Art Studio

Image of a student sculpture made of raw and milled woodThe Art Studio program offers undergraduate students the option of a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) or B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts), and the opportunity for advanced study in the state's original M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts).  Students may choose to specialize in a number of media including Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Graphic Design, Installation/Performance, Metal Arts, New Media/Intermedia, Painting, Photography (digital and darkroom), Printmedia, and Sculpture.

B.A. Art Studio

The studio B.A. degree is for those who wish to create a broad foundation based on the tradition of the liberal arts and is suitable for many different career paths, not just those in the visual arts.  Students who are seeking specialization in a medium should consider the B.F.A. first.  Before graduation, students in the B.A. program exhibit their work in a group show in the School's Bolivar Art Gallery.

B.F.A. Art Studio

The B.F.A. is a pre-professional degree that permits students to specialize in one or more media supported by the department. Students are accepted into the B.F.A. program by portfolio examination, a review that takes place after the student has completed the required foundation sequence (usually after the second year of study).  Those students also wishing to move on to advanced study in an M.F.A. program are best served by completing a B.F.A. as an undergraduate. This degree program culminates in a solo show: a public exhibition of the student’s artistic accomplishments.

M.F.A. Art Studio

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art Studio is the three-year terminal degree for studio artists and the required faculty credential for most institutions of higher learning.  In addition to being fully qualified to teach at the college-level, M.F.A. graduates will possess the skills to pursue careers in commercial venues or as full-time practicing fine artists.  Students enrolled in the M.F.A. program are encouraged to explore inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary mediums or concentrate upon a single media dependent upon the direction of their research.

For further details on each degree track, check below.

Undergraduate B.A. & B.F.A.

Student Work - BA/BFA

All incoming studio majors undertake a prescribed sequence of courses in our Foundations Program.

This program consists of three 3-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 B.A. or B.F.A. 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).

Official Degree Requirements

Always be sure to check the full major requirements on the current UK Registrar Bulletin.  The details listed below are simplified for brevity and presented for your convenience.

B.A. Art Studio

The B.A. degree in studio provides a broad, 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 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 Gallery.  

College Requirements
6 credit hours
UK Core Requirements
30 credit hours

First Year Foundations Requirement

A-S 101 Creative Practices in Art Studio (taken first semester)
1 credit hour
Choose one 100 level A-H course from approved list
3 credit hours
A-H 106 Renaissance to Modern Art
3 credit hours
A-S 001 Foundation Exhibition
offered spring only; can be taken concurrently with the last of the following four courses: A-S 102, 103, 130, 200; Transfer students should enroll the first spring semester in which they are enrolled or with their last foundations course
0 credit hours
A-S 102 Two-Dimensional Surface
3 credit hours
A-S 103 Three-Dimensional Form
3 credit hours
A-S 130 Drawing
3 credit hours
A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space, and Time
3 credit hours

Foundations Subtotal: 19 credit hours

Major Requirements

Studio Core requirement (21 credit hours). To fulfill the Studio Core, students must first complete one course from each of the following categories:

Category One
  • A-S 310 Painting I
  • A-S 320 Printmedia: Screenprint/Relief
  • A-S 321 Printmedia: Intaglio/Lithography
  • A-S 330 Intermediate Drawing
  • A-S 331 Exploration of Human Form
  • A-S 350 Fiber I
3 credit hours
Category Two
  • A-S 355 Introduction to Sculpture
  • A-S 360 Introduction to Hot Metals: Fabrication
  • A-S 361 Introduction to Hot Metals: Casting
  • A-S 370 Ceramics I
3 credit hours
Category Three
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 340 Introduction to Graphic Design, Meaning and Image
  • A-S 345 Web Design
  • A-S 346 Digital Video
  • A-S 347 Multimedia (Non 3D Subtitle required)
  • A-S 348 Circuits & Bits: Introduction to Hardware and Software Topics in Arts
  • A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography
3 credit hours
Studio courses at or above the 300 level - completes the Studio Core requirement
12 credit hours
Art History courses at or above the 300 level
6 credit hours
Art Studio course(s) at the 500 level
3 credit hours
A-S 490 Senior Seminar - taken during the final semester of study
1 credit hour
Participation in a Graduating Seniors’ Juried Exhibition in final semester of study

Major Subtotal: 31 credit hours

Electives

Work outside Art Studio in a related field
9 credit hours
Free Electives
22 credit hours

Elective Subtotal: 31 credit hours

B.A. Total: 120 credit hours


B.F.A. Art Studio

The B.F.A. program will allow for development of studio practice at a more focused, sophisticated and pre-professional 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 B.F.A. students are required to create a solo exhibition during their senior year.

College Requirements
6 credit hours
UK Core Requirements
30 credit hours

Premajor Requirements

Progression Requirement
Students must have earned at least a letter grade of C in each of the premajor foundation courses to progress from premajor to major status.

A-S 101 Creative Practices in Art Studio (taken first semester)
1 credit hour
Choose one of the following:
  • A-H 104 African Art and Its Global Impact
  • A-H 105 World Art Before 1400
3 credit hours
A-H 106 Renaissance to Modern Art
3 credit hours
A-S 001 Foundation Exhibition
offered spring only; can be taken concurrently with the last of the following four courses: A-S 102, 103, 130, 200; Transfer students should enroll the first spring semester in which they are enrolled or with their last foundations course
0 credit hours
A-S 102 Two-Dimensional Surface
3 credit hours
A-S 103 Three-Dimensional Form
3 credit hours
A-S 130 Drawing
3 credit hours
A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space, and Time
3 credit hours

Premajor Subtotal: 19

Major Requirements

B.F.A. Entrance Portfolio
B.A. Art majors may apply for the B.F.A. degree. The procedure to apply for entry into the Art Studio B.F.A. major consists of a mandatory portfolio review juried by Art Studio faculty. If the quality of the portfolio is not deemed sufficient, students may reapply.

ART 191 Art Professions
2 credit hours
A-S 201 Professional Practices in Art Studio - taken first semester after completing Premajor requirements
1 credit hour
ART 291 B.F.A. Studio Practicum
2 credit hours

Studio Core
Thirty-six credit hours of studio courses at or above the 300 level, according to the student’s committee-approved plan of study. As a part of this 36 credit hour requirement, majors are to complete one course from each of the three following categories during the sophomore year (or equivalent):

Category One
  • A-S 310 Painting I
  • A-S 320 Printmedia: Screenprint/Relief
  • A-S 350 Fiber I
3 credit hours
Category Two
  • A-S 355 Introduction to Sculpture
  • A-S 370 Ceramics I
3 credit hours
Category Three
  • A-S 380 Black and White Darkroom Photography
  • A-S 345 Web Design
  • A-S 346 Digital Video
  • A-S 348 Circuits & Bits: Introduction to Hardware and SoftwareTopics in Arts
3 credit hours
Art History classes at or above the 300 level
9 credit hours
A-S 490 Senior Seminar - taken final semester of study
1 credit hour
Participation in a Graduating Seniors’ Solo Exhibition, reviewed by a faculty committee in final semester of study
0 credit hours
At least 9 hours in work related to but outside the major. Choice of this related work must be approved by the student’s advisor. Courses which are used to fulfill UK Core requirements may also be used to fulfill this related work, when appropriate.
9 credit hours
Transfer Students: Students are required to complete a minimum of two semesters at the University of Kentucky following admission into the B.F.A. program.

Major Subtotal: 60 credit hours

Electives
Students must complete 9 hours of free electives

Elective Subtotal: 9 credit hours

B.F.A. Total: 120 credit hours

Graduate M.F.A.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art Studio at UK SA/VS is a three-year terminal degree program for studio artists. Our graduate program is small so that we are able to support most M.F.A. candidates financially throughout their graduate careers. Our students are presented with a robust curriculum based on a combination of individual studio-based research coupled with theory seminars and graduate critique-based workshops. Our endowed visiting artist program presents our students with opportunities to meet internationally recognized artists, curators and scholars.  Students enrolled in the M.F.A. program are encouraged to explore inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research goals or concentrate upon a single medium exploration that fits best with their overall artistic practice. In order to succeed in our program, MFA candidates are encouraged to both critique and contribute to the local and national conversations regarding contemporary art, theory and practice, as well as participate in art events in the growing Lexington/Louisville arts scene.

The M.F.A. degree will be awarded on the completion of 60 hours of graduate course work. Of these, 30 hours must be at or above the 600 level and 40 hours must be in regular graduate level courses (not independent study). In addition, the 60 credit hours will include 30 to 36 credit hours in Art Studio courses (including Graduate Studio Seminar and Studio Thesis Project), 6 to 12 credit hours in Art History and/or Art Education (a total of 24 credit hours of undergraduate and graduate Art History study is required), and up to 18 credit hours in related graduate courses which may be taken outside the School of Art and Visual Studies or elsewhere in the University.

Areas of concentration: painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, lens arts, traditional photo, video, fiber, printmaking, 3D fabrication and digital art

Unique to the UK SA/VS M.F.A. is our Teaching Assistant Program in Art Studio. This is a scholarship-based program for M.F.A. students.

Mentorship and coordination are the keys to the success of our TA program at the University of Kentucky. Once in the TA program, graduate students shadow experienced Professors for one or two semesters before teaching as the instructor of record. TA meetings are held regularly to discuss the everyday scenarios of teaching in a college studio classroom and the development of a personal pedagogical approach.

Many TAs work in the Foundations Program, a first year, undergraduate experience at UK. Foundations has a coordinated curriculum with projects written to allow a diverse approach to teaching in Art Studio. The Director of Foundations observes each TA on a regular basis and provides individualized feedback to improve their instruction. As a TA progresses in the program they may be given more latitude to develop their own projects within the curriculum guidelines. We are committed to helping our TAs succeed as college instructors.

For information about Admissions, Funding, and Courses, please visit the University of Kentucky Graduate School page.

For general information about SA/VS graduate programs and the rules and procedures governing graduate students in the School see the Graduate Handbook as well as other documents on the Student Resources page.

Student Work - MFA

Art Studio Minors

Art Studio

Students from any college may choose to minor in Art Studio. They may choose between a broad-based 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:

One course from the list below:
  • A-S 102 Two-Dimensional Surface
  • A-S 103 Three-Dimensional Form
  • A-S 130 Drawing
  • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
3 credit hours
One course in Art History
3 credit hours
At least 12 hours in studio at the 200 level or above (with a minimum of 9 hours at or above the 300 level)
12 credit hours

Total: 18 credit hours

Only 3 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 9 hours of classes at the 200 level or above 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 credit hours
Five courses chosen from:
  • A-H 101 Introduction to Visual Studies
  • A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 305 Studio Lighting
  • A-S 340 Introduction to Graphic Design, Meaning and Image
  • A-S 341 Graphic Design: Layout
  • A-S 345 Web Design
  • A-S 346 Digital Video
  • A-S 347 Multimedia (Subtitle required)
  • A-S 348 Circuits & Bits: Introduction to Hardware and Software Topics in Art
  • A-S 385 Digital Methods for Photography
15 credit hours

Total: 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:

At least one of the following courses:
  • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography
3 credit hours
Five courses from the following list:
  • A-H 101 Introduction to Visual Studies
  • A-H 343 History of Photography
  • A-S 200 Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • A-S 280 Introduction to Photographic Literacy
  • A-S 300 Digital Photography
  • A-S 305 Studio Lighting
  • A-S 345 Web Design
  • A-S 346 Digital Video
  • A-S 380 Black & White Darkroom Photography
  • A-S 381 Advanced Black & White Darkroom Photography
  • A-S 384 Color Photography I
  • A-S 385 Digital Methods for Photography
  • A-S 386 Nonsilver Photography I
  • A-S 480 Professional Practices in Photography
  • A-S 580 Photography III
  • A-S 581 Photography IV
  • A-S 584 Color Photography II
  • A-S 586 Nonsilver Photography II
15 credit hours

Total: 18 credit hours

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.

Art Studio Faculty

Associate Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of Photography
103 (Assc. Director's Office) OR 302B (Studio), Art & Visual Studies Building
859-257-4013 or 859-257-8151
Instructor
Drawing
317 Art & Visual Studies Building
Gallery Director, Lecturer
114A Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Associate Professor
Sculpture
Reynolds Building Metal Arts B-0002
Instructor
Digital Media and Printmaking
Office N/A
Assistant Professor
Digital Media and Design
316 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8149
Instructor
Printmaking and Photography
Office N/A
Lecturer and Staff Technician
Sculpture
132 Art & Visual Studies Building
Computer Support Specialist, Instructor
Art & Visual Studies Building, Digital Media and Design
218 Art & Visual Studies Building
859-323-4389
Adjunct Professor
Drawing and Printmaking
Art and Visual Studies Building
Instructor
Digital Media and Design
315 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
SA/VS Program Facilitator
Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-4739
Associate Professor
Director of Studio Foundations
310D Art & Visual Studies Building
Instructor
Photography
317 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Assistant Professor
Fiber Arts
319 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8149
Teaching Assistant
Art Studio
Art and Visual Studies Building
Assistant Professor
Photography
302A Art and Visual Studies Building
Director of Student Affairs, Art Studio Instructor
Painting & Drawing
206 Fine Arts Building
859-257-1709
Associate Professor
Art Studio, New Media, Intermedia
314A Art & Visual Studies Building
Assistant Professor
Office N/A
Assistant Professor
Printmaking
312A Art and Visual Studies Building
Instructor
Digital Media and Design
315 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Senior Lecturer
Digital Media Foundations and Graphic Design
318 Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Digital Media Foundations, Photography
318 Art and Visual Studies Building
Part Time Instructor
Printmaking
Art and Visual Studies Building Room 318
859-257-8151
Lecturer
Digital Media
318 Art & Visual Studies Building
Emertus Professor
Fiber
316 Art and Visual Studies Building
Professor
Ceramics
122 Art and Visual Studies Building
Professor (Sabbatical Fall 2017)
Ceramics
154 Art and Visual Studies Building
Instructor
Photography
315 Art and Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Senior Lecturer
Painting & Drawing
310 Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Photography
309 Art and Visual Studies Building
Associate Professor
Ceramics
126 Art and Visual Studies Building
Associate Professor
Art Intermedia
314 Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Photography
313 Art & Visual Studies Building
Staff Technician
Art Studio
123G Art and Visual Studies Building
Lecturer
Digital Fabrication & Modeling
Office N/A
Instructor
Intermedia
Office Location N/A

Email N/A

Instructor
Drawing
SAVS 308D
859-257-8151
Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography
Room 312 Art & Visual Studies Building
859-257-8151
Assistant Professor
Digital and Print Media
318 Art and Visual Studies Building
Teaching Assistant
Art Studio
Art and Visual Studies Building