Studio Art Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)–Art History Emphasis
Department of Art
101 Hanes Art Center, CB# 3405
Professor Jim Hirschfield, Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art (Fall 2016)
Professor Yun-Dong Nam, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Studio Art
Professor Cary Levine, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Art History
William Thomas, Student Services
This combined degree was designed for those wishing a depth of study in both programmatic areas of the Department of Art.
The bachelor of fine arts with art history emphasis degree was established to allow students to pursue concentrated study in both studio art and art history. Unique to UNC–Chapel Hill, this degree has been well received for students wishing to pursue graduate study in fields that demand knowledge in both history and practice, such as curatorial studies, museum studies, or education. Students pursuing this degree are advised by the director of undergraduate studies for both studio art and art history. Students interested in this degree should contact both advisors no later than the sophomore year.
- Art History Major, B.A.
- Studio Art Major, B.A.
- Studio Art Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)
- Studio Art Major, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A)–Art History Emphasis
In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must
- attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
- take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
- earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).
For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.
|Three studio art foundation courses:|
|ARTS 102||Core Concepts: Image||3|
|ARTS 103||Core Concepts: Space||3|
|ARTS 106||Core Concepts: Time||3|
|One Tier I studio art course:||3|
|Basic Drawing and Composition|
|Basic Photography H|
|Introduction to Web Media|
|Color: Theory and Concept|
|Phantasmagoria: Haunted Art, History, and Installation|
|One Tier II studio art course:||3|
|Intermediate Video Projects|
|Ceramic Sculpture I|
|Special Topics in Studio Art|
|The Aesthetics of Junk|
|The Practice of Representation: Portraiture in Photography|
|One Tier III studio art course:||3|
|Intermediate Ceramic Sculpture|
|Special Topics in Studio Art|
|Theory, History, and Practice of Contemporary Curating|
|Advanced Ceramic Sculpture|
|Advanced Mixed Media Projects|
|Special Topics in Studio Art|
|Studio Art Practicum or Internship|
|Independent Study in Studio Art|
|Four studio art electives 1||12|
Any Tier I, II, or III courses
Internship (ARTS 493)
|ARTS 500||Senior Seminar||3|
|Art History Emphasis (nine art history courses)|
|Two art history survey courses||6|
|Seven courses numbered from 200 to 699 2||21|
Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.
Students can count senior honors thesis credits (up to six hours) as studio or art history electives or split between the two, depending on the nature of the thesis project.
Two of which must be numbered above 400
B.F.A.–A.H. students should be aware that courses taken in the Department of Art beyond the 60 credits outlined in the major will not count toward graduation.
All General Education Foundations, Approaches, and Connections requirements must be satisfied.
Special Opportunities in Art
Students may pursue independent study coursework with individual faculty members. Such work may be undertaken only with the permission of the sponsoring faculty member. Students should consult individual faculty members prior to registration to secure permission. A proposal and a contract must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies before students may enroll. The independent study syllabus and contract are available on the art majors’ Sakai site. Since faculty members are limited to supervising only two independent study students each semester, students are strongly advised to contact the faculty member with whom they wish to work early in the registration period for the upcoming semester.
Independent study work requires a minimum of three hours per week per credit hour. For example, a typical three-credit-hour class would require at least nine hours of work per week. Once the semester begins, students must meet with the faculty member initially to confirm goals, review expectations, and establish semester deadlines. Thereafter, students must meet regularly to review work in progress, with a suggested biweekly frequency. Total time spent in direct interaction with the faculty member for the semester must average 45 minutes per week. This may be in the form of face-to-face meetings, blog or e-mail exchanges, or group critiques with other independent study students and their advisors.
Students have opportunities to see and interact with professional artists and their work through exhibitions in the Allcott Galleries, installations of sculptural works in the Alumni Sculpture Garden, artist-in-residence programs, and the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
There are several undergraduate student organizations serving the visual arts at Carolina. The Undergraduate Art Association (UAA) is a campuswide social club that supports and develops undergraduate visual artists at Carolina regardless of their enrollment in art classes, and strengthens the impact of visual art in the University community. The Studio Art Majors Association (SAMA) is aimed specifically at developing community and professional opportunities that augment the experience for studio majors. ArtHeels is a service-based organization that is passionate about bringing arts (visual, performing, and literary) to the healthcare setting. The Art History Liaisons is the undergraduate art history group. Kappa Pi is the art majors honors society which includes both studio and art history majors. These groups serve as an important link between the majors and the department’s administration. The department utilizes these organizations to facilitate communication about matters of interest, including participation in departmental initiatives or other extracurricular opportunities.
Students are encouraged to pursue internships at local, regional, or national arts institutions. Information about internship opportunities is available in the department office. Just as with independent study, students must have internships preapproved and under contract before enrolling for ARTS 493.
Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities. While there are many opportunities to study art abroad, the Department of Art maintains a special affiliation with the Studio Art Centers International (SACI) and the Lorenzo di Medici–both in Florence, Italy–and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Students should discuss their study abroad plans with the undergraduate adviser in studio art to obtain prior approval for courses taken abroad. Basically, courses that have an equivalent in the UNC–Chapel Hill curriculum usually are approved. Courses that fall outside the UNC–Chapel Hill curriculum must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. No guarantee exists that a course will transfer for credit unless preapproved. Contact the Study Abroad Office to discuss the procedures for approval.
Undergraduate Scholarship Awards in Studio Art
A competition each November encourages studio art majors to submit up to four works to be considered for the following scholarships: The Alexander Julian Prize (one award to our best student), the Sharpe Scholarships (multiple awards for students receiving financial aid), George Kachergis Studio Art Scholarships (multiple awards chosen by a student-designated committee), the Anderson Award, the Penland School of Craft Scholarships (two awards cover expenses for a summer course at the Penland School of Craft), and a design honorarium to develop proposals for the Alumni Sculpture Garden (see below). The studio program awards over $24,000 annually and awards range from a minimum of $500 to $3,000.
Alumni Sculpture Garden Commission
The Department of Art annually commissions new works for the Alumni Sculpture Garden. Students wishing to be considered for the commission will indicate their interest during the Undergraduate Studio Art Awards Competition. Students selected during the competition are paid an honorarium to develop a design proposal. These proposals are evaluated and approved by a faculty-designated panel. Selected finalists receive a commission to realize the work. Most projects are sculptural but can be experimental, temporary performative works, projections, or other projects that utilize the Alumni Sculpture Garden spaces around the Hanes Art Center.
Opportunities for undergraduate research in the Department of Art exist in several forms. Detailed descriptions and application guidelines are available on the art majors’ Sakai site and from the student services representative in the Department of Art office.
Allcott Travel Fellowships support two summer research projects in studio art and/or art history.
The Pearman Fund supports special projects in both art history and studio art. Competitions for art history research funds are held in the fall and the spring. Studio art students may request funds for special projects by submitting a proposal to the director of undergraduate studies in studio art. Awards are generally $500 or less.
SURF Fellowships and the James Boyd Gadson Summer Fellowships in Studio Art award up to $3,000 for studio art research projects. These are specially designated Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) administered through the UNC Office for Undergraduate Research. SURF applications from studio art majors are automatically considered for the Gadson Fellowships. This fund typically supports at least two awards. Application deadlines (usually in February) are set by the Office for Undergraduate Research. Students interested in pursuing summer research should contact faculty sponsors toward the end of the fall semester.
The Jacquelyn Friedman and Marvin Saltzman Fund in Art provides supplemental monies for painting supplies for students who for economic reasons may be hindered from working to their full potential. Any undergraduate student with need, regardless of major, enrolled in a Department of Art painting class during the fall and/or spring semesters is eligible. Students should see their course instructor for further information.