Requirements for Major
Majors acquire essential artistic skills as well as experience in the handling of a wide variety of ideas, materials and methods, putting student in touch with the problems of creation and with the ideas and practice of artists in the contemporary world. The Studio major requires a concentration in Cinematography, New Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture, culminating in a thesis exhibition in the spring of the fourth year.
The minimum 30 credits required for the major can be broken down as follows:
- 3 credits ARTS 2610 (formerly ARTS1610)
- 3 credits ARTH 2471 (Art Since 1945)
- 15 ARTS credits at the 2000 level, including intro sequence of concentration.
- 3 ARTS credits at 3000 level in concentration
- 3 ARTS credits at 4000 level in concentration
- 3 elective credits (ARTS or ARTH)
ARTS 2610 is required for entry into all upper level studio courses. ARTH 2471 is required for the major and should be taken in the fall term of the third year. Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture courses require ARTS 2620 (Drawing II) or figure drawing as a prerequisite to all classes.
The minimum requirements for a concentration are the 2000 level intro courses in the chosen concentration area along with one 3000 level and one 4000 level course in that same area. The 4000 level course will be taken in the spring of the Fourth year during which the student will develop his or her thesis exhibition.
Nine additional credits at the 2000 level are required for the major and at least one of those classes must be in an area other than the student’s concentration.
An elective is also required for the Studio Art Major and consists of either an additional ARTH course, an ARTS Special Topics course, or an additional course at the 3000/4000 level.
Students who begin their concentration in their second year may choose to take up to six classes in their area, including the intro courses, two courses at the 3000 level, and two courses at the 4000 level.
Please note: ARTS 4900 (Advanced Project in Art) does not count toward major credit.
Majors must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all 30 credits of Studio Major courses, or be dropped from the program. A grade of C- or below does not count for major credit. With approval of the Director of the Undergraduate Program, students may transfer up to 9 credits to the major.
Requirements for Minor
The minor in studio art requires 18 credits in ARTS courses including ARTS 2610 (formerly ARTS1610). 15 credits of ARTS 2000 level or above courses in at least two concentration areas. ARTS 4900 (Advanced Project in Art) does not count toward minor in Studio Art.
Minors must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all 18 credits of Studio Minor courses. No ARTS course graded C- or below may count for minor credit. With Approval of the Director of the Undergraduate Program, students may transfer up to 6 credits to the minor.
For more information, contact the Director of Undergraduate Program in Studio Art, McIntire Department of Art, Program in Studio Art, Ruffin Hall, 179 Culbreth Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130; (434) 924-6123; Fax: (434) 982-4699; www.virginia.edu/art.