Arts Major: Studio Art/Art Education Option (B.A.)

The program in art education is organized into a five-year, teacher-education sequence. This curriculum is designed to prepare teachers of art in the public schools. The satisfactory completion of the B.A. studio art curriculum for art education students and required education courses, in conjunction with the fifth-year internship, will satisfy the initial certification requirements for teachers of art in the public schools of New Hampshire and in most other states. These requirements may change by the time students apply for certification and the students are required to fulfill the then-current requirements. Art education students may take accredited crafts courses at other institutions as art electives.

A portfolio is required for acceptance to the studio art/art education option. 

Students selecting to work toward a bachelor of arts degree in studio art/art education must complete a minimum of 14 courses (56 credits), with a minimum grade of C in each course. The following courses are required:

Required Core Foundation (4 courses)16
Introductory Ceramics
Principles of Design
Introductory Drawing
Introductory Sculpture
Required Core Supplemental (2 courses)8
One additional 500/600-level 2D:
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory
Intermediate Drawing
Life Drawing
One 500-level Photography:
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
Introductory Digital Photography (recommended)
Four courses in a studio concentration at the 500/600/700 levels (see concentration courses below)16
One studio elective (Jterm or summer course can be used)4
Three art history courses12
Introduction to Art History
Introduction to Architectural History
600-level elective with depth of content in 20th-21st Century art (select from ARTH 656, ARTH 688, ARTH 689, ARTH 693, ARTH 694)
In addition to the above, other courses are required for teaching certification.
Total Credits56

Concentration Courses (4 courses)

Minimum of three 600-700 level studio courses. No more than one of the following: a 500-level studio course (select from ARTS 501, ARTS 525ARTS 536, ARTS 546, ARTS 551, ARTS 552, ARTS 596), ARTS 598 An Artist's Life, a 600-700 level art history (see selection of courses in art history requirement above), or ARTS 600 Internship in Studio Art (with approval). Jterm and summer online courses cannot be used.

Ceramics Concentration
Ceramics Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (J: Ceramics, may be repeated)
Design Concentration
Principles of Typography
Animation and Motion Design
Interaction & Game Design
Design and Place
Design and People
Independent Study: Studio Art (G: Design, may be repeated)
Drawing Concentration
Intermediate Drawing
Life Drawing
Advanced Drawing (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (C: Drawing, may be repeated)
Painting Concentration
Painting Design II: Perceptual Painting and the Individual Artist's Vision (may be repeated, must be taken twice before advancing to 746)
Painting Design III: Perceptual Painting and Narrative Themes (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (D: Painting, may be repeated)
Photography Concentration
Photography Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (A: Photography, may be repeated)
Printmaking Concentration
Printmaking Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (E: Printmaking, may be repeated)
Sculpture Concentration
Sculpture Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (B: Sculpture, may be repeated)
Wood/Furniture Design Concentration
Wood/Furniture Design Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (K: Wood Design, may be repeated)

The Discovery Program capstone requirement will be fulfilled by completing a capstone project that reflects the training received, and personal artistic growth made, throughout the student’s years of study at UNH. The capstone project includes participation in the BA/BFA Senior Exhibition in the UNH Museum of Art in April-May. Students will submit a minimum of 5 (or the equivalent what would be the equivalent of 5) recent works for faculty to review and select for the exhibition. At the review a written artist statement and verbal explanation of the work must also be presented.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Studio art/art education majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

Introductory (500) Level:

  • Basic skillset in a particular arts discipline
  • Working knowledge of the tools and materials used in a particular arts discipline
  • Basic understanding of analytical thinking when making and talking about art
  • Demonstrate development of artistry

Intermediate (500/600) Level:

  • Demonstrate development of artistry and skill set in a range of artistic disciplines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of tools and materials beyond the basics
  • Deeper ability to discuss and analyze works of art
  • Ability to verbalize intent in a particular work of art
  • Ability to research particular artists
  • Ability to declare an area of concentration for advanced  in a particular arts discipline  

Advanced (600/700) Level:

  • Demonstrate a high level of artistry
  • Ability to work independently
  • Develop and Demonstrate an individual sensibility
  • Ability to understand and verbalize intent in a work of art
  • Ability to construct a professional capstone portfolio or thesis
  • Demonstrate in-depth familiarity with a range of artistic movements both historical and contemporary