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Major Requirements

Curriculum Chart

(Frosh entering 2018-2019 must complete their lower division foundation requirements in their first year at UCSC)

LOWER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS

(Students complete nine courses as follows):

Foundation Requirements (3 Courses)

ART 10E: 3D Foundation (Fall 2018)

ART 10D: 2D Foundation (Winter 2019)

ART 10F: 4D Foundation (Spring 2019)

Digital Tools (1 Course)

ART 80T: Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (Online Course - Winter 2019)

Art 80 Topical Courses: Although not required, the Art Department offers the Art 80 Topical courses that fulfill general education requirements. These courses may be used towards general education requirements and towards total credits for graduation.

ART 80F: Introduction to Issues in Digital Media (Fall 2018)

ART 80B: Environmental Art (Spring 2019)

ART 80D: Introduction to Photography (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019)

ART 80X: Ars Erotica; Sexual Imagery in Culture and Art (Winter 2019)

Critical Theory and Historical Context
Two courses from the History of Art and Visual Culture, HAVC, (one with a Western emphasis and one with a non-Western emphasis).
Note: Students may use Advanced Placement (AP) in Art History in lieu of the Western-emphasis history of art and visual culture requirement.

Introdution to Contemporary Art Practices
(to be completed in the sophmore year):

Any 3 of the following studios:

ART 20G: Introduction to Print Media and Drawing

ART 20H: Introduction to Sculpture and Pubilc Art

ART 20I: Introduction to Photography

ART 20J: Introduction to Drawing and Painting

ART 20K: Introduction to New Media and Digital Artmaking

UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:

Students complete eight courses as follows:

Studio Work (30 credits required)

Six upper-division (100+ numbered) studio courses

Senior Capstone/Comprehensive Requirement (10 credits required)

 ART 190A: Writing for Artists (meets the Disciplinary Communication requirement for the Art B.A.); and

 Senior comprehensive requirement may be satisfied with one of the following options:

1.  Completing ART 190B: Senior Project; or

2.  Completing 5 credits of upper-division studio courses work in the area of focus; and

a.  Presenting an exhibition and, by appointment, meeting with a faculty member for review and critique of the exhibition; or

b.  Submitting a portfolio and, by appointment, meeting with a faculty member for review and critique of the portfolio. 

Senior majors should meet with their faculty adviser about this requirement. 

A total of 85 credits are required for the Art B.A.; students are advised to plan in advance if they are interested in the program. Some requisite courses may be offered during Summer Session.

The last three quarters of coursework for the major must be completed in residence at UCSC.

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JUNIOR TRANSFERS (2018 - 2019)

Transfer students who will be juniors should have passed the portfolio review held in April 2018

Lower-division requirements for junior transfers (7 courses):

Any 3 of the following (or community college/university equivalent):

ART 20G: Introduction to Print Media and Drawing

ART 20H: Introduction to Sculpture and Pubilc Art

ART 20I: Introduction to Photography 

ART 20J: Introduction to Drawing and Painting

ART 20K: Introduction to New Media and Digital Artmaking

Please remember that three studios is a minimum requirement and may not be enough studio work undertaken to pass the highly competitive nature of the portfolio review.

Two courses from the History of Art & Visual Culture (or community college/university equivalent). 
One must have a Western emphasis, one must have a non-Western emphasis.

1 Foundation course from: *If a junior transfer has taken a foundation at their community college then they should choose a foundation at UCSC in a different area of focus. 

  • ART 10E: 3D Foundation (Fall 2018)
  • ART 10D: 2D Foundation (Winter 2019)
  • ART 10F: 4D Foundation (Spring 2019)

DIGITAL TOOLS: ART 80T: Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (Online Course - Winter 2019)

Upper-division requirements for junior transfers (8 courses):

6 Upper Division Studio Courses (100+ numbered)

Art 190A: Writing for Artists (Disciplinary Communications requirement - Only offered in Winter quarter)

Art 190B: Senior Project or upper division studio

Comprehensive Requirement: Art 190B satisfies the Art Department comprehensive requirement.  Senior students should meet with their respective advisors regarding this requirement if they do not enroll in this class.