May 26, 2024  
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 

College of Fine Arts

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Purpose and Focus

The College of Fine Arts seeks to provide the highest academic standards and professional training for its students. The academic experience provided by the college heightens awareness of the physical, intellectual, and cultural world while preparing students for professional employment and/or post-graduate study in their artistic area. The faculty’s reputations in their fields have brought UNLV to its rightful place as a center for the arts in the Southwest. The faculty of each department is augmented by an excellent artist-in-residence program, affording students exposure to a wide array of artistic achievement. Students perform in the 550-seat Judy Bayley Theatre, the 300-seat Doc Rando Recital Hall, the Black Box Theatre, the Paul Harris Theatre, or the 2,000-seat Artemus Ham Concert Hall. The Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery and a variety of fine arts studios provide students in the visual arts opportunities to develop their artistic skills. The departments also control a variety of movement and acting studios as well as “classroom project” concert halls. The Paul B. Sogg Architecture building has its own extensive design, studio, computer, and library facilities as well as the Downtown Design Center which exposes students to “Real World” design and planning issues. The Beam Music Center also houses the music library, recording studio, midi and computer lab, and large and small rehearsal facilities.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Council of Interior Design Accreditation
Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board
National Architectural Accrediting Board (M.Arch)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre

Departments, Majors, Minors and Undergraduate Degrees

College of Fine Arts
Entertainment Engineering and Design — Bachelor of Science

School of Architecture
Architecture — Bachelor of Science
Interior Architecture and Design — Bachelor of Science
Landscape Architecture — Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Landscape Studies Minor

Department of Art
Art — Bachelor of Arts
Art — Bachelor of Fine Arts
     Painting/Drawing/Printmaking Concentration
     Graphic Design Concentration
     Photography Concentration
     Sculpture Concentration
Art History — Bachelor of Arts

Department of Dance
Dance — Bachelor of Fine Arts
Dance — Bachelor of Arts

Department of Film
Film — Bachelor of Arts

Department of Music
Music — Bachelor of Arts
     Recital Concentration
     History and Literature Concentration
Music — Bachelor of Music
     Applied Music/Piano Concentration
     Applied Music/Instrumental Concentration
     Applied Music/Vocal Concentration
     Composition/Piano Concentration
     Composition/Instrumental Concentration
     Composition/Vocal Concentration
     Music Education/Piano Concentration
     Music Education/Instrumental Concentration
     Music Education/Vocal Concentration
     Jazz Studies/Composition Concentration
     Jazz Studies/Performance Concentration

Department of Theatre
Senior Adult Theatre — Bachelor of Arts
     Gerontology Certificate
Theatre — Bachelor of Arts
     Design/Technology Concentration
     Stage and Screen Acting Concentration
     Theatre Studies Concentration

Graduate Degree Programs

Art — Master of Fine Arts
Architecture — Master of Architecture
Film — Master of Fine Arts — Writing for Dramatic Media
Music — Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts
Theatre — Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts


Art History

Admission to the College

Minimum University GPA: 2.00

Admission Policies

Students who fail to meet the entrance- requirement GPA may appeal in writing to the College of Fine Arts Academic Standards Committee for consideration of any extenuating circumstances affecting their case.

Individual departments within the College of Fine Arts may have cumulative GPA requirements for their majors higher than that required by the college.

Students must satisfy department GPA requirements before being admitted to the major. Students failing to meet department GPA entrance requirements may appeal in writing to department chairpersons for consideration of any extenuating circumstances affecting their case.

Transfer Policies

Students should refer to each department or program specifically for the specific articulation of transfer credit. University policies state that a candidate for the bachelor’s degree must complete the last 30 semester credits in uninterrupted residence as a major in the college from which the degree is expected.

Academic Policies

Students may not fulfill the university and college requirements with courses in their major field. No course may satisfy more than one requirement. Students fulfilling these college requirements will simultaneously satisfy Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, general education requirements.

A 2.70 GPA must be maintained for courses taken in the student’s major area.


A student is subject to a one-semester suspension from the College of Fine Arts after being on probation (less than 2.00 UNLV GPA) for two consecutive semesters. The evaluation of the status of probation students will be made at the end of each spring semester by the dean or dean’s designee.

Students wishing to appeal a college suspension may apply for relief to the College of Fine Arts Academic Standards Committee, the Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee, and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (in that order).

Students should consult with the dean’s office for the procedure for reinstatement following either university or college suspension.


All new students will initially meet with an advisor in the College of Fine Arts’ Advising Center and will subsequently work with an academic advisor from the center during their freshmen and sophomore years. At the beginning of their junior year, students will meet with a faculty mentor who will then assist them with their academic plans through graduation. Additionally, each department within the college has specific advisement policies articulated in their respective sections of the catalog.


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