BFA Art and Design

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Produce a strong body of work and/or professional portfolio.
  2. Apply comparative reasoning in evaluating works of art and design.
  3. Use verbal, visual, and technical vocabulary related to art and design that demonstrates cultural competency and a world view informed by issues of diversity, inequality, and power.
  4. Effectively and professionally work in teams and participate in interdisciplinary, collaborative endeavors with people who have beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are different from their own.
  5. Critically examine the role that visual language plays in global culture through research, innovative thinking, writing, and creative expression.
  6. Demonstrate integrity and make ethical decisions in professional practice and/or creative expression.
  7. Establish and maintain a rigorous creative practice that is productive and professional.
  8. Demonstrate a 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 101Fundamentals of Drawing (C1) 14
ART 102Art and Design Foundation Studies I4
ART 104Art and Design Foundation Studies II4
ART 182Foundation in Digital Art I4
ART 183Foundation in Digital Art II4
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
Design History
History of Photography
Asian Art Survey
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
Topics in Renaissance Art
New Media Art History
Intersectional Feminist Art Histories (USCP)
Diversity Elective (Upper-Division D) 14
Intercultural Communication (USCP)
Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics (USCP)
African Americans in Popular Culture (USCP)
Native Americans in Popular Culture (USCP)
Asian Americans in Popular Culture (USCP)
Latina/os in Popular Culture (USCP)
The Chinese American Experience (USCP)
The Filipina/o American Experience (USCP)
Queer Ethnic Studies (USCP)
Critical Race Theory (USCP)
The Social Construction of Whiteness (USCP)
Cultures of West Africa and the African Diaspora
Intergroup Dialogues
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (USCP)
Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies (USCP)
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Sexuality Studies
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.
  • If any of the remaining 64 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning4
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater (4 units in Major) 10
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives8
Total units64