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Frequently Asked Questions
Applying to the Department of Fine Arts:
When should I apply to be an art major?
Students should apply for admission to the art program as soon as they are admitted to the University so as not to unduly extend their stay. It is recommended that art majors complete the four courses in the foundations program (ART 105 – Foundation 2-D Design, ART 106 – Foundation 3-D Design, ART 115 – Foundation Drawing I, ART 116 – Foundation Drawing II) in the first two semesters after they are accepted as a major. This will allow enrollment in 300-level courses in their third semester, and completion of the degree in a reasonable amount of time.
I want to major in studio art or art history. What do I need to do?
The Department of Fine Arts is the only selective admissions department in the College of Arts & Sciences. If you want to major in studio art or art history you must first be admitted to the University and the College of Arts & Sciences, then you apply to the Department for admission by submitting the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art.
All studio majors enter the department in the B.A. program in Studio Art.
The B.A. program provides students with a broad experience in studio art. It consists of a minimum of four 300-level courses and two 500-level in studio art and is recommended for students who wish to further their study in fields such as art education or expressive therapies. The B.F.A. program is designed for students who wish to have a pre-professional experience in studio art. It is ideal for those who wish to continue study at the graduate level and pursue careers in University teaching or as professional artists. The B.F.A program consists of in-depth study in one or more of the studio areas. Students also work closely with a faculty advisor/mentor to guide their study.
I can’t draw and don’t have previous art experience, so I don’t have a portfolio. What can I do?
The Department encourages potential majors who do not have previous art experience to enroll in ART 101 – Fundamentals of Drawing and Design in order to acquire more experience and build a portfolio toward application. On occasion, courses in the foundations program may open to non-majors during open registration and you may enroll in ART 115 – Foundation Drawing I to build a portfolio.
I applied to UofL and got my acceptance letter indicating I am an art major. So I am already admitted as a major and do not need to apply to the department, right?
Wrong. A self-declaration of your major as “Art” on your application to the University is not equivalent to the formal admissions process to the Department of Fine Arts. You must still apply to the Department by submitting the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art.
I applied for major, but have not heard from the Department. What’s the delay?
If you are an incoming student to the University of Louisville, the Department may be waiting for you to be officially admitted to the University. We cannot admit you until the University does. If you are a transfer student and have been admitted to UofL it may be that the department is waiting for admissions to complete their review of your transfer credit. Without a clear idea of your transfer coursework and GPA, the department cannot process your admission. To expedite your application to the department you should include copies of transcripts from previous universities. An unofficial transcript showing your coursework and gpa will often suffice. If none of the above applies, it might simply be that the faculty committee that reviews applications has been unable to meet. If you are unsure, please contact Theresa Berbet in the Fine Arts office with questions at 502.852.6147.
I am a major in another program outside of Fine Arts. Can I apply for minor?
Yes, anyone can apply to be a minor in studio art or art history (note: the minor is not available in any of the B.F.A. program areas, e.g. graphic design). Students do not even have to be admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences to be admitted for the minor (e.g. a student admitted to the Speed School or the College of Business can complete a minor in Fine Arts). You must have an approved major to apply for minor. To apply for a minor, submit the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art. The application is the same as the application for major in both studio art and art history.
I’m in the College of Business, Speed School, College of Education. Can I switch to Art? How?
Yes, students admitted to another college can switch to fine art. You must first complete an Intra-University Transfer form (IUT) to transfer out of your current school to the College of Arts & Sciences. The form is found online at http://louisville.edu/provost/iut/iut_who.html. Once you are admitted to A&S you can apply to the Department of Fine Arts by submitting the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art. (Note: Students must be admitted to the College of Arts & Sciences in ‘good standing’ to be eligible to apply for a major in Fine Arts).
I never completed my degree and am coming back to school. I was an art major at UofL before I left. Am I still in the department? If not, what do I need to do?
If you have been enrolled within the last calendar year (12 months), the Department still has your records on file and you may re-enroll in the program. If you have had a break in your enrollment for one or more calendar years, you are no longer considered an admitted major in the Department and will need to reapply for major by completing and submitting the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art.
Transfer Students and Second degrees:
How can I find out what classes transfer to UofL?
You can meet with an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office to determine your general education and A&S programmatic transfer credit. Schedule an appointment with an A&S Advisor by calling 502.852.5502.
You may also schedule an appointment with Theresa Berbet in the department by calling 502-852-6147.
I have a portfolio of work from my other school, can I make an appointment to show it to you?
The Department of Fine Arts determines transfer credit equivalencies for studio art courses through a portfolio review process only. Transfer students who have transferred hours in art must submit a portfolio of previous work as well as all applicable transcripts. Review of the portfolio and transcripts determines placement and applicability of credits toward the major. Portfolio Review forms are available in the Fine Arts Office. Only accepted majors are eligible for the portfolio review process.
I lost all of my work from my past art courses. Will a transcript suffice to determine my transfer credit?
In some instances, if you have misplaced or lost your previous artwork, a transcript may suffice to determine applicability of your transfer credits. You must meet with the Professor who teaches the course you are seeking transfer credit toward in order to determine if you have studied at the level equivalent to the UofL course.
What happens to my transfer credits? How are transfer credits calculated?
The Admissions Office administers transfer credits in cooperation with the College and departments. Some transfer credit is automatically accepted such as KCTCS and KY schools. The Admissions Office will review your transcript to determine if your credits fulfill general education and programmatic requirements. Grades do not transfer and are not counted toward your UofL GPA.
The Department of Fine Arts reserves the right to review studio art and art history transfer credit and determine equivalencies and applicability toward department requirements.
I already have a Bachelor’s degree and I would like to pursue another one in Fine Arts. What do I need to do?
First, you must apply to the University for admission to the College of Arts & Science as a ‘second degree senior.’ You may then apply for admission to the Department of Fine Arts by completing and submitting the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art. Your application to the Department will be reviewed as soon as you have been admitted to the College. Note: If your first degree is a B.A. in Art, you cannot be admitted into the B.A. in Studio Art, because you already hold that degree. If you intend to pursue a B.F.A. degree, you may be allowed to enroll in studio art courses pending review of your application to the B.F.A. program. Contact Theresa Berbet for details at 502.852.6147.
How long will it take to earn my degree? How many hours will I need to complete?
A minimum total of thirty additional hours as a student enrolled in the College will be required for your second undergraduate degree. How long it takes to complete your second degree, however, depends on the number of credits required in the program you are applying to and how your previous coursework transfers in (see below). The B.A. in Studio Art requires 39 hours of department courses. The B.F.A. program requires 61 hours with each area of concentration requiring between 15-24 hours within that total (Interior Architecture – 25 hours, Communication Art & Design – 21 hours, 2-D Studios and 3-D Studios – 16 hours). This total does not include general education or A&S requirements.
Some courses are also not offered every semester and this may increase the length of time you are in the program.
I need to complete pre-requisites for the M.A.T in Art Education, Art Therapy, or other graduate program. Can I take my studio art courses at UofL?
Yes, depending on the course and space availability. Accepted majors in the department take precedence and are allowed to register first. If there is room in a class after the pre-registration period has ended, non-majors who need the class to complete a pre-requisite for a graduate program may be given permission to register. There are no guarantees. It is strongly recommended that non-majors consult other area colleges for studio art courses to complete pre-requisites.
Declaring double majors and two different degrees:
What is a double major and how do I declare one?
A double major is when you are pursuing two majors within a single degree program–for example, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Studio Art and Art History or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mathematics and Physics. To apply for a double major, consult the list of admissions requirements to make sure you are eligible for both majors and then fill out an application for major form for each. To complete a double major, students only need to fulfill the additional programmatic hours required toward each major.
I’m an accepted studio major and want to double major in art history. Do I need to fill out the art history application? (and vice versa)
Both the Studio Art and Art History programs are selective admissions. However, students admitted into the B.A. program in Studio Art, or the B.F.A. program, with departmental and cumulative GPA above 3.0 can be approved for the B.A. in Art History without separate application. Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, must submit application for the B.A. program in Art History.
Students admitted to the B.A. program in Art History must submit application for the B.A. in Studio Art, as admission is based on portfolio. Contact Theresa Berbet in the Fine Arts office for more information.
How do I pursue two different degrees at the same time?
This is called a dual degree. If the two degrees are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences–for example, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in 2-D Studios–you just need to fill out an application for major form for each one.
When the two degrees are offered by different units–such as a degree through the College of Business and Public Administration and one through A&S–the procedure involves an additional step. If you are enrolled in the CBPA, you will need to petition A&S for a waiver of the residence requirement. If your petition is approved, you can then fill out an application for your A&S major. If you are enrolled in A&S and want to pursue a second degree in the CBPA, you would petition the CBPA, etc.
In both cases, thirty additional hours will be added to your minimum total required for graduation. If the minimum total number of hours you need for one degree is 121, then you will need a minimum of 151 hours for two degrees.
Can I double major in the B.F.A. program?
Yes. Students admitted to the B.F.A. program can double major in a second B.F.A. track. To complete the second B.F.A. degree you will only need to complete the hours required for the second area of concentration, e.g. If you are in the Communication Art & Design track and the 2-D Studios track you will complete the 21 hours required for CA&D, plus the 16 hours required for 2-D Studios. [Note: Students admitted to one B.F.A. program must still apply for admission to the second area of concentration.]
Can I double major in Business and Studio Art?
Yes. This is called a dual degree. When the two degrees are offered by different units–such as a degree through the College of Business and Public Administration and one through A&S–the procedure involves the following: If you are enrolled in the CBPA, you will need to petition A&S for a waiver of the residence requirement. If your petition is approved, you can then fill out an application for your A&S major. If you are enrolled in A&S you will need to petition the CBPA for the residence waiver and apply for major in business once your petition is approved.
Thirty additional hours will be added to your minimum total required for graduation. If the minimum total number of hours you need for one degree is 121, then you will need a minimum of 151 hours for two degrees.
How many hours of studio art / art history are required for each program?
The B.A. in Art History requires 27 hours of department core courses. The B.A. in Studio Art requires 39 hours of department core courses. The B.F.A. program requires 61 hours with each area of concentration requiring between 16-25 hours within that total (Interior Architecture = 25 hours, Communication Art & Design = 21 hours, 2-D Studios and 3-D Studios = 16 hours). This total does not include general education or A&S requirements. The minimum total hours to graduate with a degree is 121.
Are there specific courses that must be completed?
Yes. The B.A. and B.F.A. in studio art require students to complete the following courses:
6 Hours of Art History Survey courses. Choose from:
ARTH 250 – Survey of Ancient to Medieval Art
ARTH 270 – Survey of Renaissance to Modern Art
ARTH 290 – Survey of Asian Art
12 hours of Foundations courses:
ART 105 – Foundation 2-D Design
ART 106 – Foundation 3-D Design
ART 115 – Foundation Drawing I
ART 116 – Foundation Drawing II
The B.A. in Art History requires ARTH 250 and 270 or 290. Other courses necessary to complete your program of study may be chosen from among the list of offered departmental courses (see the catalog for details). You will need to ask your advisor for assistance in choosing the proper courses to complete your requirements.
What are the gen ed requirements for my degree?
There are 34 hours of required general education requirements to complete your degree. They include:
Written Communication – 6 hours
Oral Communication – 3 hours
Math – 3-4 hours
Arts and Humanities – 6 hours
Natural Sciences – 7 hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences – 9 hours.
For a complete list of applicable courses see the undergraduate catalog.
How much foreign language do I have to take as a part of the Bachelor of Arts degree?
You must finish the course that represents the end of the intermediate level of language. For courses that occur in four hour blocks such as Spanish and French, this ordinarily entails 3 semesters of language study. If you take courses in a language that occur in 3 hour blocks per semester, you ordinarily take four semesters of the language. However, if you had a language in high school, you can take a placement test at the testing center that will place you in the appropriate course level. If you place out of the first or second class, you only need to finish the remaining courses in the sequence to complete the foreign language requirement. Placement exams can be completed online for Spanish, French, German or Russian. Check the Modern Languages website at: http://louisville.edu/modernlanguages/ for more information.
I’m finishing my foundations and want to take a 300-level studio art class. Can I?
Yes, depending on the remaining foundation and 300-level course.You cannot enroll in any 300-level class that your remaining foundation is a pre-requisite for. For example, students with ART 106 remaining cannot enroll in ART 311, 321, 331, or 381. Students with ART 116 remaining cannot enroll in ART 301, 305, or 341.
Can I take a 500-level studio class if I am not in the B.F.A. program?
Yes. Students entering in the B.A. program in Studio Art in Fall 2009 or after complete 12 hours of studio art courses at the 300-level and six hours of studio art courses at the 500-level. If you entered the program prior to Fall 2009 you are still eligible to enroll in 6 hours of 500-level studio art electives with the consent of the instructor.
Does ART(H) 440 Cooperative Internship in Art or Art History fill a program requirement?
No. ART 440 cannot be used to fulfill minimum requirements for the major in Art or Art History, e.g. it cannot replace a course required for the program. It can, however, count as an elective.
What is the Learning Outcome Measurement?
The requirements for the Learning Outcome Measurement vary by program in the Department of Fine Arts.
- For the B.A. in Art History, the student is required to submit an upper level art history paper to the Art History Program for review. Call Janice Blair in the Art History office for details at 502.852.5914.
- For the B.A. in Studio Art, the student must complete a Learning Outcome Measurement form, submit eight images from their 300-level studio art courses, and type a one-page statement discussing the principles and design elements used in one of the pieces submitted and explain how the piece relates to the history of art.
For the B.F.A. candidate, completion of the Learning Outcome Measurement includes committee review of the candidate’s work one semester prior to graduation and participation in the B.F.A. Exhibition held during the semester of graduation.
Current majors – Advising:
How do I get assigned a departmental academic advisor? Who is my advisor? Can I switch to a different advisor?
Students admitted to the BA program in Studio Art are assigned to Theresa Berbet for advising. Contact her via email at theresa.berbet AT louisville.edu or phone at 502.852.6147 to schedule an appointment.
Students admitted to the BA program in Art History are assigned a faculty member in the art history office as an academic advisor when they are admitted as a major. If you do not remember who you were assigned to for advising, or would like to switch to a different advisor, please contact the Fine Arts Office at 502.852.6794.
Students admitted to the BFA program are assigned a mentor when admitted to the BFA program. If you do not know who your mentor is, or you would like to switch to a different mentor, please contact the Fine Arts office at 502.852.6794.
How should I get advised?
Accepted majors should be advised in the department. Contact your assigned Fine Arts advisor to schedule an appointment. You should get advising a week or two before you are able to register for classes. Bring your weekly schedule and a list of ideal courses and alternate choices. Write down any questions you want to ask. [Note: you must see your assigned Fine Arts advisor before going to A&S Advising. If you have not, they will send you back to the Department.]
How can I view my transcript?
Unofficial transcripts are available online at: http://louisville.edu/registrar/transcripts.html Transcripts and additional services, including class registration and grades, are also available through Ulink.
How do I make up an incomplete?
Students unable to complete course work due to conditions beyond their control, in particular because of severe illness, may be granted an “incomplete” so that work can be completed. Instructors are required to demonstrate that the proper conditions were met for students receiving an incomplete. Those conditions are: 1. The majority of the course work was completed by the end of the semester; AND 2. The completed course work was passing; AND 3. The final portion of course work could not be completed for reasons beyond the student’s control.
Students must complete the course work no later than the end of the next regular semester (by the next fall if the incomplete was given in a summer or spring semester; by the spring semester of the same academic year if the incomplete was given in the fall semester). Failure to complete the work by the deadline will result in an automatic change of grade from an “I” to an “F” unless the dean grants an extension. If the work is completed by the deadline, the instructor will submit a change of grade form with the letter grade earned to the Registrar. [Note: The change of grade form must reach the Registrar’s office before the deadline for receipt of grades.]
Can I repeat a course to change a bad grade?
Yes. Students get four options to repeat a course and replace the initial grade with the second grade. While the first grade will remain on the student’s transcript, once the class has been retaken and a repeat form has been processed, the initial grade will no longer be calculated in the GPA. A student can repeat a class with a “C” or below grade.
The student must obtain the “Permit to Repeat Course” form from the A&S Advising Center and fill it out once they are registered for the class for the second time. The form must be signed by the student and academic advisor or Dean and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will then post the notation “excluded from GPA” by the first grade and “Repeated” by the second grade.
I thought I dropped one/all of my classes last semester and now I find I am still registered and have a financial hold. What can I do?
It will be a two-step process. First the student must process a late withdrawal(s) through A&S. Once the withdrawal(s) has been approved and processed the student may, if there are extenuating circumstances, petition for exception to the tuition refund policy with the Registrar’s office.
I may want to drop a class I am taking. How long do I have to make up my mind?
To find the Refund/Withdrawal Calendars go to: http://louisville.edu/registrar/
Can I take classes pass/fail?
Yes. A&S Students who have completed 60 or more semester hours of degree applicable credit and who have a 2.0 GPA may take one elective course each semester outside the major field on a pass-fail basis. Courses used in fulfillment of general education requirements and the language requirement may not be taken on a pass-fail basis. Courses required by the major program may not be taken on a pass-fail basis, e.g. you cannot take studio art or art history courses pass-fail.
The instructor’s consent is required to enroll on a pass-fail basis in any course that is also offered on a letter grade basis. To avoid the drop-add procedure to change from a letter grade to pass-fail in a course, students are advised to obtain permission before registering. Forms are available from the A&S Advising Office.
Can I audit?
Audited courses do not earn credit. Your transcript will indicate that the course was taken as an audit. Any required course taken as audit must be retaken for credit in order to be counted toward a degree. Instructor approval is required to enroll in a course in audit status and enrollment in audit status is not permitted during Early Registration.
The Department of Fine Arts normally does not allow auditing of studio art courses. Auditing of courses by non-majors is strictly prohibited. If you are an accepted major, and do not need a course for credit, you may request special permission from the instructor to audit the course.
Can I enroll in 18 or more hours?
The normal course load for the Fall and Spring semesters is 15 hours, and the maximum load is 17 hours. Students who have completed a minimum of 30 hours at UofL and who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 may obtain permission to take more than 17 hours from the A&S Advising Center. All other students must petition the A&S Admissions and Appeals Committee for permission for an overload. See the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.
Can I enroll in another institution?
Students enrolled at UofL may take advantage of Metroversity Registration at these area institutions: Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, Jefferson Community College, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Spalding University.
Students who wish to take courses at any of these schools should consult their academic advisor, as well as the Registrar’s Office, to ensure proper enrollment and recording of courses.
Students must obtain permission from A&S to enroll as a visiting student at another institution. Students should contact the A&S Advising Center for that permission and to complete a Visiting Student Letter.
Can I study abroad?
Yes. The International Center offers students a wide range of opportunities to study abroad. UofL offers direct Study Abroad opportunities in various locales around the globe, including short-term programs in China, Panama, Portugal, and Trinidad & Tobago. We also have a special relationship with the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi in Canada.
Through special consortia arrangements with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), the Kentucky Institute for International Study (KIIS), and International Studies Abroad (ISA), students may do short-term and long-term programs in over 30 countries around the world.
Students are also welcome to work with the Study Abroad staff to identify other qualified educational programs through other hosts.
For more information, visit the International Center website at http://louisville.edu/provost/intcent/sa/sa.html
What is a WR course?
A WR course is a course that teaches about the writing process in a particular discipline. A WR or writing course designation may have little to do with the amount of writing that you do in a course. A WR designation has to do with “teaching writing in a discipline” not with the overall amount of writing that you may do in a course.
How do I tell if a course is a WR?
A WR course will have the WR designation after the title in the schedule of classes (e.g. ARTH 541 Modern Perspectives in the Visual Arts - WR). Clicking on the title in the online schedule of classes will link you to the catalog entry for that course. If the course is a WR a notation will appear in the entry that reads [Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). If the WR designation, or the above notation do not appear, the class is not a WR course.]
What are free electives?
Free electives are unrestricted electives. These are courses that you can take in any discipline or level. Consult your program sheet to determine if you will need free electives to complete your degree. The B.A. in Art History and the B.A. in Studio Art both require free electives. Students in either of theses programs need to take enough free electives to bring their total credits to 121 for the degree. The number of electives required will vary depending on what the student chooses to double-count. In the B.A. degree in Art and Art History some of these electives need to be upper-level because the required courses in these programs do not add up to 50 hours at the 300-level or above. [Note: There are no blanks on the program sheet for the free electives.]
If you transfer to UofL from another institution, some of your transferred courses may fall under the free-elective category.
Can I double count courses in meeting the CD and WR requirements?
Yes. For instance, a WR course can meet both the WR requirement AND another requirement in your major or supporting courses.
What kinds of courses count for the social science requirements under supporting courses?
Courses from the following departments can count under social science supporting credits requirements: Anthropology, Geography, History, Justice Administration, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. In addition, some courses in Pan African Studies and Women’s Studies courses also meet this requirement. Historically oriented courses in these two disciplines ordinarily count for social sciences whereas courses in the literature and the arts count for humanities credit.
What kinds of courses can count for my humanities electives under supporting courses?
Students are required to take 15 hours of 300+ level electives in humanities. Courses from the following departments can count for humanities elective credits: American Sign Language, Chinese, Chinese Studies, English, French, German, Greek, Humanities, Italian, Latin, Modern Languages,
Music History, Philosophy, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Theatre Arts.
What is the schedule for registering for classes?
Specific dates are available online: http://louisville.edu/registrar/
• Early Registration: begins around mid semester so check the Schedule of Courses for your exact time and day. If you haven’t talked to your advisor about what you’re going to take next semester, gather your program of study (any and all forms you’ve received) and set up an appointment with your advisor.
• Drop/Add for Registered Students: Last day to drop a course without going through appeals process is mid-semester. Do not miss this date! Most post-graduate programs don’t try and interpret a withdraw (W) on your transcript, but they can certainly interpret a low grade. Be smart, if you aren’t prepared for a particular class you are better to back up and take the appropriate prerequisites than take that class again without adequate preparation.
• Last day to apply for a degree: Is at the start of your last semester. If you haven’t done this you should see the A&S advising office immediately.
• Last day to change from credit to audit: Is the same as last day to register for that term or semester.
• Last day to change from credit to Pass/Fail: Is the same as the last day to withdraw for the term or semester.
How do I register in ULink?
Go to www.ulink.louisville.edu
1. Enter in UserID and Password in the space provided (If you do not have a UserID and Password, Click on For First-time Users - Follow the steps in obtaining a UserID and Password)
2. Select the Student Services tab at the top of the page
3. Scroll down using the scroll-bar at the right of the page
4. Click on Registration-Add Classes
5. Make sure your name appears at the top of the screen
6. Select the term you would like to register for from the drop-down box
7. Enter the 4-digit class number in the space provided
8. If you do not have the 4-digit class number, you may Search for Class
9. Check to make sure this is the correct class you wish to add
10. Check the status of the class (open or closed)
11. If the class is closed, you may check the box to waitlist (Please refer to our website, http://www.louisville.edu/student/services/registrar/waitlist.html, for information concerning the waitlist)
12. Proceed with registration by clicking on Next
13. The class has now been added to your shopping cart (you may need to scroll down to view this)
14. You can now select another class to be added to your shopping cart by entering another class number in the space provided
15. Once you are satisfied with the class(es) in your shopping cart, you are now ready to finish the registration process
16. Click on Proceed to Step 2 of 3
17. Confirm your class(es) by clicking on Finish Enrolling
18. A checkmark in the status box means the class has been added to your schedule
19. An ‘X’ in the status box means there was an error and the class was not added to your schedule
20. You may now click on My Class Schedule either under the status box or at the top of the page
21. You can also click on Weekly Calendar View to see your classes each day for a certain week
22. Once you are finished viewing your schedule and are ready to log off, click on Logout at the top-right corner of the screen
Congratulations, you have completed the Registration Process.
I am on the waitlist for a class. How and when will I be enrolled for it?
Complete information on waitlisting courses is available online at: http://louisville.edu/student/services/registrar/waitlist.html. In general, if a space becomes available in a class and you are first on the waitlist and have no scheduling conflicts the class will be added to your schedule.
The waitlist expires on the Friday of the first week of classes. However, you can no longer add yourself to a waitlist after Wednesday of that first week.
In addition, the waitlist will no longer add you to the class if it becomes available after the end of drop/add. If you are on a waitlist and still want to add the class after the first week, and the instructor is agreeable, you must complete a petition to add the class.
I missed the deadline to register for a class. What do I do now?
You will need to complete a Petition to Late Add a Class. Petition forms are available in the Fine Arts Office (104 Schneider Hall) or in the hallway of the A&S Dean’s Office, located on the 2nd floor of Gardiner Hall, building #43 on the Belknap Campus map. Petitions and Forms are also available for download in PDF format at http://louisville.edu/a-s/students/aac/.
How do class permissions work in Fine Arts?
You MUST be an accepted major in the Department of Fine Arts in either the B.A. Studio Art or B.F.A. program to enroll in studio art courses.
All art courses are restricted to majors only.
There are no permissions on 100 and 300-level studio art courses, except for ART 361 and ART 371 during Fall semester registration.
• 100-level courses: Accepted Fine Arts majors who wish to enroll in 100 level courses should be able to register without obtaining permission from the department. If you are an accepted major and the system will not allow you to register, please call the department at 502.852.6794.
• 300-level courses: Accepted Fine Arts majors who wish to enroll in 300-level courses should be able to register without obtaining permission from the department, provided all foundations courses are completed. If you are an accepted major and the system will not allow you to register, please call the department at 502.852.6794. [Note: Permissions for ART 361–Drafting for Designers and ART 371–Introduction to Graphic Design must be obtained from the instructor.]
• 500-level courses: For all 500-level Art courses please email the instructor of the course you wish to take with the following information:
• Your full name
• Your UofL student ID number
• Your Major
• Program you currently enrolled in: B.A. or B.F.A. and which track
• Prerequisites you have completed for this class
Once the instructor has granted you permission, the Department staff will enter it into the registration system. [Note: Staff cannot enter permission for 500-level courses unless it comes directly from the instructor.]
Once your permission have been entered into the system you may then register for the course. [Note: Enrollment in Art Courses is Restricted to Accepted Majors only. Permission is granted to non-majors under special circumstances only. The Department does not permit auditing of courses by non-majors.]
I registered for an art class and was taken out. Why?
There are a couple of reasons why the Department will remove students from studio art classes.
First and foremost, you must be an accepted major in the Department. A self-declaration of your major as “Art” on your application to the University is not equivalent to the formal admissions process to the Department of Fine Arts. You must still apply to the Department by submitting the Application for Admission for a Major in Fine Art. Once you are an accepted major, you will be able to enroll in art courses.
If you are an accepted major, and it is a 300-level class, you may be lacking the required foundations prerequisite for the class. You must complete any foundations prerequisites for a 300-level class before you may enroll in it. You cannot take a foundations prerequisite concurrently with the 300-level class it is a prerequisite for.
Finally, if it is a class that requires permission and you did not receive permission in the correct procedure, the instructor reserves the right to remove you from the class. See previous question for more information on obtaining class permissions.
I am an accepted major and the registration system is blocking me from registering for a studio art class. Why? And what can I do?
If you were recently accepted, it may be because your status in the registration system has not been updated to an approved major. Contact the Fine Arts office for assistance.
If you have been unable to register for any of your classes you may have a hold on your account. You can check to see if there are holds on your account through the ULink system. Go to: Student Services, Personal Info, Holds on Account.
I noticed that I am only registered for 1 credit hour in my directed study and I needed it for 3 credit hours. What do I do?
You will need to complete a Petition to Late Add a Class in order to add the two additional hours to your schedule. Petition forms are available in the Fine Arts Office (104 Schneider Hall) or in the hallway of the A&S Dean’s Office, located on the 2nd floor of Gardiner Hall, building #43 on the Belknap Campus map. Petitions and Forms are also available for download in PDF format at
I am struggling with my coursework. What can I do?
Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. Some students may simply struggle through a class or two or through a single term. For others, academic difficulty may be more severe and/or long lasting.
Students facing academic difficulty are influenced by various factors and knowledge of these factors is invaluable to the success of the student. It is important for students to gain as much information as possible about their individual academic situation and based on this information develop a plan to return to good academic standing. Students may complete these steps by doing the following:
• Meet with an academic advisor
• Assess the severity of their grade point average deficit,
• Know what courses should be taken (or repeated),
• Be aware of the grades needed to clear probationary status, and
• Develop a study schedule and routine that will provide both the structure and support needed to concentrate on improving their academic performance.
The College of Arts & Sciences Center for Advising and Student Services offers a program that may assist students in improving their academic status. Program participants are assigned an advisor or counselor with whom educational goals are established as well as a plan for utilizing the necessary campus resources.
How to Calculate Your GPA
Knowing how to calculate your GPA will allow you to determine what grades you need each semester in order to maintain or achieve your desired GPA.
You will need to know the following:
• Hours Earned = All course work taken
These hours include transfer work, courses taken Pass/Fail, and any courses numbered below 100 level taken at U of L prior to ‘98 Fall**(see note).
• Hours Attempted with Grade (HAW) = Any class taken at U of L that was awarded a letter grade.Pass/Fail classes are not included in HAW. Only course in which a student earned grades of A, B, C, D, and F count in determining the number of hours attempted.
• Quality Points (Qt. Pts.) = Points that are awarded for each letter grade
•To Calculate Total Qt. Pts. Earned for a Class = Multiply the HAW by Quality Points (Qt. Pts.) per credit hour earned.
•To Calculate GPA = Divide Total Quality Points earned by hours attempted with grade:
•GPA = (Quality Points) divided by (HAW)
•You can calculate your U of L cumulative GPA or semester GPA.
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(Quality Points = 38.2 ) / ( 13 HAW) = 2.93 GPA
How to Improve Your GPA
Make attending your classes your highest priority. Studies have shown there is a direct correlation between attendance and grades.
• Take a lighter course load, balancing difficult and easier courses. Slow down and aim for good grades.
• Meet with your academic advisor or faculty advisor every semester. Make an appointment to discuss your concerns and to develop an action plan for academic success.
• Consider repeating a course. You may repeat a course in which you received a grade of “F”, “D”, “C”. You may repeat a maximum of four (4) such courses for which only the last grade attained will be calculated in the grade point standing. A course in which the grade was “D” or “C” may be repeated only once. See your advisor if you have any questions about which classes are eligible and to complete the “Permit to Repeat Form”.
If you are having difficulty with a course, speak with the professor about what you can do to improve your grade. Ask how you can better study, what material you should be paying more attention to and whether extra-credit assignments are available.
For more information about your academic standing, please contact the Center for Advising and Student Services at 852-5502.
Get help with tutoring at:
REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement)
126 Strickler Hall
Other available resources are:
The University Writing Center
312 Ekstrom Library
University of Louisville Counseling Center
Student Health and Counseling Building
located between the SAC and Houchens
2207 South Brook Street
I am almost done with my coursework. How do I make sure I am ready to graduate?
Students who have completed between 85 and 90 hours of coursework should fill out a Request for Preliminary Degree Check. The form is available online at http://louisville.edu/a-s/advising/forms/
The degree check is sent (by regular mail or email) to the student within 6 to 8 weeks after receipt of the request. In most cases a copy is also sent to the department. Students are invited to come to the A&S Advising Center to discuss the results of their preliminary degree check if they see any problems.
Remember, in order to graduate:
•Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied to the Bachelor of Arts degree.
•Courses in Art History are calculated in the 40 hours allowed for studio art majors.
•At least 50 of the minimum total hours required must be at the 300-level or above.
•A grade of C- or better is required in all 300 and 500-level courses in the major.
•You need at least a 2.0 inside and outside your major to graduate.
•If you transfer in, none of your grades count toward you UofL gpa.
•You can appeal the following: Grades, Withdrawal dates.
I am ready to graduate. Do I need to do anything to get my degree?
You must apply for graduation. Students apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which they expect to fulfill all requirements for graduation.
How do I apply for a degree?
The degree application form is available online through Ulink beginning November 15 for May degrees, April 15 for August degrees, and July 15 for December degrees. The form must be submitted by the published degree application deadline, which is published in the Schedule of Courses. If it is after the published deadline, students must go to the A&S Advising Center to inquire if it is still possible to turn in their degree applications.
Participating in Commencement
There are two Commencement ceremonies each year, one in May and one in December. The May ceremony is reserved for students completing degrees in the spring semester. The December ceremony is for students who earn degrees in August or December. Students wishing to take part in Commencement must order a cap and gown. This is done online at the Commencement website. The deadline for submitting orders is published at that site.
Are there departmental scholarships available? Am I eligible? When should I apply? How much money can I get?
The Department of Fine Arts offers the Kenady Lynne Hendershot and Mary Spencer Nay Memorial Scholarships to incoming freshman graduating from Kentucky high schools. We also offer Hite Scholarships to incoming and current accepted majors.
I applied for a Hite Scholarship and did not receive one. Why not? Is there something I can do to increase my eligibility next year?
Hite Scholarship awards are primarily based on faculty recommendation, and secondly on departmental and cumulative gpa. Unfortunately, the applicant pool often exceeds the amount of money the department has available to award. Your eligibility for award can increase if you raise your GPA and receive better nominations from the department faculty you have studied with.
Can I take classes part –time at night?
Some studio art courses are offered in the evening. Courses in the Interior Architecture and Communication Art and Design areas, however, are primarily offered in the morning and afternoon.
Do you offer fashion design, jewelry making, cartooning, anime’, etc?
Currently we do not offer courses in fashion design, jewelry making, cartooning, or animé.
Do you offer exhibition opportunities for students?
Yes. The Department’s Morris B. Belknap Gallery, Dario Covi Gallery, Gallery X, and Cressman Center Galleries provide majors a venue to exhibit work in Student and B.F.A. Exhibitions annually.
My son/daughter is an artist, can they show work in your galleries?
No. Due to our tight exhibition schedule, we are unable to provide a venue for persons outside the Department of Fine Arts to exhibit.
Where are you located?
The Department of Fine Arts has a significant presence in three Belknap campus buildings. Schneider Hall, Lutz Hall, and HPES/Studio Arts.
The Department’s main offices are housed in Schneider Hall along with the Art Library, Belknap, Covi, and Gallery X galleries and exhibition preparation area, foundation 2-D and 3-D design studios and foundation drawing studios, 2-D studio art programs (painting, drawing, printmaking and photography), fiber studios, interior architecture studios, and communication art & design studios including computer and design labs.
The 3-D studio art program’s ceramics and part of the sculpture studios are located in HPES/Studio Arts along with a foundry and kiln pad.
The art history offices and the Visual Resources Center are located in Lutz Hall.
The department’s 3-D glass program and expanded sculpture facilities along with additional exhibition galleries, are housed in the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, located in downtown Louisville.
What are the Hite Gallery hours?
The Belknap, Covi, and Gallery X Galleries located in Schneider Hall, are open Monday thru Friday 9–4:30, Saturday 10-2, and Sunday 1-6.
For more information call:
Schneider Hall Galleries 502.852.4483
What is the Cressman Center? What is there? Where is it? What are the hours?
The Cressman Center for Visual Arts houses the department’s 3-D glass program and expanded sculpture facilities along with additional exhibition galleries. It is located in downtown Louisville at the corner of First and Main Streets (100 E. Main, 40202). The Cressman Center is open Wednesday thru Friday 11-6, and Saturday 11-3.
For more information call:
The Cressman Center 502.852.0288.
How do I inform the university when my address or phone number has changed?
Students may change this information by logging onto ULink, clicking the Student Services tab and then Home and Mailing Address under Personal Information.
What can I really do with a degree in studio art or art history?
Art majors aren’t necessarily destined to be starving artists. You can go into any number of fields, ranging from commercial art, media and photography to art therapy. You can supplement your studies with psychology or counseling courses to pursue art therapy. If commercial art appeals to you, intern with a photographer, magazine or other media outlet and compile a portfolio as you go along. The same goes for art history, wherein interning or volunteering for a museum will help you see the administrative side of this field. Many B.A. studio art majors go on to graduate programs in Art Therapy or Secondary Education earning a Master of Art in Teaching in Art Education (certification in grades K-12). B.F.A. studio majors often go on to apply to M.F.A. programs and pursue careers teaching at the University level or to work as studio artists. B.A. Art History majors can further their education with an M.A. in Art History and a Ph.D. to teach at the University level. The possibilities are endless and include: Advertising Designer, Architectural Conservationist, Art Administrator, Art Advisor, Art Buyer, Art Critic, Art Exhibition Coordinator, Art Foundry Technician, Art Gallery Manager, Art Investor, Art Lawyer, Art Librarian, Art Preservationist, Artist, Artist Representative, Arts Organization Consultant, Ceramicist, Corporate Curator, Curatorial Consultant, Fiber Artist, Freelance Collection Manager, Gallery Owner, Glass Artist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Motion Picture Scenic Designer, Mural Artist, Museum Artist, Museum Curator, Newspaper Artist, Painter, Photographer, Printmaker, Sculptor, Stained Glass Artist, Visual Resource Curator, Web Designer, etc.
Does UofL offer career counseling?
Yes. The Career Development Center, located in the Houchens Building, offers the following career services:
•E-recruiting – comprehensive on-line job listings, recruitment and candidates’ self-referred resume service
•Job and career fairs – events that put students and employers together in the job seeking/career process
•Limited career counseling and testing – assisting students with career exploration, developmental issues, assessment and advising
•Resume formatting and critique – assisting the preparation and critique of the resumes and other employment documents
•Outreach career seminars and workshops – information and marketing services that assist students with key aspects of the employment process
For more information contact the Career Development Center at 502.852.6701.