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The program in Art balances studies in the liberal arts and sciences with studio art and art history. Focal areas include a BA in Art, a BFA in Art, a minor in Art, a minor in Art History, and a minor in Photography. Course offerings are designed to develop personal awareness and individual self-expression. The goal of the program is to impart an informed understanding of art through creative work and discerning observation, as well as prepare the student for entry into an MFA program and/or for participation in the professional art world, thus adding to the cultural resources and enrichment of students' lives.

B.A. in Art

In addition to the core curriculum, students must complete 42 credit hours in Art/Art History as follows:

1. 21 credit hours in ART:

    • ARTS 1301 Drawing I (3) & ARTS 2301 Drawing II (3)
    • ARTS 1311 Design I (3) & ARTS 2311 Design II (3)
    • ARTS 2320 Painting I (3)
    • ARTS 4320 Senior Studio (3)
    • ARTS 4390 Senior Capstone (3)

2. 12 upper-division credit hours in ART (6 of these may be in ART HISTORY)

3. 9 credit hours in Art History:

    • ARTH 2361 Art History: Ancient Through Medieval (3)
    • ARTH 2362 Art History: Renaissance to Modern (3)
    • 3 additional upper-division credit hours in Art History

B.F.A. in Art

In addition to the core curriculum, students must complete 87 semester hours in Art/Art History as follows:

1. 27 credit hours in Art:

  • ARTS 1301 Drawing I (3) & ARTS 2301 Drawing II (3)
  • ARTS 1311 Design I (3) & ARTS 2311 Design II (3)
  • ARTS 2320 Painting I (3
  • ARTS 2342 Ceramics I (3)
  • ARTS 2351 Printmaking I(3)
  • ARTS 2357 Photography I (3)
  • ARTS 2361 Sculpture I (3)

2. 6 required credit hours of lower-level Art history:

  • ARTH 2361 Art History: Ancient Through Medieval (3)
  • ARTH 2362 Art History: Renaissance to Modern (3)

3. 30 credit hours of upper-division Art courses:

  • ARTS 3300 Color Theory for Artists
  • ARTS 4320 Senior Studio
  • ARTS 4390 Senior Capstone
  • 21 additional credit hours, of which 15 must be upper-division, of a concentration in a single discipline in one of the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, or sculpture.

4. 12 additional credit hours of upper-level Art history and criticism:

  • ARTH 3360 Survey in Contemporary Art
  • ARTH/PHIL 3375 Philosophy of Aesthetics
  • 6 elective hours of upper-division Art history

5. 12 additional credit hours of Art electives with at least 6 being upper-division hours.

Degree Sequences (4-year degree plans)

We offer degree sequences (four-year degree plans) to assist students and advisors.

Following these sequences increases the likelihood of completing these degrees in four years' time. Dropping courses, retaking classes, or registering for less than a full course load will delay graduation, so always consult your academic advisor before deviating from these suggested sequences. Students may enroll in a course only if they have met all prerequisites for that course. Check the UIW Bulletin for details.

Minors

Requirements for a Minor in Art:

ARTS 1301, 1311, 2301, 2311, 2320, and 3 upper division hours in ARTS.

Requirements for a Minor in Art History:

ARTH 2361, 2362, 3360 or 4360, and 6 additional upper division hours in ARTH.

Requirements for a Minor in Photography:

ARTS 1311, ARTS/COMM 2357, ARTS/COMM 3358 ARTH 3357, ARTS 3360 or ARTS 3365, and one of the following: ARTS 3360, ARTS 3365, ARTS 4355, ARTS 4360, ARTS 4388, COMM 1301, COMM 4315, COMM 4350, THAR 3363, or ARTS 4399 Selected Topic in Studio Photography