UT Dallas 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology

Visual and Performing Arts (BA) with Visual Arts Concentration

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 on 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.

At least one-half of the total semester credit hours for major requirements 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

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

View an Example of Degree Requirements by Semester

Faculty

Professors: John J. Pomara, Marilyn Waligore

Assistant Professor: SV Randall

Clinical Associate Professor: Lorraine Tady

Associate Instructor of Record: Diane Durant

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1

Communication: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Communication Core courses (see advisor)

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:

AHST 1303 Survey of Western Art History: Ancient to Medieval2

AHST 1304 Survey of Western Art History: Renaissance to Modern2

AHST 2331 Understanding Art2

FILM 2332 Understanding Film2

Or select any 3 semester credit hours from Creative Arts Core courses (see advisor)

American History: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from American History Core courses

Government/Political Science: 6 semester credit hours

Select any 6 semester credit hours from Government/Political Science Core courses (see advisor)

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:

AHST 1303 Survey of Western Art History: Ancient to Medieval2

AHST 1304 Survey of Western Art History: Renaissance to Modern2

AHST 2331 Understanding Art2

FILM 2332 Understanding Film2

Select any 9 semester credit hours from the following studio 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: 42 semester credit hours

Major Core Courses: 15 semester credit hours

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

3 semester credit hours of upper-level Related Courses from the School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology (excluding the ARTS prefix)

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: 24 semester credit hours

Free Electives: 24 semester credit hours

Both upper- and lower-division courses may be used as electives

The plan must include sufficient upper-division courses to total 45 upper-division semester credit hours.

Incoming freshmen must enroll and complete requirements of AHTC 1100.

Minors

Students must take a minimum of 18 semester credit hours for the minor. Students who take a minor will be expected to meet the normal prerequisites in courses making up the minor, and should maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 on a 4.00 scale (C average). Semester credit hours may not be used to satisfy both the major and minor requirements; however, free elective semester credit hours or major preparatory classes may be used to satisfy the minor. Core courses offered by the school may count as lower-division semester credit hours toward the minor. Topics courses must be approved by the school. The School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology will substitute courses as necessary. At least one-third of the semester credit hours for a minor must be taken at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Minor in Visual Arts

18 semester credit hours

Arts Foundations: 3 semester credit hours

Choose any 3 semester credit hours of lower-level ARTS courses.

Art History Foundations: 3 semester credit hours

Choose any 3 semester credit hours of AHST or FILM courses.

Studio Courses: 12 semester credit hours

Choose any 12 semester credit hours of upper-level ARTS courses.

1. 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.

2. A required Preparatory course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours may be counted in Core Curriculum.

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