Jun 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art and Design, Studio Art Concentration, B.F.A.

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Art and Design, Studio Art Concentration, B.F.A. Degree Map  

The undergraduate major in Art and Design leads to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design. Its flexibly structured program prepares students for professional careers and graduate studies while supporting the liberal arts tradition. The degree leads to careers and teaching positions in graphic design, studio art, lens media (photography and video), visual communication, and teaching certification at all levels (EC-12). Students often choose the Art and Design major to develop creativity and the capacity for critical thinking about visual culture.

The Art and Design major includes three distinct and interrelated concentrations: Graphic Design , Studio Art, and EC-12 Teacher Certification . The Graphic Design concentration prepares students for the intense visual requirements of today’s computer-based design industry. The Studio Art concentration prepares students to be competitive professional artists as they work in both traditional and contemporary media. The Art and Design B.F.A. with EC-12 certification prepares students to teach art at any level from early childhood through high school.

To earn the B.F.A. degree, students take a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students pursuing the B.F.A. with EC-12 certification must take 127 hours. Students will select the B.F.A. concentration that best satisfies their academic, professional, and artistic goals. Students then take 51 credit hours of upper-level course work to complete the degree. WRIT 3307  must be completed with a grade of C or better. Thirty hours of upper-level credit must also be completed with a grade of C or better. Students majoring in Art and Design are strongly encouraged to complete WRIT 1302 in partial fulfillment of the communications component area of UHCL’s core curriculum.

Studio Art requires 45 upper-level hours to be taken from the ARTS rubric.

University Core Requirements (42 hours)

Communication (6 hours)

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)

Choose ONE of the following courses.

Creative Arts (3 hours)

Choose ONE of the following courses.

U.S. History (6 hours)

Government/Political Science (6 hours)

Public Speaking (3 hours)

Component Area Options (3 hours)

Two 1-hour Life and Physical Science Labs are required co-requisites for the chosen science courses.

College Core Requirements (6 hours)

30 hours of upper-level credit must be “C” or better.

Core Requirement

Choose ONE of the following courses.

Humanities Requirements (3 hours)

Students may also choose an upper-level Art History elective to fulfill this requirement. (This Art History elective cannot satisfy the requirements for any other part of the degree.) Choose ONE of the following courses.

Major Requirements (72 hours)

Lower-Level Art courses

Upper-Level Art courses

Students may choose between ARTS 4374  and a 4300-level course in Modern or Contemporary Art History course. Students must also complete a 4300-level Art History course.

Studio Requirements

Studio Concentration Requirements

Choose 7 ARTS courses at the 3300/4300 level with the advice of faculty adviser.

Seminar course


Choose THREE courses (3300/4300 any level)

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