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School of Art

Julia Galloway, Director

The School of Art provides a comprehensive education in studio art, including intensive hands-on studio practice, art history, criticism, and theory. Programs provide thorough professional training for students interested in careers in the field of art.
Degree offerings include the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., and M.F.A. in Art. Areas of specialization are Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. An M.A. degree in Studio Art and/or Art History is also offered, as well as courses that prepare students for licensure for teaching art. 

Advanced Placement Policy

All students, including those who have taken AP examinations, must submit a portfolio to challenge art classes.  Undergraduate students may challenge foundations courses only (ARTZ 105A (Art 101A), Visual Language-Drawing; ARTZ 106A (ART 102A), Visual Language-2-D Fndtns; and ARTZ 108A (ART 103A), Visual Language-3-D Fndtns).

Portfolios are reviewed at the beginning of each semester.  The challenge process waives the requirement to take a specific class, but does not provide any credits.  The process of portfolio reviews is as follows: students submit a portfolio of ten .jpeg files or pieces of actual work to the school office two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.  If challenging more than one course, students submit examples of work for each course, for example: ten drawing samples for ARTZ 105A (ART 101A), ten color works for ARTZ 106A (ART 102A), and/or ten 3-D pieces for ARTZ 108A (ART 103A). 

Transfer Students

Students with transfer credits from another institution must contact the school director for review of transfer transcripts to assess course equivalents.

Special Degree Requirements

Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog. See index.

Students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degrees with a major in Art must earn a “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade or better in all Art courses fulfilling requirements in order to graduate.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Review Process

All students initially enter as Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) candidates. Students interested in earning the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.) must comply with following: 

  1. Must have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average in Art and a 2.5 overall GPA.
  2. Students apply for the B.F.A. program once they have completed 33-45 Art credits.  B.F.A. portfolio reviews take place once each semester.  A transfer student who enters with more than 45 earned credits must be reviewed the first semester of their residency.
  3. The following course selections are review prerequisites: ARTH 200H, 201H (ART 150H, 151H), ARTZ 105A, 106A, 108A (101A, 102A, 103A), four 200-level studio courses, and two 300-level studio courses.
  4. Should a student not be admitted to the B.F.A. program in their first application, a second and final application the following semester is encouraged.
  5. Applications for the B.F.A. program must include: the application form with the area faculty signature, statement of purpose, and portfolio. Applications are reviewed each semester prior to registration. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Art

For the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, areas of specialization are: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. This is a professional degree requiring 75 credits in art distributed as follows: art fundamentals, 9; beginning art history, 6; photography, 3; ceramics, 3; printmaking, 3; sculpture, 3; painting, 3; drawing, 3; introductory art criticism, 3; upper-division art history, 6; upper-division art criticism, 3; upper-division studio courses outside area of specialization, 12; upper-division studio courses in the area of specialization, 12; professional practices/senior thesis, 6.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art must complete 57 credits in art: art fundamentals, 9; beginning art history, 6; photography, 3; ceramics, 3; printmaking 3; sculpture, 3; painting, 3; drawing, 3; introductory art criticism, 3; upper-division art history, 6; upper-division (300- and 400-level) art studio courses, 12; upper-division art criticism, 3.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art, specialization in Art Education

Art education is an area of specialization designed for the student seeking licensure (K-12) in the extended major teaching field of art.

A student must complete ARTZ 105A, 106A, 108A (ART 101A, 102A, 103A), ARTH 200H, 201H, 250L, 350 (150H, 151H, 203L, 215A, 303), ARTZ 211A, 231A, 271A, 251A, 221A, 284A, 402, 403 (ART 223A, 229A, 233A, 235A, 240A, 215A, 407, 408), DANC 497 (DAN 427), twelve credits in upper-division studio courses, and six credits in upper-division art history courses.

For licensure to teach Art K-12, a student must gain admission to Teacher Education Program and meet the requirements for teacher licensure (see the College of Education section of this catalog).

Suggested Course of Study: B.A./B.F.A. Degree.

Credits in parentheses are additional requirements for the B.F.A.

First Year  F S
ARTZ 105A (ART 101A) Visual Language - Drawing 3 -
ARTZ 106A (ART 102A) Visual Language - 2-D Fndtns - 3
ARTZ 108A (ART 103A) Visual Language - 3-D Fndtns 3 -
ARTH 200H-201H (ART 150H-151H) Art of World Civilization I and II 3 3
Two sections of studio class i.e. ARTZ 251A (ART 235) Sculpture I - 3
and/or ARTZ 271A (ART 233A) Printmaking I - 3
WRIT 101 (ENEX 101) College Writing I 3 -
Other General Education courses 3 3
  15 15
Second Year    
ARTH 250 L (ART 203L) Introduction to Art Criticism 3 -
ARTZ 211A (ART 223A) Drawing I 3 -
ARTZ 231A (ART 229A) Ceramics I - 3
ARTZ 284A (ART 215A) Photo I - Techs and Processes 3 -
ARTZ 221A (ART 240A) Painting I - 3
General Education 6 9
  15 15
Third Year    
Art History (300-level) 3 3
Studio II courses 6 6
Studio courses (B.F.A. option courses) (3) (3)
ATH 350 or 450 (ART 303L or 403L) Contemp Art and Art Criticism or Renaissance Theory & Criticism 3 3
General Education 3 6
  15-18  15-18 
Fourth Year    
Studio courses (B.F.A., courses in specialization) (3) (3)
Studio art courses (300-400 level) 3 3
ARTZ 494 (ART 494) Seminar Professional Practices (B.F.A.) (3) -
ARTZ 499 (ART 499) Senior Thesis/Capstone (B.F.A.) - (3)
Elective & General Education 6-12 6-12
  15-18  15-18 

Requirements for a Minor

Art History/Criticism

To earn a minor in art history/criticism the student must complete at least 24 credits to include the following; ARTZ 105A (ART 101A); ARTH 200H, 201H (ART 150H, 151H), ARTH 250L (ART 203L); 9 credits from 300-level art history courses; 3 credits from ART 303L, or 400-level art history and criticism courses.

Art Studio

To earn a minor in art studio the student must complete at least 27 credits to include the following: ARTZ 105A, 106A, 108A, (ART 101A, 102A, 103A); ARTH 200H, 201H (ART 150H, 151H); 9 credits from ARTZ 284A. 231A, 271A, 251A, 221A, or 211A (ART 215A, 229A, 233A, 235A, 240A, or 223A); and 3 credits in 300-level studio courses.


R- before the course description indicates the course may be repeated for credit to the maximum indicated after the R. Credits beyond this maximum do not count toward a degree.

Art: Visual Arts (ARTZ) - Course Descriptions

105A, 106A, 108A, 131A, 191, 211A, 221A, 231, 251A, 271A, 284A, 291, 311, 321, 331, 335, 351, 371, 384, 385, 388, 391, 394A, 398, 410, 420, 422, 430, 470, 484, 486, 491, 492, 494, 498, 499, 501, 502, 504, 505, 511, 515, 521, 531, 551, 571, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 588, 589, 594, 595, 596, 598, 697, 598, 699

Art: Art History (ARTH) - Course Descriptions

160L, 200H, 201H, 250L, 333H, 350, 400, 402H, 407, 425, 430, 433H, 434H, 435, 436, 440, 450, 458, 459, 464, 465, 494, 503, 550, 597

Art Education (ARTZ) - Course Descriptions

302A, 402, 403



James Bailey, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989

Mary Ann Bonjorni, M.F.A., University of California-Santa Barbara, 1986

Hipolito Rafael Chacón, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1995

Elizabeth Dove, M.F.A., Vermont College of Norwich, 1999

Julia Galloway, M.F.A., University of Colorado-Boulder, 1995

Elizabeth Lo, M.F.A., The University of Montana, 1974

Cathryn Mallory, M.F.A., University of Oklahoma, 1985

Barbara Tilton, M.F.A., Vermont College of Norwich, 1996

Associate Professors

Bradley Allen, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, 2005

Valerie Hedquist, Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1990

Assistant Professors

Kevin Bell, M.F.A., University of Oregon-Eugene, 2002

Matt Hamon, M.F.A., University of Washington-Seattle, 2002

Trey Hill, M.F.A., San Jose State University, 2002

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Bev Gluecker, M.F.A., The University of Montana, 1989

Steven Krutek, M.F.A., The University of Montana, 2006

Edgar Smith, M.A., The University of Montana, 2004: M.F.A., Ohio University, 1989

Shalene Valenzuela, M.F.A., California College of the Arts, 1997

Emeritus Professors

Marilyn Bruya, M.F.A., Bard College, 1986

James G. Todd, M.F.A., The University of Montana, 1969

Registrar's Office

Lommasson Center 201

Phone: (406) 243-2995

Fax: (406) 243-4807