Art B.A.

Bachelor of Arts - Art

College of Visual & Performing Arts

Degree Specific Credits: 57

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Requirements36
Studio Art Fundamentals
Studio I Courses
Begining Art History And Criticism
Upper-Division Studio Courses12
Upper-Division Art History6
Upper-Division Art Criticism3
Art Education Licensure Requirements
Total Hours57

Lower-Division Requirements

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 36 total credits required. 

Note: All courses are required unless waived via departmental advanced placement policy.

Studio Art Fundamentals

Complete all of the following courses:
ARTZ 105AVisual Language - Drawing3
ARTZ 106AVisual Language - 2-D Fndtns3
ARTZ 108AVisual Language - 3-D Fndtns3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C

Studio I Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
ARTZ 211ADrawing I3
ARTZ 221APainting I3
ARTZ 231ACeramics I3
ARTZ 251ASculpture I3
ARTZ 271APrintmaking I3
ARTZ 284APhoto I-Techs and Processes3
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C

Beginning Art History And Criticism

Complete all of the following courses:
ARTH 200HArt of World Civilization I3
ARTH 201HArt of World Civilization II3
ARTH 250LIntroduction to Art Criticism3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division Studio Courses

Complete 12 credits of the following courses:12
Drawing II
Painting II
Ceramics II
Clay and Glaze
Sculpture II
Printmaking II
Photo II-Theory, Crit, Prctice
The Art of Digital Photography
Special Topics
Advanced Research- Drawing
Advanced Research- Painting
Advanced Research- Ceramics
Advanced Research- Sculpture
Advanced Research- Printmaking
Advanced Research- Photography
Special Topics
Independent Study
Seminar- Professional Practices
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division Art History

Complete 6 credits of the following courses:6
Architectural History I
Special Topics
Roman and Early Christian Art
Art of the Renaissance
Ancient American Art
Latin American Art
The History of Women in Art
20th Century Art
Renaissance Theory & Criticism
Adv Research in Art History
Advanced Research Art Crit
African Art
Spanish Art
Special Topics
Sem Art Hist & Crit
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C

Upper-Division Art Criticism

Complete the following course:
ARTH 350Contemp Art and Art Criticism3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C

Art Education Licensure Requirements

Rule: The Art Education Licensure is earned through taking classes in both the School of Art and the Phyllis J. Washingon College of Education and Human Sciences. Students complete their BA or BFA in Art in conjunction with courses required from the College of Education. A student must be accepted into the College of Education.

Note: Montana Teaching Certification in Art K-12 requires a BA or BFA in Art with a specialization in Art Education, which extends beyond the 120-credit limit, or an MA in Curriculum and Instruction with the required undergraduate credits for teacher certification in art. Students earning a BA or a BFA in Art must also take ARTZ 402, ARTZ 403 as well as THTR 239A or DANC 497. In addition student are required to take 35 credits of EDU classes, and a Native American Studies Course. Please see the College of Education and Human Sciences degree builder for more details.

ARTZ 402Teaching Art I-- K-123
ARTZ 403Teaching Art II-- K-123
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C

Teaching Education Track

Individuals interested in teaching in K-12 schools must complete a degree in the content area they want to teach plus the teacher preparation program through the Department of Teaching and Learning. Individuals must complete the teaching major/teaching track within that degree program, which may contain different course requirements than the academic major since the sequence of courses is designed to meet state standards. Upon completion of the degree program with the teaching track and the secondary licensure program, one will be eligible for a standard Montana teaching license in this content area.

To sign up for this option, you need to contact the Teaching and Learning Department. Do not fill out a major/minor form for graduation or the major/minor/concentration section of the major change form. Approvals for this option must come from the Teaching and Learning Department.

Tracks will not appear on your UM transcript, diploma, university lists, student data system, or university publication and are used for advising purposes only. You do not fill out a major change for a track.

Art Education Courses

Rule: All courses are required

Note: ARTZ 402 must be taken prior to ARTZ 403. Students can choose to take either DANC 497 or THTR 239A

ARTZ 402Teaching Art I-- K-123
ARTZ 403Teaching Art II-- K-123
DANC 497Methods: Tchng Movmnt in Schls2-3
or THTR 239A Creative Drama/Dance: K-8
Total Hours8-9

Minimum Required Grade: C

Teaching Licensure Requirements

Note: Students must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program and complete all of the professional education licensure requirements. See the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Sciences for more information. A major or minor GPA of 2.75 is required to be eligible for student teaching.