum 2.75 required by the College. (The COEHP will require a cumulative 3.00 GPA effective Spring 2014.)
  • Must complete 12 credit hours of art methods courses and a Senior Presentation class* within the Art major:
    ART 3322 - Intro to Art Education (Lecture)
    ART 3359 - Planning and Constructing Art Curricula (Lecture/Studio)
    ART 3323 - Applying and Teaching Art Curricula (Lecture/Studio)
    ART 4365 - Technology in Art Education (Lecture/Studio)
  • Must complete 15 credit hours of certification coursework within the College of Education and Health Professions:
    EDML 4300 - Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Growth and Development
    EDUC 4352 - Teaching Diverse Populations
    LIST 4343 - Content Area Reading and Writing
    EDUC 4647 - Secondary Student Teaching

Art majors are encouraged to apply to the College of Education and Health Professions' educator preparation program after one full semester of coursework has been completed at this university.

Graduating Art Certification students are required to give a lecture open to the public based on experiences within their concentration (K-12 Education). This lecture will be structured around the student's teaching philosophy, an overview of art education concepts and theories, curriculum and classroom management issues from their student teaching placements, as well as examples of the student's personal portfolio.

Art Certification students will still have the option to exhibit work by petitioning the media areas for faculty review in the 4100 B.F.A. Exhibition at the end of their graduating term under the same terms and conditions as established for other Studio Concentrated majors.

Consult the College of Education and Health Professions' Advising Office for information concerning any additional application requirements and/or State of Texas requirements for certification.



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Computer and Oral Competency

Students majoring in Art or Art History are required to demonstrate computer use and oral communication competency.

Computer use proficiency can be demonstrated by completion of:

  • ART 2304, Digital Design (Studio majors)
  • ART 2300, Methods for the Study of Art History (Art History majors)

Oral communication competency can be demonstrated by completion of:

  • ART 2300, Methods for the Study of Art History (Art History majors)
  • ART 4100 Senior Exhibition (Studio majors) or ART 4201 Portfolio Presentation (BA Studio majors)


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Minor in Art

The student's major department must approve any minor. However, students interested in Art as a minor (whether in Studio or Art History) must consult with the Art and Art History department's Academic Advisor to determine the selection of an approved sequence of courses and to see if there will be courses available for non-art majors. A minor in art requires at least 18 semester hours in a given program, including six semester hours of advanced work.



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Art and Art History Faculty
Chair

Professor Hower

Professors

Huerta, Keens, North, Palmeri, Vaccaro, Wright

Associate Professors

Graham, Jolly, McWilliams, Ortiz, Weiss, Wood

Assistant Professors

Alexander, Belli, Dolezal, Ho, Huckaby, Ikeda, Lauster, Lima, Smith, Terrasi

Professor Emeritus

Anderson, Plummer



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Course Descriptions

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Art (ART)



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