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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

 

DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS
 
Chair: Jason Guynes (251) 461-1438
Professors: Simpson, Guynes
Associate Professors: Oszuscik, Shamback
Assistant Professors: Gibbs, Johnson, Richards, Skiadas, Wright
Instructors: Burns, Evangelista
 
Department of Visual Arts website
http://www.southalabama.edu/art
 
The goals of the Department of Visual Arts include preparing students for graduate work or careers in the visual arts; providing suitable programs and courses for persons who want to study or practice the arts for their own personal development and cultural enrichment; and introducing students to their cultural tradition.
The Department of Visual Arts offers one degree program, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
This degree program is intended for students who plan to pursue careers in Art or Art History, which will typically require their having continued their studies at the graduate level.
The Department offers minors in Art and in Art History.
 

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: New Student Seminar as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN VISUAL ART
The B.A. program requires completion of the general education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences, requirements for a minor, and enough elective courses for credit hours to total 128. At least 32 hours of courses numbered 300 or higher must be taken at this University, including a minimum of 15 hours of upper-division art courses. Two courses must be designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which is in the art program. A minimum of 39 hours in art history and studio courses is required. All students must complete the core requirements and those listed under one of two concentrations, art history or art studio, as follows:
 
A. Core courses for all BA concentrations in art: 15 credit hours as follows:
ARH 103, 123, 344 ................................................................................................................9 hrs
ARS 123, 124 .........................................................................................................................6 hrs
 
B. Choose from one of the following concentrations:
Studio Art: 24 hours
In addition to the core requirements, 24 hours in studio art courses of which at least 12 hours are at the 300 or 400 levels.
 
Art History: 24 hours
In addition to the core requirements, 24 hours in art history courses including ARH 492 Seminar, ARH 493 Art History Methodologies, and at least one 300 or 400 level course in each of the following areas:
1. Ancient Art - ARH 304, ARH 406
2. Medieval Art - ARH 415
3. Renaissance Art and Baroque Art - ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 326, ARH 330, ARH 434
4. Modern Art - ARH 345, ARH 346
Seminar and Special Topics courses may be used to satisfy area requirements.
 
Language Requirements in Arts History:
The art history concentration requires two years (12 hours) of university level study or equivalent proficiency in French or German. French and German are the preferred languages because they are required by most M.A. and Ph.D. programs in art history.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ART
A minimum of 128 hours of required and elective courses. At least 32 hours in courses numbered 300 or higher must be taken at this University, including a minimum of 12 hours in the primary concentration, and 6 hours in a secondary concentration. Two courses, including one in Studio Art, must be designated “Writing Across the Curriculum” (W) courses, and one "Computer Competency" (C) course.
 
General Education Requirements
Written composition: EH 101, EH 102 ..............................................................................6 hrs
Oral communication: CA 110 ............................................................................................ 3 hrs
 
Fine Arts - Art History:
ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 344, 6 hours in elective Art History courses.................... 15 hrs
 
Humanities:
One approved course in literature (EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236)
 ................................................................................................................................................ 3 hrs
 
History, Social and Behavioral Sciences:
HY 101-102 or HY 135-136 ............................................................................................... 6 hrs
Two approved 100/200 level courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology (AN 100, AN 101, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO
114, GEO 115, IS 100, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112) .................... 6 hrs
 
Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
MA 110, 112, or higher level course ................................................................................ 3 hrs
Two courses in laboratory sciences
(AN 210, BLY 101, BLY 102, CH 101, CH 103, CH 131 or CH
141, CH 132 or CH 141, GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, GY 112, PH 101, PH 104, PH
114 or PH 201, PH 115 or PH 202) ................................................................................. 8 hrs
 
Studio Art Core Requirements
a. Drawing: five course including ARS 121, ARS 122, one or two 200 level courses,
  and at least one 300 or higher level drawing course, or ARS 326.................... 15 hrs
b. Design: ARS 123, ARS 124 ....................................................................................... 6 hrs
c. Professional Practices: ARS 396 ............................................................................. 3 hrs
 
Studio Concentration Requirements
Two options are available. See below for specific requirements for each Studio Concentration.
 
Option One:
A Primary Studio Concentration in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture; and a Secondary Studio Concentration in another studio area.
 
Senior Thesis or Senior Portfolio Requirements
Students with the primary concentration in Graphic Design take ARS 488 (three hours). All other option one students take ARS 498 (six hours).
 
Primary Studio Concentrations
Primary Studio Concentrations are offered in the areas of Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
a. Ceramics: 24 hours in Ceramics courses.
b. Graphic Design: 30 hours in ARS 271, ARS 272, ARS 273, ARS 372, ARS 373,
  ARS 374, ARS 375, ARS 376, ARS 472, and either ARS 479, ARS 473 or ARS 496.
c. Painting: 24 hours in Painting courses, including ARS 231 and ARS 232.
d. Photography: 24 hours in Photography courses, including ARS 281.
e. Sculpture: 24 hours in Sculpture courses.
   
Secondary Studio Concentrations
Fifteen hours in studio areas. Secondary concentrations are available in Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary Secondary consists of 9 credits in one area and 6 credits in any combination of the other areas.
 
Option Two:
A primary concentration in Art History, including ARH 492 and 24 hours in Art History, beyond the General Education Requirements, with at least one course in each of the following areas:
1. Ancient Art - ARH 304, ARH 406.
2. Medieval Art - ARH 415
3. Renaissance Art and Baroque Art - ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 326, ARH 330, ARH 434.
4. Modern Art - ARH 345, ARH 346.
  ARH 290 and ARH 390, Special Topics, may be used to satisfy area requirements.
A Secondary Concentration in one of the Studio Art areas is also required for option two.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A DOUBLE PRIMARY CONCENTRATION
In lieu of a secondary concentration, students may complete a second primary concentration. This will require course work in excess of the 128 hours minimum required for the B.F.A. and may delay time to graduation. To complete a Double Primary Concentration, students must complete Primary Concentration requirements in two separate areas including Senior Thesis or Senior Portfolio where applicable.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ART
A minimum of 21 hours in Studio Art of which nine hours must be taken at this university. At least three hours must be in courses numbered 300 or higher taken at this university.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ART HISTORY
A minimum of 21 hours in Art History of which nine hours must be taken at this university. At least six hours must be in courses numbered 300 or higher taken at this university. ARH 100 and ARH 360 will not count toward the minor in Art History.
 
GRADUATE STUDIES
Although the Art and Art History Department has no graduate degree programs, courses in Art History and Studio Art are offered at the graduate level for those students who need such course work.
 
 
Descriptions of all Art History (ARH) Courses
 
Descriptions of all Studio Art (ARS) Courses

 
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