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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog
University of Pittsburgh
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 16, 2021
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Studio Arts, BA

Major Requirements

The studio arts major requires the completion of 52 credits - 46 credits in studio arts, and six credits in art history, distributed as described.

Upper-Level Elective Courses

Students must take three courses from the following list, for a total of nine credits.

Directed study, internships, and undergraduate teaching assistantships are by permission only. Students must have completed at least 30 credits in Studio Arts courses. Students may apply up to three credits of internship or undergraduate teaching assistantship toward their major requirements.

History of Art and Architecture Required Courses

History of Art and Architecture Additional Courses

Students must take one of the two following HAA courses.

Writing course requirement

Students must complete an HAA course with a W practicum or stand-alone HAA W-course to satisfy this requirement.

Studio Arts Majors Must Also Adhere to These Rules and Requirements:

  • Students must attain at least a 2.00 GPA in the major.
  • No department course that counts toward the major may be taken on the S/NC basis. Credit by exam is generally not available.
  • Students who earn a 3.50 GPA in the major and an overall 3.25 GPA receive departmental honors.
  • Corequirements in HAA automatically fulfill the Dietrich School required 12-credit related area.
  • Seniors are expected to exhibit their work in the Annual Student Exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery.
  • In addition to required courses, focus in a particular medium is possible through directed study. Internships are also available in art-related fields.
  • Majors may take special workshops and courses when offered, but only if they have fulfilled the prerequisites, or by departmental permission. The department recommends that a student take no more than two studio arts courses in one term.

Courses for Non-Studio Arts Majors

All level-one core courses are open to non-art majors. Non-art majors may take level-two courses but must complete the prerequisites for the specific courses. A related area in studio arts requires 12 credits. A student may elect one of the following options: 12 credits in level-one foundation courses or 12 credits within a specific field with prerequisites. Non majors may take special workshops and advanced courses when offered, but only if they have fulfilled the prerequisites, or by departmental permission. 

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