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Visual Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Odessa, TX, United States
The Visual Arts Department at UTPB has well equipped studios to provide instruction for students pursuing an undergraduate degree. The program offers courses in art history, design, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 
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 The students in the program receive extensive training during their undergraduate studies to prepare them to become professional artists and educators. Our students are ambitious, efficient and results-oriented. Upon graduation from UTPB, they have been accepted to MFA programs and employed as K-12 teachers in Texas. 

The programme

Our professional faculty are practicing artists who exhibit their artwork at national and international venues. They have been invited to take part in art residencies at the Kohler Art Center, Stonehouse Residencies and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Their work has also been published in 500 Bowls, Surface Design, The New Women in Print and Pictures: An Annotated Bibliography, Number: Inc. and Temporary Art Review. They are active members in the community and work closely with the West Texas Food Bank to raise funds to feed the hungry in the region. They have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Women for the Arts, to keep the visual arts alive in the rural and underserved areas in the Southwest and West Texas region.

In addition, the department offers internship opportunities for students at museums and design firms to receive practical experience in a professional setting. In the summer, students who take the travel-abroad course, get the opportunity to travel to Europe to view art and architecture, and thereby enrich their learning experience. They also visit national museums and galleries that exhibit traditional and contemporary art to gain knowledge of current trends and practices essential for their professional careers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • A degree plan is the official document of the University that lists all courses necessary for a student to complete a chosen degree. It shows how all of the courses will be completed in order to earn the degree. Students should file a degree plan when they reach the sophomore level of their chosen major. 
  • This document is signed by the student and his/her advisor and is subsequently submitted to the Registrar's Office.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Completed electronic application 
  • Non-refundable Application Fee of $40.00
  • Official High School transcript
  • If taking Dual Credit/Early College course work, please have an official college transcript sent to UTPB from all colleges or universities attended
  • SAT or ACT exam scores

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Odessa

  • 1002 - 1860 USD/month
    Living Costs

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