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2016-2017 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Arts Major- Options: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture


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BFA in Art

The Department of Fine Arts offers a BFA in Art with four options of study: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture.  Each has a focused curriculum that is founded on a structured, sequential drawing requirement that provides a rich visual vocabulary and a basis for visual problem solving. Each culminates in a coherent body of creative work.

Fine Art students have ample space in which to pursue their work, juniors and seniors having private studio areas.

Fine Arts also has an active visiting artist program that brings well-known artists to the university on a regular basis to discuss their work, conduct workshops, and speak about current practices in the art world. Students exhibit in on and off-campus exhibitions. Academic excellence is recognized annually via department and college awards.

Specific Requirements for the Majors

The BFA in Art curriculum includes four studio options, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Drawing. Each option has a Studio Support requirement as follows:

Painting option requirement: (1) 2XX sculpture class, (1) 2XX printmaking class, (1) Technology Studio from Fine Arts, Design or Artisanry, 200 through 400 level.

Sculpture option requirement: (1) 2XX painting class, (1) 2XX printmaking class, (1) Technology Studio from Fine Arts, Design or Artisanry, 200 through 400 level.

Printmaking option: (1) 2XX sculpture class, (1) 2XX painting class, (1) Technology Studio from Fine Arts, Design or Artisanry, 200 through 400 level.

Drawing Option: choose (1) 2XX class from 2 of the three options, sculpture, printmaking, painting, (1) Technology Studio from Fine Arts, Design or Artisanry, 200 through 400 level and one additional 4XX drawing class.

 

All Fine Arts Majors are required to take two 300-level Art History electives in addition to the ARH 102 and 200 requirements. They are encouraged to take as many Art History courses as possible and many earn an Art History Minor.


Studio Electives: Credits are fulfilled by taking studio courses offered by the following departments: Art Education, Artisanry, Design and Fine Arts.

Free elective: Any course will satisfy this requirement.

Foundation Studio Arts Program


Required of All Majors (except Art History and Music)

Foundation Studio Arts is a rigorous program designed to promote creativity, to develop technical and conceptual skills, and to provide an essential awareness of our visual culture. Its drawing, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital courses serve as prerequisites-requisites for all 200 or higher-level courses in Fine Arts, Artisanry, Visual Design and Art Education. Its art history component, Introduction to the Study of Art, serve as a prerequisite for higher-level Department of Art History study that is demanded by each of the studio art departments.

Except where transferred or advance placement examination credits are accepted in lieu of requirements, first-year students may expect to take five courses, totaling 15 credits, in each of their two first-year semesters. The exception being Art Education majors due to of licensure requirements and increased credit load.

The successful completion of the Foundation Studio Arts program is a required of all candidates for a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

 

Requirements


First Year


First Semester: 15 credits


  • The Social World, 3 credits from each area (Human Questions and Contexts, The Nature of US Society, and The Nature of the Global Society) - Credits: 9

Second Semester: 15 credits


  • Studio 2XX course - Credits: 3
  • FIA 221 - Introductory Drawing - Credits: 3

Second Year


First Semester: 15 credits


  • Major Studio - Credits: 3
  • Studio Support - Credits: 3

* See Specific Requirements for the Different Options above.

  • Literature elective - Credits: 3
  • FIA 2XX - Introductory Drawing - Credits: 3

Second Semester: 15 credits


  • Major Studio - Credits: 3
  • The Social World, 3 credits from each area (Human Questions and Contexts, The Nature of US Society, and The Nature of the Global Society) - Credits: 3
  • Technology Studio Elective - Credits: 3

*See Specific Requirements for the Different Options above.

  • ARH 3XX Elective - Credits: 3
  • FIA 2XX - Intermediate Drawing - Creidts: 3

Third Year


First Semester: 15 credits


  • Major Studio - Credits: 6
  • Studio Support - Credits: 3

* See Specific Requirements for the Different Options above.

  • Art History Elective (300+ level) - Credits: 3
  • FIA 3XX - Intermediate Drawing - Credits: 3

Second Semester: 15 credits


  • Major Studio - Credits: 3

* See Specific Requirements for the Different Options above.

  • Science Electives, 3 credits from each area (The Natural World and The Engaged Community) - Credits: 3
  • Mathematics elective - Credits: 3
  • FIA 3XX - Advanced Drawing - Credits: 3

Fourth Year


First Semester: 15 credits


  • Major Studio/Visual Thesis - Credits: 6
  • Social World, 3 credits from each area (Human Questions and Contexts, The Nature of US Society, and The Nature of the Global Society) - Credits: 3
  • FIA 4XX Advanced Drawing (Painting/Drawing options only) - Credits: 3

Or

  • FIA XXX Technology/New Media (Printmaking/ Sculpture options Only) Credits: 3

* See Specific Requirements for the Different Options above.

Second Semester: 12 credits


  • Major Studio/Visual Thesis - Credits: 3
  • Free Elective - Credits: 3

* See Specific Requirements for the Different Options above.

  • Science Electives, 3 credits from each area (The Natural World and The Engaged Community) - Credits: 3
  • Social World, 3 credits from each area (Human Questions and Contexts, The Nature of US Society, and The Nature of the Global Society) - Credits: 3

Total credits: 120


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