Art and Art History

Gus Mazzocca, professor emeritus of art and art history, makes a print at the new printmaking facility at the Bishop Center. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Gus Mazzocca, professor emeritus of art and art history, makes a print at the new printmaking facility at the Bishop Center.

Degrees Offered

Information Literacy and Writing in the Major Competency Requirements

Students must successfully complete at least one Art History W course

Minors

The Art and Art History Department offers minors in Art History and Studio Arts. They are described in the Minors section of this Catalog.

Art

Course descriptions

Bachelor of Fine Arts Areas of Concentration

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration/Animation
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography/Video
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture/Ceramics
  • Individualized

Admission

Portfolio Review

Common Curriculum

All B.F.A. students share a common curriculum of 39 credits:

Drawing: ART 1030, 1040

Foundation Courses: Studio Concepts: ART 1010

Criticism and Interpretation: ART 1020

Basic Studios*: Painting (ART 2310); Photography (ART 2410); Printmaking (ART 2510); Sculpture (ART 2610)

Art History: Twelve credits in Art History, one a 1000-level offering to be taken in the first two years of study. Not more than two 1000-level Art History courses may be used toward the Art History requirement for the B.F.A. degree.

Senior Project: ART 4901

*Note: All basic studios should be completed no later than the end of the fifth term. Studio Art minimum requirement is 66 credits, a minimum of 30 of which must be at the 3000-level or higher.

Areas of Concentration

All concentrations consist of a minimum of 18 credits of 2000-level or higher courses, with area requirements specified below.

Graphic Design: ART 2011, 2110, 2120, 3110, 3120, 4110.

Illustration/Animation: ART 2010, 2011, 2110, 2210, 3010, 3210 (repeated once), 3350, 3370 or 3020.

Painting/Drawing: ART 2010, 3310, 3330 and nine additional credits in the 3000-level courses in the painting/drawing area to be determined by student interest and faculty advisement.

Photography/Video: ART 2420, 3420, and 4410 (may be repeated once); ARTH 3460, 3560 plus 12 additional credits of 3000-level studio courses in the photography/video area to be selected from the following list: ART 3410, 3430, 3440, 3450, 3460, 3465, and 3470. ART 1040 optional for photography/video concentration, substitution determined by student interest and faculty advisement.

Printmaking: ART 2010, 3510, 3520, and 3530 (repeated for a total of 9 credits).

Sculpture/Ceramics: ART 2010 plus 18 additional credits in any of the 3000-level courses in the three-dimensional area to be determined by student interest and faculty advisement, selected from the following list: ART 3605, 3610, 3620, 3630, 3640, 3650, and 3660.

Individualized Studies: A program of at least 30 credits (including ART 4901) on the 3000-level or higher, drawn from two or more areas, in consultation with area faculty. Students must file an approved Individualized Studies proposal.

Remaining Credits

Any remaining credits of the required 78 in art and art history may be filled by repeating some courses where permitted, taking relevant concentration courses, or taking electives in studio art.

Independent Study

Open to fifth semester students with a minimum departmental grade point average of 3.0 and no outstanding incompletes for any other 3999. A maximum of 6 credits total.

Internships and Co-ops

Fifth semester students with a minimum major GPA of 3.0 have an opportunity for a placement in art for credit, either a Studio Internship (ART 3991) or Co-operative Education in Art (ART 3990).

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Senior Project (C or better)
  • Exhibited work in annual BFA Exhibition

The Department of Art and Art History reserves the right to retain student work for exhibition purposes and classroom demonstrations.

Art History

Russell Shoemaker '13 and Shane Morrisey '14 installing the exhibition 4 Decades/4 Generations at Jorgensen Gallery. The exhibition focuses on works of four outstanding artists who studied with Professor Mazzocca, one representing each decade of his career. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Russell Shoemaker ’13 and Shane Morrisey ’14 installing the exhibition 4 Decades/4 Generations at Jorgensen Gallery. The exhibition focuses on works of four outstanding artists who studied with Professor Mazzocca, one representing each decade of his career.

Course descriptions

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

The Art History program’s special strengths include an interdisciplinary range of courses that address chronological breadth as well as issues of gender, identity formation, and theory and criticism in the visual arts. Members of the Art History faculty collaborate closely with colleagues in programs in Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, American Studies, African American Studies, European Studies, Asian American Studies, and Human Rights. Graduates go on to graduate study as well as careers in museums, galleries, and a range of arts-related settings both in the U.S. and abroad. Majors are encouraged to participate in Education Abroad Programs and many have used internship opportunities at museums and galleries to build professional expertise and broaden their career options.

The undergraduate art history major requires the following Art History courses:

Six credits at the introductory, 1000-level: ARTH 1128, 1137, 1138, 1140, 1141, or 1162; and 24 credits of art history at the 2000-level and above to include:

  • three to six credits of Art History at the 2000-level;
  • one three-credit course from each of Groups A, B, and C listed below;
  • a three-credit capstone seminar;
  • and six to nine additional credits of art history at the 3000 level.
Group A: Ancient, Medieval, or Renaissance art

ARTH 3140, 3150, 3210, 3220, 3230, 3240, 3260, 3330, 3340, 3360, 3610*, 3620*

Group B: Art from the 19th century to the present

ARTH 3020, 3035, 3050*, 3430, 3440, 3445, 3450, 3460, 3510, 3530, 3560, 3630*, 3640*, 3645*

Group C: Art from global perspectives

ARTH 3015, 3050*, 3500, 3610*, 3620*, 3630*, 3640*, 3645*, 3715, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3745, 3760

* These courses may be used to fulfill just one requirement.

Additional Requirements

Art History students also take six credits of studio art at any level for which they meet the prerequisites and 12 credits at the 2000-level or above of related courses outside the major as approved by the major advisor.

Art history majors must complete at least 45 credits numbered 2000-level or higher as part of their total 120 credits required for graduation.

 

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