Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

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/.


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.

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. Thirty-six credit hours of General Education Core courses and Foundations of Knowledge and Learning (FKL) Core Curriculum.
  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.