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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Fine Arts

MAJOR: Art

EMPHASIS: Museum Conservation (79 credits)

Art Conservation is the study of the preservation and restoration of art as well as of other cultural and natural objects. The B.F.A. degree with an emphasis in Museum Conservation provides an academic structure within which students master specific sets of practical skills while developing broad professional and theoretical perspectives toward the issue of conserving objects in a museum or collection setting. By combining theory with practice, the program offers students the interpretive, quantitative and administrative skills needed for careers as conservators, curators, registrars, collections managers, exhibit designers and museum administrators, all of whom must have specialized training in the care and handling of works of art to be successful.

Science (16 credits)

Option A

Recommended for students planning to attend graduate school in art conservation.

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

and

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

CHEM 115Principles of Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

and

CHEM 116Principles of Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2 cr. (6P)

Option B

Recommended for students who do NOT plan to attend graduate school in art conservation.

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

and

BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

or

EPWS 303Economic Entomology

4 cr. (3+2P)

and

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry

4 cr. (3+3P)

Art History (18 credits)

ART 295GIntroduction to Art History I

3 cr.

ART 296GIntroduction to Art History II

3 cr.

ART 298Writing in Art

3 cr.

Plus three ART history electives 300 level or higher

9 cr.

History/Anthropology (15 credits)

One required courses (3 credits)

ANTH 315Introduction to Archaeology

3 cr.

Three credits from the following:

HIST 330VIntroduction to Religious Studies

3 cr.

HIST 334Art and Life in Renaissance Italy

3 cr.

HIST 371Ancient Greece

3 cr.

HIST 397Introduction to Public History

3 cr.

HIST 424History of Art, Thought and Literature

3 cr.

HIST 438Antiquity and Modernity

3 cr.

HIST 481Time Traveling Through New Mexico's Past

3 cr.

HIST 483Historic Preservation

3 cr.

HIST 484Historical Editing, Theory and Practice

3 cr.

HIST 486Interpreting Historic Places for the Public

3 cr.

HIST 486Interpreting Historic Places for the Public

3 cr.

Nine credits from the following:

ANTH 313Ancient Mexico

3 cr.

ANTH 316Archaeology of the American Southwest

3 cr.

ANTH 318Historical Archaeology in Latin America

3 cr.

ANTH 334Anthropology of Art

3 cr.

ANTH 378Introduction to Lab Methods in Archaeology

3 cr.

ANTH 414The Archaeology of Religion

3 cr.

ANTH 467Archaeology of the American Southwest

3 cr.

ANTH 485Special Research Project

1-3 cr.

ANTH 497Special Topics

1-6 cr.

ANTH 378: offered intermittently

Museum Studies (6 credits)

ANTH 345Introduction to Museology

3 cr.

ART 490Museum Conservation Internship

1-6 cr.

Studio Art (15 credits)

Two required courses and three electives (15 credits)

ART 250Introduction to Drawing

3 cr. (2+4P)

ART 260Introduction to Painting

3 cr. (2+4P)

Studio Art Courses (200-400 level)

9 cr.

Art Conservation (9 credits)

The following courses are open by permission of the instructor only

ART 401Museum Conservation Techniques I

3 cr. (2+3P)

ART 402Museum Conservation Techniques II

3 cr. (2+3P)

ART 403Preventative Conservation/Collections Care

3 cr.

ART 499 is recommended

EMPHASIS: Studio Art

The studio art curriculum is designed to give the student a broad, transdisciplinary understanding of the field of visual arts, including appreciation and criticism, art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design and media arts, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and museum conservation. This program is recommended for those students who wish to embark on a professional career in art. The maximum number of credits counted toward graduation is 84. The maximum credits for variable courses shall be 6 credits per semester except by permission. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a professional baccalaureate degree, which requires a senior thesis exhibition and capstone class in the final semester of study. Students seeking a BFA must apply in the spring of their sophomore year for acceptance into the BFA program - this is done via a portfolio review.

Departmental Requirements (84 credits)

Freshman Year (18 credits)

ART 295GIntroduction to Art History I

3 cr.

ART 298Writing in Art

3 cr.

Introductory Studio Art courses

12 cr.

Sophomore Year (18 credits)

Submit application to BFA Program (students may reapply as many times as necessary).

ART 296GIntroduction to Art History II

3 cr.

Introductory Studio Art 200-level courses

3 cr.

Special Topic Art Courses (300 level)

6 cr.

Art History (300 level)

3 cr.

Junior Year (24 credits)

Special Topic Art Courses (300 level)

12 cr.

Special Topic Art Courses (400-level)

6 cr.

Art History Courses (300-400) level

6 cr.

Senior Year (24 credits)

Special Topic Art Courses (400-level)

15 cr.

Art History (300/400 level)

3 cr.

ART 495Undergraduate Studio Thesis

3-6 cr.

Thesis Exhibition/Capstone Course (6 credits)

BFA students must have a thesis exhibition at the culmination of their degree.

ART 495Undergraduate Studio Thesis

3-6 cr.