BFA ART MAJORS / BFA ART TEACHING MAJORS

The course of study in studio art is designed as professional education for those who wish to become practicing artists and/or educators.  It also prepares students for advanced training at the graduate level.  Students working towards a BFA in art or a BFA in art teaching will elect to enter one of the emphasis areas for specialization at the completion of First Year Studio:

Art Teaching:

Generalist Specialization
Ceramics Specialization
Digital Intermedia Specialization
Painting and Drawing Specialization
Photography/Digital Imaging Specialization

The curriculum is made up of the First Year Studio Program and a series of studio art and art history courses that fit with University required courses. Students should schedule an appointment with the department Academic Advisor to review required courses for their desired emphasis area.  To schedule an appointment with the advisor, please call 801-581-8677, or stop by the art office, 161 ART Bldg.

The credit hour requirement of art and art history courses varies from emphasis to emphasis, so it is recommended to review the course requirements for the different studio areas.  All coursework must be passed with a C- or better to apply for the BFA degree for graduation in art or art teaching.  Art majors may repeat some 3000- and 4000- level classes for credit towards degree and University semester-hour requirements.

Students are encouraged to read their email through the University’s UMail program during their career at the University of Utah or to redirect their UMail to their favorite email address.  The Department of Art & Art History will use the listserv to notify students of scholarship opportunities, portfolio reviews, student exhibitions, visiting artists, and other department events.

All students pursuing a BFA in Art are required to take the new First Year Studio Foundations Program during their initial year of studies:

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ART 2400 Introduction to Visual Language (Fall)

This lecture class provides students with a strong initiation to the many facets of art, focusing primarily on the last hundred years. Slides and films supplemented by dialog acquaint students with traditional forms, procedures, and aesthetics existing today within painting, sculpture, crafts, and graphic design. Students become familiar with the faculty, curriculum, and language of the Department.

ARTH 2500 Introduction to Art History (Fall or Spring)

This class introduces the discipline of art history through such defining issues as the respective roles of tradition and innovation in the production and appreciation of art; the relation of art and visual culture to its broader intellectual and historical contexts; the role of display and exchange in creating meaning in art; and the changing concepts of the artist, style, and art itself. Representative examples will be selected from different time periods and geographic areas, according to the instructor’s area of expertise.

Curriculum Exceptions

If you have exceptions to the standard curriculum you would like to make, you must fill out this application, justify your course exceptions (include syllabi, descriptions, etc.), and speak with the area head for your studio art emphasis area. If the emphasis area head signs off on your exception, please bring the completed form to the Department of Art & Art History office in ART 161 to be processed.

-Undergraduate Handbook

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