School of Arts and Humanities
Visual and Performing Arts with Visual Arts Concentration (BA)
Students who complete the major in Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) pursue an interdisciplinary study of the arts by completing a major core that includes courses in writing, interdisciplinary studies, professional development, historical context, theory, and practice. The VPA major culminates in a Senior Capstone. Students who are majoring in VPA can focus their studies by choosing from nine possible concentrations.
The Visual Arts concentration focuses student work in design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students will learn traditional and cutting-edge techniques as well as acquiring a broad base of knowledge in art history.
Since the following catalog course descriptions are very general, students are urged to consult the detailed course descriptions available on the web site for the School of Arts and Humanities. At least one-half of the semester credit hours for a major must be taken at UT Dallas.
Unless otherwise noted, courses in Visual and Performing Arts are open to all students in the University.
Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts with Visual Arts Concentration
Professors: John J. Pomara @pomara, Marilyn Waligore @waligore
Clinical Associate Professor: Lorraine Tady @ltt042000
Associate Instructor of Record: Diane Durant @ddm043000
Senior Lecturer: Greg L. Metz @glmetz
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
RHET 1302 Rhetoric
And choose one course from the following:
COMM 1311 Survey of Oral and Technology-based Communication
COMM 1315 Public Speaking
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Mathematics Core courses
Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from Life and Physical Sciences Core courses
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Language, Philosophy and Culture Core courses
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
Choose one course from the following:
Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts Core courses
American History: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History Core courses
Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours
GOVT 2305 American National Government
GOVT 2306 State and Local Government
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from Social and Behavioral Sciences Core courses
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
Select any 6 semester credit hours from Component Area Option Core courses
II. Major Requirements, Lower-Division: 12 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
ARTS 2380 Visual Design Foundations
Select any 3 semester credit hours from the following history/theory courses:
Select any 9 semester credit hours from the following history/theory courses:
ARTS 1316 Drawing Foundations
ARTS 2315 Topics in Visual Art
ARTS 2316 Painting Foundations
ARTS 2350 Photography: Design
ARTS 2381 Introduction to Sculpture
III. Major Requirements, Upper-Division: 45 semester credit hours
Major Core Courses: 18 semester credit hours
ARHM 3342 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Humanities
VPAS 3300 Elements of Art and Performance
or Related Upper-level course from the School of Arts and Humanities4
VPAS 3340 Writing in the Arts
VPAS 4389 Theory and Practice of the Visual and Performing Arts
VPAS 4390 Senior Capstone
or VPAS 4V99 Senior Honors in Visual and Performing Art
Select 3 semester credit hours of Professional Development Courses from the following:
ARTS 3311 Contemporary Art Practices
ARTS 4310 Studies in Contemporary Exhibitions
Visual Arts Concentration: 27 semester credit hours
Select any 3 semester credit hours from the following:
AHST 3318 Contemporary Art
AHST 3319 Twentieth Century European Art: Avant-Garde and Aftermath
AHST 3324 History of Photography
or upper-level FILM course
3 semester credit hours of upper-level AHST or FILM course
6 semester credit hours of 3000-level courses from Visual Arts studios
3 semester credit hours of upper-courses from Visual Arts studios
6 semester credit hours of 4000-level courses from Visual Arts studios
6 semester credit hours of upper-level Visual and Performing Arts electives
IV. Elective Requirements: 21 semester credit hours
Free Electives: 21 semester credit hours
Both upper- and lower-division courses may be used as electives, but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.
1. Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of UNIV 1010 and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
2. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from institutions of higher education. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
3. A required Preparatory course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours may be counted in Core Curriculum.
4. Course cannot come from the AHST prefix.