Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History administers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a major in studio art, art education and graphic design, as well as the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in art history.

The BFA degree is available in studio art with concentration in ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture; graphic design; and art education. A minimum of 75 semester hours is required in graphic design; a minimum of 78 semester hours in art is required for studio majors; and art education majors must complete a minimum of 54 hours of art. The various degree plans are outlined below.

All art courses taken in the major or minor sequences must be passed with a grade of "C" or better to fulfill graduation requirements.

Departmental Requirements

A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in art is a required prerequisite to junior and senior-level studio art, graphic design and art education courses. After entrance into upper-division courses, a minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained as a prerequisite to further advanced enrollment. An annual qualifying portfolio review is required for all students wishing to continue in the Graphic Design Program, whether they are graphic design majors or not; the student may be required to repeat courses or be removed from the Graphic Design Program.

Field Trips

Field trips may be required by instructors as a part of the content of any course. Every effort will be made to ensure that these trips do not conflict with other portions of the student's schedule.

Honors Program

Art and art history majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the University Honors Program and should enroll in ART 30003 during their junior year and ART 40003 during the fall semester of their senior year.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA in art and must present a portfolio or photographs/slides of their work for evaluation by the Department of Art at least one week prior to registration or at the time of advisement in order to determine level of competency.

Declaration of a Major

The department requires students to declare a major during or before the second semester of their sophomore year. Students majoring in studio art must also declare a concentration in ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking or sculpture. Students planning to major in studio art or art education must submit a portfolio of work to department faculty. A portfolio that meets with faculty approval is required before permission will be given to register in upper-division classes. Students who do not meet departmental standards may enroll for ART 20970 for up to six semester hours of credit to improve both GPA and portfolio before making another submission to the faculty. Once a concentration is declared, a faculty adviser from that area will be assigned, and a sequence of courses to be taken will be formulated.

Student Exhibitions

Both graduate and undergraduate student exhibitions take place at various times during the year in the Art Galleries at TCU. No work may be removed from exhibitions without departmental approval. Students must claim their work at the end of each exhibition. The department cannot accept responsibility for the care, storage or distribution of student work.

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