FAQs

What are the different prefix codes used in the department?


The department uses prefix codes to manage items such as scheduling and course registration with the university systems.

  • ARAD is Applied Design
    • (ceramics, furniture design and metals & jewelry)
  • ARED = Art Education
  • ARHA = Art History and,
  • ARST = Studio Art
    • (drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture)

Is there a second language requirement for my degree?


There is a second language requirement for the BA in art history and studio art degrees only. None of the other degrees have a second language requirement.

Who do I talk to about advising?


The department has advisors for both undergraduate and graduate students. Incoming freshmen and transfer students should contact the department chair, Professor Tom Clifton (tgclifton@ualr.edu) for initial advising.

For more specific information click here.

What is an 'APD' course?


An APD (Advanced Problems in Design) course is a special topics course. These types of courses allow the department to incorporate unique offerings into the curriculum. The course numbers are always 4315 for undergraduate and 5315 for graduate level.

Do I need a portfolio to be admitted to the art department?


No. You will however need a portfolio to apply for the BFA program. This application takes place after you have completed 24 credit hours of art classes and had an opportunity to build a portfolio. You can find out more about the BFA application process here.

Can I complete my degree in four years?


Yes. All bachelor degrees in the department are 120 credit hours or four years. You can complete your degree by following the degree plan worked out for you by your advisor.

Is there a minimum grade I must make?


Yes. All art majors (BA & BFA) and minors in art must make a minimum grade of a “C” in all of their art courses, including art history, to count as credit towards the degree.

What is the difference between the BA and BFA?


Both degrees are 120 credit hours. The BA is categorized as more of a liberal arts degree and allows a student to study both art and another subject on campus. For example: a student in the BA program might study both art and sign language in preparation to become an interpreter for a museum. The BFA is a professional degree for students who want to become working artists in their chosen fields, such as graphic design or ceramics.

If you are unsure what degree to pursue, please discuss your ideas and career goals with an advisor in the art department. They will help you with your decision.

What if I'm a freshman and haven't decided to apply for the BFA?


That is fine. You will have time during the first few semesters to decide, while you complete the required coursework that is essential for both the BA in Art: Studio Art Track and the BFA in Art.

What is required in order to apply to the BFA?


You must submit a BFA application form and go through a portfolio review and interview process.

The minimum requirements for admission eligibility are (1) being a declared BA in Art major, and (2) the completion of 24 art hours: 15 hours of studio prerequisites, 6 hours of art history, & 3 hours of studio foundations in the intended emphasis area (Ex: ARST 3370: Introduction to Photography).

Students must have a minimum 3.0 in all art courses when making application.

Typed statement, on the application form, will address your reasons for completing the BFA degree and its application to your career.

Portfolios will include a total of twelve (12) to twenty (20) works. You will need to select artwork that demonstrates the following: A strong technical proficiency in a variety of media, understanding of design a composition, creativity and exploration, as well as idea development. Your portfolio should additionally demonstrate proficiency in at least one visual arts medium in which you wish to emphasize.

  • At least for (4) works need to be observational drawings regardless of the emphasis you wish to pursue.
  • A minimum of four (4) works from your intended emphasis area, unless otherwise specified on the application form.

For more information, please contact the BFA coordinator or your advisor.


Can I apply for admission into the BFA program as a freshman?


If you are an incoming student wanting to pursue a BFA in Art degree, you will be given a “pre-admit” designation in your Declaration of Major during the advising process. After successfully completing the required coursework and BFA application process, the “pre-admit” designation will be changed to “full-admit.”


I already have a BA in Art degree, can I apply for the BFA?


Yes. However, you must have been accepted for entrance into the university and have competed or have been given proper transfer credit for the required coursework. For more information, please contact our department chairperson, art department advisors, or the BFA Coordinator. They will help you with any questions you may have.


I am a transfer student, can I apply to the BFA in Art?


Yes. However, you must have been accepted for entrance into the university and have competed or have been given proper transfer credit for the required coursework. For more information, please contact our department chairperson, art department advisors, or the BFA Coordinator. They will help you with any questions you may have.


When should I apply for the BFA?


There are two opportunities per year to apply to the BFA program: once in late fall and once in late spring. You should apply for the BFA Program once you have completed the required coursework. Make sure you discuss applying with the faculty in the emphasis area you want to pursue, as well as your advisor. The BFA application can be found here. For more information, please contact our department chairperson, art department advisors, or the BFA Coordinator. They will help you with any questions you may have.


If my application is turned down, can I reapply in the future?


You can reapply for the BFA program up to three (3) times. We suggest that you speak with the professors in your emphasis area to determine the best ways to prepare for additional applications.

How do I apply for the BFA?


Information regarding the BFA application process can be found here. Use the BFA in Art application.