Frosh Interested in the Art Major
Students should contact the Undergraduate Art Advisor if they are interested in pursuing an art major and should meet with the advisor in their first quarter at UC Santa Cruz if they intend to enroll in art courses their frosh year. A portfolio is not required for entering frosh. Students are required to pass two foundation courses in their frosh year to be eligible to declare the art major. However, all three foundation courses (10D, 10E, 10F) are requirements for the major. Delaying taking these classes until the sophomore year may delay a student's graduation.
Frosh Foundation Requirements (3 Courses)
ART 10E: 3D Foundation (Fall 2021)
ART 10D: 2D Foundation (Winter 2022)
ART 10F: 4D Foundation (Spring 2022)
Digital Tools (1 Course)
ART 80T: Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (Online Course - Winter 2022)
Critical Thory and Historical Context (2 courses)
Two courses are required: one with a Western emphasis and one with a non-Western emphasis. You may also substitute appropriate upper division HAVC classes for the lower division HAVC requirements. If you are having difficulty getting into studio art classes, you can try to enroll for a History of Art & Visual Culture class.
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.
Acceptance to the Art Major
Students should contact the undergraduate art advisor if they are interested in pursuing an art major and should meet with the advisor in their first quarter at UC Santa Cruz if they intend to enroll in art courses their frosh year. A portfolio is not required for entering frosh. Students are required to pass two foundation courses in their frosh year to be eligible to declare the art major. However, all three foundation courses (Art 10D, Art 10E, Art 10F) are requirements for the major. Delaying taking these classes until the sophomore year may delay a student's graduation.
Getting into Studio Classes
Studio art classes are very small (average 25 students) compared to courses from other departments on campus that can accommodate large numbers of students. No matter what the demand, our budget will only allow us a limited number of classes. Frosh may not take any lower division studios until they complete all three of the Art 10 series foundation courses, at which time they will be declared an Art Major and begin enrolling in lower division studios.
To get into a studio art class, if you were not able to pre-enroll get on the wait list (making sure the desired class doesn't have a time conflict with currently enrolled classes), you will need to attend the first day of class to see if any spaces are available. If there are open spaces, the instructor will issue permission codes that can be used to enroll the day after the first class meeting. It is imperative that if you want to add a class, or stay in a class that you have enrolled in, you must be at the first class meeting. If you miss the first class meeting, you may be dropped from the class or it will fill and you won't be able to add.
General Education Requirements (G.E.)
If you are not able to get into a foundation or studio course in a particular quarter at UCSC, you can enroll in courses that fulfill GE requirements. You should balance major requirements and general education requirements throughout your career at UCSC and not focus completely on your GEs in your frosh or sophomore years, as this could delay your graduation.
Art is very desirable to many, many students -- not just art majors. That is why they are only accessible to students who are serious about studying art. Without the restrictions, art majors would not be able to complete their education in the time allowed by the University.
New Student Handbook (Frosh 2021)
For More Information
Contact the Art Department undergraduate advisor Melissa Fike
Office: E-104 Baskin Visual Arts Studios (email email@example.com to schedule an appointment)