Art : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BFA, BA; Minor in Studio Art
Concentrations: BFA concentrations include: Communication Design, Emerging Practices, Painting, Photography, Print Media, General Studio and Sculpture; BA concentrations include: General Studio, Communication Design, and Photography.
Graduate: MFA

Advisement

Advisement is provided for accepted majors by a full-time academic advisor, Lisa Hewitt in CFA 205, and faculty members in each concentration area.

Studio Art Minor

The studio art minor is an 18 credit minor in the visual studies art program. Students must apply to be accepted in this program after they have completed two studio art courses.

Acceptance Information

All BFA and BA intended art majors must apply to and be accepted by the art program in the visual studies department.

Students accepted to UB select fine art or studio art as their intended major on their university application and then are block registered into freshman foundation courses. During the spring semester of the freshman year, students with an art GPA of 3.0 or above are automatically admitted to the art program. Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 must have a portfolio review/interview to determine admittance into the Art program. A portfolio review is required by students who choose the Communication Design concentration.

Currently enrolled UB students with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply to the visual studies department's BA or BFA Art program. Freshman foundation courses are required to be accepted into the BA and BFA degrees. Students should take these courses before applying to the major.

Schedule of Portfolio Reviews
Freshmen: Spring of freshman year if art GPA is below 3.0
Communication Design Reviews: Fall and spring semesters
Currently Enrolled: Fall and Spring
Transfers: Spring prior to Fall entry
Honors Scholarship: Check with Academic Advisor

Acceptance Information
Number of applicants/year: 180
Number of accepted majors/year: 40-50 freshmen; 30 transfers/currently enrolled
Total number of majors currently enrolled: 250

Academic Requirements

Freshman Foundations Curriculum. Undergraduate study in art begins with the Freshman Foundations Program, a series of five studio courses and one critical theory course. There are usually 60 to 80 freshman or transfer students in the foundations program. The foundations program provides a structured, supportive framework for a student's initial experience in art studio during the freshman year. The program provides a solid basis of art concepts and skills to build upon for subsequent study. Foundations courses are structured thematically to introduce the student to two and three dimensional media and the process of conceptualization through group and individual projects. Students learn to generate ideas, refine relationships of form and space, and develop skills of perception and hand-eye coordination. The Foundations program focuses on vocabulary development, critical thinking, basic tools and concepts of art making, ways of seeing, and transforming experience into artwork.

Sophomore and Junior Years. During the sophomore year, BFA and BA students take introductory (200-level) studio courses. Focused study in a concentration begins in the junior year. 300 and 400 level courses provide in-depth and focused studio experience.

Studio Electives. Due to an evolving curriculum, there are many studio courses offered in emerging and hybrid media areas. These electives give students the flexibility to select courses that are most appropriate and interesting to them. A variety of seminars in contemporary art and visual studies are offered along with instruction in performance, video, sound, installation, public art, intervention art, new media, and gizmology. Studio electives may also be used to take courses in the Departments of Media Study and Theatre & Dance.

Senior Thesis Project. Students who are in the B.F.A. degree program are required to take a two-semester senior thesis project that culminates in an exhibition or presentation in the spring semester. This two-course sequence involves preparation, research, proposal development, and advanced studio exploration. Advanced work should demonstrate technical expertise, independent motivation, personal interpretation/expression and an awareness of their work within a contemporary art context. Students may work in a single media or a combination of several media.

Transfer Policy

Students accepted to UB must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible to apply and be accepted by the art program in the department of visual studies.

When a student transfers from another institution, their coursework must be equivalent to UB art courses and must have a grade of B or higher to be transferable. Transfer credits are applied toward the department's degree requirements toward the art major. Transfer students interested in communication design must have a portfolio review to be admitted into this concentration.

Fine Arts - B.F.A.

Major Studio Concentrations In Communication Design, Emerging Practices, Painting, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, And General Studio

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in art courses.
Minimum grade of B in all transfer fine art courses.

Advising Notes

The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain in good standing in the Visual Studies Art Program. If students drop below this GPA, they will be placed on department probation and given a semester to improve their standing. Students who do not improve will be dismissed from the Art Program. To graduate, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is compulsory in all courses required for the BFA degree, including art history and studio art courses.

BFA students must complete required core courses, as well as the required courses in their chosen concentration.

Required Courses

ART 105 Studio 1: Art and the Everyday
ART 110 Studio 2: Constructed Body
ART 120 Studio 3: Public Space
ART 135 Studio 4: Self and Ritual
ART 140 Studio 5: Time-based Strategies
ART 207 Drawing Concepts I
ART 494 F Senior Thesis Project 1
ART 494 S Senior Thesis Project 2
VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
VS 200 Visual Studies Speaker Series (3 times)
VS 260 Visual Theory, Aesthetics and Criticism II

Two of the following:
AHI 101 Survey of Art History I: Egypt to Renaissance
AHI 102 Survey of Art History II: Italian Renaissance to Contemporary
AHI 103 Survey of Art History III

Required Concentration Courses

Major Studio Concentration in Communication Design
ART 208 Drawing Concepts II or any 200 level print media course: ART 202, ART 205, ART 225 or ART 259
ART 221 Typography
ART 240 History of Graphic Design
ART 250 Introduction to Digital Practices
ART 309 Digital Reproduction Processes
ART 319 Visual Semiotics and Rhetoric
ART 320 Design for New Media
ART 322 Typography 2
ART 419 Identity Design
ART 422 Contemporary Design Issues
Three studio art electives
An additional portfolio review is required to be admitted to the Communication Design concentration.

Major Studio Concentration in Emerging Practices
ART 208 Drawing Concepts II or any 200 level print media course: ART 202, ART 205, ART 225 or ART 259
ART 210 Introduction to Photography
ART 250 Introduction to Digital Practices
ART 380 Algorithmic Art
ART 383 Interaction Design
VS 375 Science, Culture, and Emerging Media
Two approved emerging practices electives from the following: ART 381, ART 382, ART 384, ART 385, ART 387, ART 402 or ART 426
Four studio art electives
One AHI elective

Major Studio Concentration in Painting
ART 208 Drawing Concepts II or any 200 level print media courses: ART 202, ART 205, ART 225 or ART 259
ART 211 Basic Painting
ART 212 Painting Processes
ART 216 Pictorial Structure
ART 223 Figure Drawing I or ART 307 Thematic Drawing
ART 229 Sculpture: Methods of Spatial Inquiry
ART 311 Alternative Painting Strategies
ART 312 Individual Painting Exploration
Five studio art electives (suggested: ART 316 Cross Cultural Painting/Bricolage)
One AHI elective

Major Studio Concentration in Photography
ART 208 Drawing Concepts II or any 200 level print media course: ART 202, ART 205, ART 225 or ART 259
ART 210 Introduction to Photography
ART 250 Introduction Digital Practices
AHI 448 History of Photography
ART 370 Topics in Photography Practice
ART 470 Photography-An Art Practice
Four approved photography electives from the following: ART 285, ART 313, ART 314, ART 356, ART 365, ART 448, VS 449
Three studio art electives

Major Studio Concentration in Print Media
ART 211 Basic Painting
ART 223 Figure Drawing or ART 307 Thematic Drawing
ART 205 Intaglio and Collagraph
ART 225 Lithography and Monoprint
ART 259 Introduction to Screenprint
ART 476 Topics in Printmaking
Three approved print media electives from the following: ART 202, ART 304, ART 306, or ART 326
Three studio art electives
One AHI elective

Major Studio Concentration in Sculpture
ART 208 Drawing Concepts II or any 200 level print media courses: ART 205, ART 225 or ART 259
ART 211 Basic Painting
ART 212 Painting Processes
ART 229 Sculpture: Methods of Spatial Inquiry
ART 329 Intermediate Sculpture 1
ART 330 Intermediate Sculpture 2
ART 333 Precision Production Techniques
ART 462 Installation: Urban Space
One approved sculpture elective from the following: ART 243, ART 337, ART 429, ART 430,
Three studio art electives
One AHI elective

Major Studio Concentration in General Studio
Four 200 level Studio Art Electives
Three 300 level Studio Art Electives
One 300 or 400 level Studio Art Elective
One 400 level Studio Art Elective
One 300 Studio Art or Visual Studies Elective
One 300 or 400 Studio Art or Visual Studies Elective
One 400 level Studio Art or Visual Studies Elective
One AHI or VS elective


Summary
Total required credit hours in art and art history: 78

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Major Studio Concentration in Communication Design

FIRST YEAR
Fall VS 150, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 110, ART 140 or ART 135

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, ART 250, one studio art elective
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; ART 208 or any 200- level print media course; ART 221, VS 260

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200, ART 240, ART 309, ART 319, one studio art elective
Spring One studio art elective, ART 320, ART 322

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 419, ART 494 F
Spring ART 422, ART 494 S

Major Studio Concentration in Emerging Practices

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, ART 250, one studio art elective
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; ART 208 or any 200- level print media course; ART 210, VS 260, one studio art elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200, VS 375, ART 383, one emerging practices elective, one studio art elective
Spring ART 380, one emerging practices elective, one AHI elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 494 F, one studio art elective
Spring ART 494 S

Major Studio Concentration in Painting

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, ART 211, ART 229
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; ART 208 or any 200 level print media course; ART 212, VS 260

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200, ART 311, ART 307 or ART 223, one studio art elective, one AHI elective
Spring ART 216; ART 312, one studio art elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 494 F, one studio art elective
Spring ART 494 S, one studio art elective

Major Studio Concentration in Photography

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, ART 210, ART 250, AHI 448 (16 credits total)
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; ART 208 or any 200 level print media course; VS 260, one photography elective (12 credits total)

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200,two photography electives, one studio art elective
Spring ART 370, one studio art elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 494 F, ART 470, one studio art elective
Spring ART 494, one photography elective

Major Studio Concentration in Print Media

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, ART 211; any 200-level print media course: ART 202, ART 205, ART 225, or ART 259
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; ART 223 or ART 307; VS 260, any 200-level print media course: ART 202, ART 205, ART 225 or ART 259

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200; one 300 level print media elective: ART 306; ART 302 or ART 304; ART 326; one studio art elective; one AHI elective
Spring One 300-level print media electives: ART 306; ART 302 or ART 304; ART 326; two studio art electives

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 476, ART 494 F
Spring ART 494 S, one studio art elective

Major Studio Concentration in Sculpture

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, ART 211, ART 229
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; ART 208 or any 200 level print media course; ART 212, VS 260, ART 329

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200, ART 330, ART 462, one AHI elective
Spring ART 333, one approved sculpture elective, one studio art elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 494 F, one studio art elective
Spring ART 494 S, one studio art elective

Major Studio Concentration in General Studio

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; VS 200, ART 207, Two 200 level ART courses
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; VS 260, Two 200 level Studio Art courses

THIRD YEAR
Fall VS 200, Two 300 Level Studio Art electives, One 300 level Visual Studies or Studio Art elective, one AHI elective
Spring One 300 level Studio Art Elective, One 300 or 400 level Studio Art elective, One 300 or 400 level Visual Studies elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 494 F, 400 level Visual Studies elective
Spring ART 494 S, one 400 level Studio Art elective

Summary

Total required credit hours in art and art history......78

Studio Art - B.A.

General Studio, Communication Design, And Photography Concentrations

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in art courses.
Minimum grade of B in all transfer fine art courses.

Advising Notes

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in all courses for a student to remain in good standing in the Department of Visual Studies Art Program. If students drop below this GPA, they will be placed on department probation and given a semester to improve their standing. Students who do not improve will be dismissed from the program. To graduate, a minimum of 2.5 is necessary in all courses required for the BA degree, including art history and studio art courses.

BA students must complete core courses, as well as the required courses in their chosen concentration.

Required Courses

ART 105 Studio 1: Art and the Everyday
ART 110 Studio 2: Constructed Body
ART 120 Studio 3: Public Space
ART 135 Studio 4: Self & Ritual
ART 140 Studio 5: Time-based Strategies
VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism

Two of the following:
AHI 101 Survey of Art History I: Egypt to Renaissance
AHI 102 Survey of Art History II: Italian Renaissance to Contemporary
AHI 103 Survey of Art History III

Required Concentration Courses

General Studio Concentration
ART 207 Drawing Concepts I
Six studio art electives (minimum of three in one concentration)
Two AHI electives

Communication Design Concentration
ART 221 Typography
ART 240 History Graphic Design
ART 250 Introduction to Digital Practices
ART 309 Digital Reproduction Processes
ART 319 Visual Semiotics and Rhetoric
ART 320 Design for New Media
ART 322 Typography
ART 419 Identity Design
ART 422 Contemporary Design Issues
One AHI elective
An additional portfolio review is required to be admitted to the Communication Design concentration.

Photography Concentration
ART 210 Introduction to Photography (3)
ART 250 Introduction to Digital Practices (3)
AHI 448 History of Photography (3)
ART 370 Topics in Photography Practice (3)
ART 470 Photography-An Art Practice (3)
Four approved photography electives from the following: ART 285, ART 313, ART 314, ART 356, ART 365, ART 448, VS 449
One AHI elective


Summary
Total required credit hours in art and art history: 57

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

General Studio Concentration

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; one studio art elective
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; one studio art elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall One concentration elective, one AHI elective
Spring One concentration elective, one studio art elective, one AHI elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall One concentration elective, one studio art elective
Spring One studio art elective

Communication Design Concentration

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150, VS 200
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101 or AHI 103; ART 250
Spring AHI 102 or ART 103; ART 221

THIRD YEAR
Fall ART 240, ART 309, ART 319
Spring ART 320, ART 322, one AHI elective

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 419
Spring ART 422

Photography Concentration

FIRST YEAR
Fall ART 110, ART 135 or ART 140, VS 150
Spring ART 105, ART 120, ART 135 or ART 140

SECOND YEAR
Fall AHI 101, ART 207, ART 210, ART 250, AHI 448
Spring AHI 102 or AHI 103; one photography elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall One photography elective, one AHI elective
Spring ART 370

FOURTH YEAR
Fall ART 470
Spring Two photography electives

Summary

Total required credit hours in art and art history......57

Studio Art - Minor

About the Minor

The Art program in the Department of Visual Studies offers a minor sequence in Studio Art for students who are doing their major work in other departments.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in art courses.

Advising Note

For successful completion of the minor, a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all courses required for the minor is required.

Required Courses

VS 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics and Criticism
Three 200 level studio art courses
OR two 200 and one 100 level studio art courses
One 300 level studio art course
One 300 or 400 level studio art course

Summary. Total required credit hours.........18

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:18 EST