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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art is awarded in recognition of successful completion of prolonged and intensive studio coursework with supportive studies in art history and criticism. The final two years of study include a specialized area of study in one of the following: ceramics, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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.

Most students will fulfill the requirements for this degree with 120 semester credit hours, of which 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Due to the large number of major courses in the B.F.A. degree, full-time art students should enroll in two studio art courses, one art history and criticism course, and one or two Core Curriculum courses each semester. Art majors in the B.F.A. program should request an appointment with the undergraduate advisor for art programs before all enrollment periods. In order to complete all B.F.A. degree requirements in a timely fashion, both full-time and part-time art students should register every term for twice as many credits in their major course requirements as in Core Curriculum courses. Students seeking teacher certification should consult the College of Education and Human Development Advising and Certification Center.

All candidates for the degree must complete 63 semester credit hours of art (ART) and 18 semester credit hours of art history and criticism (AHC).

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine 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 Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

Major Requirements

  1. 39 semester credit hours of specifically required lower-division studio art and art history foundation courses completed as part of the first 60 hours of the curriculum:

    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*
    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

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

  2. 21 semester credit hours of upper-division art courses, including:

    ART  3033  Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice
    ART  4983  Senior Seminar and Exhibition

    15 semester credit hours of upper-division art courses in one of the following specialized areas of study: ceramics, drawing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

  3. 9 additional semester credit hours of upper-division art history and criticism courses:

    AHC  3113  Contemporary Art

    AND

    6 elective hours of upper-division art history and criticism courses. 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.

  4. 12 additional semester credit hours of art course electives are required, at least 9 hours of which must be upper-division (the ART course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements).

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


Course Sequence Guide for B.F.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 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 Fine 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
ART 2113 Painting: Basic 3
ART 2413 Printmaking: Basic 3
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
ART 2223 New Media: Basic 3
ART 2313 Photography: Basic 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Upper-division ART specialization   3
Third Year
Fall
AHC 3113 Contemporary Art 3
ART 2613 Sculpture: Basic 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Upper-division ART specialization   3
Spring
ART 2713 Ceramics: Basic 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Upper-division AHC elective   3
Upper-division ART elective   3
Upper-division ART specialization   3
Fourth Year
Fall
ART 3033 Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Upper-division AHC elective   3
Upper-division ART elective   3
Upper-division ART specialization   3
Spring
ART 4983 Senior Seminar and Exhibition 3
ART Elective   3
Upper-division ART Elective   3
Upper-division ART specialization   3
Component Area Option core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

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

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