Department of Art and Art History

“My classes have been great! The core classes exposed me to different disciplines, while the studio classes focused more on developing my technical skills related to the production of art. All around, I feel well prepared to make art and think about it from a conceptual viewpoint.”

Jose Hinojosa ’13
San Antonio, TX

The Department of Art and Art History offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Criticism, as well as a Minor in Art History and Criticism. These degree programs subscribe to the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience through practical experience achieved in the following courses: ART 4833 Internship in the Visual Arts, ART 4983 B.F.A. Senior Seminar and Exhibition, and AHC 4933 Art Gallery and Museum Internship. UTSA is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art is awarded upon the completion of 120 hours, of which 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Thirty-nine (39) of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

The B.A. degree in Art recognizes the successful completion of a program of study which includes foundation study, some specialization in studio art practices, and a broad foundation in art history. The curriculum aims primarily toward breadth of experience in the context of a liberal arts education rather than professional specialization.

Note: All incoming studio art majors will be classified as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art degree-seeking students. B.A. in Art degree-seeking students who elect to pursue the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art, may make formal application to become a candidate for this degree after successful completion of 9 semester credit hours of "Basic" level ART courses and 3 semester credit hours of upper-division ART courses. The application process includes: (1) completing the B.F.A. Candidacy Application form (available in the Art office, ART 4.01.06), (2) providing a current, updated transcript, and (3) providing a digital portfolio of artworks described in the application form.

Transfer students who wish to receive credit for upper-division studio art courses taken at another institution must present a portfolio of work to the department before the registration period. This portfolio should consist of four to six original examples or a digital portfolio of artworks on a CD/DVD completed for each upper-division course taken at another institution for which the student wishes to receive credit.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

AHC 1113 Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350AHC 1123 Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750, or AHC 1133 Survey of Modern Art may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Gateway Courses

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art must successfully complete each of the following Gateway Courses with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations

Major Requirements

A. Required lower-division art and art history and criticism foundation courses:
AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 13
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 13
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art 13
ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1023Digital Arts Foundations3
ART 1213Drawing I 13
B. Basic courses:
Select three of the following:9
Painting: Basic
New Media: Basic
Photography: Basic
Printmaking: Basic
Sculpture: Basic
Ceramics: Basic
C. Upper-division art course electives:
All B.A. Studio Art degree-seeking students must complete ALL lower-division ART and AHC courses required for the degree before enrolling in more than 15 hours of upper-division ART and AHC coursework.
Select 12 additional semester credit hours of upper-division art course electives. The ART course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements12
D. Upper-division art history and criticism course electives:
Select 6 semester credit hours of upper-division art history and criticism course electives. The AHC course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements with the exception that students may substitute a specific course in the philosophy of art or a humanities course with a strong art history component for one (3 semester credit hours) upper-division art history course with consent of the undergraduate advisor for art programs.6
E. Required upper-division courses:
ART 3033Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice3
ART 4973B.A. Senior Seminar (to be taken in student's final semester prior to graduation)3
F. Free Electives:
Select 27 semester credit hours of free electives, at least 21 hours of which must be upper-division, including as many semesters of a modern language or Latin as are necessary for the completion of the second semester course of that language. Within the scope of these electives, students may take courses for all-level teacher certification, 24 semester credit hours of professional education courses (including 6 hours of student teaching and 3 hours in a state-mandated reading course). For specific required courses, consult the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center.27
Total Credit Hours81
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A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in these courses to satisfy the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the Art major.

Note: For the B.A. degree in Art, the major grade point average is calculated using only ART and AHC courses.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Art

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Art degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Note: Students desiring to transfer into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art degree program should follow the B.F.A. Four-Year Academic Plan listed after the B.F.A. Degree Requirements.

B.A. in Art – Four-Year Academic Plan

For students not planning on transferring into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree program.

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 (core and major) 13
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1213Drawing I 13
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Spring
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 13
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1023Digital Arts Foundations 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Mathematics core 3
Second Year
Fall
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art 13
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Foreign Language (semester I) 3-4
Lower-division Studio ART Basic (choose one 2000-level studio course) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Spring
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Foreign Language (semester II) 3-4
Lower-division Studio ART Basic (choose one 2000-level studio course) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Third Year
Fall
ART 3033Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
Lower-division Studio ART Basic (choose one 2000-level studio course) 3
Upper-division AHC elective (choose one 3000- or 4000- level course) 3
Component Area Option core 3
Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
Upper-division AHC elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division Studio ART elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division Studio ART elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division Studio ART elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1-3
Spring
ART 4973B.A. Senior Seminar 3
Upper-division free elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division free elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division free elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division Studio ART elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
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Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art is awarded in recognition of successful completion of prolonged and intensive studio coursework with supportive studies in art history and criticism. The final two years of study include a specialized area of study in one of the following: ceramics, drawing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. The University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Note: All incoming studio art majors will be classified as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art degree-seeking students. B.A. in Art degree-seeking students who elect to pursue the professional Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Art, must make formal application (and pass the review) to become a candidate for this degree. This application may be first attempted after successful completion of 9 semester credit hours of “Basic” level ART courses and 3 semester credit hours of upper-division ART courses. The application process includes: (1) completing the B.F.A. Candidacy Application form (available in the Art office, ART 4.01.06), (2) providing a current, updated transcript, and (3) providing a digital portfolio of artworks described in the application form.

Transfer students who wish to receive credit for upper-division studio art courses taken at another institution must present a portfolio of work to the department before the registration period. This portfolio should consist of four to six original examples or a digital portfolio of artworks on a CD/DVD completed for each upper-division course taken at another institution for which the student wishes to receive credit.

Most students will fulfill the requirements for this degree with 120 semester credit hours, of which 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Due to the large number of major courses in the B.F.A. degree, full-time art students should enroll in two studio art courses, one art history and criticism course, and one or two Core Curriculum courses each semester. Art majors in the B.F.A. program should request an appointment with the undergraduate advisor for art programs before all enrollment periods. In order to complete all B.F.A. degree requirements in a timely fashion, both full-time and part-time art students should register every term for twice as many credits in their major course requirements as in Core Curriculum courses. Students seeking teacher certification should consult the Interdisciplinary Education Advising and Certification Center.

All candidates for the degree must complete 63 semester credit hours of art (ART) and 18 semester credit hours of art history and criticism (AHC).

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

AHC 1113 Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350, AHC 1123 Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750, or AHC 1133 Survey of Modern Art may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Gateway Courses

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art must successfully complete each of the following Gateway Courses with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations

Major Requirements

A. Specifically-required lower-division studio art and art history foundation courses completed as part of the first 60 hours of the curriculum:
AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 13
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 13
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art 13
ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1023Digital Arts Foundations3
ART 1213Drawing I 13
ART 2113Painting: Basic3
ART 2223New Media: Basic3
ART 2313Photography: Basic3
ART 2413Printmaking: Basic3
ART 2613Sculpture: Basic3
ART 2713Ceramics: Basic3
B. Upper-division art courses including:
All B.F.A. degree-seeking students must complete ALL lower-division ART and AHC courses required for the degree before enrolling in more than 15 hours of upper-division ART and AHC coursework.
ART 3033Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice3
ART 4983B.F.A. Senior Seminar and Exhibition3
C. Upper-division art courses in one selected area of studio specialization:
Complete 15 hours (5 courses) of upper-division coursework from one of the following specialized areas of study: ceramics, drawing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.15
D. Upper-division art history and criticism courses:
AHC 3113Contemporary Art3
Select 6 semester credit hours of upper-division art history and criticism courses. The AHC course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements with the exception that students may substitute a specific course in the philosophy of art or a humanities course with a strong art history component for one (3 semester credit hours) upper-division art history course with consent of the undergraduate advisor for art programs.6
E. Art Course Electives:
Select 12 additional semester credit hours of art course electives. Nine (9) of the 12 hours must be upper-division. The ART course prefix must precede course numbers for all classes used to fulfill these degree requirements.12
Note: ART 1223 Drawing II is a required course for students specializing in drawing, painting, and sculpture and thus will take the place of the 3 hours lower-division art elective.
Total Credit Hours81

Note: For the B.F.A. degree in Art, the major grade point average is calculated using only ART and AHC courses.

Course Sequence Guide for B.F.A. Degree in Art

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Art degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Note: Students desiring to enter into the B.F.A. degree program will officially be enrolled in the B.A. in Art degree program through the first two years of study until such time as they pass the review for entrance into the B.F.A. program. Such review may be applied for after completing 9 semester credit hours of “Basic” studio courses and at least 3 semester credit hours of one upper-division ART studio course.

B.F.A. in Art – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 (core and major) 13
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1213Drawing I 13
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Spring
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 13
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations 13
ART 1023Digital Arts Foundations 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Mathematics core 3
Second Year
Fall
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art 13
ART 2113Painting: Basic 3
ART 2413Printmaking: Basic 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Spring
ART 2223New Media: Basic 3
ART 2313Photography: Basic 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Upper-division ART specialization (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Third Year
Fall
AHC 3113Contemporary Art 3
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (Please see core course selection table) 3
Studio Basic - choose one 2000-level course (ART 2613 or ART 2713) 3
Upper-division ART specialization (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Spring
ART 3033Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice 3
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Studio Basic - choose one 2000-level course (ART 2613 or ART 2713) 3
Upper-division AHC elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division ART specialization (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Fourth Year
Fall
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
Upper-division ART elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division AHC elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division ART elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division ART specialization (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Spring
ART 4983B.F.A. Senior Seminar and Exhibition 3
Upper-division ART Elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division ART Elective (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division ART specialization (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Component Area Option core 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
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Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History and Criticism

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art History and Criticism is awarded upon the completion of 120 hours, of which 42 hours are Core Curriculum requirements. Thirty-nine (39) of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

The B.A. degree in Art History and Criticism program offers art historical studies in the context of a liberal arts education. This degree program emphasizes critical thinking, research and writing skills in order to prepare students for careers in the arts in a variety of fields requiring a liberal arts background, or pursuing graduate studies in art history and related fields.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree.

AHC 1113 Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350, AHC 1123 Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750, or AHC 1133 Survey of Modern Art may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts as well as a major requirement.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements

First Year Experience Requirement (3 semester credit hours)

All students must complete the following course, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship3

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q)3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q)3

Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

MAT 1023College Algebra with Applications3
MAT 1033Algebra with Calculus for Business3
MAT 1043Introduction to Mathematics3
MAT 1073Algebra for Scientists and Engineers3
MAT 1093Precalculus3
MAT 1193Calculus for the Biosciences3
MAT 1214Calculus I4
STA 1053Basic Statistics3

Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

ANT 2033Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
AST 1013Introduction to Astronomy3
AST 1033Exploration of the Solar System3
BIO 1233Contemporary Biology I3
BIO 1243Contemporary Biology II3
BIO 1404Biosciences I4
BIO 1414Biosciences II4
ES 1113Environmental Botany3
ES 1123Environmental Zoology3
ES 1213Environmental Geology3
ES 2013Introduction to Environmental Science I3
ES 2023Introduction to Environmental Science II3
GEO 1013The Third Planet3
GEO 1123Life Through Time3
GRG 2613Physical Geography3
PHY 1013Universes3
PHY 1943Physics for Scientists and Engineers I3
PHY 1963Physics for Scientists and Engineers II3

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AAS 2013Introduction to African American Studies3
AAS 2113African American Culture, Leadership and Social Issues3
ANT 2063Language, Thought, and Culture3
ARA 1014Elementary Arabic I4
ARC 1113Introduction to the Built Environment3
ARC 1413Architecture and Culture3
CHN 1014Elementary Chinese I4
CLA 2013Introduction to Ancient Greece3
CLA 2023Introduction to Ancient Rome3
CLA 2323Classical Mythology3
CSH 1103Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture I3
CSH 1113Literary Masterpieces of Western Culture II3
CSH 1213Topics in World Cultures3
CSH 2113The Foreign Film3
ENG 2013Introduction to Literature3
ENG 2213Literary Criticism and Analysis3
ENG 2383Multiethnic Literatures of the United States3
ENG 2423Literature of Texas and the Southwest3
FRN 1014Elementary French I4
FRN 2333French Literature in English Translation3
GER 1014Elementary German I4
GER 2333German Literature in English Translation3
GLA 1013U.S. in the Global Arena3
GRG 1023World Regional Geography3
GRK 1114Introductory Classical Greek I4
HIS 2123Introduction to World Civilization to the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2133Introduction to World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century3
HIS 2533Introduction to Latin American Civilization3
HIS 2543Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
HIS 2553Introduction to East Asian Civilization3
HIS 2573Introduction to African Civilization3
HIS 2583Introduction to South Asian Civilization3
HUM 2093World Religions3
ITL 1014Elementary Italian I4
ITL 2333Italian Literature in English Translation3
JPN 1014Elementary Japanese I4
LAT 1114Introductory Latin I4
MAS 2013Introduction to Chicano(a) Studies3
PHI 1043Critical Thinking3
PHI 2023Introduction to Ancient Philosophy3
PHI 2033Introduction to Early Modern Philosophy3
PHI 2123Contemporary Moral Issues3
RUS 1014Elementary Russian I4
RUS 2333Russian Literature in English Translation3
SPN 1014Elementary Spanish I4
SPN 2333Hispanic Literature in English Translation3
WS 2013Introduction to Women’s Studies3
WS 2023Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3

Creative Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 13503
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 17503
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art3
ARC 1214Design I4
ARC 1513Great Buildings and Cities of the World3
ART 1103Introduction to Visual Arts3
ART 1143Art for Non-Art Majors3
CLA 2033Introduction to Classical Literature3
DAN 2003Introduction to Dance3
ENG 1113Introduction to Creative Literary Arts3
HUM 2023Introduction to the Humanities I3
HUM 2033Introduction to the Humanities II3
HUM 2053History of Film3
MAS 2023Latino Cultural Expressions3
MUS 2243World Music in Society3
MUS 2623Fundamentals of Music for the Non-Music Major3
MUS 2633American Roots Music3
MUS 2663History and Styles of Jazz3
MUS 2673History and Styles of Rock3
MUS 2683Masterpieces of Music3
MUS 2693The Music of Latin America and the Caribbean3
MUS 2743Music and Film3
PHI 2073Philosophy of Art3

American History (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

HIS 1043United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era3
HIS 1053United States History: Civil War Era to Present3
HIS 2053Texas History3

Government-Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

Students must complete two of the following courses, for a total of 6 semester credit hours:

POL 1013Introduction to American Politics3
and one of the following two courses:
POL 1133Texas Politics and Society3
POL 1213Civil Rights in Texas and America3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete one of the following courses, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

AMS 2043Approaches to American Culture3
ANT 1013Introduction to Anthropology3
ANT 2043Introduction to Archaeology3
ANT 2053Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
BBL 2003Language, Culture, and Society3
BBL 2243Globalizing the Local: Bilingual Families, Communities, and Schools3
BIO 1033Drugs and Society3
CRJ 1113The American Criminal Justice System3
ECO 2003Economic Principles and Issues3
ECO 2013Introductory Macroeconomics3
ECO 2023Introductory Microeconomics3
EGR 1343The Impact of Modern Technologies on Society3
GRG 1013Fundamentals of Geography3
GRG 2623Human Geography3
HTH 2413Introduction to Community and Public Health3
HTH 2513Personal Health3
IDS 2113Society and Social Issues3
PSY 1013Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 1013Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 2013Social Problems3
SOC 2023Social Context of Drug Use3

Component Area Option (CAO) (3 semester credit hours)

Students must complete either one of the following courses or any additional core curriculum course not previously used to satisfy a core competent area requirement, for a total of 3 semester credit hours:

COM 2113Public Speaking3
CS 1173Data Analysis and Visualization3
EGR 1403Technical Communication3
ENG 2413Technical Writing3
PAD 1113Public Administration in American Society3
PHI 2043Introductory Logic3
Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements
First Year Experience Requirement 3
Communication 6
Mathematics 3
Life and Physical Sciences 6
Language, Philosophy and Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government-Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Component Area Option 3
Total Credit Hours 42

Gateway Courses

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism must successfully complete each of the following Gateway Courses with a grade of "C-" or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete these courses within two attempts, including dropping a course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major.

AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art

Major Requirements

A. Lower-division art history and criticism foundation courses:
AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 13
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 13
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art 13
B. Upper-division art history and criticism courses:
AHC 3113Contemporary Art3
AHC 3423Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica3
AHC 3523Latin American Art3
AHC 4333Topics in Art History and Criticism (may be repeated for credit when topics vary)3
AHC 4933Art Gallery and Museum Internship3
C. Lower-division art courses:
ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations3
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations3
ART 1213Drawing I3
D. Support work:
6 additional semester credit hours of support work to be chosen from offerings within the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, which may include anthropology (ANT), classical studies (CLA), communication (COM), English (ENG), history (HIS), humanities (HUM), philosophy (PHI), or other subjects justified by the student and approved by the undergraduate advisor.6
E. Senior Seminar:
ART 4973B.A. Senior Seminar3
F. Electives:
Select 36 semester credit hours of electives, at least 18 of which must be upper-division, and including as many semesters of a single language other than English as are necessary for the completion of the fourth UTSA semester course of that language.36
Total Credit Hours78
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A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in these courses to satisfy the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the Art History and Criticism major.

Note: For the B.A. degree in Art History and Criticism, the major grade point average is calculated using ART and AHC courses.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Art History and Criticism

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Art History and Criticism degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with their academic advisor for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Art History and Criticism – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
FallCredit Hours
AHC 1113Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 (core and major) 13
AIS 1203Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ART 1003Two Dimensional Foundations 3
ART 1213Drawing I 3
WRC 1013Freshman Composition I (Q) (core) 3
Spring
AHC 1123Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 13
ART 1013Three Dimensional Foundations 3
WRC 1023Freshman Composition II (Q) (core) 3
Language (semester I) 3-4
Mathematics core 3
Second Year
Fall
AHC 1133Survey of Modern Art 13
Language (semester II) 3-4
Language, Philosophy & Culture core 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Upper-division elective 3
Spring
POL 1013Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language (semester III) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core 3
Life & Physical Sciences core 3
Upper-division AHC (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Third Year
Fall
POL 1133 or 1213Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Language (semester IV) 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division AHC (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Component Area Option core 3
Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division AHC (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3
Fourth Year
Fall
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era, or United States History: Civil War Era to Present, or Texas History (core) 3
Upper-division AHC (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division AHC (choose one 3000- or 4000-level course) 3
Upper-division elective 3
Upper-division elective 3
Spring
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum) 1-3
Upper-division AHC (Choose one 3000+ level course) 3
Upper-division free elective 3
Upper-division free elective 3
ART 4973B.A. Senior Seminar 3
 Total Credit Hours: 120.0
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Must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

Minor in Art History and Criticism

The discipline of the history of art addresses cultural, historical, and critical issues through the visual arts. A Minor in Art History and Criticism provides students with a general overview of the discipline.

All students pursuing the Minor in Art History and Criticism must complete 18 semester credit hours.

A. Minor requirements:
Select two of the following:6
Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350
Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750
Survey of Modern Art
B. Additional courses:
Select four of the following:12
Contemporary Art
Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica
Latin American Art
Topics in Art History and Criticism
Art Gallery and Museum Internship
Fundamentals of Museum Studies
Total Credit Hours18

Art History and Criticism (AHC) Courses

AHC 1113. Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1303)

A critical and historical study of art and architecture as it developed from Paleolithic times to 1350 in the various civilizations of Europe, the Near East, and the New World. Course will include selected readings from related fields. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirements for art and non-art majors. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

AHC 1123. Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1304)

A critical and historical study of art and architecture as it developed from the Renaissance in Europe and the period of the Aztecs and Incas in the New World to 1750. Course will include selected readings from related fields. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement for art and non-art majors. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

AHC 1133. Survey of Modern Art. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

A critical and historical study of modern art from 1750 to the present. Course will include selected readings from related fields. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement for art and non-art majors. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

AHC 3113. Contemporary Art. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history. History, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of the United States and Europe from 1960 to the present. (Formerly AHC 4113. Credit cannot be earned for both AHC 3113 and AHC 4113.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

AHC 3423. Arts of Ancient Mesoamerica. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history. A critical and historical study of art and architecture in Mexico and Central America before the Spanish conquest (1600 BC-1521 AD). (Formerly titled “Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture of Mesoamerica” and "Arts of Ancient America." ).

AHC 3523. Latin American Art. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history. A critical and historical study of art from the independence period to the present.

AHC 4333. Topics in Art History and Criticism. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history passed with a grade of “C-” or better. Focus on a specific period, medium, or theoretical and critical issue within the history and criticism of art. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

AHC 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered. Independent reading, research, discussion and/or critical writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

AHC 4933. Art Gallery and Museum Internship. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Permission in writing (departmental form available). Supervised experience related to preparation and installation of exhibitions in gallery and museum settings. Students must confer with instructor during the semester prior to enrolling in order to formulate the content of the internship. May be repeated once for a total of 6 credit hours. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors with declared major or minor in Art History and Criticism. Generally offered: Spring.

Art (ART) Courses

ART 1003. Two Dimensional Foundations. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1311)

Prerequisite: Art or Art History majors only. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in this course to satisfy the prerequisite for subsequent courses in the Art major. Exploration of the visual structure and organization of two-dimensional surfaces using a variety of media, with an emphasis on the development of creative and critical skills. This course may not be applied to Core Curriculum requirements. (Formerly titled “Design: Two Dimensional.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 1013. Three Dimensional Foundations. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1312)

Prerequisite: Art or Art History majors only. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in this course to satisfy the prerequisite for subsequent courses in the Art major. Exploration of the visual structure and organization of multidimensional forms in a variety of materials, with an emphasis on the development of creative and critical skills. This course may not be applied to Core Curriculum requirements. (Formerly titled “Design: Three Dimensional.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 1023. Digital Arts Foundations. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Art or Art History majors only. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in this course to satisfy the prerequisite for subsequent courses in the Art major. Exploration of digital approaches, technology and programs, with an emphasis on the development of creative and critical skills as applied to the making of fine art. This course may not be applied to Core Curriculum requirements.

ART 1103. Introduction to Visual Arts. (3-0) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1301)

A course utilizing images and text designed to offer the general university student an introductory understanding of the broad range of history, interpretations and approaches comprising and applied to the field of visual art. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement for non-art majors. This course is designed for non-art majors and cannot be used to fulfill any of the major requirements for the B.A. in Art, the B.A. in Art History and Criticism, or the B.F.A. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 1143. Art for Non-Art Majors. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1325)

An introduction to the history, fundamental principles, materials, and methods of visual art. Individual course sections will be devoted to the study of a specific art discipline such as drawing, painting, photography, or printmaking. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement for non-art majors. May not be applied to the degree requirements for a major in art. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ART 1213. Drawing I. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1316)

Prerequisite: This course is restricted to Art and Art History majors. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in this course to satisfy the prerequisite for subsequent courses in the Art major. Introduction to fundamental principles, materials, and techniques using a variety of drawing media. Emphasizes drawing from observation as a means to develop perceptual and technical skills for visual expression. Includes perspective and other systems of spatial organization. This course may not be applied to Core Curriculum requirements. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 1223. Drawing II. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 1317)

Prerequisite: ART 1213; Art or Art History majors only. A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in this course to satisfy the prerequisite for subsequent courses in the Art major. Continued experience with fundamental principles, materials, and techniques emphasizing drawing from observation. Experiences in a variety of media provide opportunities for further development of perceptual and technical skills for visual expression. This course may not be applied to Core Curriculum requirements. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 2113. Painting: Basic. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 2316)

Prerequisites: ART 1003 and ART 1223. Instruction in basic painting concepts, skills, and materials with an emphasis on the use of oil paint and oil mediums. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 2223. New Media: Basic. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1003 and ART 1023. This course emphasizes the exploration of new methods and means of art making with contemporary media, and builds upon traditional art processes and concepts. It is an introduction to the essentials of using digital tools, providing an opportunity to learn a broad range of skills and techniques such as the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop® and Illustrator®, preparation for printing, digital still cameras, scanning, and CD burning. Basic digital concepts covered include the operating system, storage media, directory structure, bitmap vs. vector graphic, and file conversions. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 2313. Photography: Basic. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 2348)

Prerequisites: ART 1003 and ART 1023. This introductory level course will offer instruction on camera controls, black & white and color image development in a digital darkroom, in-house printing, file management, documentation of 2-D and 3-D artwork, online publishing, and digital montage primarily through the use of Adobe software. Projects emphasize both aesthetic and conceptual development through the introduction of historic and contemporary photographic genres. Students must have access to a digital SLR camera. Previous computer experience is helpful, but not required. Transfer students who have not had experience with digital darkroom must enroll in this course before proceeding to Photography: Intermediate and Advanced Topics (ART 3513 and ART 4533). (Formerly ART 2513.) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 2413. Printmaking: Basic. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 2333)

Prerequisites: ART 1003 and ART 1213. Introduction to printmaking processes, concepts, and materials. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 2613. Sculpture: Basic. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 2326)

Prerequisites: ART 1013 and ART 1223. Instruction in basic sculptural concepts and materials. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 2713. Ceramics: Basic. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours. (TCCN = ARTS 2346)

Prerequisite: ART 1013. Students will be given the opportunity to learn basic ceramic concepts and techniques including wheel throwing, slab building, coil construction, and glazing, to create vessel and sculptural forms. Emphasis is placed on technical execution and the use of the material for personal expression. Students will also participate in team loading, unloading, and firing kilns. Lectures/presentations provide a general introduction to historical and contemporary ceramic artists and influences. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ART 3023. Color Theory and Practice. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1003, ART 1013, and ART 1213. Exploration of color theories and the practical use of color in its many different aspects including additive, subtractive, and 3-dimensional color; color mixing; interactions of color and light; color symbolism; and creative applications in various art media. Course format consists of lectures, student presentations, and assigned studio projects. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 3033. Contemporary Studio: Concepts and Practice. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of 9 semester credit hours of any three 2000-level art courses, and 6 semester credit hours of AHC courses. Interdisciplinary studio projects generated from lectures, readings and discussion, focusing on critical and cultural issues from Modern and Contemporary Art. Projects encourage collaborative efforts and nontraditional solutions and focus on conceptual development. Required of all B.A. and B.F.A. degree candidates. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 3113. Painting II. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1003, ART 1023, ART 1223, and ART 2113. Continued study of the methods and materials of painting connecting color, form, and composition to image and idea development. This course emphasizes the use of oil paint and oil mediums. Transfer students who have not had experience with oil paint must enroll in this course before proceeding to Painting III. May be repeated once for credit with instructor permission. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 3133. Painting III. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ART 3113 or consent of instructor. Structured advanced painting projects that present a variety of approaches to painting with an aim to furthering both competence and an individual viewpoint in relation to historical and contemporary issues. Although a variety of media may be used at the instructor’s discretion, all students must have had previous experience using oil paint. Transfer students who have not had experience with oil paint must enroll in ART 3113. Sections focusing on a special topic such as abstraction or the figure will occasionally be offered. May be repeated for credit. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 3223. Drawing: Figure. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ART 1223. Study of the human figure and its historical and contemporary implications for the artist, including anatomical and structural dynamics, gesture, narrative, and issues concerning the body as subject. May be repeated for credit. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 3233. Drawing: Intermediate. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ART 1223. Structured drawing projects assigned with an emphasis on the interrelationship of drawing and space. Explores a range of spatial models including observational, abstract, and physical. May be repeated once for credit.

ART 3513. Photography: Intermediate. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ART 2313. This course builds on technical knowledge through the introduction of 35mm and medium film formats as well as black & white techniques and laboratory procedures. The course provides further conceptual exploration of photography as a fine art medium through projects that explore historic and contemporary genres. Students must have access to a 35mm analog (film) SLR camera. Transfer students who have not had experience with traditional darkroom must enroll in this course before proceeding to Photography: Advanced Topics. This course may be repeated for credit. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 4033. Studio Art Problems. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of 9 semester credit hours of any three 2000-level basic art courses, and consent of instructor. An advanced exploration of visual art ideas and practices using various media, materials, and processes. Occasionally may be devoted to a specific topic of study. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ART 4133. Painting / Drawing IV. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 3133 or ART 4233 and consent of instructor. Development of an individual direction in painting or drawing (including mixed media, hybrid forms, and experimental approaches) emphasizing the successful synthesis of material, technical, formal and conceptual qualities specific to each student’s work. Additional emphasis is given to the understanding and articulation of historical and contemporary issues in the theory and practice of painting and drawing. Other course work, such as reading and/or writing assignments may be required to complement individual studio work. Students repeating ART 4133 will be required to demonstrate an advanced and expanded performance building on their accomplishments in prior sections of ART 4133. Permission of instructor is required for enrollment in this course. Admission is based on student’s demonstrated ability to undertake the development of a focused and proficient body of work with dedicated time in the studio environment. May be repeated for credit. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 4233. Drawing: Advanced. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 3233 and consent of instructor. Diverse topics with an emphasis on contemporary drawing practices such as drawing and the body, drawing and duration, and drawing and site. May be repeated for credit. (Formerly titled “Drawing III.”) Generally offered: Summer.

ART 4313. New Media. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: ART 2223. The focus of this course is on new media as an extension of fine arts practice. Depending on the term topic, there may be instruction in static and/or non-static electronic media, including various forms such as digital print, Web, video, animation, and sound. Students will be encouraged to use digital and other new media tools experimentally to create original electronically generated art that amplifies and extends image making beyond traditional techniques. ART 4313 may be repeated for credit. Specific UTSA Department of Art and Art History degree plans require students to take this course multiple times, up to 15 credit hours (including Internship and Independent Study where the work falls primarily in the discipline of New Media). Students are expected to enroll in varying sections of ART 4313 in order to expand their knowledge of diverse new media: New Media: Video; New Media: Sound; New Media: Animation; New Media: Web. Students will be required to demonstrate an advanced and expanded performance, which includes execution of artwork, progression in digital media literacy and writing ability, building on their accomplishments in prior sections of ART 4313. This process of developing a refined skill set is time consuming and individualized to each student, as are the benchmarks of material, process and conceptual success that characterize each student’s work. Students taking ART 4313 for additional credit will be evaluated on an increased mastery of the skill sets defined above in the learning outcomes of this course. Increased mastery of skills will include but not be limited to: The exploration of an additional area of digital media not used in prior semesters; The experimentation with, and the refinement of, an additional process(es) not used in prior semesters; Improved personal standard of quality demonstrated by a refinement in the sophistication of conceptual, material and process success that characterize the student’s work; A demonstrated improvement of the student’s ability or skill to formulate and verbally articulate his or her developing artistic direction measured against performance in prior semesters as well as over the course of the semester; An increased and more specific understanding of the history of new media especially directed towards the interests and investigations of the student. (Formerly titled “Multimedia Art.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 4433. Printmaking. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1023 and ART 2413. An emphasis on the development of a personal vision and individual approach to the use of the medium, including experimentation in multiple processes. ART 4433 may be repeated for credit. Specific UTSA Department of Art and Art History degree plans require students to take this course multiple times up to 15 credit hours (including Internship and Independent Study where the work falls primarily in the discipline of printmaking). Students enrolling in ART 4433 will be required to demonstrate an advanced and expanded performance building on their accomplishments in prior sections of ART 4433. This process of developing a refined skill set is time consuming and individualized to each student as are the benchmarks of material, process and conceptual success that characterize each student’s work. Students taking ART 4433 for additional credit will be evaluated on an increased mastery of the skill sets defined above in the learning outcomes of this course. Increased mastery of skills will include but not be limited to: The exploration of an additional material(s) not used in prior semesters; The experimentation with, and the refinement of, an additional process(es) not used in prior semesters; Improved personal standard of quality demonstrated by a refinement in the sophistication of conceptual, material and process success that characterize the student’s work; A demonstrated improvement of the student’s ability or skill to formulate and verbally articulate his or her developing artistic direction measured against performance in prior semesters as well as over the course of the semester; An increased and more specific understanding of the history of printmaking especially directed towards the interests and investigations of the student. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 4533. Photography: Advanced Topics. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 2313 and ART 3513. Emphasis on the development of a personal voice through exploration of advanced photographic techniques, and concepts as well as self-defined projects. Students will build knowledge and understanding of photography as a fine art medium. Topics may include: Non-Silver and Alternative Processes; Controlled Lighting; Advanced Black and White; Image-Based Performance, Intervention, and Installation; Advanced Color and Digital Darkroom; Primitive Technologies–Pinhole and Toy Cameras. Transfer students who have not had experience with both digital and traditional darkroom techniques covered in ART 2313 and ART 3513 must enroll in these courses before proceeding to Photography: Advanced Topics. While each offered topic may be repeated once for credit, students who chose photography as their emphasis area should take a minimum of four of the offered topics. ART 4533 may be repeated for credit. Specific UTSA Department of Art and Art History degree plans require students to take this course multiple times up to 15 credit hours (including Internship and Independent Study where the work falls primarily in the discipline of Photography). Students enrolling in ART 4533 will be required to demonstrate an advanced and expanded performance building on their accomplishments in prior sections of ART 4533. This process of developing a refined skill set is time consuming and individualized to each student as are the benchmarks of material, process and conceptual success that characterize each student’s work. Students taking ART 4533 for additional credit will be evaluated on an increased mastery of the skill sets defined above in the learning outcomes of this course. Increased mastery of skills will include but not be limited to: The exploration of an additional material(s) not used in prior semesters; The experimentation with, and the refinement of, an additional processes(s) not used in prior semesters; Improved personal standard of quality demonstrated by a refinement in the sophistication of conceptual, material and process success that characterize the student’s work; A demonstrated improvement of the student’s ability or skill to formulate and verbally articulate his or her developing artistic direction measured against performance in prior semesters as well as over the course of the semester; An increased and more specific understanding of the history of photography especially directed towards the interests and investigations of the student. (Formerly titled “Photography.”) Generally offered: Fall, Spring. Summer.

ART 4673. Sculpture. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1003, ART 1023, and ART 2613. An emphasis on the development of a personal vision and individual approach to the use of the medium. ART 4673 may be repeated for credit. Specific UTSA Department of Art and Art History degree plans require students to take this course multiple times up to 15 credit hours (including Internship and Independent Study where the work falls primarily in the discipline of Sculpture). Students enrolling in ART 4673 will be required to demonstrate an advanced and expanded performance building on their accomplishments in prior sections of ART 4673. This process of developing a refined skill set is time consuming and individualized to each student as are the benchmarks of material, process and conceptual success that characterize each student’s work. Students taking ART 4673 for additional credit will be evaluated on an increased mastery of the skill sets defined above in the learning outcomes of this course. Increased mastery of skills will include but not be limited to: The exploration of an additional material(s) not used in prior semesters; The experimentation with, and the refinement of, an additional processes(s) not used in prior semesters; Improved personal standard of quality demonstrated by a refinement in the sophistication of conceptual, material and process success that characterize the student’s work; A demonstrated improvement of the student’s ability or skill to formulate and verbally articulate his or her developing artistic direction measured against performance in prior semesters as well as over the course of the semester; An increased and more specific understanding of the history of sculpture especially directed towards the interests and investigations of the student. Generally offered: Fall, Spring.

ART 4753. Ceramics. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 1003, ART 1013, and ART 2713. An exploration of advanced techniques and processes including large-scale ceramic sculpture, the use of armatures, and clay body and glaze development. Emphasis is placed on technical execution and the use of the material for personal expression. Readings, lectures, and presentations are designed to broaden the students’ historical and contemporary reference. ART 4753 may be repeated for credit. Specific UTSA Department of Art and Art History degree plans require students to take this course multiple times up to 15 credit hours (including Internship and Independent Study where the work falls primarily in the discipline of Ceramics). Students enrolling in ART 4753 will be required to demonstrate an advanced and expanded performance building on their accomplishments in prior sections of ART 4753. This process of developing a refined skill set is time consuming and individualized to each student, as are the benchmarks of material, process and conceptual success that characterize each student’s work. Students taking ART 4753 for additional credit will be evaluated on an increased mastery of the skill sets defined above in the learning outcomes of this course. Increased mastery of skills will include but not be limited to: The exploration of an additional material(s) not used in prior semesters; The experimentation with, and the refinement of, an additional processes(s) not used in prior semesters; Improved personal standard of quality demonstrated by a refinement in the sophistication of conceptual, material and process success that characterize the student’s work; A demonstrated improvement of the student’s ability or skill to formulate and verbally articulate his or her developing artistic direction measured against performance in prior semesters as well as over the course of the semester; An increased and more specific understanding of the history of ceramics especially directed towards the interests and investigations of the student. Generally offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

ART 4833. Internship in the Visual Arts. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Students will participate in projects on an individual basis. The practical application of art methods and principles in such projects as providing special art programs or exhibition assistance to organizations and providing technical studio assistance for artists. Students must confer with instructor during the semester prior to enrolling in order to formulate the content of the internship. May be repeated for credit. (Formerly titled “Practicum in the Visual Arts.”) Generally offered: Summer.

ART 4913. Independent Study. (0-0) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Enrollment contingent upon completion and approval of Independent Study form. Independent studio projects produced under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree. This course may be used only under extraordinary conditions when a self-directed student needs special instruction in an area of studio art not offered within normal course offerings.

ART 4953. Special Studies in Art. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ART 4973. B.A. Senior Seminar. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 3033, and must have completed application for graduation must be taken in the last semester of degree completion. This course is a capstone experience for all students receiving the BA in Art and Art History. Students will prepare a final project in the form of a portfolio or undergraduate thesis. Various other course activities can include guest speakers, field trips, professional practices and life after graduation strategies. Students that need studio specialized studio access to complete portfolio pieces must be concurrently enrolled in the advanced section of the appropriate studio specialization in order to use the facilities. This course is only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.

ART 4983. B.F.A. Senior Seminar and Exhibition. (0-6) 3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisites: ART 3033, and must have completed application for graduation. This course prepares the student in the professional concerns of aesthetics, art practices, and exhibition. The student will prepare work for a group exhibition in consultation with both the class instructor and a faculty advisor from his or her studio area of specialization. Students must be concurrently enrolled in the advanced section of their specialization in order to access the studio facilities and realize the final project. This course is only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters.