Bachelor of Arts in Art

The 46-unit Bachelor of Arts in Art degree program provides innovative and rigorous concentrations in art education, art history, and studio art and art history/studio art. All art history and studio courses are integral to each of the concentrations, providing introductory experiences in selected areas, and are core prerequisites to all concentrations. They focus on perceptual skills, modes of consciousness, creative expression, and critical thinking. Attention is given to traditions and heritage of the discipline, contemporary issues and forms, imaginative problem solving, and written English proficiency within the discipline. Courses are designed to provide a broad experiential and conceptual orientation to the visual arts and art history.

Admission to the Undergraduate Program

Students are not required to submit portfolios for admission to the undergraduate programs. Lower-division courses are open to all interested students on a space-available basis. Upper-division courses generally have prerequisites for admission. Students should check the University Bulletin for specific information about each course or speak with faculty advisers. Lower-division art courses taken at community colleges may satisfy some of the requirements for the major program. Advanced courses taken at accredited colleges and universities may also be considered for transfer. Transfer information is available from the SF State Admissions Office. Department faculty can provide advisement about accepting transfer units to the major if students bring transcripts and course information with them to advising meetings.

Applications for admission to the art major are accepted by the University's Office of Enrollment Services only during the application filing periods of October 1 - November 30 (for admission the following Fall) and August 1-31 (for admission the following spring). Applications received outside of these two filing periods will not be considered.

For undergraduate admission information please visit the SF State Admissions website.

Transfer Students

To find out what art courses transfer to SF State please visit assist.org . This website will let you know what classes at your transfer institution are equivalent to classes offered in the Art major at SF State. If your institution is not listed you need to speak with a faculty adviser in your area of emphasis to find out what courses are equivalent and will transfer.For students transferring from other institutions, a minimum of twelve units in residence is required.

Change of major applicants

Any student interested in changing their major to art or adding the art minor must:

  1. Attend a degree information session to learn more about the major/minor.
  2. Attend a change of major/add minor session.
  3. Juniors and Seniors must complete course requirements outlined below.

Fall 2016 Degree Information Sessions
Thursday, September 1st, 12:30 – 1:30, FA 296
Thursday, September 29th, 12:30 – 1:30, FA 296
Thursday, December 1st, 12:30 – 1:30, FA 296

Fall 2016 Change of Major/Add Minor Sessions
Thursday, September 15th, 12:30 – 1:30, FA 296
Thursday, December 15th, 12:30 – 1:30, FA 296

Please RSVP to sch_art@sfsu.edu with which information session you will attend.

Juniors and Seniors must complete the following in order to change their major to art:

  • 12 units of 200 level prerequisite core courses at SFSU or the equivalent at another institution(6 units of 200 level studio courses: ART 210, 222, 231, 232, 236, 240, 245 or 260 & 6 units of 200 level art history courses:ART 201, 202, or 205) with a grade of C better.
  • lower division requirements (including segment II) of general education requirements at SFSU or the equivalent at another institution

University Requirements:

Found on the registrars website.

Before advancing to the 300-level or higher courses or declaring a concentration in the art program, all declared ART majors must:

  1. Successfully complete 12 units of prerequisite 200 level core courses.
    The following courses/units are required in each concentration and are indicated on the road maps for each concentration fro the BA degree in Art:
  2. Studio
    Selected from: Art 210, 222, 231, 235, 240, 245, or 260 (6 units)

    Art History
    Selected from: ART 201, 202,or 205 (6 units)

  3. Complete their lower division requirements (including segment II) of the General Education requirements at SFSU or the equivalent at another institution.

Mandatory Advising

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with a major advisor on a regular basis as they advance through the program. Please visit the Academic Advising page for information about meeting with an adviser.

Students are also advised to consult with the Student Achievement and Resource Center in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts about General Education and other University requirements, http://lca.sfsu.edu/academics/student-achievement-and-resource-center.

Complementary Studies

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art (who entered 2014-15 or later) must complete 12 units of complementary studies from courses bearing a prefix other than ART, and not cross-listed with ART.

Students may satisfy this requirement in a variety of ways designed to facilitate timely graduation. Under advisement students may complete 12 units of coursework in a single foreign language, an approved study abroad program, partial completion of a second major, minor, or certificate program in a related area of study. Related areas include Museum Studies, Design and Industry, Cinema, Music and Dance, Theatre, and Business. Requirements vary for each of the four Art concentrations (Studio; Art History, Art Education, and Studio/Art History) and students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their major advisor toward completion of this requirement.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Note: Students who complete two majors, or a major and a minor, automatically complete the complementary studies requirement.

Concentrations

A concentration allows for intensive study in one specialty in the visual arts, with a degree of breadth sufficient for understanding and awareness in other areas. Students are encouraged to decide on their area of concentration by their junior year, and to discuss their choice of concentration with an adviser . Concentrations may be structured to fit individual needs after conferring with an adviser and obtaining the adviser's approval. Students selecting the studio art concentration may declare an emphasis in Ceramics, Digital Media and Emerging Technology, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture or Textiles. Under special circumstances and under advisement of studio faculty, a dual emphasis may be selected in Studio Art. Six (6) units from other departments in the university may be included in the major with the adviser's approval.

Art Education Concentration

A program devoted to the place of the visual arts in elementary and secondary education and in general human development. A minimum of 46 units in art is required for the major and to prepare for the Single Subject Credential in Art. Students who are considering teaching art, should see an art education adviser before planning the major. Specific courses and competency assessment are required for admission to the credential program in this area.

  • Lower Division Art Courses (200 level) 15 units:
  • 6 units of Art History*
  • 9 units of Studio
  • Upper Division Art Courses (300 and above) 31 units:
  • 6 units of Art history*
  • 18 units of Studio
  • ART 450 Art for children (3 units)- required
  • ART 509 or 539 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 551GW Resources and Strategies for Art Learning (3 units)-required

*All art majors are required to complete 1 art history course that is non-European and 1 art history course that is 20-21st century. See the Art History Cheat Sheet for courses that fulfill these requirements.

Total: 46 units

The Art Education concentration roadmap can be found in the University bulletin, http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/colleges/liberal-creative-arts/art/ba-art-conce....

Art History Concentration

The history of visual form examined in relation to the values, beliefs, and institutions of specific cultures.

  • Lower division art courses (200 level) 12 units
  • 6 units of Art History*
  • 6 units of Studio; or one studio and ART 619
  • Upper Division Art Courses (300 and above) 34 units:
  • 24 units of Art history*
  • ART 509 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 400 GWAR Writing About Art (3 units)- required
  • ART 602 Art History Methods (3 units)-required
  • 6 units of Elective or Foreign Language**

*All art majors are required to complete 1 art history course that is non-European and 1 art history course that is 20-21st century. See the Art History Cheat Sheet for courses that fulfill these requirements.

**Elective with adviser approval or 2 semesters of a single foreign language. Foreign language is recommended for students wishing to enter an art history graduate program.

Total: 46 units

The Art History concentration roadmap can be found in the University bulletin, http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/colleges/liberal-creative-arts/art/ba-art-conce....

Studio Art Concentration

The concentration in Studio Art provides students with the framework to develop their own body of work through a variety of studio experiences supported by knowledge of past and contemporary art making practices. Choose one, two, or three studio areas to develop skills that will lead to developing a guided, personally directed body of work in a capstone course in the senior year.

Ceramics, Digital Media and Emerging Technology, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Textiles Emphases: Students selecting any of these emphasis must take:

  • Lower Division Art Courses (200 level) 15 units:
  • 6 units of Art History*
  • 9 units of Studio
  • Upper Division Art Courses (300 and above) 31 units:
  • 6 units of Art history*
  • 21 units of Studio
  • ART 509 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 400 GWAR Writing About Art (3 units)-required

*All art majors are required to complete 1 art history course that is non-European and 1 art history course that is 20-21st century. See the Art History Cheat Sheet for courses that fulfill these requirements.

Total: 46 units
The Studio Art concentration roadmap can be found in the University bulletin, http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/colleges/liberal-creative-arts/art/ba-art-conce....

Art History and Studio Art Concentration

A concentration in Art History and Studio Art is available for students with crossover interests in Studio and Art History. The Concentration consists of a planned combination of courses in both areas, approved in advance by advisers in Art History and Studio. Courses in Concentration in Art History and Studio Art must total 46 units to be distributed as follows.

  • Lower Division Art Courses (200 level) 12 units:
  • 6 units of Art History*
  • 6 units of Studio
  • Upper Division Art Courses (300 and above) 34 units:
  • 12 units of Art history*
  • 18 units of Studio
  • ART 509 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 602 Art History Methods or Capstone Studio Course(3 units)-required
  • ART 400 GWAR Writing About Art (3 units)- required

*All art majors are required to complete 1 art history course that is non-European and 1 art history course that is 20-21st century. See the Art History Cheat Sheet for courses that fulfill these requirements.

Total: 46 units

The Art History and Studio Art concentration roadmap can be found in the University bulletin, http://bulletin.sfsu.edu/colleges/liberal-creative-arts/art/ba-art-conce....

To initiate a concentration in art history and studio art, the student is required to consult advisors in the appropriate areas and to draft a contractual proposed course of study on the Concentration Advising Form. The program must be approved by the advisors and the director of the School of Art in advance. Copies of the form are retained by students and their advisors.