Student Information & Resources
Students in the Department of Art and Art History enjoy the best of both worlds – the intensive training of an art school combined with the resources and wide array of opportunities offered by a major research university. The resources provided here will help students navigate successfully through the many options and resources available to them.
Pursuing a degree in the Department of Art & Art History requires thoughtful academic planning. Students are assigned a faculty academic advisor to help guide them through their curricular choices and plan the best course of study to meet their goals.
Each undergraduate student within the Art & Art History program must meet with their assigned faculty advisor each semester prior to registering for classes. Students will not be allowed to register for classes for the next semester until they have met with their advisor to discuss course selection and submitted a completed Approval for Registration form.
What to bring to an Advising Meeting
Plan of Study
Plans of Study list graduation requirements for each of the University’s majors and minors. Students should use a Plan of Study to track their progress toward earning a degree. Students will be required to submit a Final Plan of Study to the Registrar’s Office during the first four (4) weeks of the semester in which the student plans to graduate.
Studio Art majors are required to follow a specific plan of study for their respective concentration based on their assigned catalog year. Be sure to use the Plan of Study that corresponds to your assigned catalog year. If you do not know your catalog year, view your Academic Requirements report in Student Admin and refer to the Catalog Year section at the top of your Academic Requirements report.
BFA in Art Plans of Study
Approval for Registration
You must receive Approval for Registration form after your meeting with your faculty advisor. Be sure to complete the form in full by identifying the courses you plan to take during the next semester. This form must be signed by your advisor and submitted to the Art & Art History Office to have your Advising Hold lifted. You will not be able to register for classes until you have submitted the Approval for Registration to the Art & Art History Office to have your advising hold lifted. Forms will processed and registration holds lifted by the end of the business day that forms were received.
Advising Tips for BFA Students
Students should take all Basic Studio courses before the end of the 4th term.
Some sequential prerequisite concentration courses are not offered every semester. Students should plan accordingly.
Students must take a W course in Art History. Photo/Video area advising is essential for Photography concentration students who may need substitutions to fulfill the concentration requirement of (2) courses in the History of Photography as part of their 12 credits required in Art History.
The Graphic Design Portfolio Review takes place in the Spring only. There are minimum requirements and specific courses students must complete before participating in the review. Applicants to the Graphic Design program must have taken or be enrolled in ART 2110: Design Process at or by the time of the portfolio review.
ART 2210: Illustration is only offered in the SPRING and requires that students have taken ART 2010: Life Drawing I and ART 2310: Basic Studio Painting.
ART 3210: Topics in Illustration is only offered in the FALL and requires that students have taken ART 2210: Illustration and ART 3010: Life Drawing II.
Students intending to complete the Art History Minor should declare the minor early on. Students should plan to meet with the Art History Coordinator for a brief orientation and to complete an Art History Minor Declaration form.
Independent Study eligibility is limited to a maximum of six (6) credits and may be repeated for a total of six (6) credits. Independent Studies are open to juniors or higher, limited to the advanced 5th semester or higher standing and a GPA of 3.0, with no outstanding incompletes for any other 3999. Exceptions only by approval of the department head.
Course Registration Forms
Degree & Declaration Forms
Digital Arts Services Lab (DASL)
The UConn Digital Art Services Lab (DASL) is a photographic output service bureau run by the Department of Art + Art History to support student curricular needs and faculty research. Located in ARTB 103, our primary service is to print photographic digital inkjet prints; however, we also offer services in digital capture and print finishing. We are equipped with state-of-the-art large-format Epson printers using pigment inks and piezography, various scanners and digital capture options for film, cold mounting of prints, and large, galvanized steel walls to use magnets for quick display of photographs for proofing under high CRI lighting. We stock a variety of substrates for student projects or work with custom materials provided by users.
Work is conducted in various ways as a student moves through the program but always under the supervision of lab manager Daniel Buttrey. Our staff and faculty are very knowledgeable and capable of troubleshooting everyone’s needs. Services are available to UConn students, faculty, staff, and alumni in select circumstances, but departmental student work is always our priority. Although we are a fee-based service, our students’ prices are subsidized, affording them significant savings over comparable commercial offerings.
Technology is an essential part of Art & Design education. Mastering digital skills requires a personal digital tool system. The Department of Art & Art History regularly updates its technology requirements for incoming students so each student has the most up-to-date hardware and software to succeed in their creativity. Students in the BA in Art and BFA in Art degree programs are required to own a MacBook laptop, external storage, Adobe software, and an AppleCare protection plan. A PC laptop is not a permitted laptop for coursework in visual art and design and is not supported by our programs.
Hardware & Software Requirements
MacBooks are available in a range of configurations. The Department of Art & Art History recommends one of the following two options. Purchasing the maximum amount of RAM available is highly recommended. In addition, increasing the storage space and processing will provide the most robust and longest-lasting system available within your budget. Features can be added on any model you choose up to a certain point. Educational pricing is available. UConn’s Barnes & Noble bookstore or the Apple Store nearest you can assist you with system options and purchasing.
In addition to a Mac laptop, students in the BA in Art and BFA in Art programs require a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud software. Courses may require additional software, but the Adobe Creative Cloud is essential.
Academic pricing for Adobe CC is available to all full-time students.
13” MacBook Pro
Apple M1 chip with 8 core CPU, 8 core GPU,
and 16 core Neural Engine
16GB unified memory
1TB SSD storage
13-inch Retina display with True Tone
Backlit Magic Keyboard - US English
Touch Bar and Touch ID
Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
$1,759.00 (education price)
16” MacBook Pro*
Apple M1 Pro with 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine
32GB unified memory
1TB SSD storage
16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display
Three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, MagSafe 3 port
140W USB-C Power Adapter
Backlit Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
$2,859.00 (educational price)
The following technology add-ons are required for either hardware option
External, portable harddrive, USB-C and USB 3.0 Thunderbolt connections, 1 or 2 TB in size, LaCie, Samsung T5, or SanDisk Pro.
SuperDuper backup software by ShirtPocket, Inc.
AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro, Auto-enroll
Adobe Creative Cloud Software
The Adobe Creative Cloud Suite can be purchased at a discount through the university or directly through Adobe.
In addition, or as an alternative insurance policy to AppleCare, the Department of Art & Art History recommends Safeware — an insurance option that provides more comprehensive coverage for your laptop.
UConn Information Technology Services
Student Technology Resource Guide
Technology Financial Aid
If the purchase of a laptop computer is a financial challenge, Financial Services can provide loan assistance. In the beginning of the Fall semester, you can file an Appeal for Increased Cost of Attendance with the Office of Student Financial Aid Services. The Office can then increase your loan eligibility for up to $2,000 to help with the cost of the computer.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is a resource for all undergraduates in all majors on all UConn campuses seeking to enrich their undergraduate experiences through participation in research, scholarship, and creative activity. OUR helps students find and develop opportunities to engage in independent or collaborative research with faculty members and other mentors working across the University's academic disciplines.
UConn undergraduate students at all campuses and in all majors can apply for a UConn IDEA Grant of up to $4,000 to fund self-designed work on a topic, project, problem, artistic product or performance, or other entrepreneurial or creative idea of their choice. The work should be personally meaningful, relevant, and engaging. The work does not need to be tied to a student’s major or minor, but it should be guided by a student’s academic goals and future plans. Students may apply individually or as part of a small group for this new undergraduate opportunity for creativity, innovation, original research, and service.
SURF Research Awards
SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund) Awards provide students with up to $4,000 to undertake summer research or creative projects under the supervision of UConn faculty members.
Student Consumer Information
The Student Consumer Information page on the University provides a range of information and resources, including Financial Aid, Student Outcomes, Health and Safety, Athletics, and more.
Academic Achievement Center
All Academic Achievement Center offerings are free and available to all UConn students. Located in the John W. Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) Room 217. Professional staff are available to welcome walk-in appointments during all hours of operation. Student coaches are available to accept walk-ins Monday through Thursday from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Fridays 2:00-4:00 pm during the academic school year. Coaches can assist students with developing academic skills tailored to their personal styles. Students can visit the AAC by walk-in or appointment. Each student is paired with a coach for a one-on-one session. Students are welcome to return and meet with a coach as often as they want.
Counseling & Mental Health Services
The campus environment can be exciting and challenging. It can also be highly stressful since social and emotional concerns can interfere with effective functioning and academic performance. Together with Student Health Services, they offer a holistic and collaborative model of care. We hope you find CMHS to be friendly, helpful place that provides a services to help you be a successful student and a happy and healthy person!