(April 16, 2012) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo joined Department of Art and Art History faculty members and graduate students on Thursday, March 29 to celebrate the opening of the new Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio on the Main Campus.
The 13,000-square-foot building on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus incorporates 18 graduate studios split evenly among graduate ceramics and sculpture students. Additional studios feature workspace areas for 3-D design, welding fabrication, glazing and covered outdoor forging.
Funding for the new building came to the forefront three-and-a-half years ago when $3.5 million was allocated for construction, along with $200,000 for new equipment.
The facility will assist the department with recruiting efforts to attract more students from across the United States and abroad.
"We are pulling in an international student body in both the undergraduate and graduate programs," said Gregory Elliot, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. "We have had students enrolled in our programs from England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Africa and other countries."
The department includes 539 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each semester, between 2,300 and 2,600 students enroll in its art courses.
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History offers bachelor's and master's degrees in studio art and art history. Students can study in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, art history, ceramics, sculpture and new media. Class sizes range between 15 and 30 students.
In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UTSA sculpture program No. 13 in the nation among 250 schools offering similar programs.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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