Bachelor of Arts in Art: Studio Concentration

Many of the courses required for the degree have prerequisites. Please consult course descriptions for details.

Degree Requirements
Type of Course Units
General education 50
Major core requirements 43
General electives 27
Total units needed for graduation 120

Requirements for the Major

The art major with studio concentration is comprised of a group of core courses representing minimum requirements for all areas of emphasis, plus course offerings in studio and associated areas which allow for the development of an emphasis in one or more of the following: painting, sculpture, printmaking, works on paper, photography, and ceramics. Six units must be at the advanced level. Admission to advanced classes requires submission of a portfolio to department faculty once each semester.


Major Core Requirements

Freshman and Sophomore Years

Complete the following courses for 10 - 12 units:
Your unit load may vary. Please seak advising.
Course Description Units
ArtS 104 Art Fundamentals
4
OR    
ArtS 101 Art Fundamentals (2 D)
3
ArtS 102 Art Fundamentals (3 D)
3
     
ARTH 160A&B Introduction to Art History
8
OR    
ArtH 210 Introduction to Art History (Pre-classical to Renaissance)
3
ArtH 211 Introduction to Art History (Renaissance to Modern)
3
Choose the following two courses to total 4 units:
Course Description Units
ArtS 202 Beginning Drawing
2
ArtS 204 Beginning Life Drawing
2

Choose at least three of the following studio courses to total a minimum of 6 units; at least one course must be taken in a 2-D medium and a 3-D medium ( 6 – 9 units):
Course Description Units
ArtS 208 Basic Black & White Photography
2-4
ArtS 220 Beginning Painting
2-3
ArtS 229 Beginning Ceramics
2-3
ArtS 236 Beginning Sculpture
2-3
ArtS 245 Beginning Printmaking
2-3
ArtS 298 Selected Topics in Art Studio
1-4

 

Total lower-division core units = 22

Sophomore or Junior Years

Choose 2 courses from the following 5 courses to total 6 units:
Course Description Units
ArtH 454 Nineteenth Century Art
3
ArtH 460 History of American Art
3
ArtH 464 Modern Art from 1850 to 1945
3
ArtH 465 Modern Art from 1945 to 1979
3
ArtH 466 Contemporary Art
3

Junior or Senior Years

Choose any combination of the 5 courses to total 5 units:
Course Description Units
ArtS 302 Intermediate Drawing
2-4
ArtS 304 Intermediate Life Drawing
2-4
ArtS 402 Advanced Drawing
2-4
ArtS 404 Advanced Life Drawing
2-4

 

Total upper-division core units = 11

Areas of Emphasis

To complete a specialized concentration in the major, select a minimum of 12 units from one of the areas of emphasis below. (When works on paper is the student's area of emphasis, the 5 upper-division units required in drawing must be concentrated instead in another emphasis, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography or ceramics. At least 6 units must be at the advanced level. Please note that admission to advanced classes requires a portfolio review of the student’s work by department faculty. Portfolio review will be scheduled once each semester.

Total units in major emphasis = 12
Total units in the major = 45


Ceramics Emphasis (12 units minimum)

 
Complete 12 units of the following four courses (including repeats); 6 units must be at advanced level:
Course Description Units
ArtS 329 Intermediate Ceramics
2-4
ArtS 429 Advanced Ceramics
2-4
ArtS 430 Large Scale Clay and Installation, Ceramics Sculpture
2-4
ArtS 432 Ceramic Materials
2-4

A maximum of 3 units from the following may be applied to the 12-unit Ceramics Emphasis:
Course Description Units
ArtS 335 Intermediate Bronze Foundry
2-4
ArtS 336 Intermediate Sculpture
2-4
ArtS 435 Advanced Bronze Foundry
2-4
ArtS 436 Advanced Sculpture
2-4

 


Painting Emphasis (12 units minimum)

Complete 12 units of the following two courses (including repeats); 6 units must be at advanced level:
Course Description Units
ArtS 320 Intermediate Painting
2-4
ArtS 420 Advanced Painting
2-4
A maximum of 3 units may be applied from one or more of the following:
Course Description Units
ArtS 382 Intermediate Monoprint
1-4
ArtS 482 Advanced Monoprint
1-4
 

Photography Emphasis (12 units minimum)

Complete 12 unit of the two courses (including repeats); 6 units must be at the advanced level:
Course Description Units
ArtS 308 Photographic Darkroom Processes
2-4
ArtS 457 Advanced Photography
1-4
 

Printmaking Emphasis (12 units minimum)


Complete 9-12 units of the following four  courses (including repeats); 6 units must be at the advanced level:
Course Description Units
ArtS 340 Intermediate Etching and Woodcut
2-4
ArtS 342 Intermediate Lithography
2-4
ArtS 440 Advanced Etching and Woodcut
2-4
ArtS 442 Advanced Lithography
2-4
A maximum of 3 units may be applied from the following:
Course Description Units
ArtS 382 Intermediate Monoprint
1-4
ArtS 482 Advanced Monoprint
1-4
 

Sculpture Emphasis (12 units minimum)

Complete 12 units of the following two courses (including repeats); 6 units must be at advanced level:
Course Description Units
ArtS 336 Intermediate Sculpture
2-4
ArtS 436 Advanced Sculpture
2-4
A maximum of 3 units from the following may be applied to the 12- unit Sculpture Emphasis:
Course Description Units
ArtS 329 Intermediate Ceramics
2-4
ArtS 335 Intermediate Bronze Foundry
2-4
ArtS 429 Advanced Ceramics
2-4
ArtS 430 Large Scale Clay and Installation, Ceramics Sculpture
2-4
ArtS 435 Advanced Bronze Foundry
2-4
 

Works on Paper Emphasis (12 units minimum)

When drawing is the student's area of emphasis, the 5 upper-division units required in drawing must be concentrated instead in another emphasis, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography or ceramics. Advanced courses may be repeated for credit.

Choose a total of 12 units from the following four courses (including repeats); 6 units must be at the advanced level:
Course Description Units
ArtS 302 Intermediate Drawing
2-4
ArtS 304 Intermediate Life Drawing
2-4
ArtS 402 Advanced Drawing
2-4
ArtS 404 Advanced Life Drawing
2-4

 


Recommended Electives for All Studio Majors
Course Description Units
ArtS 382 Intermediate Monoprint
1-4
ArtS 482 Advanced Monoprint
1-4
ArtS 491 Visiting Artist Lecture Series
1
ArtS 492 B.A. Professional Artists’ Practices
1-3
ArtS 498 Selected Topics - Studio
1-4
ArtH 420-476 Art History Period Courses
3-4 each
ArtH 466 Contemporary Art
3
ArtH 480 Selected Topics & Lecture/Seminar
1-4
ArtH 494 Gallery and Museum Methods
4

 


Course Rotation: Art Studio

Foundation Courses
Course Rotation
Art Fundamentals (101 & 102) Every semester
Safety and Shop Practices (103) Every semester
Beginning Studio Courses
Course Rotation
All courses (202, 204, 208, 220, 229, 236, 245) Every year, most every semester

 

Intermediate/Advanced studio courses:
Course Rotation
All courses (302, 304, 308, 320, 329, 330, 335, 336, 340, 342, 382, 402, 404, 420, 429, 430, 432, 435, 436, 440, 442, 482) Every year, most every semester
BFA Seminar (465) 1 unit Fall, 2 units Spring
Professional Practices – BFA & BA (466/492) Fall semesters
Directed Field Research Experience (496) Most semesters

 

Note: Additional special topics courses will be offered each academic year to enrich and expand on the Studio curriculum.


Sample Four-Year Program for Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio Concentration, Painting Emphasis

FRESHMAN YEAR: 30 Units
Fall Semester (15 units) Spring Semester (15 units)
ArtS 104 Art Fundamentals (4) ArtS 202 Beginning Drawing (2)
ArtH 160A Art History (4)* 160B Art History (4)
GE courses (9) GE courses (9)
SOPHOMORE YEAR: 32 Units
Fall Semester (16 units) Spring Semester (16 units)
ArtS 202 Beginning Drawing (2) ArtS 204 Beginning Life Drawing (2)
ArtS 220 Beginning Painting (2) ArtS 245 Beginning Printmaking (2)
GE courses (9) GE courses (12)
JUNIOR YEAR: 31 Units
Fall Semester (18 units) Spring Semester (13 units)
ArtS 320 Intermediate Painting (3) ArtS 420 Advanced Painting (3)
ArtS 302 Intermediate Drawing ArtS 304 Intermediate Life Drawing (3)
ArtH 465 History of Modern Art (3)* ArtS 236 Beginning Sculpture (2)
GE courses (9) Upper-Division GE (3)
*also counts for GE requirements Other electives (2)
SENIOR YEAR: 27 Units
Fall Semester (15 units) Spring Semester (15 units)
ArtS 420 Advanced Painting (3) ArtS 420 Advanced Painting (3)
ArtS 382 Intermediate Monotype ArtH 466 Contemporary Art (3)
ArtS 492 B.A. Prof. Artists’ Practices (3) ArtS 495 Special Studies (3)
Electives (6) Electives (3)

TOTAL UNITS: 120