department of art & art history

FIne Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

artdept@etal.uri.edu401.874.5821

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FAQs

Q.

If I want to major in art studio, do I need a portfolio and/or a portfolio review prior to being accepted?

A.

No, you do not need a portfolio or a portfolio review prior to admittance to our art studio program. Any student who is admitted to the University of Rhode Island is welcome to participate in the B.A. or B.F.A. major in art studio or the B.A. in art history.

Q.

What media will I be able to work with as an art studio major?

A.

We teach a wide range of media as part of our art studio program including:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking (including Lithography, Intaglio, Relief and other hybrid forms)
  • Photography (both analog, black and white, darkroom, and digital)
  • Digital Art
  • Video and Film

As an art studio major, you may take several levels, from introductory to advanced courses, in each area listed above, and also work across several media in independent studies and special projects.

Q.

If I decide to earn a B.A. in art history, what types of courses can I take?

A.

The URI Department of Art and Art History is the only department on campus to offer degrees in both the visual arts and the humanities. If you decide to pursue a B.A. in art history, after taking your introductory survey courses, there are numerous courses based on stylistic periods available to you including:

  • The Classical World
  • The Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras
  • The Modern period including the history of photography, American art and architecture, and courses devoted to 19th-century and 20th-century artists.

Upper-level courses in African American art, graveyards in New England, and other special topics are also offered.

Q.

As an art studio major, can I major in photography or another specific medium?

A.

No, you can concentrate your courses in a specific medium, from those listed in question two, but you are required to take a broader selection of courses to fulfill your major in art studio. For example, after taking your foundation-level courses, you may be most interested in digital photography, but you might also satisfy your major requirements with additional courses in drawing and printmaking as well as digital art and design. Your degree will be B.A. or B.F.A. in art studio and not in one particular medium.

Q.

As an art history major, will I only be trained to become a college teacher?

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No, art history majors sometimes go into higher education but many find employment as curators, administrators, or educators in museums and on the staffs of government and private agencies dedicated to historical and architectural preservation. Many also pursue more general fields such as law, advertising, and cultural tourism. Take a look at all of the possibilities at What Can I Do With This Major?

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What if I major in art studio, what career opportunities are available to me?

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The URI Department of Art and Art History prepares students for diverse career opportunities and challenges through off-campus internships in digital media design, photography, advertising, television, film, museums, galleries, preservation and historical societies, and commercial companies. Take a look at all of the possibilities at What Can I Do With This Major?

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Does the Department of Art and Art History offer any scholarships or awards?

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Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, our department is able to offer several scholarships. Special awards go to students in painting, sculpture and photography as well as an annual award for the most promising junior art major. Several other prizes and certificates are given by our department and the dean’s office each year to deserving art history or art studio students during our student show every April. Winners are chosen by an outside juror.

 

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