Minor in Art Studio or Art History

Our Undergraduate Degrees

Program Overview – Minimum Total Hours: 24

Department of Art

The study of art encompasses a variety of media to express human thoughts, interests, attitudes, emotions and ideas. UNM’s Studio Art program offers seven different areas of concentration: painting & drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, experimental art & technology, and environmental arts.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission as a declared major in the College of Fine Arts, you must meet the following requirements:

• Completion of 26 hours of earned credit.

• A grade point average of at least 2.50 in all hours attempted or, a grade point of at least 2.50 in the last 30 hours attempted.

• Competency in English writing as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 26 or higher on the English section of the ACT examination or 610 SAT Verbal or, completion of ENGL 101 or 110 or 112 or 113 with a grade of C or better, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam or International Baccalaureate program.

• Competency in Mathematics as demonstrated by: achieving a score of 22 or higher on the Math section of the ACT examination or 510 SAT Math, or completion of MATH 120 or MATH 101 & 102 with grade of C or better, placement into college level Math by Compass exam, or receiving credit through Advanced Placement Exam or International Baccalaureate program.

• Completion of 12 credit hours of course work in the major area with at least a 2.50 grade point average. Please note that each degree has a higher major GPA requirement for graduation. See individual degree plan for more details.




For Art Studio Students:

• Completion of ARTS 125: Art Practices I and ARTS 126: Art Practices II with grades of C or better.

For Art Education Students:

• Completion of ARTE 310: Teaching Art in the Elementary School and ARTE 320: Teaching Art in Secondary School with grades B- or better.

• Passing the National Evaluation Series exam with a score of 240 or better.

For Dance Students:

• Pre-approved acceptance into program by audition/interview.

• Auditions are held ONCE per year, on the last Friday of January from 10:00-5:00 in the North Arena studio in the dance building on the UNM campus. The audition consists of ballet, modern, and flamenco. Participants will also show a one minute work of their own choreography or an excerpt of a piece performed in the past, followed by a short interview with the dance audition committee.

• Dance majors must see Amanda Hamp, faculty advisor for Dance (Carlisle Gym; phone: 277-3660).

For Interdisciplinary Film & Digital Media Students:

• Completion of the first two Core IFDM courses with grades of C or better.

• In order to enroll in IFDM core courses, students must be admitted as pre-majors through a separate application process. See current Catalog for details.

For Music Students:

• An Approval to Concentrate in appropriate instrument or voice as demonstrated by completion of the first 2 semesters of Applied Music and enrollment in 3rd semester is required. A signed form is required.

• BME Students: Satisfactory completion of MUSE 194: Introduction to Music Education and MUSE 195: Introductory Teaching Practicum is necessary for acceptance into the Music Education degree program.



Important Information:

• Submit Application for Admission to the College of Fine Arts to the Student Success & Advisement Center.

• You will be notified by email within 1-3 weeks of submitting your application.

• Applications are accepted for spring and fall semesters only.

• Students graduate under the requirements in the UNM Catalog in effect at the time of their admission (or readmission) into CFA as pre-majors or declared majors. See the current UNM Catalog for further details regarding admission and graduation requirements.

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center can help with questions about requirements, guidelines, and other advisement matters. To speak with a CFA Student Success Specialist, call 505-277-4817, or schedule an appointment online through LoboAchieve

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.