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The Department of Art offers three tracks to a Bachelor of Arts Degree:

All majors enter the Department in Track 1, the open BA, and take a required group of six Foundation courses. After completion of the Foundation courses, students may continue in Track 1 without portfolio review, or may choose to submit a portfolio of work completed in Track 1 courses for admission into Track 2 or Track 3. Portfolio Reviews for both specializations will take place during the Spring semester, usually during March.

Track 1: BA in Studio Art.

This is an open program with no portfolio admission requirement. This track provides ample space for outside electives, encourages interdisciplinary interaction, and provides double major or double degree possibilities. The Art Education Curriculum works with Track 1. Credit requirements: 36 credits in Studio Art, and 12 credits in supporting courses in Art History and/or Art Theory, for a total of 48 credits.

Track 2: BA in Studio Art with Advanced Specialization.

This track is restricted to students admitted by competitive portfolio review, and is aimed at students who envision graduate study or professional careers in art. Students accepted into this track will complete, in addition to the requirements for Track 1, a 12 credit advanced specialization in specific media areas, including ARTT 481: Advanced Specialization Seminar. Areas of specialization include: Digital Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Intermedia. Credit requirements: 48 cr. listed in Track 1 plus 12 cr. in Advanced Specializations, for a total of 60 credits.

Track 3: BA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design.

This track is restricted to students admitted into the Graphic Design Concentration through a competitive portfolio review. This program provides a pre-professional orientation emphasizing interactive design, graphic design theory, and interdisciplinary research. Students accepted into the Graphic Design program must complete a specific sequence of courses at both the 300 and 400 level. Graphic Design courses are only available to students who have been admitted to the Graphic Design Concentration. Credit requirements: 21 credits in Foundation and studio art electives, and 12 credits in supporting courses in Art History and/or Theory (ARTT 361 Design Literacy: Decoding Our Visual Culture, a Graphic Design Concentration requirement, satisfies 3 credits of the supporting area for Graphic Design students) for a total of 60 credits.

Students interested in Track 3 must have completed or be enrolled in the required Foundation courses to apply to the specialization. The strict course requirements in Graphic Design make early application to Track 3 optimal. Students may re-apply one time.

All Studio Art majors must see their advisors at least once each semester prior to enrolling in courses for the following semester. You must bring your unofficial transcript with you to advising. Advisors are assigned based on class-standing and are listed to the right. In addition, all students planning on graduating must complete a credit-check with the chief advisor the SEMESTER PRIOR TO GRADUATION.


Advising Worksheets for:
Track 1: BA in Studio Art
Track 2: BA in Studio Art with Advanced Specialization
Track 3: BA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design

Testudo: Schedule of Classes

Academic Calendar

Undergraduate Catalog: Course Listings


For an outline of major requirements click here.

For full catalog listing and major requirements, click here.


Department of Art Undergraduate Advising:

Beginning immediately, the Department of Art is moving to a NEW ADVISING SYSTEM. We will no longer have four faculty advisors assigned to students according to credit level.

Students accepted into the Graphic Design Concentration will continue to be advised by Graphic Design Program Director, Professor Audra Buck-Coleman.

All other Art Majors will be advised by Emily Conover. Please make an appointment by contacting Emily Conover at Include your UID in your request.
Fall and Spring semester advising hours are:
Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesdays 10:00am-3:00pm
Hours during January and during the summer will be announced as they are solidified.
Her office for advising is on the first mezzanine (short stairs across from elevator on first floor)  M1322. Please make an appointment before dropping by.

As you know, there is a two-part advising system in the College of Arts and Humanities. If you have both department and college advising blocks on your registration, you must schedule appointments with both.

We ask you to bear with us as we move to this new single-advisor system. We are confident that this will be a clearer and more efficient system, but there will naturally be a period of adjustment. As always, please do not wait until the last minute to schedule your appointments – especially if you need blocks removed. It is important that you take responsibility for your academic progress and work with the advisors to complete your requirements efficiently. The better informed you are about your academic progress, the better the system will work for you.




College of Arts and HumanitiesWalk-in Advising:

Mon/Tues - 1:30-3:30PM & Wed/Th/F 9:30-11:30

301-405-2108 FS Key Hall Rm. 1120



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