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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog


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Art Building 128
(707) 664-2364

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Art Studio

The Studio Art curriculum is designed for students to develop the ability to create, analyze, interpret, and evaluate art. Students learn to express their thoughts, feelings, and values in a variety of visual forms. The department strives to stimulate creativity and competency as students broaden their skills and knowledge of materials and technologies. The faculty is committed to the recognition of individuality and unique accomplishment. Professors work closely with each student to encourage personal direction and ideas.

Students in the BA art studio concentration take 45 units of major core courses. Emphases include ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and works on paper.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is often considered the degree of choice for students wishing to pursue graduate or professional studies. It enhances the artist’s opportunity to perform at a higher level and fulfills the need for additional artistic growth in an intensive studio environment. The BFA program regularly brings together students and faculty from all areas for demanding critiques. The pursuit of the BFA degree affords time for concentrated work within a specific art emphasis: painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. In addition, students may emphasize ceramics or works on paper.

This more intensive degree program is open to students through competitive application, usually during the junior year. Please see your advisor for details regarding the application process.

To complete the BFA program, students are required to take 70 units of major core courses, which must include 45 upper division units (300 or higher) and 21 units in a single area of specialized emphasis.

Courses for the majors cannot be taken for Cr/NC. A maximum of three courses may be challenged for credit toward the major: two lower-division and one upper-division. Most studio courses require payment of lab fees at time of class registration. In addition a $10 cleaning fee is charged each semester students are enrolled in any studio courses.

It is the departmental philosophy that a grasp of the history and theory of art is indispensable for the studio major and that creative activity is invaluable to the student of art history.


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