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

Art Studio, BFA

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The BFA is comprised of a group of core courses spanning all areas of of Art and Art History, course requirements for chosen emphases in studio arts, and BFA seminar and professional practices courses. Students accepted into the program decide on an area of emphasis from the following choices: painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Throughout the BFA program, candidates must complete 51 upper-division units in art and art history in residence, maintain a 3.00 GPA and high level of performance in art, and be subject to review at all times. Advisors direct students in their specific course of study based on regular critiques. To complete the program, candidates will meet all course work for the degree and participate in the BFA art exhibition, which will be reviewed by the art faculty to determine the candidate’s professional competence in a chosen area of emphasis.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply critical analysis to formal, aesthetic and conceptual qualities in their and others’ art.
  2. Use visual observations to display understanding, and resolve decisions, about the form and content of an artwork.
  3. Ask critical questions about artistic processes, challenges, ideas and materials.
  4. Develop a comprehensive body of work, exhibiting experimentation and growth.
  5. Demonstrate technical proficiency of media to display finished artwork.
  6. Express complex original ideas through an independent approach to materials, media and process.
  7. Articulate original concepts, ideas, and questions in visual, written and oral forms.
  8. Acquire awareness of historical and contemporary considerations, from global to  local communities, in relationship to their own work.
  9. Professionally practice, produce, document, exhibit, promote, and develop original artwork.

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.

Major Core Requirements: 47 Units

Lower Division Core: 27 units

Art Studio Foundations (6 units)

Choose two of the following:

Photography BFA and Photomedia BA students required to take ArtS 105

Art History Foundations (6 units)

Choose two of the following:

Select ARTH 210 & 211, ARTH 160A & ARTH 160B, or ARTH 270A & ARTH 270B

Lower Division Breadth (9 units)

Complete at least three lower-division studio courses from the following list. One of those courses should include the foundational course associated with your emphasis ARTS 210/12 (Photography) ARTS 220 (Painting) ART 229 (Ceramics) ARTS 236 (Sculpture) ARTS 245 (Printmaking)

Introduction (200) level courses are pre-requisites for the corresponding intermediate (300) and advanced (400) level courses.

Upper Division Core: 20 units

BFA Core Courses: 10 units

Complete all courses listed.

Areas of Emphasis: 21 units

In addition to the major core requirements, each B.F.A. student must complete one of the following 21-unit emphases requiring 9 units of  300-level courses, and 12 units of 400-level courses.


Units in GE: 48 

Units in Major Core: 47 (6 units also count for GE)

Units in Emphasis: 21

Units in BFA: 10

Total units required to graduate: 120

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