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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is for those interested in a broad, liberal arts approach to their education with a concentration in art.
The BA degree curriculum contrains a higher percentage of general education courses and fewer studio courses than the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in studio art.
By selecting this path, the students pursues 45 credit hours in studio are and art history coursework. Students take courses in a broad range of media, earning about one-third of their degree requirements in art and art history coursework. Many students choose the BA path in order to double major in another field of interest. This degree allows for flexibility to pursue wide-ranging interests and career paths, and to study abroad for a full semester.
To qualify for a BA in Art, students must meet any progression requirements. Contact specific program area faculty for review of schedules and details. It should not be assumed that a high grade point average in the major itself assures fulfilling progression requirements. The link below will connect you with the current Academic Catalog and requirements for each concentration. Courses are available in Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Time-Based Art.
Requirements for Transfer Students
The School of Art works with two-year institutions to make the pathway from an Associate of Arts or Associate of Fine Arts to a Bachelor of Arts degree as straightforward as possible.
Learn more about the Tennessee Transfer Pathway Agreement for art, including a list of participating community colleges.
Transfer students are advised that a minimum of 20 hours in studio courses must be earned at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Students should be cautioned that art courses taken at another institution may not apply toward their concentration. ARTA 212 and ARTA 214 must be taken at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, if they are to count toward the concentration. Courses not accepted for application toward a concentration may be counted toward other requirements.
No grade below C in art courses may be applied to the Bachelor of Arts major. A minimum of 42 credit hours, 300-level or above, must be earned prior to graduation.
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