College of Fine Arts

Art Studio

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Degrees Offered

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Semester Hours

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Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art & Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

Program website

859-257-8151

  • BA
  • BFA

Students wishing to major in Art Studio have a choice of two undergraduate degrees. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is for those who wish to create a broad foundation based on the tradition of a liberal arts education, suitable for many possible career paths. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree offers a more specialized curriculum, which is especially useful for those students seeking specific careers as professional artists, designers, and for graduate studies in the visual arts.

Careers

Our alumni are working as professional photographers, graphic designers, art educators, professional artists, and in art galleries, museums, and in other industries.

"Coming in as an incoming college freshman I never expected to ever be a student in Fine Arts. Changing my major to Art Studio with a minor in Art History has been the best decision I have made. The most significant thing I have learned from the School of Art & Visual Studies is to never be afraid to be creative and express yourself.”

Olivia Lasheen

Art Studio

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Art Studio (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 102 - TWO-DIMENSIONAL SURFACE3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring design elements and principles as the basic means of organizing two-dimensional space. Each student develops the ability to form strategies, concepts and ideas to enhance creativity and articulate personal expression.

  • A-S 200 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART, SPACE, AND TIME3

    This course provides fundamental instruction in digital media as a creative tool. Students will learn the basics of digital collage, video editing and sound design. An overview of historical and contemporary digital art practice will be presented as well as elements of designs and composition. (Four studio hours, and one 50-minute lecture per week.).

  • A-S 101 - CREATIVITY PRACTICES IN ART STUDIO1

    This seminar course for incoming Art Studio and Art Education majors in designed to develop creative strategies and orient students to the Department and University. Through discussion, in-class exercises, and out-of-class assignments, students will gain knowledge of arts-related resources and programming at UK and in the local community. Art Studio and Art Education Majors only; No prerequisites.

  • A-H 106 - RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART3

    An introduction to the history of European art and its legacy from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will become familiar with major works and monuments and develop an understanding of how art has functioned and evolved in the European tradition. As an introduction to the discipline of art history, the class develops a student's ability to describe and analyze art and architecture using sophisticated terminology, and enables a student to connect works of art to specific social and historical contexts.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • A-S 001 - FOUNDATION EXHIBITION0

    An annual exhibition where all first-year Foundation students will select and exhibit one of their works created in a course at UK during their first-year. Students will be required to select their own work, present it professionally, and provide an accompanying artist’s statement. The exhibition will occur each spring semester. Grade: P or F.

  • A-S 103 - THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORM3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the elements and principles of designing in the round. Basic concepts involving three- dimensional design in visual art will be explored through discussion and the creation of spatial forms. Special emphasis will be given to the creative process in problem solving.

  • A-S 130 - DRAWING3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the visual language of drawing through observation. Students learn the mechanisms of visual perception, how individual components of a drawing relate to the organization of the composition as a whole. Each student develops not only observational skills rooted in traditional drawing media for realistic renderings, but also gradually builds strategies, concepts, and ideas for abstract expression.

  • Art History Course (100-level)3
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Studio Core: Category 13
  • Studio Core: Category 23
  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Studio Core: Category 33
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ART 301 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES3

    This course is designed to assist Art Studio majors in developing practical writing and presentation skills needed to maintain a successful, professional practice in the visual arts. Students are required to write in a variety of formats that are standard in the field of art studio. The course will include developing artist and biographical statements, resumes, grant/exhibition proposals and/or reviews, as well as a research paper on a topic of interest in contemporary art. Students will also prepare a digital portfolio emphasizing presentation and documentation skills about a student’s own research. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Elective Outside Art Studio (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective Outside Art Studio (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Elective Outside Art Studio (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • A-S 490 - SENIOR SEMINAR1

    Readings and critical discussion relating to art. Selection, preparation, and presentation of senior exhibitions and portfolios. To be taken during student's final semester of study. Two lecture hours per week.

  • Art Studio Elective (500 level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours29
  • Art Studio (BFA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • A-S 102 - TWO-DIMENSIONAL SURFACE3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring design elements and principles as the basic means of organizing two-dimensional space. Each student develops the ability to form strategies, concepts and ideas to enhance creativity and articulate personal expression.

  • A-S 200 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL ART, SPACE, AND TIME3

    This course provides fundamental instruction in digital media as a creative tool. Students will learn the basics of digital collage, video editing and sound design. An overview of historical and contemporary digital art practice will be presented as well as elements of designs and composition. (Four studio hours, and one 50-minute lecture per week.).

  • A-S 101 - CREATIVITY PRACTICES IN ART STUDIO1

    This seminar course for incoming Art Studio and Art Education majors in designed to develop creative strategies and orient students to the Department and University. Through discussion, in-class exercises, and out-of-class assignments, students will gain knowledge of arts-related resources and programming at UK and in the local community. Art Studio and Art Education Majors only; No prerequisites.

  • A-H 106 - RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART3

    An introduction to the history of European art and its legacy from the Middle Ages to the present. Students will become familiar with major works and monuments and develop an understanding of how art has functioned and evolved in the European tradition. As an introduction to the discipline of art history, the class develops a student's ability to describe and analyze art and architecture using sophisticated terminology, and enables a student to connect works of art to specific social and historical contexts.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • A-S 001 - FOUNDATION EXHIBITION0

    An annual exhibition where all first-year Foundation students will select and exhibit one of their works created in a course at UK during their first-year. Students will be required to select their own work, present it professionally, and provide an accompanying artist’s statement. The exhibition will occur each spring semester. Grade: P or F.

  • A-S 103 - THREE-DIMENSIONAL FORM3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the elements and principles of designing in the round. Basic concepts involving three- dimensional design in visual art will be explored through discussion and the creation of spatial forms. Special emphasis will be given to the creative process in problem solving.

  • A-S 130 - DRAWING3

    A broad, cross-disciplinary studio course exploring the visual language of drawing through observation. Students learn the mechanisms of visual perception, how individual components of a drawing relate to the organization of the composition as a whole. Each student develops not only observational skills rooted in traditional drawing media for realistic renderings, but also gradually builds strategies, concepts, and ideas for abstract expression.

  • Art History Course (100 level)3
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Studio Core: Category 13
  • Studio Core: Category 23
  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Studio Core: Category 33
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ART 301 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES3

    This course is designed to assist Art Studio majors in developing practical writing and presentation skills needed to maintain a successful, professional practice in the visual arts. Students are required to write in a variety of formats that are standard in the field of art studio. The course will include developing artist and biographical statements, resumes, grant/exhibition proposals and/or reviews, as well as a research paper on a topic of interest in contemporary art. Students will also prepare a digital portfolio emphasizing presentation and documentation skills about a student’s own research. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • Elective Outside Art Studio (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ART 291 - BFA STUDIO PRACTICUM1

    The study and practice of professional techniques of the organization and maintenance of the art studio environment. Orientation and application of best practices for health and safety.

  • 6 Hours (Art Admin, Music, or Theatre)3
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art History Course (300+ level)3
    • Total13
    • Total Junior Hours28

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ART 291 - BFA STUDIO PRACTICUM1

    The study and practice of professional techniques of the organization and maintenance of the art studio environment. Orientation and application of best practices for health and safety.

  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art Studio Elective (500 level)3
  • Elective Outside Art Studio (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • A-S 490 - SENIOR SEMINAR1

    Readings and critical discussion relating to art. Selection, preparation, and presentation of senior exhibitions and portfolios. To be taken during student's final semester of study. Two lecture hours per week.

  • Art Studio Elective (300+ level)3
  • Art Studio Elective (500 level)3
  • Elective Outside Art Studio (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
  • Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours31

Classes & Requirements

 

What You'll Study

Students will gain critical skills for succeeding in today’s world, including the ability to work with still and moving images using the latest software. The Art Studio curriculum is grounded in the manipulation of traditional media such as drawing, ceramics, and sculpture but also incorporates digital technologies and processes, including 3-D printing and fabrication. After completing our Foundations curriculum, students may hone in on a specific medium or explore a more intermedia approach to art making.

Mediums taught within Art Studio:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Installation/Performance
  • New Media/Intermedia
  • Graphic Design
  • Printmedia
  • Sculpture
  • Fiber
  • Photography (Digital and Darkroom)
  • Metal Arts
  • Painting

Major Requirements 

All incoming Art Studio majors undertake a prescribed sequence of courses in our Foundations Program.  Students will also complete 30 hours of UK Core. The College of Fine Arts additionally requires that all majors complete 6 hours of coursework outside their departments but within the College of Fine Arts and at least 39 hours of courses at or above the 300-level.


Foundations Program

 

This program consists in part of three studio courses, one each from three distinct media areas.  Students also participate in a Freshman Exhibition (featuring work created in the two Freshman Foundation courses).  Upon completion of the Foundations Program, students wishing to become either BA or BFA studio majors submit portfolios of their work for evaluation.  The portfolio is to include selected works of art from each of the student’s premajor foundation courses as well as a selection of works that indicates the student’s current proposed direction. The portfolio will be created as a requirement of the Professional Practices in Art Studio (A-S 201).

Foundations courses:

  • A-S 101 - Creativity Practices in Art Studio

  • A-H 104 - African Art and Its Global Impact  OR  A-H 105 - World Art Before 1400
  • A-H 106 - Renaissance to Modern Art
  • A-S 102 - Two-Dimensional Surface
  • A-S 103 - Three-Dimensional Form
  • A-S 130 - Drawing
  • A-S 200 - Introduction to Digital Art, Space and Time
  • A-S 001 - Foundation Exhibition

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Overview

 

The BA degree in Art Studio provides a broad-based, liberal arts-based education that has proven useful for our graduates who have developed successful careers outside the traditional visual arts fields. We encourage students to take a broad range of courses, in such disciplines as English, Film Studies, History, Arts Administration, and Business Administration. In addition, studio majors have the option of focusing on a single medium or combination of media within Art Studio, including areas that have extensive non-art applications, such as digital media, where students master such proprietary software as Photoshop™ and Final Cut Pro™. Before graduation, students in the BA program exhibit their work in a group show in the Gallery of the School of Art & Visual Studies Building.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Overview

 

The BFA program allows for development of studio practice at a more focused, sophisticated and pre-professional level. This degree is available to students who demonstrate special abilities through a BFA portfolio review, during which the student will present his or her work to a faculty jury. Students will be considered for admission based on their advanced level of study, their current proposed direction, and strong evidence that they can succeed in creating a coherent body of work for a solo exhibition. Students will be present during the review to answer questions regarding formal, technical and conceptual elements of their work. In addition to the in-person review, students will submit an artist’s statement and documentation of work presented during the review. Besides additional studio coursework BFA students are required to create a solo exhibition during their senior year.


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Rob Jensen

Director of the School of Art & Visual Studies

College of Fine Arts

College of Fine Arts

School of Art & Visual Studies

236 Bolivar Street

Lexington, KY 40508

859-257-8151

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