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General Bulletin 2004-2006

Programs of Study

The School of Fine Arts

General Information

The School of Fine Arts offers students opportunity to develop artistic competence, to prepare for a variety of careers in the arts, and to gain a broad cultural and academic background. Programs in the School lead to the following bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in Art. Graduate degrees offered by the School are described in the Graduate Bulletin, available from the Graduate School.

Accreditation

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Ohio Department of Education. The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Ohio Department of Education, and both departments of Art and Music are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education. The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The Department of Theatre holds membership in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Black Theatre Network, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.   The Department of Architecture and Interior Design holds membership in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for admission to the University, there are additional requirements that must be fulfilled in order to declare a major in the School of Fine Arts. Specific requirements are described in the sections on architecture and interior design, art, music, and theatre. They do not apply to students in other divisions who wish to register for individual courses.

Admission into a specific program within the School of Fine Arts is considered at departmental level and is based on: (1) scholastic achievement; (2) creative ability and/or achievement as determined by audition or portfolio review; (3) motivation to study in a specific fine arts area expressed in a written statement or interview; (4) recommendation from high school music/theatre teacher or studio instructor; (5) space availability.

All degree programs in the School of Fine Arts require either a portfolio review or audition. These reviews are conducted prior to admission. Please contact the appropriate department for specific guidelines.

Students in other divisions who wish to participate in ensembles, productions, and certain activities are also subject to review and/or audition. Time and format of these proceedings are determined by the sponsoring department and are not part of the general admission process.

Course Load

Students in the School of Fine Arts may not register for more than 20 hours in a semester without approval of the dean.

Miami Plan

It is important that you consult with your academic adviser to be sure that you select courses that also meet requirements for your major.

Requirements for Graduation

Candidates for degrees must comply with all university academic regulations and must complete one of the curricula outlined. A minimum of 128 semester hours is required for graduation by all departments in the School of Fine Arts. Miami Plan courses are included in this total. In some programs of study it may take longer than four years to complete the professional requirements for your bachelor's degree.

No-Major Option

If you are interested in architecture, art, music, or theatre, but are undecided about making a commitment to these fields, you can choose one of the no-major programs. Before choosing this option, however, you must talk with a School of Fine Arts adviser and a chief departmental adviser. Students who choose this option must fulfill departmental admission requirements before being admitted as a major. In many programs of study it will take longer than four years to complete the professional requirements for your bachelor's degree.

The following one-year programs allow you to choose a broad range of electives and sample fine arts courses on a space-available basis.

Architecture: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ART 111, 171 Visual Fundamentals (3, 3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
Miami Plan Foundation II, III, IV, V courses (14)

Art: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ART 111, 171 Visual Fundamentals (3, 3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
Miami Plan Foundation II, III, IV, V courses (14)

Music: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
MUS 185 Diverse Worlds of Music (MPF IIA or IIIB) (3)
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (MPF IIA, H) (3)
Applied Music (audition required; see course descriptions) (2, 2)
Miami Plan Foundation III, IV, V courses (16)

Theatre: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (3)*
THE 102 Analysis: Methods and Research (3)
THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance I (MPF IIA) (1)
Miami Plan Foundation II, III, IV, V courses (18)

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