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Studio Track Major Requirements  

Visual and Dramatic Arts
School of Humanities
Degree Requirements for BA in Visual & Dramatic Arts, Studio Track

Single Major
(13 courses required)

ARTS 225, Basic Drawing (ARTS 101 & ARTS 103 accepted as equivalent)

ARTS 301, Painting Studio

ARTS 311, Printmaking Studio

ARTS 325, Life Drawing or ARTS 323 Drawing Studio
ARTS 365, Sculpture I

ARTS 388, Critical Studies for Studio Practice
Two history of art (HART) electives

Three studio arts (ARTS), photography (FOTO), film (FILM), or theatre (THEA) electives
ARTS 294, Special Problems: Junior Field Trip (spring semester)
ARTS 499, Senior Studio (3 credit hours fall; 3 credit hours spring.) Students must enroll in ARTS 499 in both the fall and spring semesters of their senior year.
 

Double Major
(12 courses required)

ARTS 225, Basic Drawing (ARTS 101 & ARTS 103 accepted as equivalent)
ARTS 301, Painting Studio
ARTS 311, Printmaking Studio

ARTS 325, Life Drawing or ARTS 323 Drawing Studio
ARTS 365, Sculpture I
ARTS 388, Critical Studies for Studio Practice
Two history of art (HART) electives

Two studio arts (ARTS), photography (FOTO), film (FILM), or theatre (THEA) electives.

ARTS 294, Special Problems: Junior Field Trip (spring semester)

ARTS 499, Senior Studio (3 credit hours fall; 3 credit hours spring.) Students must enroll in ARTS 499 in both the fall and spring semesters of their senior year

Visual and Dramatic Arts majors are strongly encouraged to explore arts-related courses offered in other departments that may enrich the studio major such as: philosophy, anthropology, science, history, cultural studies, language, writing, comparative studies, etc. Students shoudl speak with their faculty advisor prior to enrolling.

Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts majors are students who concentrate their focus of study in the visual and dramatic arts, with emphasis in the studio arts, film and photography, or theatre tracks.  Each student should discuss with their faculty advisor the selection of courses and any other matters of concern in the student’s academic life such as study and travel abroad, scholarships and internships, career goals or options, etc.
 
(For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements in the Rice University General Announcements.)

The junior year field trip will be designed to help visual arts majors focus on the upcoming senior year of intensive studio work, and to get to know the Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty and staff.  Trips may include local Houston alternative art, theatre, and film venues, museums, artist studios, and exhibitions as well as travel to destinations within the United States to visit significant arts sites and works.

Distinction in Research and Creative Works 
Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students must apply within their department or program to be considered for the award and a letter from a faculty member must support the application.

 
Eligibility for the award extends widely to include a variety of research, design, and other creative projects, as well as persistent dedication to research. Projects completed in part or entirely at other institutions or with community partners will be eligible for consideration.

Applicants must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 in courses completed at Rice. Also, of further note: The award will be granted only to projects that produce a concrete outcome – e.g. an essay, invention, design, art exhibition, project or performance, or musical composition – and demonstrate commitment and/or achievement above and beyond the norm. Students who complete senior theses, senior design projects or other required senior capstone projects shall not qualify automatically for consideration for this university distinction.
 
Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts Application must include: 1) application form; including portfolio; 2) overall GPA of 3.30; 3) a written artist statement; 4) letter of support from a Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty member; 5) public exhibition, screening, publication or performance that includes a lecture or artist talk component by applicant; 6) two-page description of how the project meets the requirements of Distinction. 

The department requires exceptional evidence of success, as defined by completion of a project (body of artwork, film, theatrical design work, etc.). Support through the application process will be available through the department-- e.g. workshops, seminars and individual meetings with faculty mentors.
 
Contact the department or look online for deadline dates. No electronic submissions accepted. Please note that your project does not have to be completed to apply for Distinction (all final materials will be due on April 18, 2014). The department will select a very limited number of students for Distinction.
 

Transfer Credit
No more than two courses may be transferred for the single or double major to satisfy degree requirements for BA in Visual and Dramatic Arts degree. The two transfer credit courses must be studio, film, photography, or theatre practice courses required for all majors. Advanced placement credit may not be used by Visual and Dramatic Arts majors to fulfill department degree requirements. 

 
Entering transfer students who are transferring coursework from another accredited college or university will be allowed to transfer their undergraduate art courses. Students must speak with the department chairman immediately upon transferring to Rice.
 
The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts will accept academic work completed in the Spring at NYU program as well as the National Theater Institute program, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, as transfer credit to fulfill major requirements (following university transfer credit guidelines).

See also Transfer Credit in the Information for Undergraduate Students section of the Rice University General Announcements.