BA in Studio Art

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The BA in Studio Art at UB is a liberal arts degree with a focus on studio art. This allows a student to pursue a minor or double major in another program. 

Students who enter the BA in Studio Art at UB come from diverse backgrounds, but they share a passion for art. The first years of study primarily focus on developing a student's existing knowledge of art history and foundation fundamentals. These courses will provide the bedrock for all 300- and 400-level courses. Many of our undergraduate majors go on to graduate school at other prestigious universities, building careers as leading artists, designers, artistic directors, researchers, scholars, and educators in their disciplines.

Bachelors of Art Concentrations

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students are equipped with:

  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of contemporary art-making and photography.
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of photographic production.
  • Strategies to deepen their creative intellect and hone their artistic problem-solving skills. 
  • Preparation for professional practice and/or advanced study in their field.
  • Critical skills for presenting their work, explaining concepts, and critically engaging with the work of others.
  • Analytical skills to enable them to access latent and manifest meanings in visual images, developing their visual literacy.
  • A solid understanding of the roles of art and visual culture in particular historical periods and cultures. 

Suggested Introductory Courses

  • ART 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism 
  • ART 105 2D Concepts or ART 111 Drawing Fundamentals
  • ART 120 3D Concepts or ART 220 Time-Based Concepts

Required Courses for All Concentrations

All concentrations

  • ART 105 2D Concepts
  • ART 111 Drawing Fundamentals
  • ART 120 3D Concepts
  • ART 150 Visual Theory, Aesthetics, and Criticism
  • ART 200 Department of Art Speaker Series (2 times)
  • ART 207 Drawing I: Perception, Space, Illusion
  • ART 220 Time-based Concepts

Plus 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

Concentration Specific Courses

Graphic Design concentration

  • ART 221 Typographic Form
  • ART 446 History Graphic Design 
  • ART 303 Introduction to Digital Art
  • ART 320 Web Design 
  • ART 322 Typographic Systems
  • 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
  • Two AHI electives

Photography concentration

  • ART 313 Introduction to Photography
  • ART 303 Introduction Digital Art
  • AHI 448 History of Photography
  • ART 370 Topics in Photography Practice
  • ART 470 Topics in Photography 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, ART 449
  • One additional open studio art elective

General Studio concentration

  • ART 313LAB - Introduction to Photography
  • Five 300/400-level Art Studio courses, two of which must be at the 300-level, Credits: 15
  • One AHI course at the 300/400 level 
  • One AHI or ART LEC or ART SEM at the 300/400 level 
  • One ART course, any level

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