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Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA in Art)

All studio art courses are open to art majors only. To become an art major, students must be accepted to UNC Charlotte, must submit a digital portfolio of work, and must be accepted into the major pending a review of the portfolio submission. Portfolios are accepted and reviewed in mid-Spring for the entire next academic year. Portfolio guidelines are available online at the Department of Art and Art History’s website.

Students currently enrolled in courses at UNC Charlotte must submit a digital portfolio of work and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at UNC Charlotte at the time of the portfolio review to be considered for admission. If Spring 2016 is your first semester enrolled and you do not have a GPA at UNC Charlotte yet, the cumulative GPA requirement is not applicable. Please email the department academic advisor, Megan Garner, at MeganGarner@uncc.edu  to receive portfolio guidelines and application. Current UNC Charlotte students should then submit the portfolio by the priority deadline of March 4, 2016. Students who submit to the priority review date will be given priority status in the selection process and will have the advantage of choosing to attend earlier advising and orientation dates for course registration. Current UNC Charlotte students will be notified by email within two weeks of the portfolio deadline that decisions can be picked up in the Art Advising office. Current students, if accepted, will need to complete a change of major form in the Art Advising office, Rowe 173, and will then need to schedule an advising appointment to prepare for Fall 2016 registration as an Art major. Current students who are denied admission may re-submit at the next portfolio review (Spring 2017), but should be aware that they will need to pursue another major in the meantime and that time to graduation could be delayed.

Students applying as freshmen or transfers for the Fall 2016 semester should submit a completed application to the university (this entails submission of online application, payment of application fee, submission of all required transcripts, and SAT or ACT test scores) by January 31, 2016. Upon acceptance to the university, new freshmen or transfer students will receive the portfolio application by mail and it will also be available on their future 49er web portal. New freshmen and transfer students should then submit the portfolio by the priority deadline of March 4, 2016. Students who submit to the priority review date will be given priority status in the selection process and will have the advantage of choosing to attend earlier advising and orientation dates for course registration. Portfolios received without the portfolio application form will not be reviewed. Portfolio decisions will be sent out by mail within two weeks after the portfolio deadline. If accepted into the Art major based on the portfolio review, students should return the ‘Intent to Enroll’ form included with the portfolio acceptance letter to the Art Department by May 1, 2016. All accepted students’ major will be changed to Art by the University Admissions Office and students will then need to register for and attend a SOAR orientation date in Summer 2016 for advising and registration. Students who are not accepted into the art major will have their major changed to University College (undecided) or may choose another major and contact admissions to have it changed. Students may re-submit at the next portfolio review (Spring 2017), but should be aware that they will need to pursue another major in the meantime and that time to graduation could be delayed.

Students who miss the above priority portfolio deadline may submit to the space available portfolio review on April 11, 2016. Students who submit to this deadline should understand that admission will be based on available spaces left in the program after the priority review and, if accepted into the major, choices regarding advising and orientation dates for course registration will be more limited at this time.  New freshmen and new transfers who plan to apply to this space available deadline should submit a completed application to the university (this entails submission of online application, payment of application fee, submission of all required transcripts, and SAT or ACT test scores) no later than March 1 and must be officially admitted to the university at the time of the space available portfolio deadline to be considered for review. Students enrolled in courses at UNC Charlotte must meet the GPA requirements listed above in the second paragraph to be considered during the space available portfolio deadline. Students may not submit portfolios to both the priority deadline and the space available deadline. Portfolios received after the space available deadline, without the portfolio application form, or from students whose portfolios were reviewed during the priority deadline will not be reviewed. Students who miss this final space available deadline or who are not admitted during the review may re-submit at the next portfolio review (Spring 2017), but should be aware they will need to pursue another major in the meantime and that time to graduation could be delayed.

Download the BA in Art Portfolio Guidelines for Fall 2016

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a Studio Concentration

All students must begin in the BA in Art program—students cannot initially apply to the BFA in Art with a Studio Concentration. After being accepted as an Art major in the BA degree program (for instructions on applying to the BA in Art, please see page 1), to apply to the BFA in Art degree program students will need to enroll in ARTA 3201 BFA Portfolio Review class and pass the course. Please note that to enroll in ARTA 3201 BFA Portfolio Review students must be Art majors, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and have completed the following pre-requisites courses with grades of ‘C’ or higher based on his/her intended studio concentration:

  • Ceramics- ARTB 1202 3D Design, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTC 2171 Ceramics Handbuilding, ARTC 2172 Ceramics Wheel I, either ARTC 3171 Ceramics Sculpture or ARTC 3172 Ceramics Wheel 2, concurrent ARTC 3273 Ceramics 3
  • Digital Media- ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTM 2105 Digital Media I
  • Fibers- ARTB 1202 3D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTF 2151 Fibers 1, concurrent  ARTF 3352 Fibers Constructed Textiles 1 or ARTF 3353 Fibers Surface Design 1
  • Graphic Design- ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTG 2180 Graphic Design Methods, ARTG 2181 Graphic Design I, ARTM 2105 Digital Media, concurrent ARTG 3183 Graphic Design II
  • Illustration-  ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I,  ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTL 2186 Illustration I
  • Painting- ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTP 2131 Painting I
  • Print Media- ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTR 2161 Serigraphy or ARTR2162 Intaglio
  • Photography- ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTT 2191 Photo Media I
  • Sculpture-  ARTB 1202 3D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTZ 2141 Sculpture I

While enrolled in ARTA 3201 BFA Portfolio Review, students will compile and submit another digital portfolio of creative and written work that will be due in middle of the semester. The BFA portfolio will consist of work from the pre-requisite courses previously taken (listed above) and should show particular focus/skills in the intended area of concentration.  A committee of faculty members in the intended concentration will review the portfolios. Those students accepted will change their degree program to reflect the BFA in Art in the specific concentration and will be able to enroll in upper level BFA course requirements. Students who do not pass the BFA Portfolio review will maintain BA in Art degree status and will have one chance to resubmit if they so choose during the next semester.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an Art Education Concentration

All students must begin in the BA in Art program—students cannot initially apply to the BFA in Art with an Art Education Concentration. For instructions on applying to the BA in Art, please see above. Students pursuing Art Education begin by contacting the Art Education advisor, Tesh Ramey at hramey@uncc.edu, 704.687.8182, or in person in Storrs 143. 

Once accepted as an Art major in the BA, students take the following coursework:  ARTB 1201 2D Design, ARTB 1202 3D Design, ARTB 1203 Drawing I, ARTB 1206 Conceptual Practices, ARTE 2100 Intro to Art Education, and SPED 2100 Intro to Students with Special Needs.  All must be passed with a C or better except for ARTE 2100, which must be a B or better.  Additionally, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Praxis Core, a basic test of Reading, Writing, and Math skills, is required of all NC pre-service teachers.  This test must be passed or an exemption proven via SAT/ACT scores in order to proceed with BFA coursework for Art Education.  If needed, students take Praxis Core anytime before their BFA Portfolio Review semester.  Please see Tesh Ramey to determine your status.  

After completing the above requirements, students submit the Application to Teacher Education through their advisor, undergo a criminal background check, and sign a Professional Dispositions statement.  Once accepted to Teacher Education, students may register for the ARTA 3201 BFA Portfolio Review course.While enrolled in ARTA 3201 BFA Portfolio Review, students will compile and submit another digital portfolio of creative and written work that will be due in middle of the semester. The BFA portfolio will consist of work from the pre-requisite courses previously taken (listed above).  A committee of faculty members in the intended concentration will review the portfolios. After passing this course, the Art Education concentration is added to a students' degree and the student will be able to enroll in upper level BFA course requirements.

For Art Education questions, please contact Arts Ed Specialist, Tesh Ramey at hramey@uncc.edu

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

New Freshmen and Transfer students should indicate his/her interest in the Art History major on the application to the university. After acceptance to the university, students will be considered Art History majors and will need to register and attend a SOAR date in Summer 2014 for advising and registration.

Current UNC Charlotte Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the Art History major. Interested students should make an appointment with the Academic Advisor in Rowe 173 and, upon confirmation of student’s cumulative GPA, a change of major form will be completed.

 

Further questions may be answered by our Academic Advisor, Megan Garner.