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For Freshmen

Students entering UTC who wish to pursue the BA in Studio Art, Art History, or Art Education  can declare those majors upon admission. Students who intend to pursue the BFA in a studio concentration MUST declare “Pre-Art” as their major in order to enroll in the department’s 1st year foundations sequence (Art 1000, Art 1010, and Art 1050) in the Fall term.

For Transfer Students

Transfer students who intend to pursue the BFA in a studio concentration must enroll as Pre-Art majors. In order to be admitted into the BFA, students transferring from another institution must take or have equivalent credit for ART 1000, 1010, ART 1020, and ART 1050, and must complete ART 2900 at UTC. Except by special permission of the Department Head, transfer credits will not be accepted for the following courses (students must enroll in the following courses at UTC as pre- and co-requisites for the Sophomore Review):

  • for admission into the BFA Graphic Design: ART 2600 and ART 2710
  • for admission into the BFA Painting and Drawing: ART 2070 and ART 2080
  • for admission into the BFA Photography and Media Art: ART 2810 and ART 2820
  • for admission into the BFA Sculpture: ART 2330 and ART 2440

By definition, this means that students transferring into the BFA with prior art credit (equivalent to UTC’s foundation curriculum) come into the program at the sophomore level, and will complete a minimum of three years at UTC. For students transferring into the department with no art credits from another institution, please see “Changing Majors” below. Students interested in pursuing the BA degrees do not need to complete ART 2900, and may declare the BA as a major upon admission to the university.

Changing Majors

The Art department has a sequential program that requires students to begin in the Fall of the first year in order to complete a degree in four years. This course sequence begins with ART 1010 and ART 1050—prerequisites for all of the coursework that follows, regardless of the degree concentration. From there, students move through foundations and concentration requirements according to a clearly articulated four-year programmatic plan. This means that students who change majors to a BFA or BS program will need to enter at the introductory (Freshman) level.

Sophomore Review

ART 2900 Sophomore Review is required of all BFA candidates and takes place in the spring semester of the sophomore year of a student’s matriculation within the program. This moment in the curriculum is a very important one, and as the student proceeds through the first three semesters of the program, care should be taken to retain all studio projects for this review. The review should include a representative selection of ten works from all areas of the curriculum. The review is a formal assessment of the student’s studio performance and oral competency as it pertains to the student’s designated degree and concentration. It is intended to provide students with an assessment of their potential for success in the intended area of study early enough to allow them to make a program change, should that be advisable.

In addition to the portfolio review, the student’s overall academic record will be evaluated for quality and seriousness of purpose. A history of excessive absences, significant lack of participation, withdrawals, or incompletes may result in denial of progression. Students will receive a Satisfactory or No Credit grade for ART 2900 at the determination of the Sophomore Review Committee.

Students who do not satisfactorily complete the review will be unable to enroll in upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level) in the Department except by special permission of the Department Head. Students will have only one opportunity to re-apply for admission into the BFA in a chosen concentration by retaking ART 2900. Students may retake ART 2900 in consultation with their academic adviser. Students may choose to apply for admission into a different degree program, or re-apply for admission into the same program. Alternatively, students may choose to matriculate through the departments BA degree in Art, which holds no requirement for the Sophomore Review.

Prerequisites for enrollment in ART 2900r, Sophomore Review, are ART 1000, 1010, ART 1020, ART 1050 and ART 2140 and:

  • for admission into the B.F.A. Graphic Design: ART 2600
  • for admission into the B.F.A. Photography and Media Art: ART 2810
  • for admission into the B.F.A. Painting and Drawing: ART 2070
  • for admission into the B.F.A. 3D: ART 2440

Co-requisites for enrollment in ART 2900r, Sophomore Review, are Art 2150 and:

  • for admission into the B.F.A. Graphic Design: ART 2710
  • for admission into the B.F.A. Painting and Drawing: ART 2080
  • for admission into the B.F.A. Photography and Media Art: ART 2820
  • for admission into the B.F.A. 3D: ART 3440
Scholarships
  • During each spring semester, the Art Department holds a yearly competition for scholarships, awards, and stipends. Applications are usually available near the end of January and describe the available scholarships and entry procedures. Through community and alumni support, the Department is able to offer several annual scholarships at both the lower and upper division levels, including the Wayne Hannah Scholarship, the Doug Griffith Scholarship, the Authors and Artists Scholarship, and the Lillian B. Feinstein Upper and Lower Division Scholarships. Awards are based on need or merit, and dollar amounts vary based on available funding.
  • The UTC Catalog is the official source for degree requirements and course listings.

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    Phone 423-425-4178
    UTC Fine Arts Center, Room 335
    Department 1301
    615 McCallie Avenue
    Chattanooga, TN 37403

     
     
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