Welcome to the Department of Art and Design
The Department of Art and Design exists to prepare talented students for professional and teaching careers in the visual arts, and through a strong foundational program that combines teaching excellence with individual attention and a commitment to build academic success in a creative, stimulating and rapidly changing environment. The department’s historical legacy of providing the underserved population continues to nurture and develop scholars into positive and socially responsible graduates who affect change in the workplace and the community. The department is committed to preserving and enriching the appreciation of the arts throughout the community and beyond the state while gaining national and international exposure.
The Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Art, with acurriculum for Visual Art (non-teaching and a curriculum in ArtEducation (teaching). The curriculum in visual arts is designed toprepare students for graduate or professional school and to meet themarket needs in commercial or fine arts. The curriculum leading toteaching certification is designed for those students who wish to pursuea career in teaching in the elementary and secondary schools.
General Departmental Requirements
- Art majors should acquaint themselves with the institutional requirements and the requirements of the department.
- The department assigns all art majors a faculty advisor and expects all art majors to consult their advisor prior to registering each semester.
- Art majors must take a drawing or painting course each semester until they complete all required courses.
- The department reserves the right to keep students’ work produced in the studio classes for exhibition and demonstration purposes.
- The department advises all art majors to select a strong minor area of study.
- The art education major must meet the requirements for admission to the teacher education program. (See Admission to the School of Education)
- All art majors with 30 hours from graduation must meet with the art faculty for a senior review and to discuss final details for their senior exhibition.
Requirements for B.S. in Art Education
TheBachelor of Science degree in Art Education focuses heavily on thestudent’s knowledge of art and art production, and on the articulationof that knowledge. Degree requirements include 50 hours in art (artstudio, art history, art education) and 77 hours in professionaleducation, general education, and institutional requirements. Prior tograduation, all art education students must present a comprehensiveslide portfolio of work produced during the last two years ofenrollment.
Studentsmajoring in Art Education must make a formal written application toTeacher Education (see criteria for admittance listed under Admission tothe School of Education.) Students are strongly urged to meet withtheir advisor, and then with an advisor in the School of Education earlyin their program. Required tests (Praxis Series) and scores, and otherSchool of Education requirements for licensure will be clearly delimitedat this time.
Studentsfollowing the Art Education curriculum must take a comprehensivediagnostic examination prior to graduation. For guidelines concerningthe comprehensive examination and portfolio, student should consulttheir advisor.
Requirements for B.S. in Visual Arts
TheBachelor of Science degree with concentration in Visual Arts requires aminimum of seventy-seven (77) hours credit in art-related or studiocourses, plus forty-nine (49) hours of general education andinstitutional required courses. Each student following this curriculumis required to present a one-person show and an approved portfolio ofthe most outstanding works produced for completion of degreerequirements.
Contact UsDepartment of Art and Design
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Dr. Karen DeJarnette, Chairperson