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Art B.A.

UMD Art and Design, Dept of
School of Fine Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 59
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The B.A. in Art provides study in art with an emphasis on liberal education. Along with the courses required within the major, students must select a minor or second major appropriate for their academic goals. Honor Requirements: Candidates, nominated by art and design department faculty, receive honors for distinguished achievement demonstrated in part by the senior student exhibition or a senior presentation or project.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Freshman and transfer students are admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major. To qualify for this program, pre-art students must pass a portfolio review (ART 0902) after completing a minimum of 15 art studio credits selected from the required pre-art core requirements and studio electives. Additionally, students must have a minimum 2.00 GPA overall in art and design courses. The review is scheduled for fall and spring semesters and occurs approximately midway through the semester. Students must submit a portfolio of selected work derived from their art core courses. Portfolios are reviewed by studio art faculty. Specific guidelines for preparation of the portfolio contents and dates for review are distributed at the beginning of each semester.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 semester credits must be earned through UMD, and 15 of the last 30 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. For certificate programs, at least 3 upper-division credits that satisfy requirements for the certificate must be taken through UMD. If the program does not require upper division credits students must take at least one course from the certificate program from UMD.
  8. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  9. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Minor or second major in another field of study. 2. Attendance at two visual lectures per semester (fall and spring).
SFA Additional Liberal Education Requirement (3 cr)
Three credits of SFA Liberal Education courses from outside the student's chosen major (Dance, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre). MU 15xx ensembles must be repeated once each semester for a total of 3 credits (may require audition). A 2-credit DN course may be substituted (Art or Music students only).
Pre-Art Core Requirements (9 cr)
ART 1010, 1011, 1012, and 1013 may be taken either semester of the first year; they are not sequential.
ART 902 - Studio Art Portfolio Review (0.0 cr)
ART 1010 - Drawing I (3.0 cr)
ART 1012 - 3-D Design (3.0 cr)
ART 1011 - 2-D Design (3.0 cr)
or ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design (3.0 cr)
Required Art Courses (19 cr)
ART 1900 - Visual Literacy [LE CAT9, FINE ARTS] (3.0 cr)
ART 3700 - Drawing II (3.0 cr)
ART 4812 - Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
ART 4898 - Art BA Senior Exhibition (1.0 cr)
ARTH 1304 - History of World Art II [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 2300 - The City as a Work of Art [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
ARTH 1303 - History of World Art I [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 1305 - History of World Art III [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
Studio Electives (21 cr)
Select four areas from the following plus three additional electives at 3xxx-4xxx.
Take 21 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ART 2014 - 3D Modeling and Animation (3.0 cr)
· ART 2016 - Digital Arts: Mixed-Media Studio (3.0 cr)
· ART 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media (3.0 cr)
· ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives (3.0 cr)
· ART 2100 - Painting I (3.0 cr)
· ART 2200 - Sculpture I (3.0 cr)
· ART 2400 - Ceramics I (3.0 cr)
· ART 2500 - Jewelry and Metals I (3.0 cr)
· ART 2600 - Photography I (3.0 cr)
· ART 2300 - Printmaking I: Intaglio, Relief (3.0 cr)
or ART 2301 - Printmaking I: Litho, Screen (3.0 cr)
· Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· ART 3xxx
· ART 4xxx
Art History Elective (3 cr)
Take exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 2xxx
· ARTH 3xxx
· ARTH 4xxx
Courses From Other Programs (4 cr)
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Advanced Writing
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing (3.0 cr)
 
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ART 902 - Studio Art Portfolio Review
Credits: 0.0 [max 0.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Presentation of portfolio and other required evaluative materials for admission to studio art major candidacy. prereq: 15 credits in art courses, pre-studio art major or department consent
ART 1010 - Drawing I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to the drawing experience and problems concerned with translation of three-dimensional visual experience into two-dimensional form. prereq: Art or art education major or Theatre BFA Scenic Design or Costume Design or art minor or Graphic Design and Marketing or instructor consent
ART 1012 - 3-D Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01371 - Art 1012/1015
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to basic concepts and materials of three-dimensional form and space. prereq: Art or art education major or architecture and design studies minor or instructor consent
ART 1011 - 2-D Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to two-dimensional design through study of design elements and principles, including visual organization and color theory and their application in various media. prereq: Art or art education major or pre GDM BFA, or GDM BFA or pre MGD BBA or MGD BBA or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ART 1002
ART 1013 - 2-D Digital Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Two-dimensional studio and graphic design concepts using the computer as a creative tool. Laptop required; digital instruction presented only on the Mac platform. prereq: Art or art education major or pre GDM BFA or GDM BFA or pre MGD BBA or MGD BBA or GIS major or Journalism major or art minor or photography minor or arts in media minor or instructor consent. Laptop required; digital instruction presented only on the Mac platform.
ART 1900 - Visual Literacy (LE CAT9, FINE ARTS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Various forms of visual expression--art, commercial imagery, typography, architecture, graffiti, etc.--as rhetoric. Introduction to variety of theories and/or modes of criticism, and consideration of their value for explanation of visual expression. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for 2900
ART 3700 - Drawing II
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02250 - ART 3700/FORS 3701/FORS 3702
Prerequisites: 1006 or 1009 or 1010, art or art education major, pre-art education major or pre-graphic design major, or art minor or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Individually supervised projects supporting involvement in other studio areas. prereq: 1006 or 1009 or 1010, art or art education major, pre-art education major or pre-graphic design major, or art minor or instructor consent
ART 4812 - Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Current visual arts and design issues investigated through research, lectures, assigned readings, discussion, writing assignments, and presentations. prereq: Senior or instructor consent; no grad credit
ART 4898 - Art BA Senior Exhibition
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students, with faculty guidance, exhibit work in department display cases and work is reviewed by a 3-person committee. prereq: Senior Art BA major, department consent; no grad credit
ARTH 1304 - History of World Art II (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development of world art and architecture from Renaissance to present.
ARTH 2300 - The City as a Work of Art (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The city as a work of art and center of culture. A study of artistic representations combined with references to primary texts. Use of case studies of particular urban centers to explore the rise of the city and the history of urban planning around the globe.
ARTH 1303 - History of World Art I (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of world art and architecture from prehistory through Middle Ages.
ARTH 1305 - History of World Art III (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines the arts and visual culture of the Americas, Asia and Africa. This course aims to develop a critical understanding of art forms from global cultures. We will examine a range of visual material including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architecture, from prehistoric times to present. We will also examine the critical debates that frame the study of "non-Western" art.
ART 2014 - 3D Modeling and Animation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01566
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will introduce fundamental concepts and techniques for creating 3D computer graphics using one of several industry-standard computer programs, 3ds Max. Through a clear sequence of tutorial assignments and projects, students will gain an understanding of the underlying principles of 3D modeling and animation, including materials, lights, cameras, and rendering. Students learn to express personal ideas and concepts through the creative use of 3D graphics. pre-req: ART 1013
ART 2016 - Digital Arts: Mixed-Media Studio
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to digital art studio practice with a focus on digital imaging and cross-media experimentation. Course builds on skills, techniques, and critique of digital art concepts such as image compositing, appropriation, collage, and remixing. Creative projects include development of a serial approach to visual imagery. Readings and presentations discuss current trends in digital culture and key works by digital artists. Mac laptop required with current digital imaging software. prereq: 1013, art or art education major, pre-art education major or pre-graphic design major, or art or photography minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3016
ART 2030 - Digital Arts: Time-based Media
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to time-based media practice and theory through presentations, readings, studio time, and hands-on assignments. Creative exploration of vital forms of contemporary time-based art such as video art, sound/sonic art, basic animation, and performance art. prereq: 1013, art or art related majors or minors or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3030
ART 2040 - Digital Filmmaking: Visual Narratives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01834 - Art 1800/Art 2010
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the fundamental of digital video production and basic concepts of cinematic narrative. Beginning hands-on experience using digital video tools to create short narrative works. Creative studio art approach to low budget film techniques and project collaboration. Individual and team projects include visual concept development, storyboarding, video production, and digital editing. Emphasis on the visual language of filmmaking and critical appreciation of cinematic media. prereq: 1013 or Journalism major or film minor or instructor consent
ART 2100 - Painting I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Color and pigment theory, basic concepts and explorations in technology and imagery. Painting traditions and contemporary directions. prereq: 1006 or 1009 or 1010, 1011, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1100
ART 2200 - Sculpture I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sculptural materials, methods, and concepts, with problems relating to form, time, and space; experience with various sculptural forms and media, emphasizing creative expression. prereq: 1015 or 1012, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1200
ART 2400 - Ceramics I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Handbuilding methods, surface enhancement, and conceptual support for pottery and/or ceramic sculpture. prereq: 1012, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1400
ART 2500 - Jewelry and Metals I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Basic jewelry design, fabrication, and surface enhancement techniques. prereq: 1011 or 1013, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1500
ART 2600 - Photography I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01385 - Art 2600/1600/1605/1607
Prerequisites: 1013, Art major or Art or Photography Minor or Arts in Media Minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ART 1600, 1605 or 1607
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to photographic concepts, materials, and the digital darkroom. Varied thematic assignments within the visual arts context. Requires digital camera with adjustable shutter speeds and apertures. Laptop and software required; instruction presented only on the Mac OS. prereq: 1013, Art major or Art or Photography Minor or Arts in Media Minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for ART 1600, 1605 or 1607
ART 2300 - Printmaking I: Intaglio, Relief
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01563 - Art 2303/2300/1300
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to methods and materials used in zinc plate etching and relief printing from wood and linoleum. Technical, aesthetic, and contextual considerations encountered in production of meaningful artwork. Theoretical, legal, critical, and historical aspects of printmaking. prereq: 1006 or 1009 or 1010, 1011, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent
ART 2301 - Printmaking I: Litho, Screen
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to methods and materials used in lithographic printmaking from stones and plates and water-based screenprinting. Content includes technical, aesthetic and contextual considerations encountered in the production of meaningful artwork. Additional information on theoretical, legal, critical and historical aspects of printmaking. prereq: 1006 or 1009 or 1010, 1011, art or art education major or art minor or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 1301
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study and practice of writing tasks appropriate for the arts and letters. Seeks to advance research and critical thinking skills as well as skills in applying conventions of grammar, style, argumentation, and documentation. In addition, the course addresses professional writing for the arts, including reviews, proposals, grant writing, and career documents. pre-req: 1) WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed 2) minimum 60 credits earned
WRIT 4230 - Web Design and Digital Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01656 - Writ 4230/5230
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Practice in the aesthetic, cultural, and rhetorical uses of Web-design techniques, including discussion and writing about the theoretical and historical contexts of digital culture. prereq: Min 30 cr, no grad credit
WRIT 4250 - New Media Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01657 - Writ 4250/5250
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Combines the theory and production of new media writing--digital, verbal practices in converged media--through the application of readings and discussion to five projects that progress from written, print-based genres to new-media presentation. prereq: minimum 60 cr, no grad credit