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.

Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA) Studio Art

The Bachelor of Arts in Art: Studio Art Track offers a general course of study in studio art and applied design that offers the breadth of a liberal arts degree while also providing students with foundational art-making skills. This degree is designed for students who have broad academic interests and goals beyond the art studio.

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

Potential Career Fields:

  • Apparel Accessory Designer
  • Advertising & Promotions
  • Advertising Director
  • Architect
  • Art Critic
  • Art Education
  • Art Historian
  • Art Retailer
  • Art Teacher / Professor
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Transporter / Courier
  • Arts Administrator
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Conservator
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Fabric Designer
  • Fine Art Framer
  • Film and/or Theatre Costume Designer
  • Film and/or Theatre Prop Designer
  • Film and/or Theatre Set Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Novel Illustrator
  • Interior Decorator / Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Landscape Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Museum Curator
  • Museum Preparator
  • Museum Studies
  • PhotojournalistPotter / Ceramic Designer
  • Professional Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Typeface Designer
  • Urban Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Web Designer
  • Wood Worker

BA in Art: Art Education

The Bachelor of Art in Art: Art Education track provides a strong studio and art history background, while fulfilling the requirements for Art K-12 Arkansas licensure from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). ADE has designated Art K-12 as a critical academic shortage area for the 2019-2020 school year.

Distinct from other education courses at UA Little Rock, art education method courses are taught from the perspective and experience of an art educator and the degree addresses multiple art education methods. These methods 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, and 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: 3 credit hours

Our Philosophy:

The Department of Art and Design curriculum mirrors the Arkansas Fine Arts Curriculum Frameworks by providing the best contemporary education philosophy and practices in arts education, courses that meet the needs of Arkansas students, and offer consistency of format and content across all disciplines and all levels.

Our standards allow students to create original artistic work as well as to respond and connect their own artistic work to that of other people and other cultures.

BA in Art: Art History

The Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art History track 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. 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.

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 Master’s 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 History Professor or Instructor
  • Art Journalist
  • Attorney
  • Collections Manager
  • Curator for institutional and corporate collections
  • Development officer for nonprofit and public art programming
  • Manager for private, corporate, or public art programming
  • Visual Arts and Digital Media Archivist
  • Volunteer and/or Docent Coordinator for a Museum

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year professional degree in studio art. We offer two tracks within the BFA: 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 metalsmithing & jewelry.

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 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:

Students are pre-admitted to the program and must complete the review before being fully admitted to the program. Admission to the selective BFA in Art program occurs through a review process that includes a portfolio submission, transcript review, submission of statement of goals, and an application form.

The minimum course requirements for full admission eligibility:

  • 15 hours of studio prerequisites
  • 6 hours of art history
  • Desired emphasis area’s introduction course
  • Students must have, and maintain, a minimum 3.0 GPA in all art courses