University Bulletin 2017-2018

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Studio Art (BFA) - Animation Concentration

Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University's residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student's major or concentration area. 

A minimum of 120 hours of required and elective courses. At least 30 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.

Requirements Credit Hours
General Education Requirements  
Written composition: EH 101, EH 102 6
Oral communication: CA 110  3
Fine Arts - Art History: ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 344, 6 hours in elective Art History courses 15
Humanities: One approved course in literature  (EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236) 3
History, Social and Behavioral Sciences:  
HY 101-102 or HY 135-136 6
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, GEO114, GEO 115,
IS 100, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112)
Natural Sciences and Mathematics:  
MA 110, 112, or higher level course 3
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)
Art Core Requirement  
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
Design: ARS 123, ARS 124 6
One of the following:  
Professional Practices (studio students): ARS 396 3
Business Practices for Graphic Design (graphic design students): ARS 479 3
Methodology of Art History (art history students): ARH 493 3
Courses in section "c" satisfy technology requirements.  
Senior Thesis in Animation 6
Animation 24
ARS 200  
ARS 201  
ARS 202  
ARS 204  
ARS 301  
ARS 302  
ARS 304    
ARS 404  

Secondary Studio Concentrations

Fifteen hours in studio areas. Secondary concentrations are available in Ceramics, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinary Secondary consists of 9 credits in one area and 6 credits in any combination of the other areas.

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 120 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 an Optional Minor

In addition to the completion of the Studio Art B.F.A. primary and secondary concentration requirements, students have the option to complete a minor in a discipline outside the department. The addition of a minor will require course work in excess of the 120 hours minimum required for the B.F.A. and may delay time to graduation.

BFA Program In Animation Admissions Process

Students who wish to pursue a degree in animation at the University of South Alabama may apply for admission to the BFA program in animation after completing ARS 200 Introduction to Animation and ARS 201 2D Animation I or ARS 202 3D Animation I. Acceptance into the program is determined by a review process coordinated each fall semester. Only those admitted to the program are allowed to enroll in upper-level animation courses.

Review Process

Upon completion of the aforementioned courses, each student who wishes to be considered for admission to the BFA program in animation will assemble a portfolio of his/her work to be presented for evaluation by the Animation Review Board. A list of the required portfolio pieces is available on the Department of Visual Arts website . One or two of these pieces may come from other studio art areas. Portfolio pieces should reflect the student’s creative and conceptual abilities, show a strong working knowledge of animation software, and display the student’s understanding of the basic principles of animation. The student’s portfolio will also be evaluated in terms of presentation and craftsmanship. Students accepted into the program will be those who exhibit strong animation sensibilities and have potential to excel in the upper level courses.

Written Statement of Intent

In conjunction with the portfolio of work, each student must submit a minimum 250 word essay outlining why they feel they should be accepted into the program and what they intend to accomplish with an animation degree. This essay will be submitted along with the portfolio. Attention should be given to presentation and writing quality.

Acceptance into the Animation Program

Students are permitted to apply for the animation program only twice. Students will receive written notification of acceptance or non-acceptance. Upon acceptance, students will be allowed to register for further animation classes and continue their studies toward the BFA in animation as outlined by the University of South Alabama Bulletin. Students must register for the designated animation class for the semester following acceptance to the program. Failure to register for class or failure to progress through the animation curriculum in a timely manner will result in revocation of admission status.

Department of Visual Arts web site

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 Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Animation,  Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Glass, and Printmaking.
These degree programs are 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 Studio Art and in Art History.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience 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. Students receiving a B.A. in Visual Arts must take ARS 396 (Studio Art students) or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement. Students receiving a B.F.A. in Studio Art must take ARS 396 (Studio students), or ARS 479 (Graphic Design students), or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement.

Graduate studies

The University of South Alabama offers a Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Creative Technologies and Practice, which is the terminal, or highest, degree available in the field.  It is a cross-disciplinary degree program appealing to creatives who are interested in a variety of media technologies.  The program emphasizes interdisciplinary practice that spans multiple concentrations within the visual arts with technology serving to inform or facilitate the creative process.

The MFA in Creative Technologies and Practice will equip individuals to enter the workforce in a variety of creative technology areas, particularly to manage creative teams, to pursue careers as visual artists, to advance knowledge in the field through research or creative input, and to teach at the university level.

The University of South Alabama offers a Masters in Art Education and an Alternative Masters in Art Education which are housed in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Course work in the visual arts is within the Department of Visual Arts. Further information regarding these degree programs is listed in the Bulletin under graduate programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies.