Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Art - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

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

Advisement

The Advisor for The Department of Art, Lisa Hewitt, in Center for the Arts 205, is available to advise Undergraduate students in the Art History and Art Programs.

Studio Art Minor

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

Acceptance Information

All BFA and BA intended art majors must apply to the major to be accepted into the Department of Art.

Students accepted to UB select fine art or studio art as their intended major on their university application in order to be 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 of their choice. Students with a GPA lower than 3.0 must have a portfolio review/interview to determine admittance into the Art program.

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

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: 200

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 65 freshman and 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 that are built upon in subsequent study. Foundations courses are structured thematically; introducing the student to two and three dimensional media and the process of conceptualization via group and individual projects. Students learn to generate ideas, refine relationships of form and space, and develop hand-eye coordination and perceptual skills. The Foundations program focuses on developing ways of seeing, using vocabulary, critical thinking, learning the basic tools and concepts of art making 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. Studio courses are offered in emerging and hybrid media areas to give students a choice of electives 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, biological art and gizmology. Courses in the Departments of Media Study and Theatre & Dance may also be used for Studio electives.

Senior Thesis Project. Students 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 must be taken fall to spring only) involves preparation, research, proposal development, and advanced studio exploration. Advanced work should demonstrate technical expertise, independent thinking, personal interpretation/expression and comprehension of work in the context of contemporary art. Students may work in one medium 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 degree programs in the Department of Art.

When a student transfers from another institution, their coursework must be equivalent to UB art courses. Transfer credits are applied toward the department's degree requirements toward the art major.


SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Fine Arts - B.F.A.

Major Studio Concentrations In Graphic 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.

Advising Notes

The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 to remain in good standing in the Art B.F.A 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 Representation
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 Department of Art 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 Graphic 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 320 Web Design
ART 322 Typography 2
ART 422 Design and Entrepreneurship
Three Graphic Design Electives from the following: ART 202, ART 259, ART 309, ART 313, ART 319, ART 333, ART 341, ART 350, ART 380, ART 383, ART 419
Three studio art electives

Credits Required for Major 78
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 3
Total Credits Required for Degree 121


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 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

Credits Required for Major 78
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 2
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


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

Credits Required for Major 81
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 3
Total Credits Required for Degree 124


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 360, ART 340, ART 313, ART 314, ART 315, ART 356, ART 365, ART 448, VS 449
Three studio art electives

Credits Required for Major 78
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 43
Additional Credits Required for Electives 3
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


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 302, ART 304, ART 306, or ART 326
Two studio art electives
One AHI elective

Credits Required for Major 75
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 5
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


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

Credits Required for Major 78
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 3
Total Credits Required for Degree 121


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

Credits Required for Major 75
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 5
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in Graphic Design

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in Emerging Practices

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in Painting

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in Photography

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in Print Media

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in Sculpture

BFA Fine Arts - Concentration in General Studio

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of contemporary art-making
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of artistic or design production
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills
  • How to acquire professional experience to equip them for professional practice and/or advanced study in their field
  • How to acquire critical discursive skills, for presenting their work, explaining their concepts and critically engaging the work of others
  • How to acquire analytical skills to enable them to access (latent and manifest) meanings in visual images. They will develop a visual literacy
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture

Studio Art - B.A.

General Studio, Graphic Design, And Photography Concentrations

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.5 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in 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 Art, Studio Art BA 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 & Representation
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

BA Concentration: General Studio
Credits Required for Major 51
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 29
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Graphic Design Concentration
ART 221 Typography
ART 240 History Graphic Design
ART 250 Introduction to Digital Practices
ART 320 Web Design
ART 322 Typography 2
ART 422 Design and Entrepreneurship
Three Electives from the following list: Three Graphic Design Electives from the following: ART 202, ART 259, ART 309, ART 313, ART 319, ART 333, ART 341, ART 350, ART 380, ART 383, ART 419

BA Concentration: Graphic Design
Credits Required for Major 57
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 23
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.
One ART elective
One AHI elective

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 340, ART 360, ART 314, ART 356, ART 365, ART 448, VS 449
One AHI elective

BA Concentration: Photography
Credits Required for Major 54
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 40
Additional Credits Required for Electives 26
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements & Learning Outcomes

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

BA Studio Art - General Studio Concentration

BA Studio Art - Graphic Design Concentration

BA Studio Art - Photography Concentration

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:
  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of contemporary art-making
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of artistic or design production
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills
  • How to acquire critical discursive skills, for presenting their work, explaining their concepts and critically engaging the work of others
  • How to acquire analytical skills to enable them to access (latent and manifest) meanings in visual images. They will develop a visual literacy
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture

Studio Art - Minor

About the Minor

The Department of Art 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

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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