Studio Art (BFA) - Art History 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.
|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
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: Students with a primary concentration in Art History must complete six hours of ARH 498: Senior Thesis. The thesis is to be taken over a two semester period during the student's senior year.
Individuals pursuing BFA in Art History must take ARH 493 Methodology of Art History in the Art Core section C. In addition to the General Education and Art Core requirements, a primary concentration in Art History requires 30 hours in Art History to include ARH 492 or ARH 480, ARH 498 (6 hours), and at least one course in each of the following areas:
- Ancient Art - ARH 304, ARH 306.
- Medieval Art - ARH 312, ARH 415
- Renaissance Art and Baroque Art - ARH 322, ARH 324, ARH 326, ARH 330, ARH 332, ARH 335, ARH 434.
- Modern Art - ARH 340, ARH 345, ARH 346.
ARH 290 Special Topics, ARH 390, Special Topics, and ARH 492 Seminar, may be used to satisfy area requirements.
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.
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.
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.