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Art, B.A.


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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art requires 120 credit hours and is recommended for those interested in a double major, or for those intending to pursue a career in a discipline other than art.  It is not intended for students interested in an in-depth study in a single studio area. 

Admission Requirements


Freshmen and Transfers

  • Minimum GPA: 
    • New freshmen and transfers - N/A
    • Internal transfers (students already enrolled at UNC Charlotte) - minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Other:  All prospective studio students must apply for Art major status by submitting a digital portfolio of creative work to the department.  Portfolios are reviewed once per year in the Spring semester.
  • Declaration of Major:  All freshmen seeking admission to the B.A. degree program must first submit a completed application for Fall admission to the University by January 31 to be eligible to submit a digital portfolio for consideration during the Priority Review in early March.  Applicants who miss the January 31 deadline must submit a completed application for Fall admission to the University by March 1 to be eligible to submit a portfolio for consideration during the Space Available Review in mid-April.  For the most current deadlines, refer to the Undergraduate Admissions website.  Students who are not admitted may re-submit their portfolio the following year (only one resubmission is allowed).  
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  Determined by UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Admissions.  Students seeking to apply coursework taken at other institutions to the Art major must provide copies of the official course description and a syllabus for each course requested for consideration.

Students cannot take any studio course without having Art major status.  All studio classes are reserved for Art majors only.

Degree Requirements


College Prospect for Success Course (2 credit hours)


All new freshmen in the College of Arts + Architecture must take the following:

General Education Courses (35 credit hours)


For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Students intending to earn either the B.F.A. in Art or the B.A. in Art should take three ARTB 120x courses, and one ARTH course (ARTH 1211 , ARTH 1212 , or ARTH 2110 ) in the first semester of their Freshman year.  All of the General Education courses should be organized around the Art requirements.  It is usually not possible to graduate in four years without taking this number of Art courses right away.  Prerequisite sequencing dictates the time to graduation, and all students should become thoroughly familiar with the course descriptions. 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)


All students who earn a degree within the College of Arts + Architecture are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
  • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at other accredited institutions
  • A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)

Major Courses (39 credit hours)


Elective Studio Courses (15 credit hours)


Select five of the following.  Students must successfully complete the Basic Foundation Studios courses listed above to enroll in upper-level courses.  At least 9 credit hours must be taken at UNC Charlotte.

  • ARTx any 2000-level 2D studio course *
  • ARTx any 2000-level 3D studio course **
  • ARTx any 2000- or 3000-level studio course
  • ARTx any 2000- or 3000-level studio course
  • ARTx any 2000- or 3000-level studio course

Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)


Note:

*This Senior level course should be taken with the last Elective Studio during a student’s last one or two semesters of study at UNC Charlotte. Senior Seminar fulfills one of the two Writing Intensive (W)requirements in General Education, as well as the Oral Communication (O) requirement.

Unrestricted Elective Courses


As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


Academic Advising


All Art, Graphic Design, and Art History majors are required to meet with the Academic Advisor in the Department of Art and Art History each semester.  Students will not be able to register for any course at UNC Charlotte without attending the mandatory advising meetings. The Academic Advisor is available year-round.

Career mentoring in studio, graphic design, art history, and art education is offered by individual faculty members who are active professionals in those areas of study. Contact is best done by email or telephone. Most professors are available for appointments from the first day of classes until the last day of classes each Fall and Spring semester.  Requirements for degrees and minors, as well as 4-year B.F.A. calendars, are available in the Department of Art and Art History office and online at art.uncc.edu.

Students seeking to confirm that General Education graduation requirements are met should use the automated DegreeWorks system online in My UNC Charlotte.  Those seeking confirmation of Art requirements must contact the Academic Advisor.

Grade Requirements


To graduate with a B.A. in Art, students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses required for the major. 

Honors Program


For details about the Arts + Architecture Honors Program, visit the AAHP program page .

Transfer Credit


All transfer courses are automatically reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Students seeking to appeal the official transfer designations for ARTx courses must provide the Department Academic Advisor with copies of the official course descriptions and a syllabus for each course requested for consideration.  Portfolios of creative work from each of the individual studio courses may also be required.

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