Art Core and Basic Requirements
The study of art as a major is divided into the art core and the area of emphasis.
The art core is taken in the freshman and sophomore years and includes History of
Art and Architecture I and II, Basic Drawing I and II, Two-Dimensional Design and
Three-Dimensional Design. In the sophomore year, preferably the Fall semester, the
art student usually participates in the University of Dallas Rome Program.
The area of emphasis is designed to guide the student, either in the studio or art
historical study, toward the full realization of his or her personal integrity and
intellectual potential. The student may pursue the following areas: art history, ceramics,
painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The student may also pursue the secondary, or
all-level certificate in the teaching of art.
By the junior year, the art student emphasizing studio work is intensely involved
in a major studio and elective studio work while also taking one course each semester
in the history of art of twentieth-century and contemporary art. A critique of the
student's work by the art faculty takes place in the second semester of the junior
year. In the senior year, the studio major prepares for the senior exhibition and
comprehensive examination through Senior Studio and Seminar. Reviews and critiques
are a regular part of the year.
The pattern for the art student emphasizing art history is much the same through the
sophomore year. The Rome Program is especially significant, for the student is able
to experience works of art in their original context and to study the impact of the
classical tradition on Western art. In the junior and senior years, the student takes
a wide range of upper-level art history courses which integrate a knowledge of visual
culture and architecture into a liberal arts education and life. These courses, along
with Senior Research and Senior Thesis, introduce the student to critical analysis
and research methods, thus preparing the student for the comprehensive examination
and the final research paper presentation.
Whatever the area involved, the department seeks to give the art major basic principles,
not merely standard solutions, so that he or she has the training, judgment, and flexibility
to go on to successful graduate or professional work in art, art history, or other
Basic Requirements/All Studio Areas
A total of 46 credits are required, including 14 art core credits consisting of Basic
Drawing I & II, 2D & 3D Design, History of Art & Architecture I & II. Students are
also required to take two beginning studios in their sophomore year, preferably one
in a 2D and one in a 3D discipline. It is recommended that art majors take Aesthetics
as an elective and seek appropriate electives in other departments. During the student’s
junior and senior years they will concentrate on their chosen discipline. Seniors
will also participate in two semesters of Senior Seminar (one credit per semester).
Satisfactory completion of the Senior Exhibition and the Art History Comprehensive
Examination is required.
In the second semester of the junior year the work of the student is reviewed by the
entire art faculty. A second review occurs in the first senior semester, followed
by a final review in the last semester prior to the presentation of the senior capstone
project, a solo exhibition held on campus. It must contain work completed predominantly
during the Senior Studio course. The exhibition--selected, designed and constructed
by the student--is judged by the faculty in an oral examination. In the senior year
all art majors must also pass an art history comprehensive exam.
Basic Requirements/Art History Area
The art history area of the art major requires 25 credits in art history, 19 of which
are advanced hours: a one-credit senior seminar; two credits in Gallery Practicum;
ten credits in studio (drawing and design); and six credits in advanced art electives.
Advanced art history courses (including a methodologies/aesthetic course) typically
begin in the junior year and culminate with the senior capstone project: a written
thesis and oral presentation on some aspect of modern or contemporary art. The student
must organize a faculty committee and participate in senior reviews and an oral examination,
while also passing an art history comprehensive test.
Teaching Certification in Art for the State of Texas
Along with the art major, a student may qualify to teach in grades 6-12 or work towards
an all-level certification. Other students may wish to use the art major, or the appropriate
number and kinds of art credits, to prepare to teach in grades 1-8 or 8-12. All combinations
may require summer study in order to complete the program in four years. Because of
the need for careful sequencing of both art and education courses, the student should
consult both departments.
Beginning Art Students' Group Exhibition.
Suggested Sequence for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art
|Art 1311, Hist. of Art & Arch. I
||Art 1312, Hist. of Art & Arch. II
|Art 1203, Basic Drawing I
||Art 1204, Basic Drawing II
|Art 2219, 2-D Design
||Art 2220, 3-D Design
| Total Credits
|Fall Classes (Rome)
||Beginning Studio/Adv. Art History
|Art 2311, Art and Arch. of Rome