Studio Art

The Studio Art concentration prepares persons to practice art in a professional capacity, to teach art, and for further study toward the terminal Master of Fine Arts degree. It offers professional development in a major art field and skill development for certified teachers of art. Major studio fields include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, illustration and graphic design, sculpture, and ceramics. This concentration is designed for those with the potential to sustain productive careers as artists and who will continue to produce, exhibit, and approach their work critically.

Admission Requirements

Prospective applicants are encouraged to schedule an interview with the program coordinator before applying, although this is not required. All application materials are due by April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered only for provisional enrollment.

General Admission requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (4.0 scale) or 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Two letters of recommendation (optional for students who have taken art course work at UALR during the three years previous to the application)
  • Statement of objectives and goals (500-1,000 words)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is optional and may be submitted to bolster the application. (Application forms for some financial aid offered through the University require information about the GRE score)

Studio Art Additional Requirements

  • Portfolio of about 20 slides or CD of 20 images
  • 36 undergraduate art hours, including 15 in the major area and 9 in art history (18 major area hours for illustration and graphic design)

Program Requirements

The studio art concentration requires at least 36 graduate credit hours, including 18 hours in a major studio field (or 12 major and six minor hours), nine art history hours, three approved liberal arts hours (may be upperlevel undergraduate), three elective hours, and 7399 Exhibition and Catalogue Project. A foreign language is not required.

Students work with a faculty advisor in the major studio field to design a course of study. Courses are divided into Level I and Level II. The Advancement to Candidacy Critique must be passed before enrolling for ARST 7399 Exhibitions and Catalogue Project. The Advancement to Candidacy Critique, which is open to all faculty, is scheduled when all Level I courses have been completed with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The studentʹs portfolio and all work in the program are reviewed by a faculty committee of at least three persons selected by the student in consultation with the major field advisor and program coordinator. The committee may recommend that the student continue to Level II, repeat some or all of Level I, or be dismissed from the program.

The exhibition and catalogue project must be proposed to and accepted by the studentʹs advisory committee before Advancement to Candidacy is granted. The exhibition must be organized and scheduled according to departmental policies, and the catalogue must document the exhibition following departmental guidelines and Graduate School thesis standards. Two copies of the catalogue become the property of the Department of Art and the Graduate School.

Level I

  • 9 hours of major studio field I, II, III (or major field I, II; minor field I)
  • 6 hours of art history
  • 3 hours of liberal arts

Level II

  • 9 hours of major studio field IV, V, VI (or major field III, IV; minor field II)
  • 3 hours of art history
  • 3 hours of elective
  • 7399 Exhibition and Catalogue Project