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Art Department FAQ's

  1. How do I apply for admission at UTA?
  2. Where can I find out more information about the Art + Art History Department’s policies and procedures?
  3. What is the difference between a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art degree, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History degree?
  4. If I want to teach Art at the Elementary, Secondary or High School level, which plan do I choose?
  5. What studio areas of study do you have in the Art department?
  6. What do I need to do as a new Transfer student?
  7. How do I sign up for classes each semester?
  8. What is ADVISATHON?
  9. Is there a deadline to enroll in classes?
  10. Where can I find an Advising form and a list of Art classes?
  11. How many studio courses should I take each semester?
  12. What is Concentration Portfolio Review?
  13. How many credits do I need to graduate?
  14. Who keeps track of my progress while I am here?
  15. Do I need a Course Catalog?
  16. How do I find out if a class I took will transfer to UTA?
  17. How do I transfer the credits to UTA?
  18. Will I need to submit a portfolio for review?
  19. What about my Advance Placement credits?
  20. How do I get a locker in the Fine Arts Building?
  21. Where can I find specific academic dates to tell me when classes start or when the last day to drop is?
  22. If it’s after Late Registration, how can I drop a class?
  23. What is a UMAP and how can I locate it?
  24. How can I check on my degree progress for graduation?
  25. Do I need to apply to graduate, and if so, how do I apply if I know I’m graduating?

Answers

  1. How do I apply for admission at UTA?
    You can apply online today at www.uta.edu. While we do not require a portfolio review in order for you to enroll in our program, you are required to indicate your intentions to be an Art major on your UTA Admissions application – that’s crucial! Several of our Art History and Studio courses require you to have declared yourself an art major in order for you to qualify to enroll in them.
    http://www.uta.edu/uta/admissions.php


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  2. Where can I find out more information about the Art + Art History Department’s policies and procedures.
    We have much information in our Advising Syllabus online that will outline appointment procedures, degree requirements/restrictions, advising processes and a guide to being successful each semester, month by month:
    http://www.uta.edu/catalog/

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  3. What is the difference between a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art degree, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History degree?
    The B.F.A degree program offers intensive pre-professional preparation in the field of studio art. This program is designed for those aspiring to work in their field of interest as professionals or to enter graduate school upon completion of the degree. The B.F.A plan requires you to maintain a 3.0 or better GPA within the major, as well as the completion of 21 hours in foundations, 12 hours of art history and 39 hours in advance studio courses. If your GPA falls below a 3.0 in your major field for more than one semester, you will be placed on departmental probation and my have to consider an alternate degree plan.

    The B.A .program in Art is of a more general nature, though a concentration is highly suggested, and is more suited to those whose current academic interests and/or prior work are directed toward a broad overview of art and its relationships to other disciplines. A B.A. plan requires that you maintain a 2.5 or better GPA within the major, 21 hours in foundations, 12 hours in art history, 14 hours in advance studio courses and 18 hours in a Minor field in a subject area.

    Both programs allow students the opportunity to pursue a degree in the areas of Clay, Drawing, Film & Video, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture or Visual Communication. The B.F.A also allows students to pursue a degree in Art Education (Certificaiton). The B.A. program in Art History emphasizes historical research, preparing students for graduate work in art history of museum studies. The B.A. plan in Art History requires that you take 9 hours in Art History foundation coursework, 31 hours in advance art history courses, 3 hours in a studio course and 18 hours in a Minor subject area. To learn more of the degrees offered at UTA and on the Liberal Arts curriculum required for each degree, please refer to our degree plans and the online undergraduate catalog at: http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/degree_plans/ and http://www.uta.edu/catalog/

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  4. If I want to teach Art at the Elementary, Secondary or High School level, which plan do I choose?
    If you are interested in teaching at the Elementary, Secondary or High School level, you will want to pursue our B.F.A in Art with Education (Certification) degree plan. This plan entails earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art in addition to 15 hours of College of Education and Health Professions coursework that are required to fulfill minimum certification guidelines in Texas. To learn more of the degrees offered at UTA and on the Liberal Arts curriculum required for each degree, please refer to our degree plans and the online undergraduate catalog at: http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/degree_plans/ and http://www.uta.edu/catalog/

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  5. What studio areas of study do you have in the Art department?
    Students have the opportunity to choose from the following concentration areas: Clay, Drawing, Film & Video, Glass, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture and Visual Communication (Graphic Design). For more information on each area, please visit http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/undergrad/.

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  6. What do I need to do as a new Transfer student?
    The process for transferring into a new school can be a challenge on it’s own. We offer much information that will help guide you through to better your transition. Our Transfer Student Advising page online will give you the details you need, from transfer credit utilization to saving your transfer Art work or when you should begin applying to UTA and be prepared to come for advising.

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  7. How do I sign up for classes each semester?
    In order to be cleared for registration, you must first meet with your academic advisor. New Transfer students as well as current students who have not completed their Concentration Portfolio Review (CPR) will meet with the academic advisor for the Art & Art History Department and should call the Art office for an appointment per the Advising calendar (817.272.2891). Students who have completed their CPR at UTA will attend ADVISATHON, our upper classman advising, where they will meet with an advisor according to their area of concentration. http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/important_dates/

    When meeting with your advisor, you should have all your materials in hand and ready to go, an unofficial transcript (if you are a new transfer or need to show credits) and copy of your degree plan with a tentative schedule of 3-5 classes for the following semester. Having all of this information will make it much easier to evaluate your status as a student and advise you. You and your advisor will finalize your potential schedule and you will then be cleared for registering on your specified day. Our classes fill extremely fast, so the longer you wait; the harder it will be to get into the class you want. http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/

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  8. What is ADVISATHON?
    ADVISATHON is our upper level classman advising, where students will meet with an advisor in their area of concentration to help select classes for the next semester. It’s a fast-paced event compared to individual advising, but allows several students in a particular area to meet with their faculty and be advised in one day. More detailed information and step by step process can be found online and in the Advising syllabus: http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/advisathon/ and http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/

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  9. Is there a deadline to enroll in classes?
    The Art courses you are approved for during your advising will be held for you until the designated “Registration/Enrollment Deadline” ONLY. If you do not enroll by that deadline, you risk losing your seat for that class and may be required to submit a wait list request. Our classes fill extremely fast, so the longer you wait; the harder it will be to get into the class you want.

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  10. Where can I find an Advising form and a list of Art classes?
    Advising forms and a schedule of Art courses are located on the Advising Board, on the 3rd floor of the Fine Arts Building outside of the Art + Art History Department office. They are also located online on our Important Documents page. For other course offerings, you should look through your myMav student center through a class search.

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  11. How many studio courses should I take each semester?
    You should take only two studios for your first semester, and possibly second semester. This is a time where the majority of basic requirements, the 52 hours of the Liberal Arts core that are required by UTA, should be addressed. Because the work you produce early on may demand less time compared to upper level courses, it is a good idea to avoid sacrificing your grades in the basics for your art classes later on. As an upperclassman, your focus should be on your major and any specific interests in art or beyond the department. This may allow you to take up to 3 studios in a semester; approval from your faculty is needed to enroll in 4 studio courses. If you are a transfer student, the situation may be radically different and we'll work on your situation on an individual basis but we often highly recommend starting with 2 studios for your first semester, as well.

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  12. What is Concentration Portfolio Review?
    The Concentration Portfolio Review, or CPR, is a method of assessing art students’ artistic progress and their preparedness to enter advanced classes in the B.F.A. or B.A. program. The review will enable acceptance into either the B.F.A. or B.A. program based on the potential to excel in the intended area of study. This is what changes you from “Art Intended” to your designated degree and concentration. For more information, visit our Concentration Portfolio Review page online.

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  13. How many credits do I need to graduate?
    124 credit hours are required for the BFA in Art degree, 120 credit hours for the BA in Art and BA in Art History, and 133 hours for the BFA with Teaching Certification. Please refer to our degree plans online to find the credit hours required for Liberal Arts core as well as Art major hours: http://www.uta.edu/art/index.php/advising/degree_plans/

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  14. Who keeps track of my progress while I am here?
    Both you and your advisor. You will receive a copy of your degree plan at your first meeting with your advisor. You should keep track of what classes you have taken and the grades you received. All new students receive a green folder to help keep this degree plan as well as our Advising Syllabus in a safe place. It is required for you to bring it to every advising meeting. This can help you and your advisor when it comes time to advise for future semesters.

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  15. Do I need a Course Catalog?
    The Course Catalog is on the internet. It contains nearly all the information and answers you might require when you have questions about credits, earning degrees, course descriptions, and policies that impact all students at some point during their time at UTA.

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  16. How do I find out if a class I took will transfer to UTA?
    If you are transferring credits from a Texas college, you can find information on UTA’s course equivalents website. There you will find links to information on the courses from what college you are transferring from and the equivalents here at UTA. If you have any further questions, contact an Academic Advisor for the Art Department at 817.272.2891.

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  17. How do I transfer the credits to UTA?
    Contact the Records office at the institution where you took the class(es) and have them send an official transcript of the work to
    • UT Arlington Office of Admissions, Records and Registration
      Box 19114
      Arlington, Texas 76019-0114
    Do NOT have them send it to the Art Department. It will then be invalid and a waste of your time and money.

    Any art courses that you transfer to UTA will be evaluated by your advisor to determine what requirements they fulfill in your art curriculum or if referral to faculty is needed. More information can be found here.

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  18. Will I need to submit a portfolio for review?
    We do not currently require new students to submit a portfolio to become an “Art Intended” major. However, a Concentration Portfolio Review (CPR) is required after students have completed and are enrolled into their 21st credit studio hours. Visit our Concentration Portfolio Review page for details.

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  19. What about my Advance Placement credits?
    If you are earning or have earned Advanced Placement credits in art or other subjects in high school, be sure that you get those test scores from College Board sent to the UTA Testing Services Office, located on the 2nd floor in Davis Hall as soon as you can. http://www.uta.edu/universitycollege/prospective/testing-services/index.php

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  20. How do I get a locker in the Fine Arts Building?
    Only students registered in Art classes may use an Art locker.
    To obtain a locker, please:
    1. Choose a locker
    2. Put a lock on your chosen locker (Failure to do so can result in another student acquiring your locker!)
    3. Come to the Art + Art History Department Office (FA 335) and register your locker number in the locker list.
    There is no rental fee for the use of Art lockers. Art lockers are located on the second and third floors of the Fine Arts Building (north end).
    For more information download our Locker Policy document.

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  21. Where can I find specific academic dates to tell me when classes start or when the last day to drop is?
    You can find the Academic Calendar online at http://www.uta.edu/uta/acadcal.php.

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  22. If it’s after Late Registration, how can I drop a class?
    At this point, you will need to complete the Official University Drop form and submit it to your department advisor. Read the information carefully and have the form signed by all required individuals. You can download and print a form through our Important Documents page.

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  23. What is a UMAP and how can I locate it?
    Your UMAP is your Undergraduate Maverick Academic Progress report that outlines all of the courses you have taken, whether at UTA or transferred from a different college/university. It will give you a listing of core courses needed for your degree as well as Art courses, once you’ve passed your CPR. Your cumulative and Art GPAs are located on your UMAP. It’s the perfect way to compare your degree plan to be sure of your progress within the department and how close you are to graduation. This document is also required when attending ADVISATHON. For instructions on how to pull up your UMAP, visit Important Documents.

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  24. How can I check on my degree progress for graduation?
    You can call the main office at 817.272.2891 to schedule an appointment. During high peak times of advising for upcoming semesters, we may designate specific weeks for degree progress check-ups.

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  25. Do I need to apply to graduate, and if so, how do I apply if I know I’m graduating?
    Yes, you must apply to graduate if you know you are graduating this semester or next. You must apply online at http://wweb.uta.edu/aao/recordsandregistration/content/student_services/graduation.aspx. Be sure to find the DEADLINES for applying! This page will also link.

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