Program Description

The fine arts program at UNM-Valencia provides students with the first two years of study toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (BFA) at UNM-Main. Courses and course sequences are designed to encourage students to discover art principles and develop their creativity in such subjects as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and electronic media. Students also study art to broaden their cultural background and enhance their general education. The first level of courses is designed for beginning students with little or no experience in fine arts.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The program provides students with the courses necessary for completion of the first two years of study toward a bachelor's degree at UNM-Main Campus and most other 4-year institutions. Being a practitioner of studio art allows a student to expand in many artistic directions. It could be the start of a career as an artist where you create personal works. A student could also pursue a position in an arts organization or as a design assistant. Some students are seeking to prepare to teach as their career. There are many options in the field of art, and they can be an individual as each student.

Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of arts in art studio is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office at 505.925.8600.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215X and MATH 1215Y – or place into MATH 1130

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 228+ (A&F)/18+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
COMM 1130 (Public Speaking)3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Mathematics and Statistics.
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
4
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSYC 1110 (Introduction to Psychology) or SOCI 1110 (Introduction to Sociology)3
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from two of the different areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
Art Studio Core Requirements (18 credits)
ARTH 1120 (Introduction to Art)3
ARTH 2110 (History of Art I)3
ARTH 2120 (History of Art II)3
ARTS 1610 (Drawing I)3
ARTS 1220 (Arts Practices I)3
ARTS 1230 (Arts Practices II)3
Elective Requirements (12 credits)
Select four courses from the following options: ARTS 1510, ARTS 1310, ARTS 1410 or ARTS 2420, ARTS 2610, ARTS 1630, ARTS 1840, ARTS 2523, ARTS 1320, ARTS 2522, ARTS 2996.
Total required (61 credits)