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  • Visual Art Studies

    The B.A. curriculum is designed for students who seek a liberal arts education with an emphasis in the visual arts. There is less emphasis on studio and design studies than in the B.F.A. program, and the curriculum is aimed primarily toward experience and understanding rather than professional specialization. A portfolio review will be required of students before admission to junior-level studio courses. The Visual Art Studies capstone course, Making and Meaning will be required of all majors and can be taken in the students’ junior or senior year.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    Students need to be guided and encouraged to explore and to take advantage of opportunities to exhibit, write and discuss their ideas and to begin to develop a portfolio and resume. The student’s work is divided between carefully structured assignments and individually contracted projects.

    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete ART 1803C for 6 credits or complete 6 credits of any ART/GRA/PGY courses at the 2000 level with minimum grades of C
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses: ARH 2050, ARH 2051, ART 2305C or two 2000-level ART/GRA/PGY courses with minimum grades of C
    • 2.5 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with minimum grades of C
    • 2.75 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course with a minimum grade of C
    • 3.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • 3.0 UF GPA required
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    ART 1803C Workshop for Art Research and Practice: Studio 6
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 1
    GE-H; N
    3
    ART 2305C Drawing: Form and Space 3
    ART 2701C Sculpture: Shaping Form and Space or
    ART 2757C Ceramics: 3D Conceptualization
    3
    Biological or Physical Science
    State Core GE-B or P
    3
    Mathematics
    State Core GE-M
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 3 Credits
    ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2
    GE-H; N
    3
    Foreign language 5
    Studio electives
    ART/GRA/PGY prefixes at 2000 level
    6
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    ARH 2500 Non-Western Art 3
    Foreign language 5
    Mathematics, pure math
    GE-M
    3
    Studio electives
    ART/GRA/PGY prefixes at 2000 level
    6
    Total 17
    Semester 5 Credits
    ARH modern art course
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Electives
    Outside SAAH, 3000/4000 level
    6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Studio concentration
    ART/PGY prefix at 3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    Biological Science or Physical Science
    GE-B/P
    3
    Electives
    Outside SAAH, 3000/4000 level
    6
    Studio electives
    ART/PGY prefix at 3000/4000 level
    6
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    Elective 3
    Electives
    Outside SAAH, 3000/4000 level
    6
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    GE-S
    3
    Studio concentration
    ART/PGY prefix at 3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    ART 4883C Making and Meaning 3
    Composition
    GE-C
    3
    Electives 8
    Total 14

    Outside elective requirement: An outside elective is any course taken outside of the School of Art and Art History. At least 18 credits of electives must be chosen from 3000/4000-level courses. These courses cannot also count toward general education requirements.

    Students must take 10 credits of foreign language or show a minimum proficiency in a single foreign language by taking a placement test. If proficiency is met, it does not reduce the number of credits required for the degree. Foreign language can be taken S-U or for a letter grade, which must be a minimum grade of C.

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majors: visual-art-studies