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Requirements for the Studio Art Major

Studio Art Majors Majors acquire essential artistic skills as well as experience in the handling of a wide variety of ideas, materials and methods. The program puts the student in touch with the problems of creation and with the ideas and practice of artists in the contemporary world.

There are no prerequisites for entry into the Studio Art Major. The major requires 30 credits in ARTS and ARTH courses including ARTS 1610, Introduction to Drawing I, and ARTH 2471, Art since 1945. ARCH 1020 is an equivalent to ARTS 1610 and students should not take both courses. Fifteen credits must be of 2000 level ARTS (not including ARTS Special Topics courses) and six credits of 3000 or 4000 level ARTS courses. ARTS 4900 (Advanced Project in Art) does not count toward the major in Studio Art. ARTH 2471 (Art Since 1945) is required and should be taken in the fall term of the third year. An elective is also required for the Studio Art Major and consists of either an additional ARTH course, an ARTS Special Topics course, or an additional course at the 3000/4000 level. In the spring of the third year students are required to participate in a review of their work by the faculty. The Studio major requires a concentration in Cinematography, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture, which culminates in a thesis exhibition. Students must register for the appropriate 4000-level course in their concentration during the spring of their fourth year, as this course is the basis of their thesis exhibition. A concentration in Studio Art is defined as 2 courses at the 2000 level of the concentration area 1 course at the 3000 level and 1 course at the 4000 level. Concentrations in Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture require ARTS 2620, Introduction to Drawing II, as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses in these concentration areas. Life Drawing counts as an equivalent to Drawing II. Majors must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all 30 credits of Studio Major courses, or be dropped from the program. A grade of C- or below does not count for major credit. With approval of the Director of the Undergraduate Program, students may transfer up to 9 credits to the major.

Requirements for Minor The minor in studio art requires 18 credits in ARTS courses including ARTS 1610. 15 credits of ARTS 2000 level or above courses in at least two concentration areas. ARTS 4900 (Advanced Project in Art) does not count toward minor in Studio Art. Minors must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in All 18 credits of Studio Minor courses. No ARTS course graded C- or below may count for minor credit. With Approval of the Director of the Undergraduate Program, students may transfer up to 6 credits to the minor.

For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs in Studio Art, McIntire Department of Art, Program in Studio Art, Ruffin Hall, 179 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130; (434) 924-6123; Fax: (434) 982-4699;

The Minor declaration form can be found here.




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