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The Bachelor of Arts in Art

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See Bachelor's Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. You can view MAPs on the Degree MAPs page in the University Catalog or you can request a plan from your major advisor.

General Education Pathway Requirements: 48 units

See General Education in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Pathway Requirements and course offerings.

Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See Diversity Requirements in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education .

Literacy Requirement:

See Mathematics and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or higher to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130I or JOUR 130I (or equivalent) with a C- or higher before you may register for a WP course.

Laptop Requirement

To complete this program, the student must have the use of a laptop computer. Please consult with the department for current hardware and software requirements. Students qualify to receive special education discounts on computers and software sold through the Associated Students Bookstore (an Apple authorized campus store). For some programs, in an effort to lower student expenses, bundles consisting of a specially priced Apple laptop computer with the program's required software will be made available at the beginning of each academic year through the Associated Students Bookstore. This laptop computer package is expected to serve the student for the entire length of the program.

Please see department website at http://www.csuchico.edu/art for additional laptop requirement information. For non-art majors, contact course instructor regarding laptop needs for that course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 60 units

Completion of the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, is required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the major core program requirements.

Students electing to fulfill a second option or degree within the Art Major must complete a minimum of 15 additional upper-division units.

Major Core Program: 12 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Survey of the major visual arts of the Ancient World through the Middle Ages. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly ARTH 101. (000705)
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 2D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development, materials and methods, and additive and subtractive color theories and applications. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000720)
Beginning drawing techniques based on studio disciplines. A variety of approaches and materials will be used. 6 hours activity. (000710)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Survey of the major visual arts of Europe and the U.S. from the Renaissance to 1800. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021083)
Survey of the major visual arts of Europe and the U.S. from 1800 to the Present. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021084)

Major Option Course Requirements: 48 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required dependent upon the option chosen. Students must select one of the following options for completion of the major course requirements.

The Option in Art Education: 48 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 18 units

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000721)
This course presents basic instruction in the techniques of painting and in the preparation of various supports. Emphasis will be placed on developing appreciation for the painted surface, and on the expressive potential of shape, color, and texture, as they relate to space and composition. Although some painting exercises are directed by the instructor, student self-motivation is expected. Several projects will be developed by the student. 6 hours activity. (000718)
Introduction to fine art printmaking processes, with equal emphasis on idea development and technique. Students experience a variety of print methods, such as, etching, linoleum, screen print, and photographic printmaking through demonstrations, lectures, and gallery visits. 6 hours activity. (000730)
This is a foundation computer course for studio artists. The course covers basic instruction using the computer for painting, drawing, image processing, photographic composites, words as art, animation, research, and presentation. Emphasis is on conceptual and creative processes. Art and design principles, aesthetic decision making, and visual effectiveness are addressed. Basic drawing skills strongly recommended. 6 hours activity. (000737)
Development of ideas through introduction to handbuilding techniques, using the pinch, coil, slab, and mold methods of construction. Experimentation with a variety of low-fire glazes, and other low-fire surface treatments. 6 hours activity. (000714)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 125 or faculty permission.
Interpretive drawing techniques with expressive use of graphic media, including color. An introduction to drawing the human body will comprise a major portion of the course. 6 hours activity. (000711)
This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of photography as a fine art. Basic digital photographic skills and techniques are emphasized. Primary emphasis on the place of photography in art history, current art theory, and issues in photographic representation. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000738)
Introduction to sculpture is a beginning course designed to develop skills in building three-dimensional form by learning to work with a variety of tools and techniques. Materials may include clay, plaster, wood, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Assignments are designed to guide students in their dvelopment of concept, content, and personal expression. 6 hours activity. (000726)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
An introduction to glass as a visual art medium using the techniques of off-hand glass blowing, sheet glass fabrication, and other related techniques. Emphasis is on the development of sculptural ideas. 6 hours activity. (000717)

Upper-Division Requirements: 30 units

Art Studio Courses: 9 units

Students may select for a single emphasis 9 units from one of the following studio course groups to fulfill this requirement. Studio courses at the 300 level may be taken two times for credit; courses at the 400 level may be taken four times for credit. A minimum of 3 units must be at the 400 level.

9 units selected from:

Ceramics Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 260 or equivalent experience in low-fire hand-building techniques; ARTS 122; ARTS 125.
Aesthetic exploration of ideas, using the potter's wheel and/or hand-building techniques to create sculptural forms. Development of techniques in basic wheel-throwing and/or hand-building, clay body formulation, investigation of surface enrichment techniques, and kiln firing. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000746)
Prerequisites: ARTS 361 or faculty permission.
This course provides a variety of approaches to surface enrichment techniques. The execution of the surface information learned in this course provides a more sophisticated avenue for expression. Includes individual approaches to problem solving, with an emphasis on concept development and the refinement of technical skills and related craftsmanship. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000750)
Prerequisites: ARTS 361.
An investigation of the use and production of plaster molds and slip-casting technology as a tool for personal expression. Critical discussions on the nature of appropriate forms, multiples and duplicates as conceptual options in contemporary ceramics. Emphasis on concept development and the refinement of technical skills and related craftsmanship. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000751)
Prerequisites: ARTS 362 or ARTS 363 or faculty permission.
In-depth study and development, with emphasis on individual ideas and directions. Concentration on creating a personal vocabulary of concepts, construction methods, and surface treatments as a means of expression. Discussions of contemporary ceramic issues, and professional procedures for the ceramic artist. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000802)
Prerequisites: ARTS 361.
Theory, chemistry, creating low- and high-firing glazes by the empirical formula; further development of testing colorants of metallic oxides and glaze stains. Highly recommended for ceramic emphasis, but not required. This course will not fulfill advanced studio emphasis requirements. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000814)

Electronic Arts Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 123, ARTS 126, ARTS 250; or faculty permission.
Intermediate studies in electronic arts with focus on digital imagemaking. Emphasis on development of personal aesthetics, technical excellence, and understanding of presentation issues surrounding digital media for both print and virtual platforms. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000770)
Prerequisites: ARTS 350 or faculty permission.
Advanced concepts in electronic arts, with emphasis on the relationships between content, form, and media, and the development of personal expression. Studio exploration of digital media to create electronic media artworks. Forms may include interactive multimedia using both CD/DVD and Internet technologies, 3D modeling and rendering, animation, sound, and video. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000753)

Drawing Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 122; ARTS 125; ARTS 126; or faculty permission.
The exploration of a broad number of media and and techniques through a number of structured assignments. The exposure of the drawing student to current technical possibilities which extend and broaden the concept of drawing. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000740)
Prerequisites: ARTS 125; ARTS 126; or faculty permission.
An emphasis on form development and composition using the human figure. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000752)
Prerequisites: ARTS 325 or faculty permission.
An exploration in drawing in depth both as an expressive and descriptive medium. A variety of drawing media and any number of personal directions. Recommended for art majors. Six hours of personal direct-grading system will be used. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000795)
Prerequisites: ARTS 326 or faculty permission.
Study of human form based upon the human figure using a variety of media. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000810)

Glass Design Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 276 and faculty permission.
Further studio practice in design and production of glass, using the techniques of free blowing, casting, fusing, and laminating. Emphasis is on idea development. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000754)
Prerequisites: ARTS 376 and faculty permission.
Advanced practice in glass and production techniques and aesthetics. Emphasis is on idea development 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000811)

Painting Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 122; ARTS 125; ARTS 126; ARTS 227; or faculty permission.
Instruction in the course builds upon techniques acquired in Beginning Painting. Emphasis will be placed upon learning technical skills and on developing enough control over painting media to permit exploration of personal modes of expression. Because the assignments are flexible, the student is expected to bring a knowledge of drawing, design, and color to the painting studio. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000743)
Prerequisites: ARTS 122; ARTS 125; ARTS 126; ARTS 227; or faculty permission.
Extends basic techniques of painting in water-soluble media, both transparent and opaque; paper support. Emphasis on technical understanding and beginning development of personal expression. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000744)
Prerequisites: ARTS 327 or faculty permission.
This course stresses the generating of artistic ideas and encourages students to develop increased awareness of personal motivations to produce art. Students will be expected to produce a number of works which begin to demonstrate cohesive content. Students attempting this course are expected to be highly knowledgeable with regard to material and should be highly motivated, because assignments are highly personalized. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000798)
Prerequisites: ARTS 327; ARTS 328; or faculty permission.
Advanced study in watermedia using paper support. Emphasis on development of personal expression. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000799)

Photography Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Introductory photography course on the college level, or faculty permission.
Concentration on expressive and aesthetic aspects of photography in fine arts. Emphasis on ability to manipulate and compose with light as a most crucial element in the organization of plastic space. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000786)
Prerequisites: ARTS 340 or permission of instructor.
This course provides an introduction to contemporary techniques and aesthetics of non-silver photography. Both historical and non-traditional photographic processes and their application to fine art photography are covered in this course. 6 hours activity. (000789)
Prerequisites: ARTS 340.
This course provides instruction in the design, construction, and presentation of photographically produced artworks. During the semester, students are required to produce a portfolio quality body of artwork. Theoretical and historical relationships to the student artwork are discussed. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000872)
Prerequisites: ARTS 343.
Advanced exploration of contemporary techniques and aesthetics of non-silver photography. This course provides instruction in the design, construction, and presentation of non-silver and/or non-traditional photographic artworks. Students produce a portfolio quality body of artwork. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015013)

Printmaking Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
An intensive exploration of intaglio processes, focusing primarily on etching, through demonstrations, lectures and gallery visits. Emphasis is placed on the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing and design. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000762)
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
This course explores the materials and methods of fine art screen printing, through demonstrations, lectures, and gallery visits. Emphasis is place don the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing, design, and color. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000763)
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
An intensive exploration of stone and photographic lithography processes through demonstrations, lectures and gallery visits. Emphasis is placed on the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing and design. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000764)
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
An intensive exploration of relief printing techniques, primarily from wood, through demonstrations, lectures, and gallery visits. Emphasis is placed on the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing, design, and color. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000765)
Prerequisites: ARTS 331, ARTS 332, or ARTS 333; or faculty permission.
An exploration of advanced printmaking techniques and concepts as they relate to individual ideas. Emphasis placed on the development of personal creativity and expression represented through the print medum. Self-motivation and technical proficiency in a variety of printmaking processes is necessary. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000828)

Sculpture Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 for art majors (sculpture emphasis) or ARTS 123 for art majors (non-sculpture); faculty permission for non-majors.
An intensive exploration of three-dimensional form, using a variety of methods, such as assemblage and metal fabrication, and varied materials, such as wood, plaster, metal, and clay. An emphasis is placed on creative thought and technical skills. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000758)
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 for art majors (sculpture emphasis), or ARTS 122 for art majors (non-sculpture emphasis); faculty permission for non-majors.
Aesthetic development of form through foundry processes. Foundry experience in "lost wax" and similar processes, investment, casting, metal finishing, oxyacetylene, electric arc, T.I.G. welding. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000759)
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 for art majors (sculpture emphasis), or ARTS 123 for art majors (non-sculpture emphasis); faculty permission for non-majors.
This intermediate sculpture course provides an indepth study of the body as subject and object in historical contexts. A wide variety of methods and materials are explored, including clay, direct and cast plaster, other castable materials, woodworking, metal fabrication, and mixed media assemblage. Assignments center around problem solving and development of an expressive response to the body as form. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000760)
Prerequisites: ARTS 371, ARTS 372, or ARTS 373; or faculty permission.
Advanced studio sculpture emphasizing individual development and direction. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000824)

Art History: 6 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Greek world during the Bronze Age, Aegean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the development of the Greek artistic concepts, such as idealism and realism, within their cultural and political context. 3 hours lecture. (000858)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Roman world covering the Etruscan, Republican, Early and Late Imperial periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the Roman character of Roman art and architecture, as well as domestic life through the arts as found at Pompeii, Herculaneus, etc. 3 hours lecture. (000860)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the Romanesque and Gothic periods in France and England. The course will cover great cathedrals, such as Notre Dame of Paris, Chartres, Amiens, etc., and their sculpture and stained glass decorations. The course will also provide an understanding of the nature of style change and development from the Classical to the Medieval periods. 3 hours lecture. (000843)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of the arts of Northern Europe and Spain during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with emphasis upon the Netherlands' development of oil painting. The scriptoria and illuminations of the International Style, the Limbourg Brothers, the Master of Flemale, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Van der Goes, Bosch, Schongauer, Grunewald, Durer, Cranach, Charoton, Fouques, Berruguete, Bruegel, Holbein, and the Tutor Mannerist Style; reciprocal influences with the Italian Renaissance of Italy will be covered. 3 hours lecture. (000845)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in Italian Renaissance and Mannerist painting, sculpture, and architecture between 1400 and 1500. The impact on art of Neoplatonic philosophy, Humanism, Franciscan Catholicism, political intrigues, and the growth of capitalism will be considered, as well as other aspects of the historical context of art. Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian are among the artists to be studied. 3 hours lecture. (000846)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, gardens, and decorative arts. Protestant and Catholic visual languages and patronage will be compared. The impact on art of exploration and colonial expansion, war, and revolution, as well as developments in education and technology, will be explored, along with influences on European art from the Orient. Some of the artists to be covered are Caravaggio, Bernini, Leyster, Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazques, Hogarth, and Vigee-Lebrun. 3 hours lecture. (000849)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of form and content in European painting, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture during the first half of the nineteenth century. Attitudes toward observation versus invention, and originality versus eclecticism, common to Romantic, Neoclassical, and Realistic artists will be examined. Writings by philosophers, artists, and critics such as Burke and Runge will be analyzed, as well as the effect on art of the industrial revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and progress in the fields of education and science. Issues related to gender and to Non-Western peoples will be discussed. Some of the artists to be covered are Bonheur, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya, Ingres, and Turner. 3 hours lecture. (000774)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of form and content in European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts during the second half of the nineteenth century. Attitudes toward observation versus invention, and originality versus eclecticism, common to Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Symbolist, and Expressionist artists will be examined. Writings by philosophers, artists, and critics, such as Ruskin and Van Gogh, will be analyzed. Issues related to gender and to Non-Western peoples will be discussed, as well as the effect on art of the Industrial Revolution, wars, and progress in the fields of education and science. Some of the artists to be covered are Cassatt, Cezanne, Gaugin, Manet, Monet, Marisot, Modersohn-Becker, Seurat, and Munch. 3 hours lecture. (000776)
Prerequisites: ARTH130.
An investigation of the European Avant-Garde of the first half of the century: Modernism, Cubism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit, the Bauhaus, and Surrealism in painting, sculpture, architecture, and performance art. These movements will be related to music, dance, literature, theater, and to the European social, intellectual, and political ambience of the period up to and including World War II, when key European artist refugees arrived in the United States. Such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Kathe Kodwitz, and Pablo Picasso will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000777)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of artists and issues that have occupied the global contemporary art world since 1980. 3 hours lecture. (000838)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
This course investigates the development of American art from the Colonial period to World War II. It concentrates on painting, but also considers sculpture, architecture, photography, as well as decorative and folk arts. Artists to be explored at some depth include Benton, Cole, Henri, Homer, Krasner, Lawrence, O'Keefe, Pollack, Rivers, and West. Art will be presented in its social and historical contexts. The roles played by museums, galleries, and art schools, and the influence of collectors and dealers will be examined. Mutual influences between American and European, Non-Western, and Ethnic cultures will be discussed. 3 hours lecture. (000835)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
This course investigates the development of California Art from the late eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis will be on painting, with sculpture, architecture, photography, and allied arts also considered. An understanding of California idioms will be developed through the examination of landscape painting, California Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, WPA projects, Post-Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Assemblage, "Kar Kulture," Minimalism, and Performance Art. 3 hours seminar. (000861)
The development of photography from roots in classical and medieval discoveries to the present, its role in historical documentation, its reciprocal influence upon the arts, its contribution to science, and its importance as an extension of human vision. Non-silver processes and fusion of photography with computer and other media will be examined. Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston are among the photographers to be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000773)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
In-depth study of Chinese and Japanese visual arts (architecture, painting, sculpture, and other fine arts such as ceramics and woodblock prints) from the pre-historic to the nineteenth-century period. 3 hours lecture. (000844)
A survey of ancient Mexican art and culture of formative, classic, conquest, including the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Mxtec, Classic Gulf Coast, Toltec, and Aztec. Sites discussed include El Tajin, La Venta, Monte Alban, Milta, Tula, and Tenochtitlan 3 hours lecture. (000841)
An investigation of the art of the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America prior to European contact, from the Preclassic to Postclassic periods. The relationship of art to religious beliefs and practices will be explored, as well as the development of local styles associated with royal courts. Sites discussed include Tikal, Palenque, Copan, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza 3 hours lecture. (020618)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
This course is also offered as CHST 473 .
A survey of Mexican art and culture from the Cortesian Conquest, the Colonial Period of monastery- and church-building, the Revolution of 1810, the Revolution of 1910, and the painters of the great revolutionary mural movement that followed, Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueriros, to contemporary artists who have tended toward international pluralism. Attention is given to the process of acculturation that produced the modern Mexican peoples, their national character, and their contemporary art. 3 hours lecture. (000842)
An investigation of the art of Peru and adjacent regions prior to European contact. The relationship of art to religious beliefs and practices, political ideologies, and the significance of styles and technologies are examined. Cultures surveyed include Chavin, Paracas, Nasca, Moche, Tiwanaku, and Inka, as well as the Northern Andean civilizations such as San Agustin. 3 hours lecture. (020619)
Investigation of the traditional and contemporary arts and cultures of the Amerindian and Eskimo of the continental United States, Canada, and Alaska. Six major culture areas will be examined: the Arctic, Pacific Northwest, California, the Southwest, and Eastern Woodlands, and the florescent cultures of the Plains and Intermontane. Such problems as a definition of Indian Art, transoceanic contact, acculturation, and the moral and ethical questions posed by Indian Rights will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000852)
An investigation of the arts and cultures of the African continent, with major emphasis upon the Negroid peoples south of the Sahara, the medieval kingdoms of the Sudan and the rain forest cultures and great civilizations of Ife, Benin, and the Congo, the sculpture, painting, body art, architecture, music, dance, belief systems, aural tradition of folklore, and reciprocal influences with other continents will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000853)

Professional Orientation Courses: 9 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or faculty permission.
An exploration of art-making skills; developing creative, standards-based art lessons and units; and enhancing understanding of theory, history and practice in art education Pre-Kindegarten (P) through Eighth (8) grade levels. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. (000803)
Prerequisites: ARTS 493 or faculty permission.
An exploration of standards-based art lessons and units; and understanding of theory, history and practice in art education at the high school (9-12) level. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (000808)
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ARTS 250, ARTS 493 or faculty permission.
This course provides students with a theoretical and practical basis for learning historical and contemporary issues in art education. Topics may include: 1) diversity in visual cultures and 2) universality vs. cultural-specificity of children's artistic and aesthetic development. 2 hours discussion, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000816)

Electives Requirement: 6 units

6 units selected from:

Any upper-division ART courses approved in advance by your advisor.

Students Pursuing the Art Education Option

See additional credential requirements at the end of this BA degree program. Professional education program requirements are governed by legislative action and approval of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Requirements may change between catalogs. Please consult with your Art Education advisor.

The Option in Art History: 48 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 12 units

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Survey of the major visual arts of India, China, and Japan from the prehistoric to the nineteenth-century period. An emphasis on the traditional Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000707)
A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000709)
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000721)
Prerequisites: ARTS 125 or faculty permission.
Interpretive drawing techniques with expressive use of graphic media, including color. An introduction to drawing the human body will comprise a major portion of the course. 6 hours activity. (000711)

Upper-Division Requirements: 36 units

Breadth Requirement: 27 units

Students are required to take three courses from each group with a minimum of 9 units required at the 400 level.

Group I:

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Greek world during the Bronze Age, Aegean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the development of the Greek artistic concepts, such as idealism and realism, within their cultural and political context. 3 hours lecture. (000858)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Roman world covering the Etruscan, Republican, Early and Late Imperial periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the Roman character of Roman art and architecture, as well as domestic life through the arts as found at Pompeii, Herculaneus, etc. 3 hours lecture. (000860)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the Romanesque and Gothic periods in France and England. The course will cover great cathedrals, such as Notre Dame of Paris, Chartres, Amiens, etc., and their sculpture and stained glass decorations. The course will also provide an understanding of the nature of style change and development from the Classical to the Medieval periods. 3 hours lecture. (000843)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of the arts of Northern Europe and Spain during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with emphasis upon the Netherlands' development of oil painting. The scriptoria and illuminations of the International Style, the Limbourg Brothers, the Master of Flemale, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Van der Goes, Bosch, Schongauer, Grunewald, Durer, Cranach, Charoton, Fouques, Berruguete, Bruegel, Holbein, and the Tutor Mannerist Style; reciprocal influences with the Italian Renaissance of Italy will be covered. 3 hours lecture. (000845)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in Italian Renaissance and Mannerist painting, sculpture, and architecture between 1400 and 1500. The impact on art of Neoplatonic philosophy, Humanism, Franciscan Catholicism, political intrigues, and the growth of capitalism will be considered, as well as other aspects of the historical context of art. Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian are among the artists to be studied. 3 hours lecture. (000846)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, gardens, and decorative arts. Protestant and Catholic visual languages and patronage will be compared. The impact on art of exploration and colonial expansion, war, and revolution, as well as developments in education and technology, will be explored, along with influences on European art from the Orient. Some of the artists to be covered are Caravaggio, Bernini, Leyster, Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazques, Hogarth, and Vigee-Lebrun. 3 hours lecture. (000849)

Group II:

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
In-depth investigation of certain special areas of interest in art history based upon particular faculty competencies and student interest. 3 hours seminar. (000856)
In-depth study of Chinese and Japanese visual arts (architecture, painting, sculpture, and other fine arts such as ceramics and woodblock prints) from the pre-historic to the nineteenth-century period. 3 hours lecture. (000844)
A survey of ancient Mexican art and culture of formative, classic, conquest, including the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Mxtec, Classic Gulf Coast, Toltec, and Aztec. Sites discussed include El Tajin, La Venta, Monte Alban, Milta, Tula, and Tenochtitlan 3 hours lecture. (000841)
An investigation of the art of the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America prior to European contact, from the Preclassic to Postclassic periods. The relationship of art to religious beliefs and practices will be explored, as well as the development of local styles associated with royal courts. Sites discussed include Tikal, Palenque, Copan, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza 3 hours lecture. (020618)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
This course is also offered as CHST 473 .
A survey of Mexican art and culture from the Cortesian Conquest, the Colonial Period of monastery- and church-building, the Revolution of 1810, the Revolution of 1910, and the painters of the great revolutionary mural movement that followed, Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueriros, to contemporary artists who have tended toward international pluralism. Attention is given to the process of acculturation that produced the modern Mexican peoples, their national character, and their contemporary art. 3 hours lecture. (000842)
An investigation of the art of Peru and adjacent regions prior to European contact. The relationship of art to religious beliefs and practices, political ideologies, and the significance of styles and technologies are examined. Cultures surveyed include Chavin, Paracas, Nasca, Moche, Tiwanaku, and Inka, as well as the Northern Andean civilizations such as San Agustin. 3 hours lecture. (020619)
Investigation of the traditional and contemporary arts and cultures of the Amerindian and Eskimo of the continental United States, Canada, and Alaska. Six major culture areas will be examined: the Arctic, Pacific Northwest, California, the Southwest, and Eastern Woodlands, and the florescent cultures of the Plains and Intermontane. Such problems as a definition of Indian Art, transoceanic contact, acculturation, and the moral and ethical questions posed by Indian Rights will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000852)
An investigation of the arts and cultures of the African continent, with major emphasis upon the Negroid peoples south of the Sahara, the medieval kingdoms of the Sudan and the rain forest cultures and great civilizations of Ife, Benin, and the Congo, the sculpture, painting, body art, architecture, music, dance, belief systems, aural tradition of folklore, and reciprocal influences with other continents will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000853)

Group III:

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of form and content in European painting, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture during the first half of the nineteenth century. Attitudes toward observation versus invention, and originality versus eclecticism, common to Romantic, Neoclassical, and Realistic artists will be examined. Writings by philosophers, artists, and critics such as Burke and Runge will be analyzed, as well as the effect on art of the industrial revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and progress in the fields of education and science. Issues related to gender and to Non-Western peoples will be discussed. Some of the artists to be covered are Bonheur, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya, Ingres, and Turner. 3 hours lecture. (000774)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of form and content in European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts during the second half of the nineteenth century. Attitudes toward observation versus invention, and originality versus eclecticism, common to Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Symbolist, and Expressionist artists will be examined. Writings by philosophers, artists, and critics, such as Ruskin and Van Gogh, will be analyzed. Issues related to gender and to Non-Western peoples will be discussed, as well as the effect on art of the Industrial Revolution, wars, and progress in the fields of education and science. Some of the artists to be covered are Cassatt, Cezanne, Gaugin, Manet, Monet, Marisot, Modersohn-Becker, Seurat, and Munch. 3 hours lecture. (000776)
Prerequisites: ARTH130.
An investigation of the European Avant-Garde of the first half of the century: Modernism, Cubism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit, the Bauhaus, and Surrealism in painting, sculpture, architecture, and performance art. These movements will be related to music, dance, literature, theater, and to the European social, intellectual, and political ambience of the period up to and including World War II, when key European artist refugees arrived in the United States. Such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Kathe Kodwitz, and Pablo Picasso will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000777)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of artists and issues that have occupied the global contemporary art world since 1980. 3 hours lecture. (000838)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
This course investigates the development of American art from the Colonial period to World War II. It concentrates on painting, but also considers sculpture, architecture, photography, as well as decorative and folk arts. Artists to be explored at some depth include Benton, Cole, Henri, Homer, Krasner, Lawrence, O'Keefe, Pollack, Rivers, and West. Art will be presented in its social and historical contexts. The roles played by museums, galleries, and art schools, and the influence of collectors and dealers will be examined. Mutual influences between American and European, Non-Western, and Ethnic cultures will be discussed. 3 hours lecture. (000835)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
This course investigates the development of California Art from the late eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis will be on painting, with sculpture, architecture, photography, and allied arts also considered. An understanding of California idioms will be developed through the examination of landscape painting, California Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, WPA projects, Post-Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Assemblage, "Kar Kulture," Minimalism, and Performance Art. 3 hours seminar. (000861)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110, ARTH 120.
This survey acquaints students with the language of form and space and stylistic vocabularies related to interiors, furnishings, and architecture from the Egyptians through 18th century European. Some aspects of Asian and Islamic furnishings and decorative arts will be included as influences on European design. 3 hours lecture. (000775)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
Survey of the language of form and space and stylistic vocabularies related to interiors, furnishings, and architecture for 19th and 20th century European and American art from the Colonial period. Styles such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Memphis, and Post Modern will be addressed, and architects and designers such as William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, and LeCorbusier will be included. 3 hours lecture. (000778)
The visual aspect of film (without which there would be no film), a history of film imagery, analysis of aesthetic aspects of montage, examination of relationships between film and major nineteenth and twentieth century art movements, avant-garde and underground film, recent developments, including experiments in video and computer-generated imagery. Innovative filmmakers such as Maya Deren and Hans Richter will be studied. 3 hours lecture. (000780)
The development of photography from roots in classical and medieval discoveries to the present, its role in historical documentation, its reciprocal influence upon the arts, its contribution to science, and its importance as an extension of human vision. Non-silver processes and fusion of photography with computer and other media will be examined. Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston are among the photographers to be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000773)

Art History Seminar: 3 units

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher.
This seminar investigates the history of the discipline and allows students to develop methodological skills needed for art historical research. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000869)

Electives Requirement: 6 units

6 units selected from:

Any upper-division ART courses approved in advance by your advisor.

The Option in Art Studio: 48 units

Note: Students choosing the photography emphasis or split emphasis should refer to the requirements under the Photography Group. All other emphasis must follow the requirements listed below.

Lower-Division Requirements: 15 units

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000721)
Prerequisites: ARTS 125 or faculty permission.
Interpretive drawing techniques with expressive use of graphic media, including color. An introduction to drawing the human body will comprise a major portion of the course. 6 hours activity. (000711)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Development of ideas through introduction to handbuilding techniques, using the pinch, coil, slab, and mold methods of construction. Experimentation with a variety of low-fire glazes, and other low-fire surface treatments. 6 hours activity. (000714)
Introduction to sculpture is a beginning course designed to develop skills in building three-dimensional form by learning to work with a variety of tools and techniques. Materials may include clay, plaster, wood, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Assignments are designed to guide students in their dvelopment of concept, content, and personal expression. 6 hours activity. (000726)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
An introduction to glass as a visual art medium using the techniques of off-hand glass blowing, sheet glass fabrication, and other related techniques. Emphasis is on the development of sculptural ideas. 6 hours activity. (000717)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course presents basic instruction in the techniques of painting and in the preparation of various supports. Emphasis will be placed on developing appreciation for the painted surface, and on the expressive potential of shape, color, and texture, as they relate to space and composition. Although some painting exercises are directed by the instructor, student self-motivation is expected. Several projects will be developed by the student. 6 hours activity. (000718)
Introduction to fine art printmaking processes, with equal emphasis on idea development and technique. Students experience a variety of print methods, such as, etching, linoleum, screen print, and photographic printmaking through demonstrations, lectures, and gallery visits. 6 hours activity. (000730)
This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of photography as a fine art. Basic digital photographic skills and techniques are emphasized. Primary emphasis on the place of photography in art history, current art theory, and issues in photographic representation. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000738)
This is a foundation computer course for studio artists. The course covers basic instruction using the computer for painting, drawing, image processing, photographic composites, words as art, animation, research, and presentation. Emphasis is on conceptual and creative processes. Art and design principles, aesthetic decision making, and visual effectiveness are addressed. Basic drawing skills strongly recommended. 6 hours activity. (000737)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Survey of the major visual arts of India, China, and Japan from the prehistoric to the nineteenth-century period. An emphasis on the traditional Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000707)
A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000709)

Upper-Division Requirements: 33 units

Art Studio Courses: 18 units

18 units selected from:

Students may select for a single emphasis 18 units from one of the following studio course groups to fulfill this requirement. Students may elect to pursue a split emphasis of 9 units from one group and 9 units from a second group, for a total of 18 units to fulfill this requirement. Studio courses at the 300-level may be taken two times for credit and 400-level courses four times for credit. A minimum of 6 units must be at the 400 level in either the single emphasis or the combined split emphasis.

Note: Students interested in the Photography emphasis or split emphasis see special requirements under Photography Group.

Ceramics Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 260 or equivalent experience in low-fire hand-building techniques; ARTS 122; ARTS 125.
Aesthetic exploration of ideas, using the potter's wheel and/or hand-building techniques to create sculptural forms. Development of techniques in basic wheel-throwing and/or hand-building, clay body formulation, investigation of surface enrichment techniques, and kiln firing. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000746)
Prerequisites: ARTS 361 or faculty permission.
This course provides a variety of approaches to surface enrichment techniques. The execution of the surface information learned in this course provides a more sophisticated avenue for expression. Includes individual approaches to problem solving, with an emphasis on concept development and the refinement of technical skills and related craftsmanship. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000750)
Prerequisites: ARTS 361.
An investigation of the use and production of plaster molds and slip-casting technology as a tool for personal expression. Critical discussions on the nature of appropriate forms, multiples and duplicates as conceptual options in contemporary ceramics. Emphasis on concept development and the refinement of technical skills and related craftsmanship. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000751)
Prerequisites: ARTS 362 or ARTS 363 or faculty permission.
In-depth study and development, with emphasis on individual ideas and directions. Concentration on creating a personal vocabulary of concepts, construction methods, and surface treatments as a means of expression. Discussions of contemporary ceramic issues, and professional procedures for the ceramic artist. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000802)
Prerequisites: ARTS 361.
Theory, chemistry, creating low- and high-firing glazes by the empirical formula; further development of testing colorants of metallic oxides and glaze stains. Highly recommended for ceramic emphasis, but not required. This course will not fulfill advanced studio emphasis requirements. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000814)

Drawing Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 122; ARTS 125; ARTS 126; or faculty permission.
The exploration of a broad number of media and and techniques through a number of structured assignments. The exposure of the drawing student to current technical possibilities which extend and broaden the concept of drawing. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000740)
Prerequisites: ARTS 125; ARTS 126; or faculty permission.
An emphasis on form development and composition using the human figure. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000752)
Prerequisites: ARTS 325 or faculty permission.
An exploration in drawing in depth both as an expressive and descriptive medium. A variety of drawing media and any number of personal directions. Recommended for art majors. Six hours of personal direct-grading system will be used. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000795)
Prerequisites: ARTS 326 or faculty permission.
Study of human form based upon the human figure using a variety of media. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000810)

Electronic Arts Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 123, ARTS 126, ARTS 250; or faculty permission.
Intermediate studies in electronic arts with focus on digital imagemaking. Emphasis on development of personal aesthetics, technical excellence, and understanding of presentation issues surrounding digital media for both print and virtual platforms. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000770)
Prerequisites: ARTS 350 or faculty permission.
Advanced concepts in electronic arts, with emphasis on the relationships between content, form, and media, and the development of personal expression. Studio exploration of digital media to create electronic media artworks. Forms may include interactive multimedia using both CD/DVD and Internet technologies, 3D modeling and rendering, animation, sound, and video. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000753)
Prerequisites: ARTS 450 and at least one additional 300/400-level art studio course; faculty permission.
Advanced concepts in translating electronic media artworks from the virtual world to the tangible with emphasis on integration of traditional fine art media and electronic media. Explorations may include photography/digital imaging, digital painting, digital printmaking, sculpture, installation, public art, and performance works. Conceptual development and studio practice involves integrating vocabularies and production techniques from a diverse palette of artistic methodologies and tools. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000862)

Glass Design Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 276 and faculty permission.
Further studio practice in design and production of glass, using the techniques of free blowing, casting, fusing, and laminating. Emphasis is on idea development. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000754)
Prerequisites: ARTS 376 and faculty permission.
Advanced practice in glass and production techniques and aesthetics. Emphasis is on idea development 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000811)

Painting Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 122; ARTS 125; ARTS 126; ARTS 227; or faculty permission.
Instruction in the course builds upon techniques acquired in Beginning Painting. Emphasis will be placed upon learning technical skills and on developing enough control over painting media to permit exploration of personal modes of expression. Because the assignments are flexible, the student is expected to bring a knowledge of drawing, design, and color to the painting studio. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000743)
Prerequisites: ARTS 122; ARTS 125; ARTS 126; ARTS 227; or faculty permission.
Extends basic techniques of painting in water-soluble media, both transparent and opaque; paper support. Emphasis on technical understanding and beginning development of personal expression. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000744)
Prerequisites: ARTS 327 or faculty permission.
This course stresses the generating of artistic ideas and encourages students to develop increased awareness of personal motivations to produce art. Students will be expected to produce a number of works which begin to demonstrate cohesive content. Students attempting this course are expected to be highly knowledgeable with regard to material and should be highly motivated, because assignments are highly personalized. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000798)
Prerequisites: ARTS 327; ARTS 328; or faculty permission.
Advanced study in watermedia using paper support. Emphasis on development of personal expression. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000799)

Photography Group

See special requirements at end of option.

Printmaking Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
An intensive exploration of intaglio processes, focusing primarily on etching, through demonstrations, lectures and gallery visits. Emphasis is placed on the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing and design. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000762)
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
This course explores the materials and methods of fine art screen printing, through demonstrations, lectures, and gallery visits. Emphasis is place don the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing, design, and color. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000763)
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
An intensive exploration of stone and photographic lithography processes through demonstrations, lectures and gallery visits. Emphasis is placed on the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing and design. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000764)
Prerequisites: ARTS 230 or faculty permission.
An intensive exploration of relief printing techniques, primarily from wood, through demonstrations, lectures, and gallery visits. Emphasis is placed on the individual development of imagery, concept, and technical skill. Students are expected to have knowledge of drawing, design, and color. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000765)
Prerequisites: ARTS 331, ARTS 332, or ARTS 333; or faculty permission.
An exploration of advanced printmaking techniques and concepts as they relate to individual ideas. Emphasis placed on the development of personal creativity and expression represented through the print medum. Self-motivation and technical proficiency in a variety of printmaking processes is necessary. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000828)

Sculpture Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 for art majors (sculpture emphasis) or ARTS 123 for art majors (non-sculpture); faculty permission for non-majors.
An intensive exploration of three-dimensional form, using a variety of methods, such as assemblage and metal fabrication, and varied materials, such as wood, plaster, metal, and clay. An emphasis is placed on creative thought and technical skills. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000758)
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 for art majors (sculpture emphasis), or ARTS 122 for art majors (non-sculpture emphasis); faculty permission for non-majors.
Aesthetic development of form through foundry processes. Foundry experience in "lost wax" and similar processes, investment, casting, metal finishing, oxyacetylene, electric arc, T.I.G. welding. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000759)
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 for art majors (sculpture emphasis), or ARTS 123 for art majors (non-sculpture emphasis); faculty permission for non-majors.
This intermediate sculpture course provides an indepth study of the body as subject and object in historical contexts. A wide variety of methods and materials are explored, including clay, direct and cast plaster, other castable materials, woodworking, metal fabrication, and mixed media assemblage. Assignments center around problem solving and development of an expressive response to the body as form. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000760)
Prerequisites: ARTS 371, ARTS 372, or ARTS 373; or faculty permission.
Advanced studio sculpture emphasizing individual development and direction. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000824)

Art History Courses: 6 units

Group I:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Greek world during the Bronze Age, Aegean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the development of the Greek artistic concepts, such as idealism and realism, within their cultural and political context. 3 hours lecture. (000858)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Roman world covering the Etruscan, Republican, Early and Late Imperial periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the Roman character of Roman art and architecture, as well as domestic life through the arts as found at Pompeii, Herculaneus, etc. 3 hours lecture. (000860)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the Romanesque and Gothic periods in France and England. The course will cover great cathedrals, such as Notre Dame of Paris, Chartres, Amiens, etc., and their sculpture and stained glass decorations. The course will also provide an understanding of the nature of style change and development from the Classical to the Medieval periods. 3 hours lecture. (000843)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of the arts of Northern Europe and Spain during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with emphasis upon the Netherlands' development of oil painting. The scriptoria and illuminations of the International Style, the Limbourg Brothers, the Master of Flemale, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Van der Goes, Bosch, Schongauer, Grunewald, Durer, Cranach, Charoton, Fouques, Berruguete, Bruegel, Holbein, and the Tutor Mannerist Style; reciprocal influences with the Italian Renaissance of Italy will be covered. 3 hours lecture. (000845)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in Italian Renaissance and Mannerist painting, sculpture, and architecture between 1400 and 1500. The impact on art of Neoplatonic philosophy, Humanism, Franciscan Catholicism, political intrigues, and the growth of capitalism will be considered, as well as other aspects of the historical context of art. Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian are among the artists to be studied. 3 hours lecture. (000846)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, gardens, and decorative arts. Protestant and Catholic visual languages and patronage will be compared. The impact on art of exploration and colonial expansion, war, and revolution, as well as developments in education and technology, will be explored, along with influences on European art from the Orient. Some of the artists to be covered are Caravaggio, Bernini, Leyster, Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazques, Hogarth, and Vigee-Lebrun. 3 hours lecture. (000849)

Group II:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
In-depth investigation of certain special areas of interest in art history based upon particular faculty competencies and student interest. 3 hours seminar. (000856)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of form and content in European painting, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture during the first half of the nineteenth century. Attitudes toward observation versus invention, and originality versus eclecticism, common to Romantic, Neoclassical, and Realistic artists will be examined. Writings by philosophers, artists, and critics such as Burke and Runge will be analyzed, as well as the effect on art of the industrial revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and progress in the fields of education and science. Issues related to gender and to Non-Western peoples will be discussed. Some of the artists to be covered are Bonheur, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya, Ingres, and Turner. 3 hours lecture. (000774)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of form and content in European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts during the second half of the nineteenth century. Attitudes toward observation versus invention, and originality versus eclecticism, common to Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Symbolist, and Expressionist artists will be examined. Writings by philosophers, artists, and critics, such as Ruskin and Van Gogh, will be analyzed. Issues related to gender and to Non-Western peoples will be discussed, as well as the effect on art of the Industrial Revolution, wars, and progress in the fields of education and science. Some of the artists to be covered are Cassatt, Cezanne, Gaugin, Manet, Monet, Marisot, Modersohn-Becker, Seurat, and Munch. 3 hours lecture. (000776)
Prerequisites: ARTH130.
An investigation of the European Avant-Garde of the first half of the century: Modernism, Cubism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, Neue Sachlichkeit, the Bauhaus, and Surrealism in painting, sculpture, architecture, and performance art. These movements will be related to music, dance, literature, theater, and to the European social, intellectual, and political ambience of the period up to and including World War II, when key European artist refugees arrived in the United States. Such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Kathe Kodwitz, and Pablo Picasso will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000777)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
An investigation of artists and issues that have occupied the global contemporary art world since 1980. 3 hours lecture. (000838)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
This course investigates the development of American art from the Colonial period to World War II. It concentrates on painting, but also considers sculpture, architecture, photography, as well as decorative and folk arts. Artists to be explored at some depth include Benton, Cole, Henri, Homer, Krasner, Lawrence, O'Keefe, Pollack, Rivers, and West. Art will be presented in its social and historical contexts. The roles played by museums, galleries, and art schools, and the influence of collectors and dealers will be examined. Mutual influences between American and European, Non-Western, and Ethnic cultures will be discussed. 3 hours lecture. (000835)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
This course investigates the development of California Art from the late eighteenth century to the present. Emphasis will be on painting, with sculpture, architecture, photography, and allied arts also considered. An understanding of California idioms will be developed through the examination of landscape painting, California Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, WPA projects, Post-Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Assemblage, "Kar Kulture," Minimalism, and Performance Art. 3 hours seminar. (000861)
In-depth study of Chinese and Japanese visual arts (architecture, painting, sculpture, and other fine arts such as ceramics and woodblock prints) from the pre-historic to the nineteenth-century period. 3 hours lecture. (000844)
A survey of ancient Mexican art and culture of formative, classic, conquest, including the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Mxtec, Classic Gulf Coast, Toltec, and Aztec. Sites discussed include El Tajin, La Venta, Monte Alban, Milta, Tula, and Tenochtitlan 3 hours lecture. (000841)
An investigation of the art of the ancient Maya of Mexico and Central America prior to European contact, from the Preclassic to Postclassic periods. The relationship of art to religious beliefs and practices will be explored, as well as the development of local styles associated with royal courts. Sites discussed include Tikal, Palenque, Copan, Uxmal, and Chichen Itza 3 hours lecture. (020618)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
This course is also offered as CHST 473 .
A survey of Mexican art and culture from the Cortesian Conquest, the Colonial Period of monastery- and church-building, the Revolution of 1810, the Revolution of 1910, and the painters of the great revolutionary mural movement that followed, Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueriros, to contemporary artists who have tended toward international pluralism. Attention is given to the process of acculturation that produced the modern Mexican peoples, their national character, and their contemporary art. 3 hours lecture. (000842)
An investigation of the art of Peru and adjacent regions prior to European contact. The relationship of art to religious beliefs and practices, political ideologies, and the significance of styles and technologies are examined. Cultures surveyed include Chavin, Paracas, Nasca, Moche, Tiwanaku, and Inka, as well as the Northern Andean civilizations such as San Agustin. 3 hours lecture. (020619)
Investigation of the traditional and contemporary arts and cultures of the Amerindian and Eskimo of the continental United States, Canada, and Alaska. Six major culture areas will be examined: the Arctic, Pacific Northwest, California, the Southwest, and Eastern Woodlands, and the florescent cultures of the Plains and Intermontane. Such problems as a definition of Indian Art, transoceanic contact, acculturation, and the moral and ethical questions posed by Indian Rights will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000852)
An investigation of the arts and cultures of the African continent, with major emphasis upon the Negroid peoples south of the Sahara, the medieval kingdoms of the Sudan and the rain forest cultures and great civilizations of Ife, Benin, and the Congo, the sculpture, painting, body art, architecture, music, dance, belief systems, aural tradition of folklore, and reciprocal influences with other continents will be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000853)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110, ARTH 120.
This survey acquaints students with the language of form and space and stylistic vocabularies related to interiors, furnishings, and architecture from the Egyptians through 18th century European. Some aspects of Asian and Islamic furnishings and decorative arts will be included as influences on European design. 3 hours lecture. (000775)
Prerequisites: ARTH 130.
Survey of the language of form and space and stylistic vocabularies related to interiors, furnishings, and architecture for 19th and 20th century European and American art from the Colonial period. Styles such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Memphis, and Post Modern will be addressed, and architects and designers such as William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, and LeCorbusier will be included. 3 hours lecture. (000778)
The visual aspect of film (without which there would be no film), a history of film imagery, analysis of aesthetic aspects of montage, examination of relationships between film and major nineteenth and twentieth century art movements, avant-garde and underground film, recent developments, including experiments in video and computer-generated imagery. Innovative filmmakers such as Maya Deren and Hans Richter will be studied. 3 hours lecture. (000780)
The development of photography from roots in classical and medieval discoveries to the present, its role in historical documentation, its reciprocal influence upon the arts, its contribution to science, and its importance as an extension of human vision. Non-silver processes and fusion of photography with computer and other media will be examined. Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston are among the photographers to be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000773)

Electives Requirement: 6 units

6 units selected from:

Any upper-division ART courses approved in advance by your advisor.

Studio Seminar Course: 3 units

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; upper-division standing in Art or faculty permission.
Current topics and issues in studio art. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000812)

Photography Group Requirements: 48 units

For a split emphasis with photography, students should work with a major advisor.

Lower-Division Requirements: 15 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Foundation studies in the elements and principles of art and design as applied to 3D media. Includes critical thinking and conceptual development leading to design and construction, materials and methods, and use of color. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000721)
This course provides an introduction to the theory and application of photography as a fine art. Basic digital photographic skills and techniques are emphasized. Primary emphasis on the place of photography in art history, current art theory, and issues in photographic representation. 6 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000738)
This course provids an introduction to the fundamental theories, vocabularies and techniques of traditional chemical-based photography. Course content includes basic film and darkroom techniques and their application to building visual competency in the cration of lens-based imagery. Film camera required. Open to non-majors. 6 hours activity. (021085)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Survey of the major visual arts of India, China, and Japan from the prehistoric to the nineteenth-century period. An emphasis on the traditional Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000707)
A survey of visual arts, including Pre-Columbian, Post-Columbian, Native American, Islamic, and African. These arts will be placed in their historical, social, and religious contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000709)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Development of ideas through introduction to handbuilding techniques, using the pinch, coil, slab, and mold methods of construction. Experimentation with a variety of low-fire glazes, and other low-fire surface treatments. 6 hours activity. (000714)
Introduction to sculpture is a beginning course designed to develop skills in building three-dimensional form by learning to work with a variety of tools and techniques. Materials may include clay, plaster, wood, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Assignments are designed to guide students in their dvelopment of concept, content, and personal expression. 6 hours activity. (000726)
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
An introduction to glass as a visual art medium using the techniques of off-hand glass blowing, sheet glass fabrication, and other related techniques. Emphasis is on the development of sculptural ideas. 6 hours activity. (000717)

Upper-Division Requirements: 33 units

Art Studio Courses: 18 units

18 units selected from:

Studio courses at the 300-level may be taken two times for credit and 400-level courses four times for credit.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Introductory photography course on the college level, or faculty permission.
Concentration on expressive and aesthetic aspects of photography in fine arts. Emphasis on ability to manipulate and compose with light as a most crucial element in the organization of plastic space. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000786)
Prerequisites: ARTS 340 or permission of instructor.
This course provides an introduction to contemporary techniques and aesthetics of non-silver photography. Both historical and non-traditional photographic processes and their application to fine art photography are covered in this course. 6 hours activity. (000789)
Prerequisites: ARTS 340.
This course provides instruction in the design, construction, and presentation of photographically produced artworks. During the semester, students are required to produce a portfolio quality body of artwork. Theoretical and historical relationships to the student artwork are discussed. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000872)
Prerequisites: ARTS 343.
Advanced exploration of contemporary techniques and aesthetics of non-silver photography. This course provides instruction in the design, construction, and presentation of non-silver and/or non-traditional photographic artworks. Students produce a portfolio quality body of artwork. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (015013)

Art History Courses: 6 units

Group I:

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Greek world during the Bronze Age, Aegean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the development of the Greek artistic concepts, such as idealism and realism, within their cultural and political context. 3 hours lecture. (000858)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Roman world covering the Etruscan, Republican, Early and Late Imperial periods. An emphasis will be placed upon understanding the Roman character of Roman art and architecture, as well as domestic life through the arts as found at Pompeii, Herculaneus, etc. 3 hours lecture. (000860)
Prerequisites: ARTH 110.
In-depth study of the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the Romanesque and Gothic periods in France and England. The course will cover great cathedrals, such as Notre Dame of Paris, Chartres, Amiens, etc., and their sculpture and stained glass decorations. The course will also provide an understanding of the nature of style change and development from the Classical to the Medieval periods. 3 hours lecture. (000843)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of the arts of Northern Europe and Spain during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with emphasis upon the Netherlands' development of oil painting. The scriptoria and illuminations of the International Style, the Limbourg Brothers, the Master of Flemale, Van Eyck, Van der Weyden, Van der Goes, Bosch, Schongauer, Grunewald, Durer, Cranach, Charoton, Fouques, Berruguete, Bruegel, Holbein, and the Tutor Mannerist Style; reciprocal influences with the Italian Renaissance of Italy will be covered. 3 hours lecture. (000845)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in Italian Renaissance and Mannerist painting, sculpture, and architecture between 1400 and 1500. The impact on art of Neoplatonic philosophy, Humanism, Franciscan Catholicism, political intrigues, and the growth of capitalism will be considered, as well as other aspects of the historical context of art. Botticelli, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian are among the artists to be studied. 3 hours lecture. (000846)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
An investigation of form and content in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European painting, printmaking, sculpture, architecture, gardens, and decorative arts. Protestant and Catholic visual languages and patronage will be compared. The impact on art of exploration and colonial expansion, war, and revolution, as well as developments in education and technology, will be explored, along with influences on European art from the Orient. Some of the artists to be covered are Caravaggio, Bernini, Leyster, Gentileschi, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velazques, Hogarth, and Vigee-Lebrun. 3 hours lecture. (000849)

Group II:

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
The development of photography from roots in classical and medieval discoveries to the present, its role in historical documentation, its reciprocal influence upon the arts, its contribution to science, and its importance as an extension of human vision. Non-silver processes and fusion of photography with computer and other media will be examined. Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston are among the photographers to be considered. 3 hours lecture. (000773)

Electives Requirement: 6 units

6 units selected from:

Any upper-division ART courses approved in advance by your advisor.

Studio Seminar Course: 3 units

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; upper-division standing in Art or faculty permission.
Current topics and issues in studio art. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (000812)

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Honors in the Major:

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It requires 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or academic competition. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are:

  1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. All 6 units are honors classes (marked by a suffix of H), and at least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H, 599H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.
  2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.
  3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.
  6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

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