BA Studio Art

The Studio Art concentration combines a general arts education with the development of studio skills. Coursework is done in Art History and Studio Art. The concentration is flexible to allow students to focus on one area or explore a broad range of courses.

In addition to meeting the College of Arts & Sciences additional requirements (CAR) and General Education Requirements (GEC), the required courses in the Art Department to complete a B.A. degree in Studio Art consist of:

Foundations Program: all entering students will be automatically enrolled in the Foundations Program and the Art Learning Community. Please visit the Foundation Program Page.

For students entering UNCG 2014-2015, core courses required for the BA Studio Art:
(all other students should check the appropriate Undergraduate Course Bulletin)

  • ARH 111: Survey of Western Art II
  • ARH 110: Survey of Western Art I
  • ARH 112: Survey of Non-Western Art
  • ART 105 Foundations Seminar**
  • ART 120: Fundamentals of Drawing
  • ART 140: Foundation Design I
  • ART 150: Three Dimensional Foundations I
  • ART 220: Intermediate Drawing
  • ART 240: Foundational Design II
  • ART 253: Three-Dimensional Foundations II

** required for students entering Fall 2016

Additional major requirements beyond the Studio Foundation Program:

  • Studio Art(ART) above the 100 level*: 15 s.h. ( at least 9 s.h. must be 300-level or above)
  • Art History(ARH) 3 s.h. at 200 level or above, 6 s.h. at 300 level or above.

List of Courses

For more information on these and other available courses, see the UNCG course bulletin.

Popular elective courses in Art History include:

  • ARH 200: History of Western Architecture
  • ARH 210: Art of Disney and Pixar
  • ARH 211: Art and African-American Presence
  • ARH 212: The Portrait: Image and Identity
  • ARH 213: Classical Architecture and Classic
  • ARH 214: History of Ceramics: Critical Perspectives
  • ARH 215: History of Printmaking to Digital Imaging
  • ARH 301: Greek Art
  • ARH 302: Roman Art
  • ARH 310: Early Medieval and Byzantine Art
  • ARH 311: Medieval and Romanesque Art
  • ARH 312: Gothic Art
  • ARH 320: Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARH 325: Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARH 330: Baroque Art
  • ARH 340: European Art in the Eighteenth Century
  • ARH 345: European Art in the Nineteenth Century
  • ARH 347: American Art
  • ARH 350: History of Photography
  • ARH 351: Architecture in the 20th Century
  • ARH 352: Early 20th Century Art
  • ARH 353: Late 20th Century Art
  • ARH 370: African Art
  • ARH 371: The Trans-Atlantic: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Popular Studio Art electives include:

  • ART 226: Woodcut and Woodcut Engraving
  • ART 228: Etching I
  • ART 229: Lithography I
  • ART 232: Painting I
  • ART 252: Techniques of Sculpture
  • ART 281: Ceramics I
  • ART 285: Photography I
  • ART 321: Life Drawing II
  • ART 335: Painting II
  • ART 337: Painting III
  • ART 340: Design III
  • ART 344: Letters, Signs, and Symbols
  • ART 347: Color Theory
  • ART 344: Digital Darkroom

Suggested Course Schedule for students pursuing a BA Studio Art

The schedule below outlines the recommended course sequencing for BA majors with a concentration in Studio Art. For more information on courses and requirements, see the UNCG course bulletin. For information on advising, see the Art Department's page or contact the Department.

University Minimum Requirements: 122 total hours required, 36 of which must be at or above the 300 level.
Students should be aware that classes marked with Writing Intensive (WI) and Speaking Intensive (SI) markers are part of the GEC/CAR requirements for the BA in Studio Art. Each student isrequired to take 6 WI courses at least one of which must be in the major (ART). Students must complete 2 SI courses, at least one of which must be in the major (ART). You may—and often do—choose to complete all or most of these within the Art Department. Do not put these off.

Be sure to check in with an academic advisor each semester to make sure you remain on track for graduation.
Department Minimum Requirements: 51 hours in Art.
This includes:

  • The Foundations Program (18 credit hours of Studio [ART], 9 credit hours of Art History [ARH])
  • An additional 15 credit hours in ART above the 100 level, 9 credit hours of which must be at the 300 level or above.
  • Three credit hours of ARH at or above the 200 level, 6 credit hours of Art History at or above the 300 level.

First Year

Fall Semester [Foundations Program]—recommended 15 credit hours

  • ARH 110 Survey of Western Art: Prehistory—Renaissance*
  • ART 105 Foundation Seminar
  • ART 120 Fundamentals of Drawing
  • ART 140 Foundation Design I
  • ART 150 Three-Dimensional Foundations I
  • 1 GEC requirement (recommended), consider a WI or SI

Spring Semester [Foundations Program]—recommended 15 credit hours

  • ARH 111 Survey of Western Art: Renaissance—Contemporary*
  • ART 220 Intermediate Drawing
  • ART 240 Foundations Design 2
  • ART 253 Three-Dimensional Foundations II
  • 1 GEC requirement (recommended), consider a WI or SI

Second Year

Fall Semester—recommended 15 credit hours

  • Survey of Non-Western Art (ARH 112)
  • 3 GEC Requirements (9 credit hours)
  • 1 200 level ART class in the student’s concentration interest (3 credit hours)

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*ARH 110, 111, and 112 satisfy GFA and ARH 112 satisfies GN.
Spring Semester—recommended 15-16 credit hours

  • 3 GEC/CAR Requirements, consider a WI, SI (9-10 credit hours)+
  • 1 200 or 300 level ART class (3 credit hours)
  • 1 200 or 300 level ARH class (3 credit hours)

PLEASE NOTE: Students who take 15 or less credit hours each semester during their third and fourth years will need to enroll in 12 credit hours of summer school or winter session in order to graduate in four years.

Third Year

Fall Semester—recommended 15-18 credit hours

  • 1 ART class at 200 or 300 level (3 credit hours)
  • 1 ARH class at the 200 or 300 level (3 credit hours)
  • Foreign Language 101 (3 credit hours)
  • 2 GEC/CAR Requirements, consider a WI, SI (6-7 credit hours)+
  • ART, ARH or other Elective at the 200 or 300 level (3 credit hours)++

Spring Semester—recommended 15-18 credit hours

  • 1 ART class at the 300 level (3 credit hours)
  • 1 ARH class at the 300 level (3 credit hours)
  • Foreign Language 102 (3 credit hours)
  • 2 GEC/CAR Requirements, consider WI, SI (6 credit hours)
  • 1 ART, ARH or other Elective at the 300 level (3 credit hours)++

Fourth Year

Fall Semester—recommended 15-18 credit hours

  • 1 ART class at the 300 level (3 credit hours)
  • Foreign Language 203 (3 credit hours)
  • 1 GEC/CAR Requirement, WI, SI (3 credit hours)
  • 2-3 ART, ARH or other Elective at the 300 level (6-9 credit hours)++

Spring Semester—recommended 15-18 credit hours

  • 1 ART class at the 300 level (3 credits)
  • Foreign Language 204 (3 credit hours)
  • 1 GEC/CAR Requirement, WI, SI (3 credit hours)
  • 2-3 ART, ARH or other Elective at the 300 level (9-12 credit hours)++

+Every student must take a GEC science requirement that includes a one-credit lab.
++ART Honors coursework may fulfill Elective credit if the student is accepted into the Disciplinary Art Honors Program. For more information please see Honors on The Undergraduates page of the Department web site.