Department of Fine Arts

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Studio Art Option

  1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of art studio practices as they relate to historical context, concepts, and theories in at least one of the studio disciplines offered as a concentration. (Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Digital and Photography).

  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the technical and creative uses of the medium, craftsmanship and attention to detail, formal elements, and processes related to their chosen area of specialization.

  3. Students finishing the degree program will produce a coherent body of creative work in their area of specialization, and for those graduates who show the ability and desire to pursue an advanced degree, the work should be of sufficient quality to satisfy the requirements for the admission to graduate school. 

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to promote, design, and install an exhibition of their artwork in the professional, on-campus gallery venue, in preparation for their art careers. 

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Studio Arts Option

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125, or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126, or higher 3  Social Sciences2
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  FA 1050 3
BIOS or Physical Sciences3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Social Sciences 2000+  6  FORL 2001/10014  3  
Electives outside of major 3000+ 6  General Electives8  12-15
    Total 27
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FA 1051  3  FA 2202  3
FA 1060  3  FA 2203  3
FA 2201  3  FA Electives 3000+ (Art Studio and/or Art History)7  3
    Total 18
Studio Arts Option
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FA 2450, 2550, 2650, 2750, 2850 (Choose three)5  9  FA Option (One Area)6  9
FA 4599  3  FA 1061  3
Arts History 3000+  6  FA Elective 3000+ (Art Studio and/or Art History)7  6
    Total 36
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
                                                                                                    120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  4. Studio Art majors must complete 9 credit hours in one language or 6 credit hours in two languages. Art History majors must complete 12 credit hours in one language.
  5.  Three out of five courses must be taken, one of which must be the introductory course in the chosen area of specialization (Fine Arts Option)
  6. Three courses in advanced studio practice (3000-level) in the chosen area of specialization. Advanced studio courses in areas of concentration fulfill the College requirement for oral competency.
  7. Electives in any 3000+ Art Studio or Art History courses.
  8. Free electives can be taken from any Department including Fine Arts.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Studio Option

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH  3  MATH  3
FORL 1001 - must be in one language  3  FORL - must be in same language  3
FA 1050  3  FA 1051  3
FA 1060  3  FA 1061  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FA 2X50 - Intro Area (pick 1 of 5)  3  FA 2X50 - Intro Area (pick one of 5)  3
FA 2201, 2202, or 2203  3  FA 2X50 - Intro Area (pick one of 5)  3
Elective  3  FA 2201, 2202, or 2203  3
FORL - must be in the same language  3  Elective  3
BIOS  3  BIOS or other Science  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FA 3XXX - Advanced Studio Practice - One area of emphasis  3  FA 3XXX - Advanced Studio Practice - same area of emphasis  3
FA 2201, 2202, or 2203  3  FA 3000+ Art History  3
Literature  3  Social Science, 2000 level2  3
Social Science, 1000 level2  3  Literature  3
Non-BIOS Science (must be same science as other
non-BIOS Science)
 3  Free elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FA 3XXX - Advanced Studio Practice - same area of emphasis  3  FA 4599 - Senior Project  3
FA 3000+ Art History  3  Social Science, 2000 level2  3
3000 level elective3  3  Free elective  3
Social Science, 1000 or 2000 level2  3  Free elective  2
Free elective  3  3000 level elective3  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.
  2. Social Science must be completed over at least two different areas (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Urban Studies) and six credits must be at the 2000 level or above.
  3. 3000 level electives cannot be in Fine Arts; only 3 credits of EDHP or EDHS courses may be used.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Liberal Arts
B.A. in Fine Arts - Art History Option

  1. Students will demonstrate understanding and apply the broad methodologies of the study of the history of art: identification, description, formal analysis, comparison, interpretation. 

  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the cultural issues, values, and perspectives that have informed artmaking in a variety of cultures and periods.

  3. Students will demonstrate critical research skills through a variety of writing assignments. Students will write an original argument that analyzes and interprets an aspect of art history, based on advanced research that integrates primary and secondary sources from the critical literature.

Degree Requirements

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Arts History Option

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    Humanities  
ENGL 1157 3  FORL 1001  3
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  FORL 1002  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125, or higher 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 1032, 1116, 1126, or higher 3  Social Sciences2
Science    Arts  
BIOS3 3  FA 1050 3
BIOS or Physical Sciences3 6    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
Social Sciences 2000+  6  FORL 2001/10014  3  
Electives outside of major 3000+ 6  General Electives8  12-15
    Total 27
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FA 1051  3  FA 2202  3
FA 1060  3  FA 2203  3
FA 2201  3  FA Electives 3000+ (Art Studio and/or Art History)7  3
    Total 18
Arts History Option
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
FA 42999  3  Arts History 3000+5  27
FA Studio (2450, 2550, 2650, 2750, or 2850)  3  FORL 1002/20024  3
    Total 36
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
                                                                                                    120
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Must include courses from two different fields (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, or URBN) and at least 6 hours at 2000-level or higher. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  3. 6 hour sequence in one science. Select from BIOS, CHEM, EES, PHYS. 3 hours must be BIOS. Check General Education Courses to confirm courses fulfilling this requirement.
  4. Art History majors must complete 12 credit hours in one language.
  5. 27 hours in art history courses at the 3000 level or above. These course should at least include:
    1. 2 courses Pre-1900
    2. 2 courses Modern and Contemporary art
  6. Art History majors may not register for FA 4599 before having completed at least 24 hours at the 3000 level or above. FA 4599 fulfills the College requirement for oral competency.
  7. Electives in any 3000+ Art Studio or Art History courses.
  8. Free electives can be taken from any Department including Fine Arts.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts - Art History Option

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH  3  MATH  3
Foreign Language - must be in one language  3  Foreign Language - must be in same language  3
FA 1050  3  FA 1051  3
FA 220X - Art History Survey  3  FA 220X - Art History Survey  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FA 1060 - Drawing I  3  FA 2X50 - Intro Area  3
FA 220X - Art History Survey  3  FA 3000+ Art History (or 3292 - Internship)  3
FA 3000+ Art History (or 3291 - Internship)  3  FA 3000+ Art History  3
Foreign Language - must be in the same language  3  Foreign Language - must be in same language  3
BIOS  3  BIOS or other Science  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FA 3000+ Art History  3  FA 3000+ Art History  3
FA 3000+ Art History  3  FA 3000+ Art History  3

Science other than BIOS (must be same

science as previous science other than BIOS)

 3  Social Science, 2000 level2                         3
Social Science, 1000 level2  3  3000 level elective3  3
Free Elective  3  Free Elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
FA 3000+ Art History  3  FA 4299 -  Senior Project  3
FA 3000+ Art History  3  Literature  3
Literature  3  Social Science, 2000 level2                      3
Social Science, 1000 or 2000 level2  3  Free elective  3
3000 level elective3                                         3  Free elective  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 15
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.
  2. Social Science must be completed over at least two different areas (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Urban Studies) and six credits must be at the 2000 level or above.
  3. 3000 level electives cannot be in Fine Arts; only 3 credits of EDHP or EDHS courses may be used.

Minors in Fine Arts

A Minor in Fine Arts, Studio Art Option, requires the student take a total of 18 credit hours in art studio courses including the following:

  • FA 1051
  • 6 credit hours of Introduction to Studio Art courses of student choice (FA 2450, 2550, 2650, 2750, 2850)
  • 9 credit hours of Advanced Studio Practice (3000-level) courses of student choice.
  • A letter grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course. The courses may be taken as elective credits at any point in the undergraduate curriculum provided the student adheres to prerequisites and course-level restrictions listed in the Catalog.

A Minor in Fine Arts, History Option, requires the student take a total of 18 credit hours in Art History courses including the following:

  • 9 credit hours from FA 1010, FA 2201, FA 2202, or FA 2203.
  • 9 credit hours of Art History at 3000 level and above.
  • A letter grade of "C" or better must be earned in each course. The courses may be taken as elective credits at any point in the undergraduate curriculum provided the student adheres to prerequisites and course-level restrictions listed in the Catalog.

Honors in Fine Arts Studio Option

The UNO Honors Program requires a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 for admittance. The grade point minimum for transfer and continuing students is 3.50. Students wishing to graduate with honors in Fine Arts Studio Option must meet the following requirements.

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all Fine Arts courses taken and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50.
  2. Completion of six hours of FA 4599 (Senior Honors Thesis), in addition to the usual course requirements for the degree. Senior Honors Thesis will consist of an autonomous body of visual art supported by an expanded artist's statement.
  3. Satisfactory performance defending the thesis before the thesis advisor, a representative of the honors program, and one other faculty member of the Department of Fine Arts.

Honors in Fine Arts-Art History Option

Students wishing to graduate with honors in Fine Arts-Art History Option must meet the following requirements.

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in all Art History courses taken and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50.
  2. Completion of six hours of FA 4298 (Senior Honors Thesis), in addition to the usual course requirements for the degree. Senior Honors Thesis will consist of a research paper based on extended research.
  3. Satisfactory performance defending the thesis before the thesis advisor, a representative of the honors program, and one other faculty member of the Department of Fine Arts.