UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS


The Department of Art and Art History offers three undergraduate degree programs. Two Bachelor of Art (BA) degrees with Art History or Studio focus, and a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) degree. This department is the largest in the College of Arts and Humanities with over five hundred majors. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:26.


Many of our alumni have careers as fine and commercial artists, designers, gallery and museum administrators, curators, art consultants, educators and entrepreneurs. While the department is proud of their successes in the art industries, it is important to note that the knowledge and experiences supported by the department can fruitfully be applied to any discipline, endeavor, or career. The department curriculum incorporates learning outcomes that employers identify as what is considered to be essential in employees (surveyed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2008).


Department faculty exhibit, perform, and publish their creative and scholarly research and present public demonstrations and lectures, curate and/or jury exhibitions. The department has a range of media-based facilities including bronze-casting, screen-printing, glass-blowing, photography and digital media. Some of these facilities are world-class and others are commensurate with art studios at peer institutions. All studio art majors enter the department as BA candidates and must pass a portfolio review to be admitted to the BFA program within a specific media-concentration. The department maintains close relationships with the Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Contemporary Museum, the Hawai'i State Art Museum and the Bishop Museum. These institutions contain rich collections in Asia/Pacific art and act as a resource for faculty and student scholarship.


The BA Degree (Art History) specializes in the History of Art of the Asia/Pacific region. This degree requires 42 credits – 6 credits of Art History core courses (Art 175 and 176), Art 395 (Art Historical Methodology), 24 credits of upper level Art History courses, and 9 credits of Studio courses. [more]


The BA Degree (Studio) provides students with a broad-based, liberal arts approach to a wide range of media drawn from the department's various areas. This degree requires 42 credits – 12 credits of Studio and Art History core courses (Art 113, 116, 175 and 176), 6 credits of upper level Art History courses, and 24 credits of Studio courses of which 12 must be upper level. [more]


The BFA Degree is designed for those students who desire a focused preparation in the visual arts or who intend to pursue an advanced degree or careers in art and design. Areas of specialization include ceramics, drawing, electronic arts, fiber, glass, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This degree requires 63 credits – 12 credits of Studio and Art History core courses (Art 113, 116, 175 and 176), Art 302 (Theory and Criticism of Art), 21 credits of studio courses in a chosen media-specific program, 12 credits of upper level Art History courses, and 15 credits of art electives. [more]


Students must earn a grade of C (not C-) or higher in each course applied to the major. Detailed degree requirement worksheets are downloadable