Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Art and Design B.A. – Art Studio Emphasis (Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture)

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Location: Guggenheim 101

Telephone: 970.351.2143

Fax: 970.351.2299

Website: https://arts.unco.edu/art/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

Contact the Art office for more information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1.  Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The art emphasis is a liberal arts program designed to give students broad exposure to the studio arts and art history.

It prepares the artist and craftsperson. It is an ideal preparatory program for students planning to do advanced or graduate study in art and art history.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • New Art & Design students must complete the Foundation requirements before they can begin their advanced art studies. The Foundation Courses include ART 181, ART 182, ART 183, ART 184, and ART 234.
  • Students must successfully pass the portfolio review to continue in the Art program. Students who receive a score that is not passing but allows them to resubmit may do so by the announced deadline for reconsideration within the same semester. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements will be encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss options for completing a degree at UNC.
  • Transfer students who have articulated coursework from another institution will only submit artwork completed in courses taken at UNC. Students who have completed ART 181, ART 182, ART 183, ART 184, and ART 234 at another accredited university are exempt from the portfolio review.
  • Students need to achieve an overall rating of 3.0 or higher on the assessment rubric in order to advance in the program. Students who do not meet the minimum 3.0 may rework and resubmit the foundation portfolio by the announced deadline in a given semester for reconsideration. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements after resubmission are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss options for completing a degree at UNC. 

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the 57 required major credits.

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any course to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

ART 181 (3), ART 182 (3), and ART 185 (3) are recommended to fulfill Arts & Humanities requirement and the additional 3 credits required in Arts & Humanities or History or Social & Behavioral Sciences and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

Students are encouraged to choose a History course with an IS designation, and choose a Social and Behavior Sciences course with an MS designation. 

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 57 credits

Take all of the following courses:

Complete the following five Foundation Courses first

ART 181Ancient Art HistoryLAA1


ART 182Medieval to Rococo Art HistoryLAA1


ART 1832D Design


ART 1843D Design


ART 234Drawing I


Take two Art History courses — 6 credits

ART 185Neoclassic to Modern Art HistoryLAA1


ART 489Contemporary Art


Take the following courses — 9 credits

ART 237Introduction to Digital Media


ART 301The Working Artist: Preparation


ART 401The Working Artist: Practicum


Choose a Concentration: take 3 classes for chosen concentration (9 credit hours)


ART 314Wheel Throwing


ART 315Ceramic Design


ART 410Advanced Ceramics


Digital Media

ART 338Digital Illustration and Storytelling


ART 437Computer Art


ART 471Computer Graphics



ART 333Life Drawing


ART 433Advanced Drawing


ART 434Drawing II



ART 331Painting II


ART 431Painting III


ART 432Advanced Painting



ART 374Photography: Black & White Film


ART 375Photography: Digital Capture


ART 481Advanced Photography



ART 353Intaglio Printmaking


ART 358Relief Printmaking


ART 452Advanced Printmaking



ART 362Sculpture: Casting


ART 363Sculpture: Fabrication


ART 462Advanced Sculpture


Choose six Art Elective courses — 18 credit hours

Any ART prefix. At least one course needs to be the 200 level introductory course from selected concentration area.

3. University-Wide Credits — 32 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 32 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.