Art / Undergraduate Study

Art BA

Capstone Major

The Art major is a designated capstone major. As part of the upper-division advanced studio requirements, all undergraduate students are required to complete a senior studio course that emphasizes analysis and criticism of individual creative work and ideas. Students develop and present a body of creative work in which they exhibit familiarity with and competence in a range of techniques and media, and a level of proficiency in utilizing particular media appropriate to advanced-level studio projects. Graduates are expected to demonstrate familiarity with historical precedents for and issues in contemporary art, to understand terms and concepts relevant to contemporary art discourse, and to have the ability to effectively articulate analysis of works of art to participate in a studio critique.

Learning Outcomes

The Art major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Familiarity with and competency in multiple techniques and media, and a level of proficiency utilizing particular media appropriate to advanced studio projects
  • Development of a body of original artwork
  • Familiarity with historical precedents for, and issues in, contemporary art
  • Understanding of terms and concepts relevant to contemporary art discourse
  • Ability to effectively analyze works of art through studio critique

Preparation for the Major

Required: Art 1A, 1B, 11A, 11B, 11D, 11E, 31A, 31B, 31C, and one course from Art History 20 through 31.

The Major

Required: A minimum of nine upper-division courses, including Art 100 or 132 or one course from an approved list of upper-division nonmajor courses, six courses from at least four of the following studio areas: 130, 133, 137, 140, 145, 147, 148, one course from Art History M110A through 185, one capstone senior studio course (Art 150), and 8 units of art electives.

Each course applied toward major requirements must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Art 190, 193, and 195, which are offered only on a Passed/Not Passed grading basis. Of those, no more than 4 units total may be applied toward the upper-division art elective requirement.