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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art is awarded upon the completion of 120 hours, of which 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

The B.A. degree in Art recognizes the successful completion of a program of study which includes foundation study, some specialization in studio art practices and a broad foundation in art history. The curriculum aims primarily toward breadth of experience in the context of a liberal arts education rather than professional specialization.

Transfer students who wish to receive credit for upper-division studio art courses taken at another institution must present a portfolio of work to the department before the registration period. This portfolio should consist of at least six original examples or a CD/DVD digital portfolio of artworks completed for each upper-division course taken at another institution for which the student wishes to receive credit.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

AHC 1113 Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350, AHC 1123 Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750, or AHC 1133 Survey of Modern Art may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

Major Requirements

  1. 21 semester credit hours of required lower-division art and art history and criticism foundation courses:

    AHC  1113  Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350*
    AHC  1123  Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750*
    AHC  1133  Survey of Modern Art*
    ART  1003  Two Dimensional Foundations*
    ART  1013  Three Dimensional Foundations*
    ART  1213  Drawing I*
    ART  1223  Drawing II*

    *A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in these courses to satisfy the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the Art major.

  2. 9 semester credit hours chosen from the following:

    ART  2113  Painting: Basic
    ART  2223  New Media: Basic
    ART  2313  Photography: Basic
    ART  2413  Printmaking: Basic
    ART  2613  Sculpture: Basic
    ART  2713  Ceramics: Basic

  3. 12 additional semester credit hours of upper-division art course electives (the ART course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements)

  4. 6 semester credit hours of upper-division art history and criticism course electives. The AHC course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements, with the exception that students may substitute a specific course in the philosophy of art or a humanities course with a strong art history component for one (3 semester credit hours) upper-division art history course with consent of the undergraduate advisor for art programs.

  5. 33 semester credit hours of free electives, at least 21 hours of which must be upper-division, including as many semesters of a modern language or Latin as are necessary for the completion of the second semester course of that language. Within the scope of these electives, students may take courses for all-level teacher certification, 24 semester credit hours of professional education courses (including 6 hours of student teaching and 3 hours in a state-mandated reading course): for specific required courses, consult the College of Education and Human Development Advising and Certification Center.

Note: For the B.A. degree in Art, the major grade point average is calculated using only ART and AHC courses.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Art

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Art degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.


Bachelor of Arts in Art - Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AHC 1113 Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 (core and major) * 3
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ART 1003 Two Dimensional Foundations * 3
ART 1213 Drawing I * 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Spring
AHC 1123 Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 * 3
ART 1013 Three Dimensional Foundations * 3
ART 1223 Drawing II * 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Mathematics core   3
Second Year
Fall
AHC 1133 Survey of Modern Art * 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I)   3-4
Lower-division Studio ART Basic   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester II)   3-4
Lower-division Studio ART Basic   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Third Year
Fall
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
Lower-division Studio ART Basic   3
Upper-division AHC elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Component Area Option core   3
Spring
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era 3
Upper-division AHC elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Studio ART elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Studio ART elective   3
Upper-division Studio ART elective   3
Spring
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3-1
Free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division Studio ART elective   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

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