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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, DESIGN MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

 

Associate Dean Lita Guerra of the College of Fine Arts filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the proposal below to change the description of the degree of bachelor of fine arts, design major. The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on November 22, 2000. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by December 8, 2000.

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council

 

This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 28, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, DESIGN MAJOR IN THE COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS SECTION OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

On page 202 of the College of Fine Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, the following changes are to be made:

DEGREES OFFERED

The College of Fine Arts offers a wide variety of degree programs. For undergraduate students who seek professional training in the arts or who feel the need for intensive training in their chosen art, the college offers the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music. These degrees require that about two-thirds of the coursework be completed in the major area.

The student who wants a broad education with an emphasis in the arts may pursue the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art, Bachelor of Arts in Music, or Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance. These degrees require that about a third of the coursework be completed in the major area.

DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY

The Department of Art and Art History offers academic programs in studio art, art history, visual art studies, and design. Studio art instruction is given in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking (intaglio, lithography, serigraphy), ceramics, metals, textiles, video art, transmedia art, and performance art. There is also a full range of instruction in art history and visual art studies; the latter includes an option leading to teacher certification in art. Students in design [study technologies and methods and learn to deal creatively and critically with the dynamics of culture and technological progress.] focus on the connection between design and related disciplines, emphasizing the relationships the designer shares with others. Through in-depth investigation of social, cultural, technological, and aesthetic dimensions of design, students have the opportunity to increase their cognitive skills, develop critical analytical, research, and organizational skills, and gain facility with the technologies of design.

Justification: Visiting National Association of Schools of Art and Design evaluators recommended that the uniqueness of this degree program be expressed more adequately in the University catalog to prospective students, particularly due to its unusual "non-technical" characteristics.