Fine & Performing Arts Art

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College: Fine & Performing Arts
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Christy Aggens
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Art

COLLEGE: Fine & Performing Arts

MAJOR: Art

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Christy Aggens

DESCRIPTION

Chair: Robert Derr, 120 Richards Hall

Professors: Derr, Fritz, Kunc, Pinnell, Souto

Associate Professors: Bohls, Cal, Dominguez, Holz, Ingraham, Williams

Assistant Professors: Asher, Pickering, Sontheimer, Sutherlen

Assistant Professors of Practice: Cole, Syron

The Department of Art and Art History offers students the opportunity to investigate visual art through a variety of experiences. The art major enables students to attain proficiency in the practice of art and knowledge of the history of art as part of a general college education. Some may want to devote themselves to a period of intensive studio art education, while others may be interested in pursuing art for the purpose of building cultural awareness and critical thinking skills. Two undergraduate degrees are available to art majors. The student's career goals will determine the appropriate option.

The bachelor of arts degree (BA) is a liberal arts degree with about forty-five percent of the course work in the art and art history department, providing the flexibility to study various academic disciplines outside of art. The bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) is a professional degree, the usual preparation for professional careers or graduate study in studio art, and includes about seventy percent of the course work from the art and art history department. Increased studio art requirements in the BFA allow for specialization within a chosen area or a customized studio experience.

Bachelor of Arts Degree at a Glance

ACE Requirements30

Languages: Classical & Modern0-6

Select from the list of “Approved Courses” found under “College Degree Requirements.”

Art Major Requirements54

Minors18-24

Electives6-18

Total Hours Required for Graduation120

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at a Glance

ACE Requirements30

Art Major Requirements84

Electives6

Total Hours Required for Graduation120

MAJOR DEPARTMENT ADMISSION

Any student who meets college admission requirements may declare a major in art.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

BA Requirements54

Required Foundation15

ARTP 150 Studio Foundation3

ARTP 151 Color and Composition3

ARTP 152 Three-Dimensional Design3

DRAW 201 Drawing3

DRAW 202 Life Drawing3

ARTP 400 Capstone Art Experience 3

Studio Electives (including a minimum of 3 credits above 299)21

Art History15

AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals3

AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art3

Art History electives (including a minimum of 3 credits in courses numbered above 299)9

Emphasis

Studio elective hours may be used to pursue an optional 12-credit area of emphasis, which includes a minimum of 3 credits of Studio Thesis (499). Available areas of emphasis are ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.

Minor Requirements

BA students are required to complete one Plan A or two or more Plan B minors. Art history may only be used as a Plan B in conjunction with another minor outside of the department.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

BFA Requirements84

Required Foundation15

ARTP 150 Studio Foundation3

ARTP 151 Color and Composition3

ARTP 152 Three-Dimensional Design3

DRAW 201 Drawing3

DRAW 202 Life Drawing3

Required Distribution15

CERM 231 Beginning Ceramics3

PANT 251 Beginning Painting I3

PHOT 261 Beginning Photography-Digital3

PRNT 241 Beginning Printmaking I3

SCLP 211 Beginning Sculpture I3

ARTP 400 Capstone Art Experience3

Studio Area of Emphasis18

Studio Electives18

Art History15

AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals3

AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art3

Art History electives (including a minimum of 3 credits in courses numbered above 299)9

Emphasis Requirements

BFA students must designate an area of emphasis and complete 18 credits in the chosen area, including a minimum of 3 credits of Studio Thesis (499). Available areas of emphasis include ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and interdisciplinary studies. Students with an interdisciplinary emphasis will work with their advisor to identify the 18 credits that will be used for emphasis requirements.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

BA Degree

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Minimum grade for all major requirements is C.

Pass/No Pass Limits

All courses taken for major requirements must be for letter grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass.

Course Level Requirement

  • A minimum of 3 credits of studio art and 3 credits of art history must be taken in courses numbered above 299.

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules, Transfer Credit Rules

  • No more than 6 hours of independent study courses (ARTP 395, ARTP 495, ARTP 496, ARTP 499H; AHIS 390, AHIS 392, AHIS 395, AHIS 490, AHIS 492, AHIS 495, AHIS 499H) may count toward the major in the BA degree.
  • At least 12 credit hours in studio art and 9 credit hours in art history of the required BA courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.

Time and Credit Guidelines

The Department of Art and Art History adheres to the following time and credit guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD):

  • In studio courses, one hour of credit represents three hours of work each week of the 16-week semester. Two of the hours are spent in class with the instructor, and one hour of additional work is expected outside of regularly scheduled class time.
  • In lecture/discussion courses, one hour of credit represents one hour each week in class, and two hours each week of work outside of class for the duration of the 16-week semester.

BFA Degree

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Minimum grade for all major requirements is C.

Pass/No Pass Limits

All courses taken for major requirements must be for letter grade, unless the course is only offered Pass/No Pass.

Course Level Requirement

  • A minimum of 3 credits of art history must be taken in courses numbered above 299.

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules, Transfer Credit Rules

  • No more than 9 hours of independent study courses (ARTP 395, ARTP 495, ARTP 496, ARTP 499H; AHIS 390, AHIS 392, AHIS 395, AHIS 490, AHIS 492, AHIS 495, AHIS 499H) may count toward the major in the BFA degree.
  • At least 36 credit hours in studio art and 9 credit hours in art history of the required BFA courses must be taken at UNL. Courses taken at other academic institutions may be substituted for the remaining required courses subject to evaluation by the department.

Time and Credit Guidelines

The Department of Art and Art History adheres to the following time and credit guidelines established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD):

  • In studio courses, 1 hour of credit represents three hours of work each week of the 16-week semester. Two of the hours are spent in class with the instructor, and one hour of additional work is expected outside of regularly scheduled class time.
  • In lecture/discussion courses, 1 hour of credit represents one hour each week in class, and two hours each week of work outside of class for the duration of the 16-week semester.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Plan A Minor in Art – 18 credits

Art History: AHIS 101 or AHIS 1023

Studio Electives12

Select from the following areas: ceramics, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, special topics, Art at Cedar Point

Additional Elective 3

Any art history or studio art course

  • A grade of C or better is required in all courses. Classes taken Pass/No Pass will not be applicable toward the minor.
  • A maximum of 6 transfer credits will apply toward minor requirements.