Department of Art and Design

Chair and Professor: B. Massey (MFA), 450-3113

Associate Chair and Associate Professor: L. Smith (MFA)

Professor: D. Pinckley (MFA), G. Seymour (PhD), J. Young (PhD)

Associate Professor: H. Laws (MFA), S. Luckett (MFA), Sc. Meador (MFA, MS), R. Ogar (MFA), J. Rospert (MFA)

Assistant Professor: D. Barron (MFA), P. Bella (MFA), T. Harlow (PhD), J. Hornbrook (MFA)

Interior Design Program Coordinator and Clinical Instructor I: J. Whitehead (MS)

Clinical Instructor I: T. Wyre (RID)

Gallery Director and Lecturer I: B. Young (MA)

Studio Technician: R. Burton

Visual Resource Librarian: S. Bennett

Department Administrative Specialist II: T. Maness

[1] Mission

The Department of Art and Design views educational achievement as both an individual and collective responsibility. Offering a variety of undergraduate programs in art and design, the department directs the educational progress of students toward quality research, creative practice, and public service.

Art and design transforms those who create and those who respond. The department uses the transformative value of art and design to connect members of the community, enhance and enrich lives, and make us more conscious of ourselves and others in the world.

To accomplish its mission, the Department of Art and Design has established the following goals:

  • To challenge students with an intensive curriculum characterized by individualized instruction.
  • To reward faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative endeavors, and community service.
  • To maintain facilities and resources that foster opportunities to experience the creation, exhibition, and study of visual arts and design.
  • To provide opportunities for community involvement in visual art and design, to broaden public awareness of these practices.

[2] Departmental Advancement Requirements

Advancement to an art degree program in studio art, fine art, or art education is contingent upon the recommendation of the art and design faculty on completion of the Sophomore Major Advancement Interview (SMAI), after which a program of study is created with an art and design faculty. A copy of the SMAI guidelines is available in the Art and Design Office or on the departmental web site under Downloads. Students pursuing the BA in Art with an art history emphasis should see §3.3 below. Students pursuing the BA or BS in Interior Design should see §3.4 below.

For transfer students, a minimum of 15 semester hours in art must be taken at the university, including 12 hours of 3000-/4000-level courses. The department accepts courses taken at other accredited institutions; however, courses transferred are not guaranteed satisfy the specific requirements of the department. In order to receive transfer course credit, transfer students must present a portfolio for faculty review.

Students pursuing the BFA in Studio Art or the BA in Art with emphasis in fine art or art education are required to participate in a comprehensive review and an exhibit during the senior year.

[3] Baccalaureate Degrees

To jump directly to a particular program of study, use these links:

Degree/Major programs: BA in Art | BA/BS in Interior Design | BFA in Studio Art
Art Core Curriculum: Art Core | Area Studies
BA in Art Emphases: Fine Art | Art Education | Art History
BFA in Studio Art Emphases: Ceramics | Graphic Design | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture
Minor programs: Art | Art History

The following degrees are offered: (1) the BA in Art with an emphasis in fine art, art history, or art education; (2) the BA and BS in Interior Design; and (3) the BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.

Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[3.1] Art Core Curriculum

Students pursuing the BFA in Studio Art or the BA in Art with an emphasis in fine art or art education must complete the following 35 hours. (Students pursuing the BA in Art with an emphasis in art history go to §3.3.3 below.)

[3.1.1] Art Core (18 hours)

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ART 1310 2D Design
ART 1321 Drawing I
ART 2312 3D Design
ART 2322 Drawing II

6 hours from:

ART 2325 Asian Art Survey
ART 2335 Art History, Prehistoric to Medieval [ACTS: ARTA2003]
ART 2336 Art History, Renaissance to Modern [ACTS: ARTA2103]

Note 1

Students pursuing the BFA degree are required to take ART 2335 and ART 2336.

Note 2

Any of the 2000-level art history courses—ART 2325, 2335, or 2336—will, for the Art major or minor, fulfill the lower-division UCA Core requirement in Critical Inquiry, Fine Arts/Humanities (FA).

[3.1.2] Area Studies (17 hours)

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Category A (3 hours):

ART 3361 Sculpture I
ART 3379 Ceramics I
ART 3350 Fibers
ART 3315 Contemporary Media in 3-D [UD UCA Core: C, I]

Category B (3 hours):

ART 3318 Photography I
ART 3330 Illustration I
ART 3332 Painting I
ART 3334 Watercolor I
ART 3343 Printmaking I
ART 3345 Printmaking III
ART 3346 Printmaking IV
ART 3353 Graphic Design I

Category C (3 hours):

Three (3) credit hours of an upper division technology-oriented art course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; require major advisor approval.

Select one of the following technology-oriented electives:

ART 3321 Digital Photography
ART 3353 Graphic Design I
ART 3354 Graphic Design II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 4328 Graphic Design III
ART 4335 Graphic Design IV
ART 3V92 Special Topics: Time-Based Media (fall only)
ART 3V92 Special Topics: Emergent Art (fall only)
ART 3V92 Special Topics: 3D Animation (spring only)
ART 3V92 Special Topics: Interactivity (spring only)

Additional requirements (6 hours):

An additional course in Category A, B or C
or
ART 3304 Introduction to Art Education
and
ART 3324 Advanced Life Drawing

Portfolio Courses (2 hours – each course required):

ART 2140 Portfolio I
ART 3140 Portfolio II [UD UCA Core: R]

Art History Course (3 hours):

ART 3301 Modern Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3302 History of American Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3303 Nineteenth Century Art History [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3307 Arts of Africa [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3311 Ancient South American Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3329 Ancient Mesoamerican Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3335 Art Museum Studies
ART 3365 Women in Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3385 Art of India
ART 3395 Art of Japan
ART 3V92 Special Topics: History of Graphic Design
ART 4372 Senior Seminar (fall only) [UD UCA Core: Z]

Note: Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Art, see the following sections below:

Bachelor of Arts: Fine Art Emphasis, §3.3.1
Bachelor of Arts: Art Education Emphasis, §3.3.2

[3.2] Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 35 hours of lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated course (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) 83 hours of art in an approved degree plan; (3) and electives to bring total credit hours to 120. Art and design courses must follow a prerequisite structure. A minor is not required. This degree may require more than the normal eight semesters to complete.

[3.2.1] BFA Major in Studio Art (83 hours)

Admission to the BFA in Studio Art requires application as described below. Students must complete the 35 hours of core and area studies curriculum (see §3.1 above), and add six additional hours of upper-division art history elective for a total of 15 art history hours, 24 hours in an approved studio emphasis (see below), and 18 hours in BFA required courses (see below) to complete 83 hours.

[3.2.2] Pre-BFA Track

Students intending to apply for the BFA in Studio Art degree are strongly encouraged to enter the pre-BFA Studio Art track. Pre-BFA Studio Art students are required to attend a BFA orientation meeting in the fall or spring semester. No emphasis is declared in the pre-BFA track. Upon completion of the Sophomore Major Advancement Interview (SMAI), students with a 2.50 cumulative GPA and a 3.25 major GPA on a minimum of 24 hours of art may apply for entrance to the program. Transfer students, students changing majors, or students changing degree programs may not be required to start the program in the pre-BFA track, but must meet the requirements outlined in this paragraph.

[3.2.3] Acceptance to the BFA Program

Acceptance to the BFA degree program requires approval by the studio faculty of the BFA application which includes the application form declaring emphasis being pursued, a typewritten statement, unofficial copy of current UCA transcript, and at least 20 images of artwork. Normally, applications are submitted in the spring of the sophomore year, but applications may be submitted each fall and spring semester. A minimum of 24 hours in art is required after acceptance to the BFA program, including ART 4300, ART 4301, ART 4V75 (6 credit hours), ART 3150, ART 4150, ART 4160, and nine hours of art in a specified degree plan.

[3.2.4] BFA Required Courses (21 hours required of all BFA emphases)

ART 3150 BFA Folio
ART 4150 BFA Professional Orientation
ART 4300 BFA Studio Practicum
ART 4301 BFA Studio Practicum
ART 4325 Drawing IV (fall only)
ART 3321 Digital Photography or another Category C 3000-/4000-level course
ART 4160 BFA Exhibit [UD UCA Core: Z]
ART 4V75 BFA Internship (6 credit hours)
[3.2.4.1] Ceramics Emphasis (24 hours)

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Note: If one or more of the courses below have been taken as part of the Area Studies coursework under Category A, select additional courses from the studio emphasis electives section.

ART 3379 Ceramics I
ART 3380 Slip Casting & Glaze Formulation [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3390 Ceramics II
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Ceramics
ART 3361 Sculpture I
ART 3362 Sculpture II [UD UCA Core: C, I]

Select one of the following electives:

ART 3325 Color
ART 3343 Printmaking I
ART 3350 Fibers
ART 3353 Graphic Design I
ART 3315 Contemporary Media in 3-D [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 4V71 Directed Studio Problem (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours of an upper-division technology-oriented art and design course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; major advisor approval required.

[3.2.4.2] Graphic Design Emphasis (24 hours)

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Note: If one or more of the courses below have been taken as part of the Area Studies coursework under Category B, select additional course from the studio emphasis electives section.

ART 3353 Graphic Design I
ART 3354 Graphic Design II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 4328 Graphic Design III
ART 4335 Graphic Design IV

Select two of the following electives:

ART 3330 Illustration I
ART 3343 Printmaking I
ART 3325 Color
ART 3318 Photography I

Select one of the following electives.

ART 3331 Illustration II
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Graphic Design

Complete 3 credit hours of an upper-division technology-oriented art and design course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; major advisor approval required.

[3.2.4.3] Painting Emphasis (24 hours)

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Note: Painting I may not be used to fulfill Category B in Area Studies.

Select seven of the following:

ART 3332 Painting I
ART 3333 Painting II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Painting
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Painting
ART 3334 Watercolor I or upper level 2-D elective
ART 3339 Watercolor II or upper level 2-D elective
ART 3325 Color
ART 4V71 Directed Studio Problem (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours of an upper-division technology-oriented art and design course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; major advisor approval required.

[3.2.4.4] Photography Emphasis (24 hours)

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Note: If one or more of the courses below have been taken as part of the Area Studies coursework under Category A or B, select additional courses from the studio emphasis section.

ART 3318 Photography I
ART 3320 Photography II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3321 Digital Photography
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Photography
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Photography

Select two of the following:

ART 3343 Printmaking I
ART 3332 Painting I
ART 3353 Graphic Design I
ART 3361 Sculpture I
ART 3379 Ceramics I
ART 3315 Contemporary Media in 3-D [UD UCA Core: C, I]

Select one of the following:

ART 3344 Printmaking II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3333 Painting II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3354 Graphic Design II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3362 Sculpture II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3390 Ceramics II

Complete 3 credit hours of an upper-division technology-oriented art and design course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; major advisor approval required.

[3.2.4.5] Printmaking Emphasis (24 hours)

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Note: If one or more of the courses below have been taken as part of the Area Studies coursework under Category A or B, select additional courses from the studio emphasis electives section.

ART 3343 Printmaking I
ART 3344 Printmaking II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Printmaking
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Printmaking
ART 4V71 Directed Studio Problem (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

ART 3330 Illustration I
ART 3332 Painting I
ART 3315 Contemporary Media in 3-D [UD UCA Core: C, I]

Select one of the following:

ART 3331 Illustration II
ART 3333 Painting II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 3362 Sculpture II [UD UCA Core: C, I] or ART 3390 Ceramics II

Complete 3 credit hours of an upper-division technology-oriented art and design course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; major advisor approval required.

[3.2.4.6] Sculpture Emphasis (24 hours)

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Note: If one or more of the courses below have been taken as part of the Area Studies coursework under Category A, select additional courses from the studio emphasis electives section.

ART 3361 Sculpture I
ART 3362 Sculpture II [UD UCA Core: C, I]
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Sculpture
ART 4388 Advanced Studio: Sculpture
ART 3379 Ceramics I
ART 3390 Ceramics II

Select one of the following electives:

ART 4V71 Directed Studio Problem (3 credit hours)
ART 3315 Contemporary Media in 3-D [UD UCA Core: C, I]

Complete 3 credit hours of an upper-division technology-oriented art and design course beyond any previously stated emphasis degree requirements; major advisor approval required.

[3.3] Bachelor of Arts in Art

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The BA in Art, with an emphasis in fine art, art education, or art history, requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 35 hours of lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) sophomore-level foreign-language course; (3) an approved degree program in art; and (4) a minor approved by the student’s minor advisor. A minor is not required for Bachelor of Arts students who complete requirements for teacher licensure.

[3.3.1] Fine Arts Emphasis (48 hours)

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Students must complete the 35 hours of core and area studies (see §3.1 above) and add 9 hours of studio electives (six of which must be studio level II), ART 4388 Advanced Studio, or a third upper-division studio course in a studio area, and ART 4140 Portfolio III [UD UCA Core: Z].

[3.3.2] Art Education Emphasis (45 hours)

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Students must complete the 35 hours of core and area studies (see §3.1 above); add 3 additional hours of 3000-level art history for a minimum of 12 art history hours, 3 hours studio at level II, ART 4388 Advanced Studio or a third upper-division course in a studio area; and ART 4140 Portfolio III [UCA Core: Z]. A total of 45 hours of art is required, 21 hours of art education courses (see below), and 14 hours of professional education (see below). The emphasis prepares students for K-12 licensure in Arkansas public schools. Students seeking teacher licensure must complete current UCA College of Education and state requirements. This emphasis and licensure requirements may require more than the normal eight semesters to complete. A minor is not required.

Art Education Courses (21 hours)

ART 3304 Introduction to Art Education
ART 4350 Art Education Practicum
ART 4361 Internship I
ART 4690 Internship II
ART 4691 Internship II

Professional Education Courses (14 hours)

For information about teacher education Admission, Exit, and Retention Requirements, see the College of Education page in this bulletin.

EDUC 1300 Education as a Profession
EDUC 3332 Diverse Learners in Inclusive Settings
EDUC 4210 Integration of technology in Teaching and Learning
MSIT 3310 Development and Learning [UD UCA Core: D, R]
MSIT 4321 Classroom Assessment [UD UCA Core: I]

[3.3.3] Art History Emphasis (45 hours)

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Students must complete 39 hours of art history courses (see below) and 6 hours of studio to total 45 hours in art history and art.

Select one of the following:

ART 1310 Design I
ART 1310 2D Design
ART 2312 Design II
ART 2312 3D Design

Select one of the following:

ART 1321 Drawing I
ART 2322 Drawing II

Select 13 from the following electives:

ART 2325 Asian Art Survey
ART 2335 Art History, Prehistoric to Medieval [ACTS: ARTA2003]
ART 2336 Art History, Renaissance to Modern [ACTS: ARTA2103]
ART 3301 Modern Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3302 History of American Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3303 Nineteenth Century Art History [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3307 Arts of Africa [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3311 Ancient South American Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3329 Ancient Mesoamerican Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3335 Art Museum Studies
ART 3365 Women in Art [UD UCA Core: D]
ART 3385 Art of India
ART 3395 Art of Japan
ART 3V92 Special Topics: History of Graphic Design
ART 4V02 Directed Study (3 credit hours)
ART 4372 Senior Seminar [UD UCA Core: Z]

[3.4] Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

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The degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, with a major in Interior Design, requires successful completion of 120 hours, including (1) the UCA Core: complete 38 hours to meet lower-division UCA Core requirements and complete upper-division UCA Core requirements using designated major, minor, or elective courses (see the UCA Core requirements); (2) degree requirements; and (3) Interior Design courses as indicated below. A minor is not required.

Accreditation information: see §6 below.

Major requirements (60 hours):

IDSN 1390 Introduction to Interior Design
IDSN 2330 Digital Design
IDSN 2365 Fundamentals of Technology for Interior Architecture
IDSN 2391 Interior Design Studio
IDSN 2392 Interior Design Drawing and Rendering
IDSN 3300 Principles of Architecture and Building Systems
IDSN 3305 Interior Lighting and Codes
IDSN 3310 Design Communication
IDSN 3320 Advanced Technology for Interior Architecture
IDSN 3321 Residential Interior Design
IDSN 3325 Commercial Interior Design I
IDSN 3326 Commercial Interior Design II
IDSN 3340 History of Interiors, Architecture, and Furniture I [UD UCA Core: D, C]
IDSN 3341 History of Interiors, Architecture, and Furniture II [UD UCA Core: D, C]
IDSN 3355 Introduction to Historic Preservation [UD UCA Core: I, R] or substitute courses approved by department chair
IDSN 3360 Methods in Interior Architecture
IDSN 4300 Professional Practice for Interior Design
IDSN 4305 Advanced Interior Design Studio [UD UCA Core: Z]
IDSN 4350 Internship
IDSN 2360 Interior MaterialsNote: Grade of “C” or better required in these courses.

Supporting requirements (6 hours):

ART 1310 2-D Design
ART 2312 3-D Design

[4] Minors in Art

[4.1] Minor in Art (24 hours)

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Students must complete 24 hours of art, including ART 1310 or 2312, 1321, 2322, 3 hours art history, and 12 hours of studio elective (nine of which must be upper-division).

Programs of study for art minors are subject to approval by the Department of Art and Design.

Note: Any of the 2000-level art history courses—ART 2325, 2335, or 2336—will, for the Art major or minor, fulfill the lower-division UCA Core requirement in Critical Inquiry, Fine Arts/Humanities (FA).

[4.2] Minor in Art History (24 hours)

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Students must complete 24 hours of art, 9 of which must be upper-division courses: ART 2325, 2335 [ACTS: ARTA2003], 2336 [ACTS: ARTA2103]; 3 hours studio art; 12 hours selected from ART 3301, 3302, 3303, 3307, 3311, 3329, 3335, 3365, 3385, 3395, 3V95 (variable credit), 4V02 (variable credit), and 4372. ART 2325, 2335 [ACTS: ARTA2003], and 2336 [ACTS: ARTA2103] must be completed prior to enrolling in upper-division art history courses.

Programs of study for art minors are subject to approval by the Department of Art and Design.

Note: Any of the 2000-level art history courses—ART 2325, 2335, or 2336—will, for the Art major or minor, fulfill the lower-division UCA Core requirement in Critical Inquiry, Fine Arts/Humanities (FA).

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[5] Honors in Art

[Jump to Recognition of Academic Achievement for general information about Honors in the Majors.]

Art faculty may invite students into the Art Honors program who have completed at least 72 hours (24 of which are in art) and have a major grade point average of at least 3.40 and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. After the invitation, students wishing to participate select a faculty advisor and develop a proposal which must be submitted to and accepted by the Departmental Honors Committee in the semester prior to enrolling in ART 4390 Special Studies. Students submit the completed research or creative work to the Departmental Honors Committee for review. Honors standing is granted only to those students receiving a grade of “A” in ART 4390. Credit will be granted for students who receive a grade of “B” or “C.”

[6] Accreditation

The University of Central Arkansas is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Accreditation by NASAD includes the Art, Studio Art, and Interior Design programs.

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
Telephone: (703) 437-0700
Fax: (703) 437-6312
Email: info@arts-accredit.org

The Interior Design program is also accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Council for Interior Design Accreditation
206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014
Telephone: (616) 458-0400
Fax: (616) 458-0460
Email: info@accredit-id.org

[7] Course Links

Follow this link for ART – Studio Art course descriptions: course link.

Follow this link for ART – Art Education course descriptions: course link.

Follow this link for ART – Humanities and Art History course descriptions: course link.

Follow this link for IDSN – Interior Design course descriptions: course link.