University of Central Arkansas
About University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Arkansas is a 4-year public university located in Conway, Arkansas with the Ozark foothills to the north and the state capital to the south. Within the Ozark foothills, Woolly Hollow State Park overlooks Lake Bennett, 40-acres for fishing and swimming at the park's swimming beach area, plus camping sites and hiking trails. Other popular waterways around Conway include the Arkansas River to the west and Lake Conway to the southeast. City-owned Beaverfork Lake lies northeast of Conway. The city is also home to an annual festival known as Toad Suck Daze, featuring great food, entertainment, crafts, and competitions and the "world famous" Toad Races. The main focus of the festival is to raise money for college scholarships for local students. Conway is just 25 miles north of Little Rock, a city with Civil War sites, picturesque river walks, interactive museums and the new William J. Clinton Presidential Center.
UCA's Department of Art offers 4-year BFA degrees in studio art, with available emphases in graphic design and photography. Core curriculum for both include two levels of design and drawing courses and an art history survey course. Area studies include advanced life drawing, advanced courses in art history, sculpture or ceramics, and introductory courses in photography, illustration, painting, watercolor, graphic design, or printmaking. The BFA required courses include folio, an introduction to exhibiting work in the professional art field; professional orientation, preparation for entry into the community of artists and artist-teachers as a graduate student or career professional; BFA Problem, an individual instruction in selected topics intended to provide an opportunity to produce a series of works and explore a creative artistic vision; and BFA Exhibit, a student exhibit and comprehensive review. Graduates must also complete an advanced drawing course, an internship, and a senior seminar. The graphic design emphasis includes four levels of graphic design study, plus electives in illustration, printmaking, color, or photography, plus either an advanced level of illustration or an advanced studio course in graphic design. The photography emphasis includes four levels of photography study and studio work, plus electives in printmaking, painting, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, or contemporary media in 3D. An additional elective course in the second level of the list above is also required. All art majors must complete two levels of portfolio assessment courses for graduation.
The Department of Mass Communication and Theater offers 4-year BA and BS degrees and 3-year MFA degrees in Digital Filmmaking. Core courses for the undergraduate degree include media and society and mass communication practices and processes. Other required courses include script analysis, three levels of digital filmmaking, and two courses in cinema history. Available electives to complete the degree include media theory and research, audio production, topics in digital production, and an internship program. Special degree requirements for the BA are in the subject of language, while the BS requires special courses in math or science for completion. The MFA program includes coursework in pre-visualization and digital workflow, production seminar courses in editing, audio, cinematography, directing, visual effects, and producing, in-depth studies on the history of both American and international cinema, advanced coursework in either topics in digital production or directed study in digital filmmaking, and completion of a thesis project during the third and final year of study. For the thesis project, each student is responsible for producing, directing and editing a complex sync sound film or video production to completion.
The University of Central Arkansas awards academic scholarships to entering freshmen based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, and other relevant factors. Other available scholarships include the UCA Foundation Scholarship, the Trustee Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship, the Dean's Scholarship, and the University Scholarship, plus many privately funded scholarships available through funds endowed to the UCA Foundation. UCA also offers a scholarship intended specifically for transfer students.
UCA offers many resources to students, including academic advising and planning, career services, counseling, disability support, leadership development services, student government, and minority services. The school also offers more than 140 student organizations, 17 intramural sports activities, a large fitness and recreation center, Division I athletics, nationally-known comedians and recording artists, minority and international student programs, theater and art productions, and much more.