Art Studio

Degrees Offered – B.A. and B.F.A.

Minors Offered in Studio Art; Digital Media and Design; Photography

Students wishing to major in art studio have a choice of two undergraduate degrees. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is for those who wish to create a broad foundation based on the tradition of a liberal arts education, suitable for many possible career paths (similar to majoring in such fields as History, English, Sociology, etc.). The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree offers a more specialized curriculum, which is especially useful for those students seeking specific careers as professional artists, designers, and for graduate studies in the visual arts.  But whether students pursue a B.A. or a B.F.A. they will gain critical skills for succeeding in today’s world, including but not limited to the ability to work with still and moving images and the latest software, and the manipulation of traditional media and forms of expression as drawing, ceramics, metal sculpture and other intermedia sculptural constructions such as fiber art, photography, video, digital design, etc.  Students may choose to specialize in one or more of the following areas:

• Ceramics (Course Descriptions)
• Sculpture
• Drawing
• Fiber
• Installation/Performance
• Painting
• New Media/Intermedia
 Printmedia (Course Descriptions)
 

All in-coming studio majors undertake a prescribed sequence of courses in our Foundations Program.  This program consists in part of three three-credit studios, one each from three distinct media areas.  Students also participate in a Freshman exhibition (featuring work created in the two Freshman Foundation courses).  Upon completion of the Foundations program students wishing to become either BA or BFA studio majors submit portfolios of their work for evaluation.  The portfolio is to include selected works of art from each of the student’s premajor foundation courses as well as a selection of works that indicates the student’s current proposed direction. The portfolio will be created as a requirement of the Professional Practices in Art Studio (A-S 201).

All our courses are listed here.  

B.A. Art Studio

The B.A. degree in studio provides a broad-based, liberal arts-based education that has proven useful for our graduates who have developed successful careers outside the traditional visual arts fields.  We encourage students to take a broad range of courses, in such disciplines as English, Film Studies, History, Arts Administration, and Business Adminstration.  In addition, studio majors have the option of focusing on a single medium or combination of media within Art Studio, including areas that have extensive non-art applications, such as digital media, where students master such proprietary software as Photoshop™ and Final Cut Pro™.  Before graduation, students in the B.A. program exhibit their work in a group show in the School’s Barnhart Gallery.  

B.F.A. Art Studio

The B.F.A. program will allow for development of studio practice at a more focused, sophisticated and preprofessional level. This degree is available to students who demonstrate special abilities through a B.F.A. portfolio review, during which the student will present their work to a faculty jury.  Students will be considered for admission based on their advanced level of study, their current proposed direction, and strong evidence that they can succeed in creating a coherent body of work for a solo exhibition. Students will be present during the review to answer questions regarding formal, technical and conceptual elements of their work. In addition to the in-person review, students will submit an artist’s statement and documentation of work presented during the review.  Besides additional studio coursework BFA students are required to create a solo exhibition during their senior year.  View examples of students' work here.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Art Studio Minors

Art Studio

Students from any college may choose to minor in Art Studio. They may choose between a broadbased introduction to studio arts or a more focused concentration in a specific medium such as ceramics, drawing, intermedia, fiber, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. All prospective minors should seek advice from an Art Studio faculty member.  To earn a minor in Art Studio, students must complete the following:  ART 191 Art Professions (1 credit course repeated for 2 credits overall); one art history course (3 credits); one of the following courses: A-S 102 Two-Dimensional Surface (3 credits);  A-S 103 Three-Dimensional Form (3 credits); A-S 130 Drawing .(3 credits); A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time (3 credits); and at least twelve hours in studio at the 200 level or above (with a minimum of nine hours at or above the 300 level).

Subtotal: Minor hours ............................................... 20

Only three hours from courses taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor can be used to meet the requirements of the minor in Art Studio.  Students must take at least nine hours of classes from the UK Art Studio program.

Digital Media and Design

The minor in Digital Media and Design offers University of Kentucky students from all colleges the opportunity to study and practice a broad range of digital applications in the fields of graphic design, video and film production, web design, interactive design and fabrication, and photography. In today’s world, digital proficiency and creativity are highly valued skill sets for a successful career and engaged life. This minor provides students the opportunity to use digital techniques to create customized works and projects that matter to students and to the communities to whom they feel connected. This minor compliments any major at the University of Kentucky, and is easy to incorporate into one's studies.  To earn a minor in Digital Media and Design, students must complete the following:

A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time (3 credits) and five additional courses chosen from:  A-H 101 Introduction to Visual Studies (3 credits); A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy (3 credits); A-S 300 Digital Photography (3 credits); A-S 305 Studio Lighting (3 credits); A-S 340 Introduction to Graphic Design, Meaning and Image (3 credits); A-S 341 Graphic Design: Layout (3 credits); A-S 345 Web Design (3 credits); A-S 346 Digital Video .(3 credits); A-S 347 Multimedia (Subtitle required) (3 credits); A-S 348 Circuits & Bits: Introduction to Hardware and Software Topics in Art (3 credits); A-S 385 Digital Methods for Photography (3 credits)

Total Minor Hours ........................................... 18

Only three hours from courses taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor can be used to meet the requirements of the minor in Digital Media and Design. Students must take at least nine hours of classes from the UK Art Studio program.

Photography

With over a billion photographs being created everyday, it has never been more important to understand how to make compelling images.  The photography minor offers students an opportunity to study a wide range of technics and approaches, ranging from historic 19th century processes to cutting edge digital, Photoshop, and lighting techniques.  In addition to still photography, students can also choose from courses in video and web-based design.  The photography minor compliments course work from a wide variety of majors and will equip students with the skills they need to navigate and create in a world in which we increasingly use images to communicate. Students from any college may choose to minor in Photography. Students select approved courses dealing with the photographic arts from the 19th century to the present. All prospective minors should seek advice from an Art Studio faculty member or advisor.  To earn a minor in Photography, students must complete the following:

1. Complete at least one of the following courses:  A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time (3 credits); A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy (3 credits); A-S 300 Digital Photography (3 credits); A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography (3 credits);

2. Complete an additional five courses from the following list: A-H 101 Introduction to Visual Studies (3 credits); A-H 343 History of Photography (3 credits); A-S 300 Digital Photography (3 credits); A-S 305 Studio Lighting (3 credits); A-S 345 Web Design (3 credits); A-S 346 Digital Video (3 credits); A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography (3 credits); A-S 381 Advanced Black & White Darkroom Photography (3 credits); A-S 384 Color Photography I (3 credits); A-S 385 Digital Methods for Photography(3 credits); A-S 386 Nonsilver Photography I (3 credits); A-S 480 Professional Practices in Photography (3 credits); A-S 580 Photography III (3 credits); A-S 581 Photography IV (3 credits); A-S 584 Color Photography II (3 credits) A-S 586 Nonsilver Photography II (3 credits)

Subtotal: Minor hours .................................... 18

Only three hours from courses taken to fulfill a requirement in another major or minor can be used to meet the requirements of the minor in Photography. Students must take at least nine hours of classes at the 200 level or above from the UK Art Studio program.

 

School of Art & Visual Studies

Room 207, Fine Arts Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
Phone: 859-257-8151
Fax: 859-257-3042

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