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Major Requirements

 

Art Department Curriculum Chart

(Frosh entering 2019-2020 should 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 2019)

ART 10D: 2D Foundation (Winter 2020)

ART 10F: 4D Foundation (Spring 2020)

Digital Tools (1 Course)

ART 80T: Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (Online Course - Winter 2020)

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

ART 20L: Introduction to Drawing (Online Course)

UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS:

Students complete eight courses as follows:

Studio Work (30 credits required)

Six upper-division (100+ numbered) studio courses

Comprehensive Requirement (10 credits required) 
All art majors staisfy the capstone/comprehensive requirement with the following:

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

Plus one of the following options:

  • Presenting an exhibition and, by appointment, meeting with a faculty member for review and critique of the exhibition; or
  • Submitting a portfolio and, by appointment, meeting with a faculty member for review and critique of the portfolio; or
  • Completing the following course: ART 190B: Senior Project (Only offered in Winter quarter)

No course credit is given for either the exhibition or portfolio submission. Consequently, students choosing one of these options must complete seven upper-division studios. Students utilizing Art 190B, Senior Project, for their comprehenxibe requiremennt may use this as one of their seven upper-division studios. 

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

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement. Students of every major must satisfy that major's upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The DC requirement in art is satisfied by completing Art 190A, Writing for Artists. 

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.

If you are planning to attend an abroad program at another university in your senior year, contact your college adviser about your senior residency requirement in advance. 

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JUNIOR TRANSFERS (2019 - 2020)

Transfer students who will be juniors should have passed the portfolio review held in April 2019

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

ART 20L: Introduction to Drawing (Online Course)

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: 

  • ART 10E: 3D Foundation (Fall 2019)
  • ART 10D: 2D Foundation (Winter 2020)
  • ART 10F: 4D Foundation (Spring 2020)

DIGITAL TOOLS: ART 80T: Digital Tools for Contemporary Art Practice (Online Course - Winter 2020)

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. Students utilizing Art 190B, Senior Project, for their comprehenxibe requiremennt may use this as one of their seven upper-division studios. 

    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. 

     

    For More Information

    Contact the Art Department undergraduate adviser Jude Pipes

    Email: judereg@ucsc.edu

    Office: E-104 Baskin Visual Arts Studios

    Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 & 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (email judereg@ucsc.edu to schedule an appointment)