Art (BA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the Department of Art and Design, students must:

1. Be admitted to the University in Good Standing,
2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5,
3. Meet the minimum overall grade point standards for the College of Arts & Sciences.

In addition, a grade of D in any department course at the 300 level or above may not be used to fulfill a departmental requirement. A grade of C-minus or better is required in all 300- and 500-level courses in the major. 

Enrolled University of Louisville students may apply for major via ULink. Incoming and transfer students must be accepted by the University first, and then may apply for major.

Studio art courses may be restricted to majors only.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Two of the following:
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Art and Design
Select two of the following: 46
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
Art History elective at the 300 level or above3
Studio Art elective at the 300 level3
Minimum Total Hours12
Studio Art Track (see Track Requirements tab)28
Art History Track (see Track Requirements tab)24
Supporting Courses
Electives in Humanities disciplines, other than Art or Art History, at the 300 level or above15
WR Elective in Humanities discipline, other than Art or Art History, at the 400 level or above3
Minimum Electives 5, 6, 710-14
Minimum Total Hours121
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Track in Studio Art requirement fulfilled by completing:
Studio Art Undergraduate Capstone Seminar
Track in Art History requirement fulfilled by completing:
Art History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar

A grade of C-minus or better is required in all 300-level and 500-level courses in the major.

40 hours minimum total for Studio Art track; 36 hours minimum total for Art History track.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language.

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education; 6 hours must be at 300 level or above.

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements.

4

Fulfills General Education AH requirement.

5

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

6

For the track in Art History a maximum of 4 hours in Art History or Studio Art may be used in the free electives. 

7

For the track in Studio Art the free electives must be outside Art History or Studio Art.

Track Requirements

Track in Studio Art 

Academic Plan Code(s): ART BA STA

ART 105Foundation 2-D Design3
ART 106Foundation 3-D Design3
ART 107Foundation Drawing3
ART 206Foundation Art Concepts and Methods3
or ART 207 Foundation Figure Drawing
Select three of the following: 9
Introduction to Painting
Drawing and Composition
Introduction to Glassmaking Techniques
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Clay
Introduction to Printmaking
Introduction to Black and White Photography
Introduction to Interior Design
Introduction to Fiber/Mixed Media
Papermaking
Introduction to Book Arts
Special Problems in Studio Art
ART 599Studio Art Undergraduate Capstone Seminar 1
Electives in Art at the 500 level6
Minimum Total Hours28

Track in Art History

Academic Plan Code(s): ART BA ARH

Period/Area Courses
Select a minimum of one course from each of the following three period/areas:
Period/Area 1 - Pre 1750:3
History of Drawing and Prints
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Early Medieval Art and Architecture
Late Medieval Art and Architecture
Byzantine Art & Architecture
Islamic Art and Architecture
Italian Renaissance Art I
Italian Renaissance Art II
Northern Renaissance Art
Baroque Art
Studies in Ancient Art
Ancient Painting
Ancient Cities
Studies in Medieval Art
Studies in Renaissance Art
History of Drawing and Prints
Studies in Baroque Art
Period/Area 2 - After 17503
Twentieth-Century Art
Art 1900-1945
Pop Art & Fluxus
Art Since 1945
International Trends in Contemporary Art
African-American Art to 1920
African-American Art 1920 to Present
Nineteenth-Century Art
Nineteenth-Century Architecture
Twentieth-Century Architecture
American Art I
American Art II
History of Photography
History of Landscape Architecture
Studies in Modern Art
Representations of Trauma in the Visual Arts
Studies in Contemporary Art
Studies in Modern Architecture
Studies in American Art
Studies in Photographic History
Period/Area 3 - Non-Western:3
Chinese Art
Twentieth Century Chinese Artists and Architects
Eastern Asia Landscape Art
Architecture and Gardens in China and Japan
African Art: A Survey
Contemporary Trends in African-American Art
Mexican Art and Architecture
Studies in Asian Art
Pan-African Art: Form and Content
Contemporary Trends in African-American Art
Art History 300 level3
Art History 500 level6
ARTH 541Theories & Methods in the Visual Arts3
ARTH 550Art History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar 3
Minimum Total Hours24

Of the total 33 hours in Art History (inclusive of program/major requirements), 15 hours must be at the 300 level or above and 12 hours must be at the 500 level.
A maximum of 4 hours in Art History or Studio Art may be used in the free electives.
Total minimum electives: 14 hours

Flight Pan

Track in Studio Art

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 107 Foundation Drawing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
 Hours14
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
ART 105
Foundation 2-D Design
or Foundation 3-D Design
3
ART 206 Foundation Art Concepts and Methods 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
Art Elective (300 level) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 1 4
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
Art Elective (300 level) 3
Foreign Language 2 4
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
Art Elective (300 level) 3
Art History Elective (300 level) 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Foreign Language 3 4
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
WR Course (300 level or above) 3
Art Elective (300 level) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Art Elective (500 level) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective (300 level or above) 1
 Hours13
Spring
Art Elective (500 level) 3
ART 599 Studio Art Undergraduate Capstone Seminar 1
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR Elective (400 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective 3
 Hours16
 Minimum Total Hours121

Track in Art History

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language 1 4
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
 Hours15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient Through Medieval Art
Renaissance Through Modern Art
Survey of Asian Art
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 3 4
Art History Period/Area Course (300 level) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History Period/Area Course 3
Art History Elective (300 level) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Art History Period/Area Course (300 level) 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Social Science or Natural Science WR Elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History Elective (300 level) 3
Studio Art Elective (300 level) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ARTH 541 Theories & Methods in the Visual Arts 3
Social Science or Natural Science Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Art History Elective (500 level) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Art History Elective (500 level) 3
ARTH 550 Art History Undergraduate Capstone Seminar 3
Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities WR Elective (400 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
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