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Sample Degree Plan Courses

The following is a list of courses based on sample degree plan. Other requirements may be necessary to complete this degree.

Studio Art (BFA) Requirements

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Core Courses

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Concentrations

1 courses required.

Photography

Photography Students wishing to major in photography must complete the following requirement: Maintain a minimum grade of B- or better for all Photography core courses in the 24-credit area of concentration. a. A student receiving a grade of less than B- in any of the area core courses must repeat the class and pass with a grade of B- or better to continue on in the Photography program. (One repeat only; see appeal process below). b. Upon receiving a second grade of less than a B- in any of the Photography core courses, the student will be dropped from the Photography program. (See appeal process below.)Appeal Process Any photography student who is dropped from the program (due to grades that do not meet the Photography area requirements) has the right to an appeal. The appeal committee will consist of a full-time photography tenure-track or tenured faculty member; a full-time Visual Art Department tenure-track or tenured faculty member of the student's choice; and the Visual Art Department Associate Chair. In addition, a representative of the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office will be asked to sit on this committee as a non-voting member. A student's next recourse would be an appeal to the Visual Art Department Chair.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

The Arts Core Curriculum

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Competency Requirements

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Mathematical Skills

Completion of the mathematics requirement can be demonstrated by satisfying one of the following options:

1 courses required.

Math Course Fulfillment

You may fulfill this requirement by earning at least three credits with a grade of C or higher in Math 105, 106, 175 or equivalent courses.These courses may not be taken credit/no credit.

1 courses required.

MATH Intermediate Algebra
3.0

English Composition Requirement

English Composition. Completion of the English Composition Requirement must be demonstrated by writing an essay examination at a level of achievement determined by the Academic Program and Curriculum Committee, or by earning a grade of C or higher in English 102.* You can qualify to write the essay by scoring a 637 or better on the English Placement Test (EPT). Satisfactory completion of the English Composition Requirement is prerequisite for junior standing.

1 courses required.

Course Work

This course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ENGLISH College Writing and Research
3.0

Foreign Language Requirement

1 courses required.

Foreign Language in College

The foreign language requirement can be completed with two semesters of a single foreign language in college.

8.0 Hrs. required.

Distribution Requirements

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity (May be met by any course so designated, and which has been approved for GER distribution in the humanities, social sciences, or the arts).

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Electives

This distribution area requires a minimum of 30 credits. Please see an advisor for more information and available courses. Electives to be chosen from any school or college outside the Peck School of the Arts:

9.0 Hrs. required.

The Arts Course Requirement

PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS COURSE REQUIREMENT: 12 CREDITS Twelve credits are required in Peck School of the Arts courses outside the student’s discipline, i.e., art, dance, film, music or theatre. These credits are to be distributed as follows: 3 credits must be taken in each of three Arts disciplines. The remaining 3 credits may be taken in any one of the four disciplines outside the student’s major. (Do not confuse the term "discipline" with a concentration, e.g., ceramics, music performance or costume construction, etc.) For Art Majors Only: Six credits are required in Peck School of the Arts courses outside the student’s major, with at least 3 credits in each of two Peck School of the Arts disciplines. The remaining 6 credits may be elected either from the other Peck School of the Arts disciplines or from an academic area after consultation with an advisor in your submajor. Note: A maximum of 6 credits of Peck School of the Arts workshop courses (Fine Arts 189 and 489) may be substituted for a specific course or courses in a Peck School of the Arts discipline(s) with the approval of the Peck School of the Arts Office of Student Services. Special departmental curricula may specify certain courses to be included in the above 12-credit requirement. Consult curriculum requirements. A list of suggested courses to fulfill this requirement is available in the Peck School of the Arts Office of Student Services.

12.0 Hrs. required.

Free Electives

Free Electives: 3 Credits Remaining credits (3) of the 45-credit total required may be elected from any area of the University, including Peck School of the Arts courses outside the student’s discipline.

3.0 Hrs. required.

Studio Art (BFA) Requirements

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Pre-Art Classification

Students accepted into the Visual Art program receive a Pre-Art designation and priority registration in Visual Art courses over non-art majors. The Pre-Art designation applies to all incoming freshmen and transfer students. To advance to the Visual Art major, students must complete the following: 1. Achieve a GPA of 2.50 after the Pre-Art Foundations 30 credits and two 200 level studio are complete. 2. Complete 18 credits in Pre-Art Foundation courses. 3. Complete six 200 level studio credits (including either Art 231, 261, 271, or 281). 4. Complete 12 credits in academic subjects outside Peck School of the Arts, including courses that fulfill the university-wide English and math requirements. After the completion of the above, Pre-Art designation changes to ArtBFA, ArtEdBFA or ArtBA. The Department of Visual Art will assign a faculty advisor to each student after the completion of 30 credits.

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Pre-Art Foundations Courses

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ART Drawing I
3.0
ART Drawing II
3.0
ART Art Survey
3.0
ART 2D Concepts
3.0
ART 3D Concepts
3.0
ART Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice
3.0

200-Level Studio Requirements

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Part I

Select 3-6 credits.

6.0 Hrs. required.

ART Color Concepts
3.0
ART Introduction to Design
3.0

Part II

Select 3-6 credits.

3.0 Hrs. required.

ART Introduction to Fibers
3.0

Core Courses

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Art History

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ARTHIST Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture
3.0
ARTHIST Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture
3.0

Advanced Art History Course I

Select any advanced Art History course.699 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. 499 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr.489 Internship in Art History, Upper Division. 1-6 cr.481 Topics in Chinese Art: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr.

3.0 Hrs. required.

ARTHIST
3.0

Advanced Art History Course II

Select any advanced Art History course.Select any advanced Art History course.699 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. 499 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr.489 Internship in Art History, Upper Division. 1-6 cr.481 Topics in Chinese Art: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr.

3.0 Hrs. required.

ARTHIST
3.0

Studio Electives

Choose studio elective courses from any Visual Art area.See the current course schedule for available courses.

18.0 Hrs. required.

Critical Thinking

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ART Issues in Contemporary Art: Art and Politics
3.0

Senior Practicum and BFA Exhibition

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ART Professional Practices
3.0
ART BFA Exhibition
0.0

Concentrations

1 courses required.

Ceramics

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

Ceramics Introductory Course

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ART Introduction to Ceramics
3.0

Ceramics Capstone Course

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

ART Senior Project in Ceramics
3.0

Admission Requirements

To be admitted in good standing, applicants (incoming freshmen and transfer students) must meet general University academic requirements. Applicants to the Visual Art program must also submit a portfolio of artworks and additional supporting materials, as described below, for review by Visual Art faculty: 1. Visual Art Portfolio form. Complete the form and send in with your packet. (Form is online at http://www4.uwm.edu/psoa/programs/art/index.html ) 2. Portfolio of artworks. The portfolio should ideally include 8-10 examples of the applicant's artwork (in the form of slides, photographs, or digital images on CD-ROM only), preferably from courses taken over the last two years. Include at least three drawings from observations (not from photographs). Slides, photographs, or digital images on CD-ROM should be labeled with artist's name, media, size, and year of completion. Do not send actual work samples, as they will not be accepted. 3. Copy of high school transcript or, for transfer students, college transcript(s). Unofficial copies are acceptable for this purpose. 4. Personal statement (one or two pages) describing how your past experiences, interests, and concerns relate to your college choice and career goals. Students who have not had significant prior exposure to formal art courses, or who do not have a portfolio of artworks to submit, are encouraged to write more extensive personal statements. The Visual Art Department will accept students who do not have an art background but have a desire to learn. 5. Two confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors familiar with the student's artwork and/or academic ability. Letters should be submitted in sealed envelopes and will remain confidential and the property of the Department of Visual Art. Applicants are requested to submit their portfolios as one complete packet containing all of the above items, and may do so in person or by mail to the address indicated below. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of art images. Portfolios should not be submitted along with the initial application for admission to the University, and will not be accepted via email. The recommended submission deadline is March 15 (summer or fall term applicants) or October 15 (spring term applicants). Visual Art continues to accept students until UWM capacity is met. Applicants will be notified by mail of their status in late April for fall term or December for spring term, and artwork samples will be returned if a SASE was provided. Send materials to: Director of Foundations-Portfolio, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts - Dept. of Visual Art, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd - ART 251, Milwaukee, WI 53211. General information: 414-229-4200; art-info@uwm.edu; www.arts.uwm.edu/visualart

All courses must be taken and any degree course group requirements (if any) must be met.

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