BFA Art and Design

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 Program Learning Objectives

  1. Produce a strong body of work and/or professional portfolio
  2. Establish and maintain a rigorous creative practice that is productive and professional
  3. Utilize an articulate, sophisticated visual, verbal, and technical vocabulary related to art and design from a broad range of styles and periods
  4. Apply comparative reasoning in evaluating works of art and design
  5. Contribute to diverse, cross-disciplinary, collaborative endeavors
  6. Resolve problems and challenge assumptions through innovative thinking and visual expression
  7. Demonstrate integrity and make ethical decisions in creative expression and professional practice
  8. Perpetuate a life-long commitment to learning, inquiry, and discovery

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: Up to 4 units of credit/no credit grading may be selected for courses in major or concentration.

ART 101The Fundamentals of Drawing (C3) 14
ART 102Art and Design Foundation Studies I4
ART 103Art and Design Foundation Studies II4
ART 104Art and Design Foundation Studies III4
ART 182Foundation in Digital Art I4
ART 203Art Theory and Practice4
ART 209Beginning Painting4
ART 212Art History - Renaissance through Baroque Eras4
ART 213Art History- Modern Art, 1900-19454
ART 224Introduction to Artificial Lighting for Photography4
ART 260Critique, Discourse and Practice4
ART 315Art History - Art Since 19454
Art History Electives8
Select from the following upper division art history courses not already required in major core or concentration:
Art History - American Art
Art History - Nineteenth Century Art (C4)
Design History
History of Photography (C4)
Asian Art Survey
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements (C4)
Michelangelo (C4)
Topics in Renaissance Art (C4)
New Media Art History
Intersectional Feminist Art Histories (USCP)
Diversity Elective 14
Intercultural Communication (D5, USCP)
Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics (D5, USCP)
African Americans in Popular Culture (D5, USCP)
Native Americans in Popular Culture (D5, USCP)
Asian Americans in Popular Culture (D5, USCP)
Latina/os in Popular Culture (D5, USCP)
The Chinese American Experience (D5, USCP)
The Filipina/o American Experience (D5, USCP)
Queer Ethnic Studies (D5, USCP)
Critical Race Theory (D5, USCP)
The Social Construction of Whiteness (D5, USCP)
Cultures of West Africa and the African Diaspora (D5)
Intergroup Dialogues (D5)
Global Race and Ethnic Relations (D5)
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (D5, USCP)
Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies (D5, USCP)
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective (D5)
Sexuality Studies (D5)
Upper Division Art Elective
Select any upper division ART course not already used to meet Major or Concentration requirements. See course descriptions for repeatable units.4
ART 463Senior Portfolio Project4
Concentration courses (see below)52
(See GE program requirements below.)64
Free Electives 20
Total units184

Concentrations (select one)

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 8 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts (4 units in Major) 10
C4Upper-division elective 24
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D5Upper-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units64