Mar 24, 2023
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Summary of Units:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art
Art majors are required to select an emphasis of study in Art Studio or Art History. Students selecting the emphasis in Art History may, if they wish, additionally choose the Digital Art History Option or the Enhanced Studio Option.
Lower Division Requirements - 24-26 units
The Art: Art History Emphasis requires a minimum of 24 units of lower division coursework. Eighteen of these units are required; the remaining 6-8 units may come from a combination of lower division art course and lower division language courses, as described below.
Art History Foundations - 9 units
Art Studio Foundations - 9 units
Major Electives - 6-8 units
Upper Division Requirements - 31-33 units
The Art: Art History Emphasis requires between 31-33 units of upper division coursework. Three units are provided by the required upper division methods course. Eighteen of these units must be taken from within those courses designated as art history and Upper Division General Education (UDGE) units. An additional 7-9 units of major electives may come from a combination of Art Program offerings and courses taken outside the program, as described below. The remaining 3 units are provided by the capstone experience.
Methods Course - 3 units
To ensure preparation for upper division art history coursework, you are urged to take ART 300 not later than your junior year (first year at CI for transfer students). This course is currently offered every third semester.
Art History and UDGE Art Courses - 18 units
You are encouraged to enroll in a variety of art history and UDGE courses addressing multiple time periods, artistic developments, and theoretical issues. Art majors in the Art History Emphasis may also focus on a particular area of interest. Note that some courses are offered either once a year, or once every other year; consult with the Art Program advisor for details. Note: Not all courses fulfill a UDGE requirement.
Complete at least one and no more than three courses from each of the following groups:
Note: The special topics course ART 480 - Advanced Issues in Art History, Theory and Criticism, may be substituted for a course in one of the areas below depending on topic and subject to approval of the Art Program chair.
Group I: Critical and Professional Perspectives
- ART 330 - Critical Thinking in a Visual World Units: 3
- ART 331 - Art, Society, and Mass Media Units: 3
- ART 334 - The Business of Art (Cross-listed as BUS 334) Units: 3
- ART 336 - Art and Music: Dissonance, Diversity, and Continuity (Cross-listed as PAMU 336) Units: 3
- ART 337 - Art on Film and Film as Art Units: 3
- ART 338 - Psychology of Art and Artists (Cross-listed as PSY 338) Units: 3
- ART 433 - Women, Art, and Society Units: 3
- ART 434 - The Museum: Culture, Business, and Education (Cross-listed as BUS 434, EDUC 434) Units: 3
- ART 451 - Diversity in the Visual Arts Units: 3
Group II: Art before 1800
- ART 341 - Goddesses and Heroes: Art of the Ancient World Units: 3
- ART 343 - Medieval Art: Diversity, Faith and Power Units: 3
- ART 344 - Global Arts of Islam Units: 3
- ART 351 - The Baroque Eye: Art, Culture, Money, and Power Units: 3
Group III: Art after 1800
- ART 332 - Multicultural Art Movements Units: 3
- ART 333 - History of Southern California Chicana/o Art (Cross-listed as HIST 333, CHS 333) Units: 3
- ART 355 - Latin American Arts and Cultures since 1800 Units: 3
- ART 435 - Contemporary Art (1970-present): Looking, Thinking, Writing Units: 3
- ART 436 - Modern Art (1850-1970): Looking, Thinking, Writing Units: 3
Major Electives - 7-9 units
Complete the remaining units in the major from any of the following five sections:
Capstone - 3 units
The Art: Art History Emphasis requires a capstone experience. To make the most of this integrative learning experience, you should take Capstone in your final semester.
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