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104 Art

The School of Art serves a dual role within the University of Washington — both a professional school and an academic department. As a professional school it trains students for active careers in the visual arts; as a school of the College of Arts and Sciences it offers studio and lecture courses. All course offerings and curriculum requirements are based on the underlying philosophy that an awareness and understanding of the visual arts are necessary to a liberal education, and that a liberal education is necessary to the training of a professional artist.

The school's academic advising office offers preview information sessions for prospective college transfer or high school students. More information: art.washington.edu/preview

Undergraduate Program

Adviser
104 Art, Box 353440
(206) 543-0646
uaskart@uw.edu

The School of Art, Art History, and Design offers the following undergraduate programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in interdisciplinary visual art, painting and drawing, photomedia, and three-dimensional forum
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in art history
  • Bachelor of Design degree with majors in industrial design, interaction design, or visual communication design
  • A minor in art history
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in interdisciplinary visual arts, or painting and drawing (effective winter quarter 2018, admission suspended until further notice)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in painting and drawing, photomedia, or three-dimensional forum (effective winter quarter 2018, admission suspended until further notice)

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art

Department Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  2. 5 credits college-level art with a minimum 2.5 grade
  3. Art does not accept postbaccalaureate applicants.

How to Declare a Major in Art

  1. Current UW Students/Freshmen: After completing any 100-or 200-level ART class in the School of Art, Art History, and Design, meet with an academic adviser (room 104 Art) to declare the major.
  2. Transfer Students: Complete any 5-credit introductory art class with a minimum 2.5 grade prior to transferring to UW. During initial orientation and advising appointment, meet with an academic adviser (room 104 Art) to declare the major.

Major Requirements

  1. Core courses (40 credits)
    1. 15 credits introductory art classes: ART 101, ART 140, ART 190, ART 191, ART 233, ART 240, ART 245, ART 246, ART 253, ART 260, ART 272, ART 290, ART 292
    2. 10 credits from ART 400, ART 440, ART 453, ART 494
    3. 15 credits art history to include one 300-level class from an approved list.
  2. Concentrations (tracks) (30 credits)
    1. Interdisciplinary Visual Art: 5-credit additional introductory ART class; 20 credits from ART 333, ART 345, ART 350, ART 353, ART 355, ART 360, ART 365, ART 372, ART 390, ART 392, ART 393, ART 395; 5 credits from the following: ART 400, ART 450, ART 453, ART 457, ART 458, ART 490, ART 492, or ART 496
    2. Painting and Drawing: ART 290 or ART 292; ART 390, ART 392; ART 393; ART 490; ART 492
    3. Photomedia: ART 241; ART 242; 15 credits of ART 340; either ART 400 or ART 440
    4. Three-Dimensional Forum: 10 credits additional introductory art classes; 20 credits from ART 333, ART 353, ART 372
  3. Minimum 35 credits taken in 300/400 level courses
  4. Minimum 40 credits of ART-prefixed courses taken in residence through the UW

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art History

Department Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen and transfer students may declare the major by meeting with an academic adviser (room 104 ART) on or after their orientation/registration date. art.washington.edu/undergraduate-students

Currently enrolled University students must present a minimum 2.50 GPA and meet with an academic adviser (room 104 ART) any time during the quarter. art.washington.edu/advising

Art History does not accept postbaccalaureate applicants.

Major Requirements

60 credits

  1. 10 credits from ART H 201, ART H 202, ART H 203, ART H 204, ART H 205, ART H 206, ART H 209, ART H 212, ART H 214, ART H 233, ART H 270, ART H 272, ART H 290
  2. 20 credits from ART H 309, ART H 310, ART H 311, ART H 312, ART H 314, ART H 353, ART H 354, ART H 361, ART H 373, ART H 380, ART H 381, ART H 384, ART H 390, ART H 391
  3. 20 credits from ART H 400, ART 412, ART H 413, ART H 414, ART H 435, ART H 454, ART H 471, ART H 473, ART H 484, ART H 488, ART H 491, ART H 492
  4. 10 credits from ART H electives to include any ART H courses listed above or other courses with an ART H prefix (10 credits)

Minor

Minor Requirements: 30 credits of art history courses, of which 15 must be upper-division. Minimum 2.0 grade in each course applied to the minor. Minimum 15 credits completed through the UW.

Bachelor of Design

Department Admission Requirements

3.00 minimum GPA

For currently enrolled students

Admission to Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design: DESIGN 166. Students receiving a minimum 3.7 grade in DESIGN 166 are admitted. Students below a minimum 3.7 grade may apply to the design program via the design workshop in June. For details on the design workshop, see department website art.washington.edu.

For transfer students

Admission to Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design: DESIGN 166 (see admission requirements for currently enrolled students) or the equivalent of DESIGN 166 at their previous school. Students apply for admission to the UW, and attend the design workshop in June. Transfer students should meet with a School of Art adviser prior to applying to the UW to discuss the design workshop and selection process. See program guides at department website for specific information: art.washington.edu.

Admission Policy for Postbaccalaureate Applicants: Postbaccalaureate study in studio art is limited; admission requirements vary within each major. See information concerning specific postbaccalaureate admissions online at department website: art.washington.edu.

Major Requirements

93-103 credits, as follows:

Industrial Design (89-93 credits)

  1. Successful completion of design admission selection process
  2. 76-78 credits from DESIGN 206, DESIGN 207, DESIGN 208, DESIGN 209, DESIGN 210, DESIGN 211, DESIGN 316, DESIGN 317, DESIGN 318, DESIGN 319, DESIGN 322, DESIGN 324, DESIGN 445, DESIGN 446, DESIGN 485, DESIGN 486
  3. 3-5 credits from DESIGN 325, DESIGN 326, DESIGN 373, DESIGN 374, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 400, DESIGN 467, DESIGN 483, DESIGN 488
  4. 10 credits of art history

Interaction Design (87-93 credits)

  1. Successful completion of design admission selection process
  2. 61-63 credits from DESIGN 206, DESIGN 207, DESIGN 208, DESIGN 209, DESIGN 210, DESIGN 215, DESIGN 371, DESIGN 372, DESIGN 383, DESIGN 481, DESIGN 483, DESIGN 485, DESIGN 486
  3. 16-20 credits from DESIGN 325, DESIGN 326, DESIGN 373, DESIGN 374, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 400, DESIGN 467, DESIGN 488
  4. 10 credits of art history

Visual Communication Design (89-93 credits).

  1. Successful completion of design admission selection process.
  2. 76-78 credits from DESIGN 207, DESIGN 208, DESIGN 209, DESIGN 210, DESIGN 214, DESIGN 368; DESIGN 369, DESIGN 370, DESIGN 371, DESIGN 372, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 466; DESIGN 478, DESIGN 485, DESIGN 486
  3. 3-5 credits from DESIGN 325, DESIGN 326, DESIGN 373, DESIGN 374, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 400, DESIGN 467, DESIGN 483, DESIGN 488
  4. 10 credits of art history

Bachelor of Arts

As of winter quarter 2018, admission to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in interdisciplinary visual arts, or painting and drawing, is suspended until further notice.

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (IVA), Painting and Drawing (Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting and Drawing, but not both.)

Department Admission Requirements

2.50 minimum GPA

Admission to the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Major for Freshmen or Currently Enrolled Students: Complete 5 credits of 100-/200- level art, then meet with an Art adviser to declare the major.

Admission to the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Major for Transfer Students: Complete equivalent of 5 credits of 100-/200-level prior to transferring. Once admitted to the UW, students meet with an Art adviser to declare the major. Prior to transfer, students may address questions to uaskart@uw.edu.

Admission to the Painting and Drawing Major for Freshmen and Currently Enrolled Students: Complete ART 190, then meet with an Art adviser to declare the major.

Admission to the Painting and Drawing Major for Transfer Students: Once admitted to the UW, students meet with an Art adviser to enroll in ART 190. Students who transfer with college credits in painting and drawing may present a portfolio for advanced placement in the program. Prior to transfer, students may address questions to uaskart@uw.edu.

Major Requirements

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (60 credits)

  1. ART 260 (5 credits)
  2. 15 credits of introductory art selected from ART 101, ART 124, ART 126, ART 131, ART 140, ART 190, ART 191, ART 201, ART 202, ART 224, ART 226, ART 227, ART 232, ART 233, ART 245, ART 246, ART 272, ART 273, ART 280, ART 290, ART 292, DESIGN 165, DESIGN 166, DESIGN 208
  3. 25 upper-division credits in art selected from ART 327, ART 328, ART 329, ART 332, ART 333, ART 334, ART 335, ART 338, ART 339, ART 345, ART 350, ART 351, ART 352, ART 353, ART 355, ART 360, ART 361, ART 365, ART 380, ART 390, ART 392, ART 393, ART 395, ART 400, ART 427, ART 428, ART 450, ART 457, ART 458, ART 490, ART 492, ART 496, ART 498, ART H 498, ART H 499
  4. 15 credits ART H courses

Painting and Drawing (65 credits)

  1. 5 credits: ART 190
  2. 15 credits drawing classes: 5 credits of ART 290; 5 credits of ART 390; 5 credits of ART 490
  3. 20 credits painting classes: 5 credits of ART 292; 5 credits of ART 392; 5 credits of ART 393; 5 credits of ART 492 or ART 494
  4. 15 credits of ART H, which may include 5 credits of ART 361
  5. 10 credits of studio ART electives

Bachelor of Fine Arts

As of winter quarter 2018, admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in painting and drawing, photomedia, or three-dimensional forum, is suspended until further notice.

Painting and Drawing (Students may earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Painting and Drawing, but not both), Photomedia, Three-Dimensional Forum

Department Admission Requirements

3.00 minimum GPA

For currently enrolled students

Admission to Painting and Drawing: Complete ART 190, then meet with an Art adviser to declare the major.

Admission to Three-Dimensional Forum (for entering freshman or currenlty enrolled students): ART 272 followed by two from ART 201, ART 202, ART 233 ART 273. Students apply while taking the third course, no later than the third week of the quarter in which the third course is being taken. See guidelines/deadlines for application at this webpage. Address questions to Art advising at (206) 543-0646 or uaskart@uw.edu.

Admission to Photomedia: Admission is competitive. Students enroll in ART 140 spring quarter of their freshman year to prepare the portfolio required for the competitive selection process for ART 241 autumn quarter. Students selected to register for ART 241 work with the photomedia faculty autumn quarter, revising their portfolio which is then used to select students admitted to the photomedia major winter quarter. See department website at art.washington.edu/ for timing and suggestions for successful completion of portfolio requirements.

For transfer students

Admission to Painting and Drawing: Once admitted to the UW, students meet with an Art adviser to enroll in ART 190. Students who transfer with college credits in the proposed area of study may present a portfolio for advanced placement in the program. Prior to transfer, address questions to uaskart@uw.edu.

Admission to Three-Dimensional Forum: Students are assigned an advising appointment with an Art adviser during UW orientation, when placement and timeline for application to 3D4M are determined. Students who transfer with college credits in ceramics, glass, or sculpture may present a portfolio for advanced placement in 3D4M and apply to the major when minimum course requirements are satisfied. Address questions to Art advising at (206) 543-0646 or uaskart@uw.edu.

Admission to Photomedia: Admission is competitive. Transfer students must apply for admission to the UW for summer or autumn quarter, must have completed an equivalent course to ART 140, and must submit their portfolios by mid-August for consideration to register for ART 241 autumn quarter. Students selected to register for ART 241 work with photomedia faculty autumn quarter, revising their portfolios which are then used to select students admitted to the photomedia major winter quarter. See department website at art.washington.edu for information on timing and suggestions for successful completion of portfolio requirements.

Admission Policy for Postbaccalaureate Applicants: Postbaccalaureate study in studio art is limited; admission requirements vary within each major. See information concerning specific postbaccalaureate admission online at department website: art.washington.edu.

Major Requirements

Painting and Drawing (90 credits)

  1. 5 credits: ART 190
  2. 15 credits drawing classes: 5 credits of ART 290; 5 credits of ART 390; 5 credits of ART 490
  3. 40 credits painting classes: 5 credits of ART 292; 5 credits of ART 392; 5 credits of ART 393; 10 credits ART 492 or 5 credits of ART 492 and 5 additional credits ART 490; 15 credits of ART 494
  4. 15 credits studio art or related electives
  5. 15 credits ART H, which may include 5 credits of ART 361

Photomedia (80 credits)

  1. 55 credits: ART 140 or adviser-approved course; ART 240; ART 241; ART 340 (15 credits); ART 361; ART 440 (15 credits)
  2. 10 credits: ART and DXARTS courses
  3. 15 credits: ART H, ANTH 209, DXARTS 200

Three-Dimensional Forum (75 credits)

  1. 25 credits from one of the following tracks:
    1. Ceramics: ART 253; one from ART 233, ART 272, or ART 273; ART 353 (15 credits) or ART 353 (10 credits) and either ART 332 or ART 333
    2. Glass: ART 233; one from ART 253, ART 272, or ART 273; ART 333 (15 credits) or ART 333 (10 credits) and either ART 332 or ART 353
    3. Sculpture: ART 273; one from ART 233, ART 253, or ART 272; ART 332 (15 credits) or ART 332 (10 credits) and ART 333 or ART 353
  2. 20 credits of ART 453
  3. 15 credits of ART electives
  4. 15 credits ART H or ART 361

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
104 Art Building, Box 353440
(206) 543-0646
gradart@u.washintgon.edu

The Master of Fine Arts program offers an intense, two-year studio and seminar/classroom experience leading to an advanced degree in visual art. The program builds on prior, significant academic experience and studio work. Admission is competitive to any one of the following five programs: ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, sculpture, and visual communication design.

Applicants to the master’s degree program in art history normally have a broad undergraduate background in art history.

The PhD program in the Division of Art History prepares graduates for university-level teaching, curator positions at major museums, and independent research in the field. Before beginning work for the PhD, students should have completed a master of arts degree in the history of art.

Master of Fine Arts

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of fine arts degree or equivalent (determined by the quality of the applicant’s work and equivalent experience, based on UW BFA requirements) with a minimum 3.00 GPA in the undergraduate art major.
  2. Graduate Record Examination is not required. Admission is competitive. Application deadline is February 1, for admission the following autumn quarter.

Degree Requirements

For each program, 90 credits

Ceramics

  1. Ceramics Studio: 20 credits of ART 553
  2. Interdisciplinary Seminar: 25 credits of ART 590
  3. Art History, Theory, and Criticism: 10 credits of approved courses
  4. Studio Electives : 15 credits of approved electives
  5. Thesis: 20 credits of ART 700. The thesis may consist of one major work or a body of work that involves one central theme. Ceramics graduates exhibit their thesis work in the annual MFA exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery along with a one person show at the Ceramics Gallery.

Painting and Drawing

  1. Drawing Studio: 6 credits of ART 591
  2. Painting Studio: 25 credits of ART 592
  3. Graduate Seminar: 30 credits of ART 594
  4. Art History, Theory, and Criticism: 10 credits of approved courses
  5. Studio electives: 9 credits of approved electives
  6. Thesis: 10 credits of ART 700. The thesis may consist of one major work or a body of work that involves one central theme. Painting and drawing graduates exhibit their thesis work in the annual MFA exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery.

Photography

  1. Photography Studio: 20 credits of ART 515
  2. Interdisciplinary Seminar: 25 credits of ART 590
  3. Art History, Theory, and Criticism: 15 credits of approved courses
  4. Studio Electives: 15 credits of approved electives
  5. Thesis: 15 credits of ART 700. The thesis may consist of one major work or a body of work that involves one central theme. Photography graduates exhibit their thesis work in the annual MFA exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery.

Sculpture

  1. Sculpture Studio: 20 credits of ART 552
  2. Interdisciplinary Seminar: 25 credits of ART 590
  3. Art History, Theory, and Criticism: 10 credits of approved courses
  4. Studio Electives: 15 credits of approved electives
  5. Thesis: 20 credits of ART 700. The thesis may consist of one major work or a body of work that involves one central theme. Sculpture graduates exhibit their thesis work in the annual MFA exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery.

Visual Communication Design

  1. Design Studio: 25 credits of ART 580/ART 582
  2. Design Seminar: 20 credits of ART 581
  3. Art History, Theory, and Criticism: 15 credits of approved courses
  4. Studio Electives: 20 credits of approved electives
  5. Thesis: 10 credits of ART 700. The thesis may consist of one major work or a body of work that involves one central theme. Design graduates exhibit their thesis work in the annual MFA exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor of Arts degree with major in the history of art, or equivalent coursework, with a minimum 3.00 GPA or B average in art history courses. Students in other majors may apply if they have a strong background in art history.
  2. One copy of all academic transcripts (international applicants submit two copies)
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of professional objectives in the field
  5. Samples of the applicant’s written work
  6. Graduate Record Examination scores (General Test)

Degree Requirements

55 to 65 credits

  1. 55 credits in the thesis track or 65 credits in the non-thesis track. Minimum 45 credits in the thesis track or 55 credits in the non-thesis track must be numerically graded art history courses numbered 400 and above, exclusive of thesis or practicum credits. Maximum 10 credits in related fields, in numerically graded courses numbered 300 and above, may be approved in place of art history courses. Maximum 12 credits of ART H 600 may be counted toward the minimum credit requirement for the master of arts degree.
  2. Minimum 5 numerically graded credits each in four of five major areas: African or Native American; East Asian; Ancient, Classical, and Medieval; Italian and Northern Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo; or late eighteenth- to twenty-first-century Western.
  3. Minimum 15 credits in 500-level seminars, in addition to ART H 500 and ART H 504, both of which must be taken within the first year of residence. At least one seminar each in a Western and a non-Western area
  4. Knowledge of French, German, or Italian, or of Chinese or Japanese if appropriate. Degree candidates specializing in Native American art may substitute Spanish for French, German, or Italian. Candidates in the thesis track must, in addition, demonstrate knowledge in a second language appropriate to the student’s area of study as determined by the faculty. Petitions for exemption from the second language requirement are considered as warranted. Language requirements may be satisfied by passing graduate proficiency examinations (available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish), or by completing the third quarter of the second year of French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, or other appropriate language as a graduate student at the UW with a minimum 3.00 grade. Students are expected to satisfy at least one language requirement no later than the first quarter.
  5. Students in the thesis track take 10 credits in ART H 700; students in the non-thesis track take 10 practicum credits in ART H 598.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

  1. Prior preparation in art history at a general level(usually master of arts degree in the history of art)
  2. One copy of all academic transcripts (international applicants submit two copies)
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Statement of professional objectives in the discipline
  5. Samples of written research work in art history
  6. Graduate Record Examination scores

Graduation Requirements:

Minimum 90 credits

  1. 60 credits in numerically graded art history courses numbered 400 and above, beyond the master of arts degree or equivalent, and exclusive of dissertation credits; maximum 20 credits in related fields in numerically graded courses numbered 300 and above may be approved for credit in place of art history courses; minimum 10 credits in areas other than those tested by the general examination; at least 30 credits in 500-level seminars
  2. Knowledge of German, French, or Italian, or of Chinese or Japanese if appropriate; research capability in a second language judged appropriate to the student’s area of study; knowledge of any other languages considered necessary by the faculty. Language requirements may be satisfied by passing graduate-proficiency examinations (available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish), or by completing the third quarter of second-year French, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, or other appropriate language as a graduate student at the UW with a minimum 3.0 grade.
  3. General examination: covers three specific fields of art history chosen from the following: African, Native American, Chinese, Japanese, Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and eighteenth century, Modern, and Contemporary; no more than two fields may be selected from the same area.
  4. 30 dissertation credits (ART H 800) distributed over a minimum of three quarters
  5. Dissertation demonstrating original and independent investigation and achievement

Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships

Scholarships are awarded annually to new and returning students, based on merit. Applicants admitted to the MFA program may be offered School of Art scholarships for the coming year on a merit basis. Further application is not required.

The School of Art offers a limited number of teaching assistantships to incoming graduate students on a merit basis, as determined by each program. Enrolled graduate students may apply for a limited number of additional, competitive teaching assistantships.

Art history offers certain scholarship funds, as well as teaching assistantships, for art history graduate students. A small number of grants are awarded to outstanding entering students, but otherwise financial aid and assistantships are awarded only to students who have completed at least one year of graduate study.