Undergraduate Degrees

The Department of Art, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Art. Within these degrees there are multiple tracks and emphasis areas to address more specialized study. For complete degree requirements see the university undergraduate catalog.

BA in Art: Art


The Bachelor of Arts in Art: Studio Art Track is a four-year degree that offers a general course of study in studio art and applied design. The studio art track offers the breadth of a liberal arts degree while also providing students with foundational art making skills and development in a range of studio disciplines. This degree is designed for students who have broad academic interests and goals beyond the art studio. The BA in Art: Studio Art Track requires foreign language proficiency and a minor.

Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours

  • General education requirements: 35 credit hours
  • Studio art requirements: 39 credit hours
  • Art history requirements: 9 credit hours
  • Minor: 18 credit hours
  • Second language proficiency: 9 credit hours
  • Electives: 10 credit hours

BA in Art: Art Education


The Bachelor of Art in Art: Art Education track is a four-year degree designed to provide a strong studio and art history background, while fulfilling the requirements for Arkansas licensure for the Art K-8 and Art 7-12 teaching areas. Art education courses prepare future certified art teachers in communicating and delivering art content to students. Distinct from other education courses at UALR, art education method courses are taught from the perspective and experience of an art educator. More than any other program in the state, UALR’s BA art education degree comprises five art education method courses. These courses address: art education history, child and adolescent development, differentiated instruction, student motivation and classroom management, curriculum design, assessment, creativity, art history and art criticism approaches, educational policy as well as inclusion of special needs students in the art classroom.

Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours

  • General education requirements: 35 credit hours
  • Studio art requirements: 39 credit hours
  • Art history requirements: 12 credit hours
  • Art education requirements: 13 credit hours
  • Teacher education minor: 18 credit hours
  • Electives: 13 credit hours

BA in Art: Art History


The Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art History track is a four-year degree that offers a comprehensive study of art history. This track focuses on the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts. Art History courses examine artists, works of art, patrons, historical events, and how they come together. Survey courses cover large periods of time, while upper-level courses examine more limited periods of time or topics. The discipline of art history is closely connected not only to studio art but also to other liberal arts fields such as history, literature, philosophy, and religious studies. Courses in art history are valuable not only to those interested in studio art but also to those interested in developing analytical and critical viewing and writing skills useful in such careers as law, medicine, and business. A degree emphasis in art history will provide a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue M.A. or Ph.D. programs in art history and careers in university teaching, research, and the museum field.

Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours

  • General education requirements: 35 credit hours
  • Art history and studio art requirements: 45 credit hours
  • Minor: 18 credit hours
  • Second language proficiency: 9 credit hours
  • Electives: 13 credit hours

The major in art history encourages the development of analytical and critical viewing and writing skills useful in other careers such as law, medicine, and business. Students gain a solid foundation to pursue masters or PhD programs in art history, and it also prepares students for careers as:

  • Art administrator for art galleries, auction houses, museums and historic sites
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Historian
  • Art Journalist
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator for institutional and corporate collections
  • Development officer for nonprofit and public art programming
  • Manager for private, corporate or public art programming
  • Member Services Coordinator
  • Professor or Instructor
  • Visual Arts and Digital Media Archivist

BFA in Art


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art and Applied Design is a four-year professional degree in studio art. We offer two tracks: Fine Art and Applied Design. The Fine Art Track offers emphases in Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The Applied Design Track offers emphases in Furniture Design & Woodworking, Ceramics, and Jewelry & Metalsmithing.

BFA in Art Admission Requirements

Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours

  • General education requirements: 35 credit hours
  • Studio art requirements: 57 credit hours
  • Art history requirements: 15 credit hours
  • Electives: 13 credit hours

Students that are admitted to the BFA program must show a strong sense of commitment and dedication to their art, and to their own educational experiences. The goal of the BFA program is to highly develop the skills, historical knowledge, conceptual understanding, and the sense of visual awareness needed to become a professional working artist.

Admission Criteria: Admission to the BFA in Art is selective. Admission occurs via a review process that includes a portfolio and transcript review as well as the submission of a statement of goals and application form. Students are pre-admitted to the program and must complete the review before being fully admitted to the program. The minimum course requirements for full admission eligibility are: 15 hours of studio prerequisites, 6 hours of art history, and the desired emphasis area’s introduction course. Students must have, and maintain, a minimum 3.0 GPA in all art courses.