Jul 22, 2019  
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog


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Students in the Drawing concentration learn fundamental drawing skills and contemporary drawing practices through a wide spectrum of drawing course offerings such as: representation, the human figure, architecture and perspective, concept-development, mixed media, abstraction, time-based media, and installation. Students use university resources and develop cross-disciplinary sensitivity. Faculty led field trips to regional and metropolitan art venues, a visiting artist program, opportunities for study abroad, and regular exposure to exhibitions in our College Galleries enhance the studio-based study. Drawing students participate in numerous exhibitions of their work throughout their education that culminates in a Capstone BFA Exhibition in a museum or gallery setting. https://www.umassd.edu/programs/drawing/


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 Art + Design and Art Education programs. Its art history component, Introduction to the Study of Art, serve as a prerequisite for higher-level Art History Program 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.


  • ARH- Art History Elective (300/400 level) - Credits: 6

University Studies / Distribution

  • ENL 2XX Literature elective - Credits: 3
  • MTH Mathematics elective - Credits: 3
  • Science electives, 3 credits from each area (The Natural World and The Engaged Community) - Credits: 6
  • The Social World: 3 credits from two areas (Human Questions and Contexts, The Nature of US Society) - Credits: 6


Five courses at any level, may include studios - Credits: 15

Major Studios

The following are designated courses, each of which requires a grade of C or better for advancement. Students who receive less than a C in one of these courses shall be subject to review that may result in provisional continuation or dismissal from the option.

  • AXD 22X Drawing - Credits: 3
  • AXD 200/300 level drawing - Credits: 3
  • AXD 300/400 drawing - Credits: 3

Studio Options and Additional Requirements

  • AXD 24X painting - Credits: 3
  • AXD 2XX level drawing - Credits: 3

       (Consult advisor on selection)

  • Studio electives - Credits: 9
  • 300/400 studio elective - Credits:3

Total credits: 120

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