Q. What programs do you offer in the School of Art and Art History?
A. We offer the following: a BA in Art History, a BA in Studio Art and a BFA in Studio Art. The areas of emphasis available in studio art are Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking and Electronic Media. The BA in Art History focuses primarily on a Eurocentric tradition from Medieval to Modern, with Non-Western courses available in African and Latin American art.
Q. Where can I go for graphic/commercial art in the area?
A. USF’s St. Petersburg campus offers a graphic arts program. For information on that program, please contact the St. Petersburg Campus. USF’s Tampa campus does not coordinate the program. In general, the program is print/publication/design oriented and admits a limited number of qualified applicants in their junior year. For additional information, contact the St. Petersburg Campus.
Q. What’s the difference between the BA in studio and the BFA in studio?
A. The BA in studio requires a minimum of 58 hours in the School of Art and Art History plus six hours in music, dance, or theatre. It is a very generalized introduction to art practice and theory and is best suited to those students seeking a degree with a strong liberal arts emphasis who have an interest in art. The BFA is a more professionally oriented emphasis requiring 84 hours in the School of Art and Art History plus six hours in music dance or theatre. It is best suited for students who intend to practice professionally as artists, or to continue their education at the graduate level.
Q. I took foreign language in high school. Doesn’t that satisfy the foreign language requirement?
A. Not necessarily. There is considerable confusion about foreign language in college. The University of South Florida has two language requirements, FLENT and FLEX. The FLENT (Foreign Language Entrance Requirement) is two years of the same language in high school. That is an admission requirement of the State University System. Universities’ often waive the FLENT requirement for students seeking admission. However, if FLENT is waived, the incoming student must satisfy FLEX (Foreign Language Exit Requirement) no matter what degree is being pursued. FLEX is 2 terms of the same language at the college level or an equivalent competence. FLEX must always be satisfied if the student is pursuing the BA degree in any field. If FLENT (the high school requirement) is satisfied, students pursuing the BS degree or the BFA degree do not have to satisfy FLEX. To recap: if you have completed two years of the same language in high school, you still must take two terms of the same language at the college level to be awarded a BA degree in any field. If you have not taken two years of the same foreign language in high school, you must take two terms of the same language at the college level to be awarded any degree from the University of South Florida. If you have taken two years of the same foreign language in high school, you do not have to take foreign language at the college level to be awarded a BS or a BFA degree.
Q. How do I become an Art major?
A. If you are an incoming freshman or a transfer student, indicate on your application for admission to the University of South Florida that you wish to be an art major. If you wish to be an Art History major you must only meet the University requirements. If you wish to be an Art Studio major, you must also submit a portfolio for review and be accepted into the program. (for guidelines visit the School of Art & Art History website.) During the required orientation you will be sent to meet with representatives of the College of Visual and Performing Arts to have curriculum issues clarified, transfer credits evaluated (in the case of transfer students) and to be registered. It is in your interest to schedule the earliest possible orientation as course availability becomes limited the later it gets. If you are a student in another college at USF, (Art Studio majors must be accepted by portfolio review first.) fill out a declaration of major form at your current college and bring your paperwork to Fine Arts Advising (FAH 120).
Q. Are there any scholarships available for Art majors?
A. In addition to scholarships available through financial aid, the School of Art and Art History has some scholarship money that is talent based. To determine if funds are available, a portfolio and a letter should be sent to Professor Wallace Wilson, Director of the School of Art and Art History. In addition to scholarship funds that are used for recruiting, there are a number of endowed scholarships awarded each year in the spring. These are competitive. Information is posted in the School of Art and Art History during the spring term outlining eligibility requirements and submission procedures.
Q. What kinds of degree programs do you have in Dance?
A. B.A Dance Studies, involving combination of dance course work and 15-17 focused electives in another field of study, such as psychology, education, business, women's studies, etc. - Involves completion of final research project combining both areas (Sr. year)
B.F.A Dance performance - involves performance in 5 faculty pieces, and the choreography of a solo and group piece (Sr. year)
Q. Will Dance course work from another college transfer?
A. It depends upon specific course content and credit hour equivalency. Students should meet with the dance advisor to discuss specific dance course transfer credit...this is usually discussed during the orientation process when students meet with their dance advisor. Courses generally accepted include: Music for Dance, Dance Improvisation, Technical Theatre, Dance Kinesiology, Dance History. Dance technique and choreography courses are not accepted.
Q. Do you offer a degree in Musical Theatre?
A. No, we do not. We do offer musicals as part of our production program, about every fourth or fifth semester, but we do not focus on musical theatre within the department. You may, of course, major in theatre and minor (or take classes in) music and dance.
Q. How many Theatre productions do you do each year?
A. The Program produces four “mainstage” productions each year. In addition, the directing class stages 4-8 one-acts and the Student Theatre Production Board mounts 2-3 evenings of theatre each semester. Furthermore, other projects, both in class and out, present more opportunities for production experience.