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The baccalaureate program in art is the study of visual art. The program explores the creative, experimental, and developmental aspects of art. The study of art involves the practice of art in the studio environment, art as an expression of our cultural heritage, and an understanding of the history of art. The program provides students, the university, and the community with visual arts experiences in regional, national, and international contexts.

Lower-division courses provide study in basic theory, study of different media, and the development of skills in the application and practice of studio art. Courses in the upper-division pursue advanced theory and studio applications involving explorations of individual expression.

The program emphases are painting, drawing, and printmaking studio. Other specific areas of study can be arranged through consultation with the Art Department and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Degree Requirements

See undergraduate education in the UH Hilo Catalog for a detailed listing of the:

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Goals for Student Learning in the Major

The Art Department provides an environment supporting scholarship and practice in the visual arts. Students pursue an understanding of the practice of art forms, an understanding of art movements in the contemporary mainstream, comprehension of aesthetic theory, and a perspective of the history of art in Eastern and Western contexts.

The program goals for student learning are as follows:

  1. The development of working relationships with materials, techniques, and procedures and training in creative exploration of individual expression and ideas.
  2. The development of creative thinking and critical analysis in the area of the visual arts. Critical thinking skills and the ability to express this process are significant aspects of studio practice.
  3. The understanding of the history of world cultures and art as an expression of cultural heritage.
  4. An appreciation for visual art developments in the contemporary mainstream. Experience with and exposure to mainstream visual arts through national and international exhibitions establish a broader base of comprehension for contemporary movements in art.
  5. Preparation for graduate studies in studio art. The areas of painting, printmaking, and drawing provide an educational program requiring portfolio development and the studio art preparation necessary for graduate school admission.
  6. The development of a foundation in the visual arts for applied arts and teaching professions.
  7. The development of organizational and planning skills and experiences required in the profession of art.

Prospects for Art Majors

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art provides study in Art for all students and prepares students for graduate study in studio art and continued study in areas of applied arts and art education. The body of work accomplished during the period of study in the program is a portfolio representing the student’s achievements.

Students are also prepared in the program to function as professionals in graphic design, illustration, applied arts, and teaching. The study of studio media, methods, applications, art history, and art theory form the basis for an understanding of the creative process and addresses imagination, aesthetic concepts, creative applications, and the ability to consider, with equal awareness, minute details and larger perspectives.

Contributions to the General Education Program

Art is an important component of a strong liberal arts education. Students selecting art courses to fulfill General Education requirements develop abilities for skillful creative applications, the growth of imagination, and an insight into cultural relationships.

Special Aspects of the Art Major

Photography, textiles, fiber arts, and ceramics courses are offered only through concurrent registration with Hawaiʻi Community College or through the summer session. Please consult with the Art Department for additional information.

Student Art Association

The Student Art Association is a registered student organization sponsoring activities and projects relating to the study of art. The Association has presented papermaking demonstrations during Earth Day celebrations, sponsored visiting artists, and organizes and presents the Annual Student Art Exhibition featured in the Campus Center Galleries from May to September.

Faculty and Staff Teaching ART Courses