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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Liberal Arts

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Art and Art History (ARTS)

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Chairperson: Craig A. Hood
Professor: Grant Drumheller, Patricia A. Emison, Craig A. Hood, Jennifer K. Moses
Associate Professor: Benjamin S. Cariens, Brian W.K. Chu, Julee Holcombe, Leah Woods
Assistant Professor: Sachiko Akiyama
Lecturer: Michael Cardinali, Richard Fox, Rebecca Karo, Trevor Verrot, Don Williams

The courses offered by the Department of Art and Art History provide an opportunity, within the liberal arts framework, for students to acquire a thorough knowledge of the basic means of visual expression, to study intensively the history of art, or to prepare themselves for a career in art teaching. In addition, these courses offer foundation experience for students who are interested in art but are majoring in other departments in the University. The Department of Art and Art History offers programs leading to a bachelor of arts degree in the arts with either a studio art or art history option, and a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art. Certification for art teaching in the public schools is also offered in cooperation with the Department of Education (see Education, under Programs of Study).

The University reserves the right to retain selections from a student’s work for a period of not more than two years.

Bachelor of Arts Curriculum (The Arts: Studio Art Option)
Students selecting to work toward a bachelor of arts degree in studio art must complete a minimum of thirteen courses (52 credits), with a minimum grade of C- in each course.

The following courses are required
ARTS 480, Introduction to Art History
ARTS 532, Introductory Drawing
ARTS 546, Introductory Painting
ARTS 567, Introductory Sculpture
ARTS 632, Intermediate Drawing or ARTS 633, Life Drawing

One of the following
ARTS 536, Introductory Printmaking: Intaglio
ARTS 537, Introductory Printmaking: Lithography
ARTS 551, Darkroom Photography
ARTS 552, Digital Photography

One of the following
ARTS 501, Ceramics
ARTS 525, Woodworking
ARTS 667, Sculpture Workshop

Three additional courses in a studio concentration at 600 level or above
One additional studio elective
Two additional art history courses, at least one of which must be at the 600 level or above 

While these courses represent the minimum departmental requirements for the studio art option, students may wish to plan a program involving greater depth in one or several of the studio areas.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing a 600 level or above course in the studio concentration. The student will work with the course’s instructor to complete a mutually agreed upon capstone project associated with the course’s medium.   

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

Bachelor of Arts Curriculum (The Arts: Art History Option)
The art history curriculum provides a comprehensive, in-depth study of Western art from the ancient world to the present as well as some exposure to non-Western cultures and artistic traditions. All courses in the program teach basic skills of interpretation and critical analysis within the framework of broad cultural perspectives that connect the visual arts to larger historical developments. They also teach good writing and research skills. In addition, art history majors typically branch out into other fields, such as history, literature, and foreign languages. By the time they graduate, most majors are well equipped to pursue such traditional careers in the field as museum and gallery work, teaching, publishing, or librarianship. But because art historical education is so broad, it also prepares students for a variety of other, more flexible options, such as law, business, or architecture.

Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (40 credits). 

The following courses are required
ARTS 480, Introduction to Art History
ARTS 532, Introductory Drawing
ARTS 795, Methods of Art History
ARTS 799, Seminar in Art History

Also required are six 600- or 700-level art history courses: one each from the Pre-Renaissance, Renaissance/Baroque, and Modern areas, and three in any area. These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Art history students receive preferential placement in ARTS 532. Students contemplating graduate school should learn German, and, if possible, either French, Italian, or another language relevant to their areas of interest.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing ARTS 795, Methods of Art History. 

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Major
Incoming first-year applicants wishing to enter the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program must first apply for, and be admitted to, the bachelor of arts (B.A.) in The Arts: Studio Art option. After taking the introductory studio art courses at UNH, interested students can then seek out two faculty members to sponsor their application for the B.F.A. program. Students generally wait until they are well into the intermediate-level courses before submitting a portfolio for the B.F.A. review, which is held before a full faculty committee twice a year.

The B.F.A. curriculum provides training for students who plan to enter professional graduate school or pursue careers as professional artists. Students selecting to work toward a B.F.A. degree must complete a minimum of 19 courses and 80 credits, with a minimum grade of C- in each course.

The following courses are required
ARTS 480, Introduction to Art History
ARTS 532, Introductory Drawing
ARTS 546, Introductory Painting
ARTS 551, Darkroom Photography, or ARTS 552, Digital Photography
ARTS 567, Introductory Sculpture
ARTS 598, Sophomore Seminar
ARTS 632, Intermediate Drawing, or ARTS 633, Life Drawing
ARTS 798, Seminar/Senior Thesis (8 credits)

Six courses in a studio concentration
Three additional art electives
Two additional art history courses, at least one of which must be at the 600 level or above

The possible areas of concentration within the department are painting, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, photography, and furniture design. Proposals for individualized programs are accepted only by permission of the departmental chairperson, the major adviser, and the departmental bachelor of fine arts committee. Candidates applying for the bachelor of fine arts program are required to submit a portfolio to the B.F.A. committee, which meets each semester one week before preregistration.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing ARTS 798, Senior Seminar. 

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. 

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

Art Education Curriculum
The program in art education is organized into a five-year, teacher-education sequence.

This curriculum is designed to prepare teachers of art in the public schools. The satisfactory completion of the B.A. studio art curriculum for art education students and required education courses, in conjunction with the fifth-year internship, will satisfy the initial certification requirements for teachers of art in the public schools of New Hampshire and in most other states. These requirements may change by the time students apply for certification and the students are required to fulfill the then-current requirements.

Art education students may take accredited crafts courses at other institutions as art electives.

Double Option in The Arts
Students may earn a B.A. degree in the arts with both a studio art option and an art history option provided the requirements for each option are met. No more than 8 credits used for one option may be used for the second option. These 8 credits will be in Introductory Drawing and Introduction to Art History.

Minors in the Department of Art and Art History
Students must receive a minimum grade of C- in all required courses. For art majors, only two courses from the art and art history major requirements can be applied toward the minor.

A maximum of two courses (8 credits) may be transferred from another accredited institution, provided UNH has accepted them as transfer credits. Transfer courses must be a minimum of three credits. Students with transfer courses that are accepted with less than four semester credits must still meet the credit requirement for completion of the minor.

Minor in Architectural Studies
The minor in architectural studies provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the history, theory, and methods of architecture and its symbolism. The program allows students who are interested in this field to receive programmatic recognition of their work. It is designed to assist those who are contemplating enrollment at a school of architecture; are particularly interested in architectural history; want to supplement their technical majors (e.g., civil engineering) with strong academic minors; or plan to pursue careers in preservation, education, community service, and public relations.

The minor in architectural studies consists of five courses (18-20 credits) distributed in the following way:

ARTS 532, Introductory Drawing
ARTS 574, Introduction to Architectural History

One of the following:
ARTS 455,Architectural Design Studio
ARTS 525, Woodworking
ARTS 567, Introductory Sculpture
THDA 652, Scene Design (may be used in this category or as one of the two electives)

Two electives chosen in consultation with the minor coordinators. A list is available from the department.

Minor in Art
The minor in art consists of five courses (20 credits) chosen from the offerings of the department, two of which must be at the 500 level or above. Courses can be in studio art or art history.

Minor in Art History
The art history minor offers those majoring in other fields (including studio art) the chance to gain a serious knowledge of aspects of the history and meanings of Western art from antiquity to the modern world. Particularly for those working in history and the humanities, a minor in art history will provide new interdisciplinary perspectives on their major fields. The minor consists of five courses (20 credits) with a distribution that includes ARTS 480, Introduction to Art History, and four additional art history courses at the 600 level or above.

Minor in Studio Arts
The minor in studio arts consists of five courses (20 credits) with a distribution that includes ARTS 532, Introductory Drawing; two studio courses from the 600 level or above; and two additional studio courses chosen from the offerings of the department.

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