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Visual Arts

Undergraduate Requirements

Regulations for all Visual Arts Majors, Concentrators, and Interdepartmental Majors

A maximum of 12 credits from other degree-granting institutions may be counted toward the major, only with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies.

For a Major in Visual Arts

A total of 47 points are required as follows:

  1. Courses within the Visual Arts Program (35 points):
    • VIAR R1001 Basic drawing (3 points)
    • VIAR R3330 Sculpture I (3 points)
    • Six additional VIAR R3000-level or above courses (18 points)
    • The following course must be taken during the junior year:
    • Senior project consists of the following four courses:
  2. Courses from other departments or programs (12 points)
    • One of the following:
      • AHIS BC1001 Introduction to the history of art I (4 points)
      • AHIS BC1002 Introduction to the history of art II (4 points)
      • AHIS W3650 Twentieth-century art (3 points)
    • Three related courses (8-9 points)

Senior Project

Before taking the senior project, majors are advised to complete 18 points of required Visual Arts courses. Senior project consists of four 2-point courses taken over two semesters: VIAR R3901-R3902 Senior thesis, I and II (4 points) and VIAR R3921-R3922 Visiting critic, I and II (4 points) (Senior thesis I and Visiting critic I run concurrently and Senior thesis II and Visiting critic II run concurrently).

Visual arts majors must sign up for a portfolio review to enroll in senior project. Portfolio reviews are scheduled in April preceding the semester for which students seek entry. Before signing up, students should review the procedures for gaining admittance into senior project at http://blogs.cuit.columbia.edu/visualarts/files/2011/01/SeniorProjectEntrance.pdf. Portfolios are evaluated by the director of undergraduate studies and a faculty committee. After each semester of senior project, a faculty committee evaluates the work and performance completed.

For a Major in Art History and Visual Arts

The requirements for the major are as follows:

  1. AHIS W3895 The majors’ colloquium
  2. Seven 3-point lecture courses in art history (up to two of the seven 3-point courses may be replaced by a specifically realted course in another department with approval of the adviser).
    • At least one course in three of four historical periods:
      • Ancient (up to 400 CE/AD)
      • 400-1400
      • 1400-1700
      • 1700-present
    • An additional two courses drawn from at least two different world regions:
      • Africa
      • Asia
      • Europe, North America, Australia
      • Latin America
      • Middle East
  3. 21 points in Visual Arts covering:

Students electing the combined major should consult with the director of undergraduate studies, as well as with a faculty adviser in the Art History and Archaeology Department. It is recommended that students interested in this major begin the requirements in their sophomore year. In the senior year, students undertake either a seminar in the Department of Art History and Archaeology or a senior project in visual arts (pending approval by the Visual Arts Department).

NOTE: Chronological divisions are approximate. In case of ambiguities about course eligibility to fill the requirement, consult the director of undergraduate studies in Art History and Archaeology.

For a Concentration in Visual Arts

A total of 30 points are required as follows:

  1. Courses within the Visual Arts Program (18 points):
  2. Courses outside the Visual Arts Program (12 points):
    • One of the following:
      • AHIS BC1001 Introduction to the history of art I (4 points)
      • AHIS BC1002 Introduction to the history of art II (4 points)
      • AHIS W3650 Twentieth-century art (3 points)
    • Three related courses (8-9 points)