Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, with concentrations in Studio Art and in Visual Studies, is a degree that allows for protracted and thorough creative research in the art studio or community. Coursework includes five foundation level courses that prepare students for courses in the major studio areas or in critical and visual studies. Students have the option of specializing in certain area(s) while choosing from a breadth of topic courses that offer exposure to a broad repertoire of contemporary art practices.  The culminating experience is expressed through a project where students develop critical skills in constructive discourse and professional methods by completing either an exhibition of artwork or an independent community-based or public project. 

All incoming majors will be enrolled in the BA in Art. If students are interested in enrolling in the BFA in Art degree, they should contact a full-time faculty member to make arrangements for a portfolio review in their third year, or in their first semester of residency for transfer students, after the student has successfully completed all lower division requirements (or its equivalent) with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Once accepted into the BFA in Art, students must file a Change of Major with the Office of the Registrar.

Requirements (77 units)

Total units required for graduation: 126

Requirements for the B.F.A. in Art

Lower Division requirements: (27)
Foundation Requirements
ART 11202D Foundation: Line, Color and Composition3
ART 11303D Foundation: Form, Space & Time3
ART 1140Creative Technology for Artists 3
ART 1150Language of Art3
ART 1160Introduction to Drawing and Life Drawing3
Art History. Two lower division art history courses.
Choose one from:3
Art History Methodologies 1
Art History Methodologies 2
And choose one from:3
Art History Foundations 1
Art History Foundations 2
Studio Art lower division common requirements. Choose 2 lower division studio course from Group A or B listed in the Studio Art Concentration. 6
Upper Division requirements (17)
Studio Art upper division common requirements. Choose 1 upper division studio course from the list in the Studio Art Concentration. 3
Choose one Art History course from:3
Topics and Themes of Art History and Exhibitions
Art History Seminar
ART 3520Socially-engaged Art3
ART 4530Art Writing3
ART 5500Undergraduate Professional Practices3
Choose at least 2 units from:2
Internship in Art - Reflection Component
Internship in Art
Advanced Art Laboratory
Concentration (33)
Students must complete the requirements of one of the concentrations listed below:33
Total Units77

Visual Studies Concentration Program Code:  ATVS

Studio Art Concentration Program Code: ATSA

Concentrations (33 units)

Visual Studies Concentration (33 units)

Lower Division Requirements
Choose one:3
Art in the Classroom
Arts in Action: Visual Art
9 units of Integrated Courses chosen from:
ART 3400Art and Social Action: Critical and Pedagogical Theories3
Choose one:3
Art and Restorative Justice
Case Studies in Art and Activism
Choose one:3
From Teaching Artists to Social Practice: A History
Chicanx Art
9 units of Interdisciplinary Course requirements chosen from: 9
Understanding Cultural Diversity
Visual Communication
Managing Across Borders
Positive Psychology
Crime, Desistance, and Reentry
Other Upper Division Requirements:
ART 4460Art and Human Development3
ART 4520Leadership and Engagement in the Arts3
ART 5540Social Practice and Participatory Art3
Choose one:3
Community-based Art Practicum
Arts in Corrections Practicum
Total Units33

Studio Art Concentration (33 units)

Choose and additional 2 courses not previously taken in the Studio Arts common requirements. Of the 4 courses total, 2 must be from Group A and 2 from Group B.6
Group A:
Beginning Imaging and Illustration
Beginning Photography
Beginning Painting
Group B:
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Glass
Beginning Sculpture
Upper Division Requirements
Visual Studies. Choose one upper division course from the list below.3
Art and Restorative Justice
Art and Social Action: Critical and Pedagogical Theories
Art and Human Development
Leadership and Engagement in the Arts
Social Practice and Participatory Art
Choose 2 courses of intermediate studio:6
Intermediate Drawing and Life Drawing
Intermediate Imaging and Illustration
Intermediate Photography
Intermediate Painting
Intermediate Ceramics
Intermediate Glass
Intermediate Sculpture
Choose 18 units from upper division studio courses, from the list above if not already taken or from the list below. At least 6 units must be 4000 level.18
Internship in Art - Reflection Component
Internship in Art
Internship in Art
Internship in Art
Special Topics in Art
Advanced Drawing and Life Drawing
Advanced Imaging and Illustration
Advanced Photography
Advanced Painting
Advanced Ceramics
Advanced Glass
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Art Laboratory
Total Units33