Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of The Arts

Location: FAH 110


The College of The Arts exists in the context of a dynamic, contemporary, urban, research university setting, characterized by its cultural diversity. The College provides opportunities for students to develop their interests and talents to the fullest whether they wish to pursue a creative or performing career, a research career, a teaching career, or life-long artistic enrichment.


The mission of the USF College of The Arts is to conduct scholarly and creative research and to challenge and inspire students to make significant contributions in the arts.

The College provides a learning environment that is engaged locally and nationally in contemporary issues and initiatives.


The USF College of The Arts aspires to achieve national and international recognition as a distinguished center for study, creation, and research in the arts.

The College will provide an innovative and exciting environment to prepare the next generation of artists, architects, designers, educators, scholars, and audiences.

The College will support and promote creative research, performance, and production in the visual and performing arts.

The College will engage in advancing the cultural vitality of the Tampa Bay region.

The College of The Arts is a unique entity housing the School of Architecture and Community Design, School of Art and Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance. The Institute for Research in Art includes the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio, and the program for Public Art. All serve multiple academic purposes within the College of The Arts as well as enrich the cultural environment within the university community. More information about each program is available on the College website at http://www.arts.usf.edu/.

College Activities and Events

The College of The Arts arranges a full schedule of concerts, plays, lectures, films, and workshops featuring students, faculty, and visiting artists and scholars. Events are open to the general public and are presented both during the day and in the evening. Special ticket privileges are available to USF students. For more information, contact the Arts Events Office at (813) 974-2323 or http://eps.arts.usf.edu/.

Visiting Artist and Scholars Program and Artist-in-Residence

The College of The Arts is committed to creating and cultivating an artistic environment to enhance the total learning experience of its students and the community at large. Each year internationally recognized performing groups, visual artists and scholars are invited to the campus for a period of residency. The visiting artists and scholars provide opportunities for students and the community to participate in their teaching, creative, and performing abilities.

Institute for Research in Art

USF's Institute for Research in Art (IRA) houses the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and the program for Public Art. The IRA is dedicated to an international artists' residency program that brings to the University and Tampa Bay community today's most accomplished and influential artists working in the international arena. Exhibitions, collection development, publication of limited edition graphics and sculpture multiples, commissioned public art works, lectures, symposia, workshops and special events are designed to foster awareness about the role of contemporary artists in shaping our culture and society.

Contemporary Art Museum

The Contemporary Art Museum presents exhibitions that focus on contemporary art and showcase the work of faculty, students and alumni. The exhibitions and art collection serve as an integral part of the studio and art history curriculum of the School of Art and Art History. Educational programs are offered to the University and Tampa Bay community. The Contemporary Art Museum houses the USF art collection that is composed of original graphics, drawings, photographs, and African and Pre-Columbian artifacts.


Graphicstudio was founded in 1968 as an experimental, research-oriented collaborative workshop in the College of The Arts. Over sixty leading international artists have created more than 400 limited-edition fine art works at Graphicstudio, in intaglio, photogravure, lithography, relief, serigraphy, sculpture, and artist books. Graphicstudio's works are archived at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the only university-based workshop so honored. Graphicstudio offers unique opportunities for graduate students to work and learn in a professional environment. Offerings include classes, conferences, internships and graduate assistantships in printmaking, sculpture fabrication, curation, education, and arts administration.

Contemporary Arts Program

In conjunction with the Endowed Chair and program in Contemporary Art History, the College promotes understanding of contemporary art practice and provides opportunities for persons interested in a critical and research-oriented engagement with contemporary discourse.

The British International Theatre (BRIT) Program

The BRIT program provides residencies for major British theatre artists to work from two to eight weeks each year in master classes and theatre productions. This private/public-endowed partnership creates a rich learning and performing environment for theatre students.

The John W. Holloway Endowed Chair in Dance and Theatre

The Holloway endowment provides short and long term working residencies for major dance and theatre artists in master classes and on productions in dance and theatre. This program fosters original, contemporary, and traditional dance compositions and theatre works enhanced by visiting artists working in collaboration with faculty and students.

Systems Complex (SYCOM) for the Studio and Performing Arts

SYCOM offers facilities for all different fields of professional audio, from analog synthesis to MIDI to digital recording. Through a wide range of courses, students learn techniques of the professional recording studio and the skills to record and produce live music, as well as modern digital audio editing and mastering.

Music Festivals

The School of Music sponsors a variety of Festivals for high school students. Among these are the Festival of Winds which enjoys a tradition of more than 25 years on the USF campus, the Festival of Voices which brings talented high school vocalists to campus to experience choral singing under the direction of USF faculty and guest conductors, and the Festival of Strings that features orchestral and chamber music experiences. All the Festival programs provide an opportunity for participants to experience an intensive and high level musical experience while enjoying the fellowship of other talented musicians in the context of a supportive and educational atmosphere provided by the faculty and students of the School of Music. For details about each program, contact the Coordinator of Admissions in the School of Music.


The College of The Arts offers four undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art Studio; Art History, Dance, Music Studies, and Theatre
  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Studio Art,Dance
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Education

Minor Programs

The College of The Arts offers minor programs in Art History, Studio Art, Dance, and Theatre. Majors in the College of The Arts may pursue a minor in any certified minors program at USF except within the same arts discipline as the major. The requirements for these programs are located under the school academic program descriptions and also require that a minimum of eight hours be taken at USF. For university minor policy, consult that section in the catalog.

Interdisciplinary Study

There is no formal interdisciplinary arts degree offered in the College of The Arts. However, it is possible for a student to pursue such a program of study in the College by utilizing free electives allowed in the major program. A student may also choose a double undergraduate major in two units or arts disciplines within the College of The Arts as a means of interdisciplinary study. See the major advisor in the programs of particular interest.


Location/ Phone: HMS 301 Tampa Campus; (813) 974-4031
Web Address: http://arch.usf.edu/
Contact E-mail: information@arch.usf.edu


The School of Architecture & Community Design, founded in 1986, emphasizes architecture and community design proficiency, technical competency, and applied research that constitute thorough preparation for practice in the 21st century. The School of Architecture & Community Design's mission is to provide graduate level education that:

  • Provides a holistic design curriculum and instruction through a variety of pedagogical approaches.
  • Encourages individual and collaborative discoveries.
  • Emphasizes continuity between design and construction.
  • Builds technical and professional proficiency.
  • Offers wide ranging global learning experiences.
  • Provides opportunities for engagement with diverse communities.

And for students and faculty to conduct scholarly research and creative activity that:

  • Is innovative, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary.
  • Advances the understanding of the built environment as it relates to society and culture.
  • Contributes to theory and practice in the disciplines of architecture and urbanism.
  • Relevant to local communities.
  • Advances the contemporary state of critical practice.
  • Provokes (stimulates/instigates) critical discourse on architecture and urbanism.
  • Explores (embraces) emerging technologies.

Our aim is to graduate professionals who will be recognized for their design excellence in enhancing the quality of the built environment.


The School of Architecture & Community Design (SACD) offers graduate degrees and certificates. In some circumstances, undergraduates can enroll in the Master of Architecture program before completing a baccalaureate degree

Master of Architecture Program for Non-Degree Holding Students

For non-degree holding students, the School's professional program involves a minimum of 165 credit hours of undergraduate and graduate work, leading to the Master of Architecture degree. No bachelor's degree is awarded.

Before entering the program, students are to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of general education and prerequisite courses at a community college (in an associate of architecture transfer program), the University of South Florida, or other college or university. Having completed these requirements, students will complete the School's 105 credit hour, Master of Architecture program.

Students electing course of study will hold "undergraduate" status for the first 120 credit hours and "graduate" status for the remaining credit hour requirement.

In addition to, or part of, the undergraduate course requirements of 60 credit hours, all undergraduate students must have successfully completed the following prerequisites for admission into the program:

  • ARC 2211 Introduction to Architecture
  • ARC 2131 Introduction to Architectural Design and Graphics
  • ARC 2135 Introduction to Architectural Design and Graphics II
  • Creative art or design courses (minimum 8 credit hours)
  • An undergraduate course in Calculus;
  • An undergraduate course in Physics;
  • An undergraduate course in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD).

Master of Architecture Program (for students with a 2-year Associate's Degree in Architecture)

Students having a two-year, associate's degree in architecture must complete a minimum of 93 credit hours in the School's Master of Architecture program. Holders of an Associate's degree in Architecture will normally receive a waiver of 12 credit hours for their previous design studio experience, reducing the normal 105 credit hour Master of Architecture degree requirement to 93 credit hours. Further, these students may receive waivers for the following architectural courses in which a grade of B or better was earned: Design Theory, History I, History II, and Structures I. However, pending the review of each applicant's transcript and portfolio, these credit hour and course waivers may not be granted.

In addition to, or part of, these curricula requirements, all undergraduate students must have successfully completed the following prerequisites for admission into the program:

  • an undergraduate course in Calculus;
  • an undergraduate course in Physics;
  • an undergraduate course in Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)

Architecture Courses for Undergraduate Students not seeking the Master of Architecture Degree

The School encourages other University students, not pursuing the Master of Architecture degree, to enroll in its numerous undergraduate and graduate courses as electives within their individual majors. The School offers ARC 2211 Introduction to Architecture as an approved Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Core Curriculum (General Education) course. Credits earned in the School's graduate-level elective courses on a non-degree seeking basis can later be applied toward advanced standing in the Master of Architecture curriculum by those students who meet the School's admission requirements.

Admission into the School of Architecture & Community Design (SACD)

In order to enroll in the Master of Architecture program, interested students must be accepted into the University as well as the School. Undergraduate students must be accepted into the University of South Florida by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and into the School of Architecture & Community Design by the College of The Arts. These are separate admissions processes that involve different application forms, supportive materials, and deadlines. For more detailed information, students should see Undergraduate Admissions online and visit the SACD website at http://www.arch.usf.edu/.


Florida Center for Community Design + Research

The Florida Center is a non-profit public service institute of the School of Architecture & Community Design. It was founded in 1986 to assist the citizens of Florida in the creation of more livable and sustainable communities through applied community design, multi-disciplinary research, and public education. The diverse staff includes architecture faculty and students, research scientists, programmer, and analysts. In addition, the Center has affiliated faculty or graduate students from the Department of Anthropology, Biology, Art and Art History, Geography, and Social Work.


Throughout the year, nationally and internationally known architects, scholars, urban designers, landscape architects, and others participate in the School's lecture series. The School also exhibits outstanding work of students, alumni/ae, and professionals at galleries at USF and elsewhere in Tampa.

Student Groups

Students at USF have access to a wide range of activities within the School of Architecture & Community Design and elsewhere in the university and community. At the school, one may join the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) the Architecture College Council, Women in Architecture, Emerging Green Builders and the Construction Specification Student Chapter (CIS). Students participate in a wide range of school governance committees and task forces.

Study Abroad

The School sponsors summer study abroad programs in China, Japan, India, Italy, Spain, and other locations.

Accreditation and Licensure

Applicants for architectural licensure in Florida, and most jurisdictions in the United States, normally must have:

  • earned a professional degree from a School accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • completed the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

  • According to the 2004 edition of the NAAB Conditions and Procedures:

In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit US professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The Master of Architecture program at USF is fully accredited.

Architecture & Community Design + Florida Center for Community Design & Research Faculty

Director: R. MacLeod; Associate Professors: S. Cooke, T. Green, M. Halflants, D. Powers, N. Sanders; Assistant Professors: S. Bassett, L. Kara, V. Mehta, S. Russell, M. Weston; Research Associate Professor: S. Landry; Associate in Research: J. Griffin, T. Johnson.

Advising Information

Advising Office
Tampa Campus: College of The Arts (FAH), Room 120, (813) 974-3660.

Office Hours
Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Admission to the College of The Arts

Admission to the College of The Arts is contingent on acceptance into the university through the USF Office of Admissions. Additionally, students who wish to major or minor in art history, dance, or theatre should contact the respective School. Admission is open for Theatre majors. Auditions are required for admission to the Dance program and the School of Music and must occur on specific dates as posted by those programs. The School of Art & Art History requires a satisfactory portfolio review of all candidates seeking admission to the B.A. in Studio Art or the B.F.A. in Studio Art. Specific dates will be posted by the program. Students who have not presented an acceptable portfolio on the posted date prior to orientation and registration will not be admitted into the School. The B.A. in Art History does not require a portfolio review. Please note, however, that Art History majors may take only those studio courses mandated by the state for their degree program. Art History students, who wish to take other studio courses, or to double major, must successfully fulfill the requirement for portfolio review at the regularly scheduled time. Transfer students who wish to major in Studio Art must complete the equivalent core curriculum and pass a regularly scheduled portfolio review prior to admission to the School of Art & Art History. All prospective students in the College of The Arts must complete the necessary forms in the Office of Student Services and Advising in FAH 120 in order to be on file as majors or minors.

Although the Theatre program is an open admission program, transfer students and current USF students who request admission to this program must be placed according to their abilities. Theatre students wishing to concentrate in performance or design must audition or have a portfolio review for acceptance into the upper-division concentration courses. Dance and music students must complete successful auditions prior to orientation and registration for their home unit's core courses. Art students must successfully complete a scheduled portfolio review prior to orientation and registration.

Students with previously earned college credit, who request admission to the College of The Arts are required to provide copies of their transcripts to their advisors for the purpose of deciding which credits can apply to their degree program at USF. Copies of catalog pages with course descriptions from previous institutions are needed for each course being transferred for degree requirements. A minimum grade of C- (C for Theatre and Dance) is usually necessary for courses in the concentration.

College Requirements

General Requirements for Bachelor Degree Programs within the College of The Arts

  1. All Bachelor degree programs require 120 credit hours.
  2. Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Requirements may be satisfied by (1) completing the university's Foundations of Knowledge and Learning Requirements, (2) completing the A.A. degree from a Florida Junior, State or Community College, or (3) completing the general education requirements from another Florida College System institution. FKL courses transferred from other accredited institutions will be evaluated based on USF General Education equivalencies. The A.A. degree is in no way a requirement for acceptance into the College of The Arts (or into any one of its upper-level degree programs), or a requirement for graduation from the university.
  3. Students admitted to the College of The Arts with transfer credits, or former students returning with credits dating ten or more years prior to admission (or readmission), will have those credits reviewed by the College and department/school and may be required to take specified competency tests in their major area.
  4. In the College of The Arts at the discretion of the disciplines, must take six fine arts credit hours in a field other than the major discipline (Dance, 3 credits; BA Music Studies, 6 credits; BM Music, 3 credits). Transfer of degree fine arts credits must be evaluated by an advisor. Fine Arts courses for this requirement may be taken as S/U grading at the discretion of the instructor.
  5. A maximum number of ROTC credits totaling no more than the maximum allowed in the Free Elective Area for each major may be counted toward all degrees.
  6. A maximum of four credit hours of elective Physical Education credits taken at USF may be counted as general elective credit toward all degrees.
  7. Students must satisfactorily meet the writing and computation course requirement of Board of Governor's Regulation 6.017 (6A Gordon Rule).
  8. Students applying for a B.A. degree must demonstrate competency in a foreign language as described under Foreign Language Competency Policy of this catalog.
  9. For degree programs, see requirements listed under each School.
  10. Beginning Fall semester 2012, students must successfully complete a minimum of 50 percent of the courses required for their major on their specific home campus within the USF System. A student must also earn 30 of the last 60 hours of credits in residence at USF. However, any course work to be taken and any credits to be earned outside of the university must have prior approval from the appropriate school and the college in order to apply these credits toward graduation.
  11. Waiver of prerequisite coursework totaling no more than 12 credit hours in the major or College requirements is possible by demonstration of competence. Unless credit is awarded by approved official tests, i.e., AP, CLEP, the credit hours must be made up according to school or college recommendations. A faculty committee conducts waiver reviews. Specific questions concerning program requirements for all degrees in the College or other related problems should be directed to the College of The Arts.

College Policy for Academic Progress

The following criteria will serve as the bases for disenrollment from a major in the College of The Arts:

  1. Grade point average below 2.0 in the major.
  2. Recommendation by major applied (studio) art, dance, music or theatre faculty with approval of respective school director.
  3. The school may recommend probationary status (rather than disenrollment) for one semester when academic progress is not maintained.

Directed Studies Contracts

All Directed Studies and other variable credit courses in the College of The Arts require contracts between students and instructors describing the work to be undertaken by the student and specifying the credit hours. These contracts are to be completed in quadruplicate and appropriately signed. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the necessary signatures and make the required distribution of all copies. Important: the student must have his/her signed copy of a contract at the time of registration.

Permission Procedures

Admission into some courses is possible only by consent of instructor (CI), consent of chairperson (CC), consent of advisor, or by audition or portfolio review. When such special permission is required, it will be the student's responsibility to obtain any required permission prior to registration.

Grade Requirement

S/U Grade Contracts

The College of The Arts requires that any S/U grading agreement entered into between student and instructor be formalized by a contract in quadruplicate signed by the student and the instructor and distributed according to instructions.

"I" Grade Contracts

Incompletes must be contracted for by mutual agreement between student and instructor, with the contract describing specifically the amount and nature of the work to be completed for the removal of the incomplete grade. This contract additionally clearly specifies the date that the work will be due (within legal limits) for grading. Both the student and the instructor must sign this contract and the four copies must be distributed according to instructions. A student must not register for a course again to remove an "I" grade.

S/U Grading in the College

  1. Non-majors enrolled in courses in the College of The Arts may undertake such courses on an S/U basis with instructor approval. See Contracts and Permission Procedures for information concerning S/U Grade Contracts.
  2. Credits earned by a non-major student with an "S" grade will not count toward the student's minimum major course graduation requirement should that student ultimately decide to become a major student in one of the four arts disciplines in the College. Instead, such credits earned with an "S" grade will be assigned to the student's Free Elective category (with the exception of music, which will become non-countable).
  3. Although College of The Arts majors may take coursework in their major as Free Electives, they are not entitled to the S/U grading option for these courses taken in their major subject area, even when specifically used or intended to be used as Free Electives.
  4. In the College of The Arts, the only S/U graded courses available to a major student in his/her major subject area are those curriculum allowable courses designated S/U (that is, S/U only).
  5. A maximum of 9 credit hours of S/U credits in non-major courses may apply towards a degree in the College of The Arts.

Please refer to Academic Policies section for more information concerning the university's S/U Grading policy.

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

The music organizations of Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda, the honorary music organization, maintain active chapters in the School of Music. Additionally, chapters of the National Association for Music Education Collegiate, American Choral Directors Association, Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, and the International Association for Jazz Education provide an important liaison with other professional musicians and teachers.