Courses in the Department of Art develop our students' perceptual skills, their access to the imagination, and their ability to think critically and independently. Instruction in use of art materials and specific arts processes enables students to create original artworks reflecting their evolving vision. Our program also fosters a broad cultural awareness of the visual arts in society. Graduating majors should be able to clearly express their ideas about artmaking. In addition, their grasp of historical and contemporary aesthetic issues should inform their own work. We offer excellent facilities, small classes taught by a distinguished faculty, space to work, a guest lecturer series, and field trips to museums, galleries and artists' studios.
Seven options for the B.A. degree are offered: Art History, Art Studio (general), Digital Graphics, Multimedia, Photography (jointly offered by the Departments of Art and Mass Communication), Pictorial Arts (Drawing/Printmaking/Painting), Spatial Arts (Ceramics/Sculpture). The major consists of 64-78 units; the B.A. requires 186 units.
The department also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. This is a professional degree offering students the opportunity to develop a higher level of expertise. It is often the degree of choice for those who intend to pursue graduate studies or attend other professional schools. It allows time for concentrated work within a specific art discipline: Digital Graphics, Multimedia, Photography, and Traditional Arts. B.F.A. candidates will complete a 102 unit major within the 198 unit university degree.
The department is also part of the interdisciplinary graduate M.A. degree program in Multimedia (see the Multimedia chapter in the graduate section of this catalog).
The Art Department offers minors in Art Studio, Art History, and Multimedia. The Departments of Art and Mass Communication offer a joint minor in Photography. In addition, the Art Department offers an option in the Liberal Studies major. A Certificate Program in Art Museum and Gallery Studies is offered through the Division of Extended and Continuing Education.