Mar 04, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art Studio, B.F.A.

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The B.F.A. program will allow for the development of studio practice at a focused, sophisticated and pre-professional level. A student’s program of study may focus on a single medium from of the following media: ceramics, digital media, drawing, fiber, painting, photography, printmedia, and sculpture, or across a wide variety of media.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts in art studio must complete the following:

College Requirements

  • Music, Theatre and/or Arts Administration Credit(s): 6
  • plus 39 hours at 300-level or above

Subtotal: College Required hours: 6

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements.  The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

X. Global Dynamics

UK Core hours: 30

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3

First Year Foundation Requirements

Progression Requirement

Students must have earned at least a letter grade of C in each of the premajor foundation courses.

Art Studio Foundations

Subtotal: Premajor hours: 19

Foundation Exhibition

Each student in the Foundations Program must participate in an exhibition during the spring semester. Students will select and submit one art piece from a UK Foundations course, present it professionally, and provide an artist’s statement. Participation in this exhibition is required and is tracked in A-S 1 , Foundation Exhibition.*

*A-S 1  offered spring only. Transfer students should enroll in A-S 1  the first spring semester in which they are enrolled.

Major Requirements

B.F.A. Entrance Portfolio

B.A. Art majors may apply for the B.F.A. degree no earlier than the student’s fifth semester of college art study (60 credit hour minimum). Applicants must have earned at least a letter grade of C in each of the First Year Foundation courses. The procedure to apply for entry into the Art Studio B.F.A. major consists of a mandatory portfolio review juried by Art Studio faculty. If the quality of the portfolio is not deemed sufficient, students may reapply in a later semester for admittance to the B.F.A. program.

The portfolio will be juried from actual works of art presented in a professional format. The selected works should demonstrate the student’s creative abilities and productivity, current proposed direction, and strong evidence that the student can succeed in creating a coherent body of work for a senior exhibition. Students will be present during the review to answer questions regarding formal, technical and conceptual elements of their work. In addition to the in-person review, students will submit an artist’s statement and documentation of work presented during the review.

  1. See B.F.A. Guidelines for procedures governing this program
  2. 2 credit hours of ART 291  B.F.A Studio Practicum
  3. At least 30 credit hours of studio courses at or above the 300 level, according to the student’s committee-approved plan of study, including the Studio Core requirement (9 credit hours). To fulfill the Studio Core, students must complete one course from each of the three following categories:

Studio Core

Other Requirements

  1. At least 6 credit hours of art studio at or above the 500 level
  2. At least 9 credit hours of art history at or above the 300 level
  3. A-S 490 - SENIOR SEMINAR  (1 credit hour; taken during the final semester of study)
  4. Students are required to complete a minimum of two semesters at the University of Kentucky following admission to the B.F.A. program.
  5. Students are required to participate in a B.F.A. Senior Thesis Exhibition, reviewed by their B.F.A. committee in final semester of study. NOTE: See B.F.A. Guidelines for procedures governing the B.F.A. Senior Thesis Exhibitions.
  6. Students must pass an exit review with their B.F.A. committee their final semester of study in order to graduate with the B.F.A. degree.

Subtotal: Major hours: 48


Students must complete 14 hours of electives, 9 of which must be outside of art studio, in a related area; the other 5 are free electives.

Subtotal: Electives: 14

Total Hours: 120

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