The aim of the Department of Art is to prepare and empower students to use their artistic abilities to make a difference in society. A comprehensive multi-studio approach encourages independent thinking, strengthens creativity, and develops a knowledge of the  critical and historical aspects of art.

Students acquire technical skills and gain confidence to work with a variety of materials while exploring and evaluating a broad heritage of  past and contemporary art and design.

 
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Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts
will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective communication and fiscal skills to be a practicing artist as applied to art proposals, exhibitions and business matters.
  • The expression of ideas in a cohesive body of work.
  • Critical thinking, writing and research skills allowing the discovery of original approaches to creative problem solving.
  • Mastery of techniques, composition, and the use of materials.

Students choose from several areas of study:

Bachelor of Arts in Art — Creative problem solving in a liberal arts context.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art — Professional art training in the following areas of emphasis: Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Art and Graphic Design, Fibers, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Minor in Art Education — The Department of Art offers a minor in Art Education for students interested in working in educational settings. The minor does not lead to initial teacher certification. UAA does not currently offer a teacher certification program in art. Students interested in becoming K-12 art teachers may complete the BA or BFA in Art at UAA and pursue teacher certification through the UAF School of Education post-baccalaureate licensure program. 

Minor in Art — Students majoring in a subject outside of the Department of Art may choose to minor in Art.

Continuing Education — Either as a pre- or post-baccalaureate student.

The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts are accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Students must note the following:

  • Some courses do not apply to degree programs.
  • Some courses may be taken for repeat credit.
  • Many art courses require completion of certain prerequisite art courses. Non-art majors who wish to enroll in an art class without first having completed the recommended prerequisites are free to do so with appropriate instructor permission, but may find the classroom experience difficult or unrewarding.
  • Art majors must obtain pre-registration approval from art faculty for upper division art course work undertaken each semester.

 

 

Advising

The Performing & Fine Art Academic Advisor and the Art Department Faculty Advisors are here to mentor and advise you regarding the requirements needed to graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts, Art or Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art degree. You should plan on meeting with both advisors each semester to ensure you stay on course with you program. For more information on your Advisors visit the Advising page

Note for BFA Students

The first step in the acceptance process to make certain that you have been accepted as a Pre-BFA student and provided the necessary documents (e.g. transcripts, letters and other pertinent information). These documents should be sent to the Performing & Fine Arts Student Information Office in ARTS 302. 

The second step is to make sure that you have an advising file on record. Once your documents have been sent to the PFA Student Information Office, a file will be made for you and an advisor will be assigned. Make sure you set up an appointment with an advisor at the very outset of the semester to discuss what courses you should take as an incoming Pre-BFA Student.