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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.

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, AHC  1123, or AHC  1133 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Visual and Performing 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

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
AHC 1113* (core and major) 3 AHC 1123* 3
ART 1003* 3 ART 1013* 3
ART 1213* 3 ART 1223* 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Mathematics core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
AHC 1133* 3 ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core)  3
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I) 3 or 4 Foreign Language (semester II) 3 or 4
Lower-division Studio ART Basic 3 Lower-division Studio ART Basic 3
Natural Sciences Level II core 3 Upper-division AHC elective 3
Total semester hours 15 or 16 Total semester hours 15 or 16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053 or 2053 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053 or 2053 (core) 3
Lower-division Studio ART Basic 3 Social & Behavioral Science core 3
Upper-division AHC elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
World Society & Issues core 3 Upper-division Studio ART elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Literature core 3 Free elective  3
Upper-division free elective  3 Free elective  3
Upper-division free elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division Studio ART elective 3 Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division Studio ART elective 3 Upper-division Studio ART elective 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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

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