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Advising for Applicants to the Department of Fine Arts
Interested in a degree program in the Department of Fine Arts? We are happy to meet with undergraduate students interested in our programs. Contact Theresa Berbet for more information and to schedule an appointment. If you have a question about your application, please contact Theresa directly at 502.852.6147.
BA in Studio Art Advising
All students currently accepted as majors in the BA program in Studio Art are assigned to Theresa Berbet, Academic Coordinator, Senior, for advising. Appointments may be scheduled via email or phone at 502.852.6147.
BA in Art History Advising
If you are accepted into the BA program in Art History you may see either your assigned art history faculty advisor or Theresa Berbet for advising. Appointments with your art history faculty advisor may be scheduled by emailing the faculty member directly or calling 502.852.5914. Appointments with Theresa may be scheduled via email or phone at 502.852.6147.
BFA Studio Art Advising
If you are accepted into a BFA program track you may see either your assigned faculty mentor or Theresa Berbet for advising. Your mentor oversees your progress in the BFA program. Appointments with your mentor may be scheduled by calling or emailing the faculty member directly. Appointments with Theresa may be scheduled via email or phone at 502.852.6147. If you have questions, please contact Theresa at 502.852.6147.
Art History track: Initially, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in Art History serves as the advisor for students admitted to the program in Art History. Courses for each semester during the first year must be selected in consultation with the DGS, and students who have not met with him/her may not be cleared to register. At the end of their first year, students are directed to their thesis advisors for the remainder of their academic study to discuss matters of registration and academic advising.
Studio Art track: The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in Studio Art advises students admitted the Studio Art program. Students admitted to the Studio Art program may also opt to be advised by the mentor selected and assigned to them at the time of their admission to the program. Courses for each semester must be selected in consultation with either the DGS or this mentor. Students who have not met with the DGS or their mentor may not be cleared to register.
Critical & Curatorial Studies track: The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in Critical & Curatorial Studies advises students admitted to the Critical & Curatorial Studies program.
Courses for each semester must be selected in consultation with the DGS, and students who have not done so may not be cleared to register.
By the end of the first year, each student should have a major professor to serve as mentor and thesis advisor. The professor should be familiar with the areas of the student’s intended work and be willing to accept this responsibility. The advisor serves as mentor in guiding the student through his/her course of study in the program. Master’s students are responsible for formally requesting to work with a specific thesis advisor, who must have mentor status within the graduate faculty. The faculty member must agree to act as advisor to the specific project the student is proposing, and it is assumed that the advisor’s area of specialization will correspond to the proposed project.
How To Obtain Permission for Restricted Courses
You must be an accepted major in the Department of Fine Arts in either the BA or BFA program in Studio to enroll in studio art courses. All studio art courses are restricted to majors only.
Fine Arts Advising: Majors accepted into any Department of Fine Arts program may contact Theresa Berbet to schedule an advising appointment. Majors accepted into a BFA program track may also contact their assigned mentor. Majors accepted into the BA program in Art History may also contact their assigned Art History faculty advisor. If you do not know the contact information of your advisor, please view the faculty & staff directory. If you do not know your assigned advisor, please call Theresa Berbet for assistance (502.852.6147).
100-level courses: Accepted Fine Arts majors wishing to enroll in 100 level courses DO NOT NEED permission from the department to register. If you are an accepted major and the system blocks you, contact Theresa Berbet in the Fine Arts Office for assistance.
300-level courses: Accepted Fine Arts majors wishing to enroll in 300 level courses DO NOT NEED permission from the department to register, provided all prerequisites have been met. If you are an accepted major and have met the prerequisites and the system blocks you, contact Theresa Berbet in the Fine Arts Office for assistance.
500-level courses: All 500 level Art courses require permission from the instructor to register. Please email the instructor of the course you wish to take with the following information:
* Once the instructor has granted you permission, he or she will notify the Department staff to enter it into the registration system. Once your permission has been entered into the system you may then register for the course.
Permission for Art Courses is Restricted to Accepted Majors only. Permission is granted to non-majors under special circumstances only (i.e. students completing prerequisites for the MEd program in Art Therapy in the College of Education).
The Department does not permit auditing of courses by non-majors.
Please contact the Fine Arts Office if you have any questions or need any assistance at 502.852.6794.
Understanding the Program Forms
Program forms are below for all of the degrees offered in the Department of Fine Arts– the B.A. in Art History, the B.A. in Studio Art, and the B.F.A. programs in 2-D Studios, 3-D Studios, Interior Architecture, and Communication Art & Design.
Please do not hesitate to contact your advisor with any questions about requirements you do not understand. Not doing so could cause you to take courses you do not need and unneccesarily extend your stay at the University.
The General Education Requirements course list, the WR Requirements course list, and a list of Studio Art and Art History courses can be found on the A&S Advising website at http://louisville.edu/advising/units/as.html
Need a program form?
Unofficial Program Sheets
These unofficial program forms outline the courses required to graduate in each area. This in no way substitutes a meeting with your advisor. Requirements periodically change, course blocks may need to be lifted in order to register and specific courses are often offered only during certain times and semesters - a meeting with your advisor is the best way to plan your course of study. These forms are meant to be unofficial guides only.
Fall 2009 - Spring 2013
Beginning Fall 2013 -
Intra-University Transfer (IUT) Form
Admissions & Appeals Committee
The Registrar's Office
The following forms are available in the College of Arts & Sciences Academic Advising Center: