Undergraduate Studies


The Lamar Dodd School of Art offers undergraduate degrees in various disciplines of the visual arts and design, with BFA concentrations in eleven different studio areas and art education, BA degrees in both art history and interdisciplinary arts, and minors in both art history and studio art.

BFA in Art

The BFA in Art degree offers students an intensive studio-focused program of study with an emphasis in a selected area of concentration, while integrating art history, criticism, and studio art electives from across the School of Art. The Art and Design curriculum is completed concurrently with the liberal arts education of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum.

All BFA degrees include the Studio Art Core, comprised of a year-long survey of art history, introductory-level studio foundations, secondary-level ideation and methodologies, and upper-level interdisciplinary thematic studio and professional practice courses. Students pursuing the BFA degree enter the School of Art as Intended Art majors. In most studio programs, students are required to present an exhibition or final portfolio that serves as a capstone experience before graduation, demonstrating their achievement in developing a mature and cohesive body of work.

Areas of concentration for the BFA in Art degree include the following:

ArtX: Expanded Forms Painting & Drawing
Ceramics Photography
Fabric Design Printmaking & Book Arts
Graphic Design Scientific Illustration
Interior Design Sculpture
Jewelry & Metalwork  

BFA in Art Education

The BFA in Art Education program prepares art teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to promote the central role of the visual arts in the lives of their students. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a professional knowledge of fundamental art concepts, materials, and teaching techniques. 

Students are required to take 45 hours in art courses beyond the 18 required in Area VI of the core curriculum, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, a studio sequence, 12 hours of studio electives at the 3000/4000 level, six hours in Art Education, and nine hours in Art History at the 3000/4000 level. In addition, they must take 18 hours in professional Education including nine hours of student teaching.


BA in Art History

Undergraduates majoring in Art History gain a broad knowledge of visual art forms across a wide range of media, cultures, and time periods. An interdisciplinary field by nature, art history deepens our understanding of and connection to human imagination and aspiration. Its methods explore questions of aesthetics, literature, philosophy, religion, economics, and socio-political structures, expressed in the art of cultures both near and distant. Students build perceptual, intellectual, and practical skills to look closely, read critically, research deeply, and write comprehensively in an increasingly visual and creative world. University of Georgia art history graduates have gone on to further graduate study in Art History, History, Law, and Information Sciences and to careers in museums, galleries, auction houses, writing and publishing, teaching, public relations, the fashion industry, and community engagement. 


AB in Studio Art

In the AB in Studio Art (proposed name change in 2016 to Interdisciplinary Art & Design AB) program, students are exposed to a variety of media and techniques associated with studio art disciplines, yet have the flexibility to build a more interdisciplinary degree program with more elective coursework outside of Art. Students pursuing the AB will understand the non-verbal language of art and design in terms of artistic principles and application, will be able to organize visual elements both rationally and intuitively according to understood artistic principles, and will become familiar with the major achievements in the history of art and visual culture. The program requires 27 hours in studio art beyond the Studio Art Core coursework (Area VI of the core curriculum) that must be completed by all students wishing to pursue the AB in Studio Art.

Thus, the AB in Studio Art major requires a total of 42 hours of studio art and design courses. In addition to ARHI 2400, Art History II: Baroque to Modern, students must take six (6) hours of art history coursework at the 3000 or 4000 level. Required electives include a literature course and a foreign language through level three. The AB program in Studio Art is intended for students who want more flexibility in building an interdisciplinary degree program with increased choice in their academic and elective courses over a wider range of disciplines and offerings than is afforded by the BFA programs in Art and Design.

Proposed updates to the degree in fall 2016, the AB degree in Interdisciplinary Art & Design will also require the choice of one of two focus tracks: 1) an experiential learning component such as study abroad or field study or 2) completion of an additional minor or certificate program in a field outside of the School of Art.

Minor in Art History

A minor in Art Histroy requires 18 credit hours. Students must complete ARHI 2300 and ARHI 2400 before beginning a minor in Art History and enrolling in a 3000-level art history course. ARHI 2300, which satisfies Area IV of the Core Curriculum, does not count toward the 18 hours required for the minor. After the student has completed 6 hours (two courses) of 3000-level art history and has at least a 3.0 combined GPA in those four courses, she or he may officially declare the minor.

For the minor, students must complete 15 hours (five courses) of upper-level art history. Nine hours (three courses) at the 3000 level are required, and must be in three of the four different areas. After these courses are completed, the student will be given permission to register for a 4000-level course. Six hours (two courses) at the 4000 level are necessary to complete the minor. Even as a declared minor, students need permission from the area to register for a 4000-level course.


Minor in Studio Art

The minor in Studio Art provides students with the opportunity to integrate creative and artistic practice with other academic or research pursuits. Students selecting the minor in Studio Art are not necessarily pursuing careers as practicing professional artists or designers; rather they are seeking a unique program of study where the visual arts and creativity provide desirable skills. 

A minor is Studio Art requires 24 credit hours (nine hours of prerequisite foundations coursework + 15 hours of minor studio courses at the 3000-level or above).