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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 39 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 .

Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

Writing Across the Curriculum (Executive Memorandum 17-009) is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of four Writing (W) courses, two of which are designated by the major department. See Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning and Writing Requirements in the University Catalog for more details on the four courses.  The first of the major designated Writing (W) courses is listed below.

  • Any Writing Course (W) in the department, which includes the following prefixes: ARTE, ARTH, ARTI, and ARTS.

The second major-designated Writing course is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GW) (Executive Order 665). Students must earn a C- or higher to receive GW credit. The GE Written Communication (A2) requirement must be completed before a student is permitted to register for a GW course.

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.

Course Requirements for the Major: 48-51 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 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 Option Course Requirements: 48-51 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.  Use the links below to jump to your chosen option.



The Option in Art Education: 51 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 27 units

8 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An interactive discussion of art and visual literacy using related texts that focus on works from around the world, from ancient times to the present. This course fulfills General Education C1 requirements in the basic study of visual elements and concepts related to the arts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (000713)
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. (000720)
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. (000721)
Beginning drawing techniques based on studio disciplines. A variety of approaches and materials will be used. 6 hours activity. (000710)
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)
Prerequisites: ARTS 122 or ARTS 125, sophomore standing.
This is a foundation computer course for studio artists. The course covers basic instruction using computers for painting, vector drawing, image processing, photographic composites, typography/words as art, animation, research, and internet publishing including HTML coding. Emphasis is on conceptual and creative processes. Art and design principles, aesthetic decision making, and visual effectiveness, digital ethics, and sustainability 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. (000738)
Introduction to the concepts, tools, and processes of contemporary sculpture in a variety of materials, which may include clay, plaster, wood, fabric, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Emphasis on person creative growth and 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: 24 units

Art Studio Courses: 6 units

For a single emphasis select 6 units from one of the following studio course groups with a minimum of 3 units at the 400 level.

6 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)

Digital Media Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 122, ARTS 125, ARTS 250.
Intermediate studies in digital media and electronic arts. Hands on exploration of digital media with focus on cross-media and interdisciplinary collaboration to create new media artworks; and understanding of presentation issues surrounding digital media for a variety of platforms. Course focus may vary each semester. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000770)
Prerequisites: ARTS 122, ARTS 125, ARTS 250 or faculty permission.
Studio art course which focuses on narrative illustration image making using digital image creation tools. Includes idea development, historical and social contexts of the illustrative image, and contemporary image making trends. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (021723)
Prerequisite: ARTS 350 or ARTS 352 or faculty permission.
Advanced concepts in digital media and electronic arts with emphasis on development of personal aesthetics, technical excellence, and development of cohesive bodies of work which demonstrate understanding of the relationships between content, form, and media. Course focus may vary each semester. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000753)
Prerequisites: ARTS 350 or ARTS 352 and at least one additional 300/400-level art studio course.
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)

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.
Varied topics in photographic practice at the intermediate level. Concentration on the development of the conceptual, expressive, and aesthetics of photography. Topical photographic experiences are used to help build personal portfolios that demonstrate understanding of the relationships between content, form, technique, and its audience. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000786)
Prerequisite: Introductory photography course at the college level or faculty permission.
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, MADT 396, JOUR 453, or faculty permission.
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 or faculty permission.
Intermediate exploration of three-dimensional form, using a variety of methods, such as assemblage and metal fabrication, in a variety of materials, such as wood, plaster, metal, fabric, plastic, and/or nontraditional materials. Emphasis on experimentation, creative expression, and technical skill building. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000758)
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 or faculty permission.
Aesthetic development of form in bronze and aluminum through foundry processes including "lost wax", ceramic shell, casting, metal finishing, oxyacetylene, electric arc, and T.I.G. welding. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000759)
Prerequisite: ARTS 270 or faculty permission.
This intermediate sculpture course provides an in-depth study of the body as subject historical contexts. Emphasis on a wide variety of methods, materials, and processes centered around problem solving and developing 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 sculpture studio with an emphasis on 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 required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An investigation of artists and issues in the global contemporary art world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000838)

1 course selected from:

Any 400 level ARTH course

Professional Orientation Courses: 12 units

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is designed to provide all students with a philosophical and practical basis for understanding the diversity and power of visual pop-culture, especially through the phenomenon of Japanese comics (magna). PPT lectures, discussions, readings, films, and creating and writing exercises focus upon visual thinking strategy as a communicative tool. The final goal of this course is to help students (from beginners to those with advanced knowledge) understand the role and value of Japanese pop-culture that influences youth minds and society worldwide in the 21st century. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (021775)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Interns engage in hands-on teaching experiences and designing art lessons in collaboration with instructor and other interns. Students meet weekly to teach different art lessons to groups of 10 to 15 kids ranging in age from 5 to 17. Lessons are designed around the current Turner Print Museum exhibitions, which change 2 to 3 times per semester. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (021770)

ARTE 489 must be taken for 3 units.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An exploration of standards-based art lessons and units; and understanding of theory, history and practice in art education (P-12). 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. This course requires the use of a laptop computer and appropriate software. (000808)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement.
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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (000816)

Students Pursuing the Art Education Option

Additional general elective units are required for graduation. 13 of these units must be upper division to meet the University's requirement of 40 upper-division units.

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.

If applying to the single subject credential program, choose among the following 17 units of Prerequisite and Required Single Subject Credential courses: HCSV 451(3), EDTE 255 (3), EDTE 302 (3), EDTE 530 (3), EDTE 534 (2), ENGL 471 (3).

For additional information: http://www.csuchico.edu/soe/credential/single-sub/ss-cred/index.shtml

Note: CMST 131 (3), POLS 155 (3), and Foreign Language (3) are required for the credential program, but this requirement can be met through GE and High School World Language courses.

The Option in Art History: 48 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 18 units

5 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Survey of the visual arts from prehistory through the Middle Ages. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000705)
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)
Survey of the major visual arts of Asia from prehistory to the present, with an emphasis on Buddhist, Hindu, 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)

3 units selected from:

Any 100 or 200 level ARTS course (except ARTH 100).

Upper-Division Requirements: 30 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
In-depth investigation of special areas of interest in art history, based upon particular faculty competencies and student interest. Recent topics include Visual Cultures of the Mediterranean, 1-1000 CE; Art of the 1960's & 1970's; Monsters and the Monstrous; and Monster Movies. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units. This is an approved Writing Course. Formerly ARTH 400. (000856)
In-depth study of Greek art and architecture. The course is thematic, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, race, and cultural identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000858)
In-depth study of Roman art and architecture. The course is thematic, with emphasis on the political, religious, and social elements of Roman art and architecture. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000860)
In-depth thematic study of medieval art and architecture. The course is thematic, with emphasis on religion, geography, sexuality, race, and monstrosity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000843)

Group II:

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (020618)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
This course is also offered as CHLX 473W.
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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (000853)

Group III:

3 courses selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An investigation of the history of modern art from the early-to-mid twentieth century. The course covers such movements as Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. An emphasis is placed on understanding how art relates to critical debates and social and historical contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000777)
An investigation of artists and issues in the global contemporary art world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000838)
An investigation of the history of American art from the colonial period to the present. This course examines a range of media and critically analyzes the representation of race, gender, class, and power in the history of American art. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000835)
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 Postmodern addressed, and architects and designers such as William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, and LeCorbusier included. 3 hours lecture. (000778)
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
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement.
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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (000869)

The Option in Art Studio: 51 units

Lower-Division Requirements: 27 units

5 courses required:

Photography emphasis students take ARTS 241 instead of ARTS 126.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Introduction to the foundations and skills essential for success in the fine art disciplines with a focus on critical thinking; community and civic engagement; research; professionalism; and environmentally sustainable practices. Students engage diverse cultural and theoretical perspectives for examining visual art experiences through lectures, field trips, discussion, hands-on exercises, and contemporary art examples. Students are introduced to best practices in the field and to resources in the University and community. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours activity. (021891)
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. (000720)
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. (000721)
Beginning drawing techniques based on studio disciplines. A variety of approaches and materials will be used. 6 hours activity. (000710)
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
Survey of the visual arts from prehistory through the Middle Ages. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (000705)
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)
Survey of the major visual arts of Asia from prehistory to the present, with an emphasis on Buddhist, Hindu, 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)

3 courses selected from:

Students should carefully select courses based on the prerequisites for the courses listed in the selected areas of emphasis.

Photography emphasis students take ARTS 240 as well as 1 course selected from the following.

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. (000738)
This course provides 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 creation of lens-based imagery. Film camera required. Open to non-majors. 6 hours activity. (021085)
Prerequisites: ARTS 122 or ARTS 125, sophomore standing.
This is a foundation computer course for studio artists. The course covers basic instruction using computers for painting, vector drawing, image processing, photographic composites, typography/words as art, animation, research, and internet publishing including HTML coding. Emphasis is on conceptual and creative processes. Art and design principles, aesthetic decision making, and visual effectiveness, digital ethics, and sustainability 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)
Introduction to the concepts, tools, and processes of contemporary sculpture in a variety of materials, which may include clay, plaster, wood, fabric, cardboard, metal, and found objects. Emphasis on person creative growth and 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: 24 units

Art Studio Courses: 18 units

18 units selected from:

Select for a single emphasis 9 units from one of the following studio course groups. Select an additional 9 units from any studio course 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 most 400-level courses four times for credit. A minimum of 6 units must be at the 400 level.

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)

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)

Digital Intermedia Group

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ARTS 122, ARTS 125, ARTS 250.
Intermediate studies in digital media and electronic arts. Hands on exploration of digital media with focus on cross-media and interdisciplinary collaboration to create new media artworks; and understanding of presentation issues surrounding digital media for a variety of platforms. Course focus may vary each semester. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000770)
Prerequisite: ARTS 350 or ARTS 352 or faculty permission.
Advanced concepts in digital media and electronic arts with emphasis on development of personal aesthetics, technical excellence, and development of cohesive bodies of work which demonstrate understanding of the relationships between content, form, and media. Course focus may vary each semester. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000753)
Prerequisites: ARTS 350 or ARTS 352 and at least one additional 300/400-level art studio course.
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

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Introductory photography course on the college level, or faculty permission.
Varied topics in photographic practice at the intermediate level. Concentration on the development of the conceptual, expressive, and aesthetics of photography. Topical photographic experiences are used to help build personal portfolios that demonstrate understanding of the relationships between content, form, technique, and its audience. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 12.0 units. (000786)
Prerequisite: Introductory photography course at the college level or faculty permission.
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, MADT 396, JOUR 453, or faculty permission.
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 or faculty permission.
Intermediate exploration of three-dimensional form, using a variety of methods, such as assemblage and metal fabrication, in a variety of materials, such as wood, plaster, metal, fabric, plastic, and/or nontraditional materials. Emphasis on experimentation, creative expression, and technical skill building. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000758)
Prerequisites: ARTS 270 or faculty permission.
Aesthetic development of form in bronze and aluminum through foundry processes including "lost wax", ceramic shell, casting, metal finishing, oxyacetylene, electric arc, and T.I.G. welding. 6 hours activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (000759)
Prerequisite: ARTS 270 or faculty permission.
This intermediate sculpture course provides an in-depth study of the body as subject historical contexts. Emphasis on a wide variety of methods, materials, and processes centered around problem solving and developing 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 sculpture studio with an emphasis on 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: 3 units

1 course selected from:

Photography Emphasis students must take ARTH 484.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
In-depth investigation of special areas of interest in art history, based upon particular faculty competencies and student interest. Recent topics include Visual Cultures of the Mediterranean, 1-1000 CE; Art of the 1960's & 1970's; Monsters and the Monstrous; and Monster Movies. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 9.0 units. This is an approved Writing Course. Formerly ARTH 400. (000856)
In-depth study of Greek art and architecture. The course is thematic, with emphasis on gender, sexuality, race, and cultural identity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000858)
In-depth study of Roman art and architecture. The course is thematic, with emphasis on the political, religious, and social elements of Roman art and architecture. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000860)
In-depth thematic study of medieval art and architecture. The course is thematic, with emphasis on religion, geography, sexuality, race, and monstrosity. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000843)
An investigation of the history of modern art from the early-to-mid twentieth century. The course covers such movements as Cubism, Expressionism, Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. An emphasis is placed on understanding how art relates to critical debates and social and historical contexts. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000777)
An investigation of artists and issues in the global contemporary art world. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000838)
An investigation of the history of American art from the colonial period to the present. This course examines a range of media and critically analyzes the representation of race, gender, class, and power in the history of American art. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. (000835)
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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (020618)
Prerequisites: ARTH 120.
This course is also offered as CHLX 473W.
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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (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. This is an approved Writing Course. (000853)
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 Postmodern addressed, and architects and designers such as William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, and LeCorbusier included. 3 hours lecture. (000778)
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)

Studio Seminar Course: 3 units

1 course required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement; 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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (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.

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.
  • 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.
  • 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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