Foundations Program in Studio Art

Photo showing people passing by art building
Chris Thomas, Foundations Director, 214C Gatewood

All students who wish to pursue a studio degree enter the department as candidates for a BA degree in Studio Art. Upon completion of the foundational program, students who wish to pursue the BFA program in Art Education, New Media and Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Drawing, or Sculpture and Ceramics will submit a portfolio of their work. Admission to any BFA concentration is contingent upon successful review of that portfolio by a rotating committee of art department faculty.

Portfolio Reviewing Times and Deadlines

Students enrolled in the BA Studio Art degree program who wish to pursue a BFA in Studio Art should seek entrance into that degree program in their third semester, after completing the Foundations Program, and before they have earned 28 or more credit hours in ART or ARE classes. Once that credit hour threshold is passed, the student will forfeit his/her ability to apply for the BFA program. Students who fail the portfolio review must reapply in the following semester. Students may reapply once.

Transfer students must complete the UNCG Studio Foundation Program, or be enrolled in the final Foundations classes when applying to enter the BFA Studio Art degree program. Incoming transfer students who are already above the 28ch limit in Art or ARE courses (or who will exceed 28ch upon completing outstanding Foundations requirements) will be eligible for entry into the BFA after a successful review of their Portfolio. This review must take place as soon after enrollment at UNCG as is possible. Students who fail the portfolio review must reapply in the following semester. Students may reapply once.

Students who wish to remain in the BA Studio Art major may continue without a portfolio review. Requirements for the BA in Studio Art are available on a separate program sheet or in the University Bulletin. Students should begin immediately to fulfill GEC and the College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements.

Portfolio Review Application

A portfolio is not required to enter the Art department. This portfolio review is for current Foundation Students seeking a BFA in Art Education, New Media and Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Drawing, or Sculpture and Ceramics.
Portfolio Review Form(pdf)
Instructions for Uploading images to your eportfolio(pdf)
Submission Deadline for Portfolios: September 16, 2016

Studio Foundations

All incoming Studio Art and Art Education majors will be included in Studio Foundations. Students will participate in a number of activities across the Foundations program designed to enhance their learning experience and to create a sense of coherence in each foundational class. Students will be assigned to cohorts by the School of Art Advisor, and their Foundations classes will be scheduled by that office. Students will proceed through the Foundations Program in these cohorts, and may not reschedule their ART or ARH classes without permission of the School of Art Advisor.

General Education (GEC) Requirements

Students enrolled in the Foundations Program will be assigned to a total of 13 credit hours of ART and ARH classes in Fall, and 12 credit hours of ART and ARH classes in Spring. Students who wish to take 15 or 16 credit hours in these semesters may register for an additional 3 credit hours each semester.

Foundations Program

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Foundations Seminar (ART 105)* Intermediate Drawing (ART 220)
Drawing I (ART 120) Foundation Design II (ART 240)
Foundation Design I (ART 140) Three-Dimensional Foundations II (ART 253)
Three Dimensional Foundations I (ART 150) Survey of Western Art II (ARH 111)
Survey of Western Art I (ARH 110) GEC Elective (3 credit hours)
GEC Elective (3 credit hours)

* required for students entering Fall 2016

Second Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Survey of Non-Western Art (ARH 112)
GEC Electives or 200 level ART classes Students will pursue courses relevant to either the BA or BFA degrees in Studio Art, and in addition should register for classes that fulfill GEC and CAR requirements.
Student interested in pursuing a BFA in Painting, Sculpture and Ceramics, New Media and Design, Printmaking and Drawing, Photography, or Art Education will submit a portfolio in this semester which will be the basis for admission to any BFA concentration.