The BA in Studio Art degree serves students whose focus is on the liberal arts, and who desire  a  general education in the visual arts. The BFA Program is considered to be the professional degree for those students interested in graduate school or pursuing other career opportunities in the visual arts. The intensity of this degree results in students becoming proficient in a specific studio area while augmenting it with studio areas outside their concentration.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

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  • Overview

    The BA in Studio Art degree serves students whose focus is on the liberal arts, and who desire  a  general education in the visual arts. The BFA Program is considered to be the professional degree for those students interested in graduate school or pursuing other career opportunities in the visual arts. The intensity of this degree results in students becoming proficient in a specific studio area while augmenting it with studio areas outside their concentration.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    View our [program_checklist] to see the complete degree requirements.

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    General

    • ART-1006 - Design I (2D)

      An introductory course dealing with the elements and principles of composition as they relate to the two-dimensional areas of the visual arts. For advising purposes, the Department of Art recommends that students take Design I (ART 1006) in conjunction with Drawing I (ART 1007).

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    • ART-1007 - Drawing I

      Introduction to drawing using various media and dealing with landscapes, still-life, one- and two-point perspective, and the figure. Both clothed and nude models may be used. For advising purposes, the Department of Art recommends that students take Design I (ART 1006) in conjunction with Drawing I (ART 1007).

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    • ART-1008 - Drawing II

      Drawing from the live model, both nude and clothed, focusing upon correct proportions and anatomy. A variety of drawing media will be used. For advising purposes, the Department of Art recommends that students take Design II (ART 1008) in conjunction with Drawing II (ART 1009).

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    • ART-1009 - Design II (3D)

      An introductory course dealing with the elements and principles of composition as they relate to the three-dimensional areas of the visual arts. For advising purposes the Department of Art recommends that students take Design II (ART 1008) in conjunction with Drawing II (ART 1009).

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    Major Required

    Six (6) hours from DSW courses:

    ART 3210 Non-Western Art
    ART 3220 Art of the Ancient World
    ART 3230 Medieval Art
    ART 3240 18th/19th Cen Art
    ART 3250 Italian Renaissance/Baroque Art
    ART 3260 American Art
    ART 3270 20th Cen Early Modern Art
    ART 3275 Art Since 1945
    ART 3280 Museum Seminar
    ART 4290 Modernist Criticism
    ART 4295 Hist of American Architecture
    ART 4295 Special Topics: Art History

    15-18 hours in BA Studio Art Electives

    Students pursuing a BA in Studio Art are encouraged to select an emphasis in either 2D or 3D art. Students should take 3–4 courses in their emphasis and 1–2 courses in the other emphasis for diversity. For example, it would be advisable for a student pursuing a 2D focus to take 3 courses in Painting/Printmaking and 2 courses in a 3D discipline such as Sculpture or Ceramics.
    Due to the liberal arts nature of this degree, Graphic Design and Photography courses are strongly discouraged. However, if the student is hoping to continue in the pursuit of a BFA, the student is encouraged to take the introductory course of their intended concentration before submitting the BFA application.

    15-18 Hours from a minor.

    If the student’s minor requires 15 hrs instead of 18, the additional 3 hrs will be used for an art elective.

    Six (6) hours required from: FORL 2001
    FORL 2002

    • ART-3210 - Non-Western Art

      Lecture-based course on selected topics in non-Western art of Asia, Africa, Oceania, or the New World, studying artworks from within or across these cultures in their cultural and historical contexts. May be repeated up to 9 credit hours if the topic changes.

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    • ART-3220 - Art of the Ancient World

      Lecture-based course on selected topics in the art of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Greece or Rome, studying artworks from within or across these cultures in their cultural and historical contexts.

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    • ART-3230 - Medieval Art of Christian Europe and the Near East

      Lecture based course in religious and secular art in the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, or Northern Renaissance periods, c. 100-1500 CE, including selected scripture, painting and architecture in historical and cultural context. May be repeated up to 9 credit hours if the topic changes.

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    • ART-3240 - Italian Renaissance or Baroque Art

      A lecture-based course in Italian Renaissance or Baroque art, studying artwork from the period in historical and cultural context. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours if the topic changes.

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    • ART-3250 - 18th or 19th Century Art

      This is a lecture-based course on 18th or 19th century art which studies artwork in its historical and cultural aspects including Rococo, Neoclassical, Romantic or Realist movements. It focuses on the painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts of the 18th or 19th century. May be repeated up to 6 credit hours if the topic changes.

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    • ART-3270 - Pre-World War II Modernism

      Lecture-based course on the art and architecture of the pre-World War II period, exploring the concepts and formal characteristics of 'modernism' in Western art.

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    • ART-3280 - Museum Seminar

      This course involves classroom study of the art collections and architecture of a city or country followed by a trip to visit what has been studied. The subject varies: American cities or abroad. Credit will vary by trip. Students enrolling in the summer Bayeux program will take 4 hours; others take 3 hours credit. May be repeated up to 16 hours credit.

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    • ART-3301 - Beginning Ceramics

      This is a creative problem solving fine art studio course designed to serve as an introduction to the historical precedents, theories, processes and materials utilized in the realization and production of Contemporary Ceramic art. Emphasis will be placed on developing a variety of hand-building techniques and attaining a basic understanding of claybody composition and properties. Also included will be an introduction to slips, glazes, and firing techniques. In addition, this class will focus on developing content, and learning about artists (both ceramic artists and artists working in other media) of both past and present. We will consider Ceramics in a variety of contexts such as: Ceramics, Communication, Commentary, Commodity, Celebration and Critique.

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    • ART-3601 - Painting I: Watercolor

      This is one of two introductory painting courses, either of which fulfills the Art Core Painting requirement for Art majors and building on the knowledge base of the Art Foundation courses. This course uses watercolor as a vehicle for visual expression. Open-ended painting problems from both nature and the imagination will be presented. Students will mat and frame a selection of art works produced during the term.

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    • ART-3901 - Introductory Sculpture

      An introduction into the four sculptural processes:Subtractive Method (carving); Additive Method (modeling);Substitutive Method (casting); and, Constructive Method (assembling). Emphasis is made on preliminary designing of mass, space and volume.

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    • ART-4290 - Modernist Criticism

      A discussion-based seminar based on intellectual and theoretical debates about modern and contemporary art, focusing on the concept of the avant-garde and the practice of art criticism. Readings are informed by theoretical developments such as psychoanalysis, semiotics, Marxist Art History, gender and race studies, post structuralism and visual culture debates.

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    • ART-4295 - Special Topics in Art History

      Investigation of a particular topic, problem or issue in Art History with emphasis on those not covered in other art history courses.

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    • ART-4298 - Senior Capstone in Art History I

      The first of a two-semester capstone sequence for Art History majors. In consultation with a committee, the student will finalize a thesis topic and complete research for a final project, to be completed and presented in ART 4299.

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    • ART-4299 - Senior Capstone in Art History II

      The second of a two-semester capstone sequence for art history majors. In this semester, the student will finalize the written research paper and present it to the department, and pass oral examination by the faculty.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Application Deadlines

    General admissions deadlines are typically:

    • Fall - June 1
    • Spring - Nov 15
    • Summer - May 15

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.
    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives
    • Develop broad knowledge on the history of art and design.
    • Demonstrates a broad understanding of the technical skill within the studio arts.
    • Develop thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of visual arts and design.
    • Demonstrates a broad understanding of content and conceptual development within aspects of creating art.