Art BA

Total Units Required: 120

An art student hangs her finished painting on a gallery wall.

The Bachelor of Arts in Art provides three options of study, all of which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The option in art education. This option is a gateway to the California Single Subject Credential in Art. By completing this approved course study, students earn a bachelor’s degree in art and subject matter competency in art, which is required for entrance into an approved credential program in California. 

The option in art history. This option is designed to teach students to think critically about global visual arts and culture. The art history program provides training leading to art history careers (museum, gallery, and academic) and entry into master’s programs, as well as a solid foundation in research and writing skills that are highly valued by diverse employers. The faculty are widely recognized for their contributions to the field, with particular strengths in Medieval, modern/contemporary, and Mesoamerican art history.

The option in art studio. This option is designed to provide theory and practice for the development of perceptual and conceptual skills needed to engage in creative visual expression. The BA program allows students the opportunity to study and excel in the visual arts through our eight studio concentrations including ceramics, drawing, digital media, glass design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.