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: http://www.sfsu.edu/future

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 department 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

Undeclared majors and students enrolled in other disciplines at SF State who seek to change their major to ART must:

  1. Successfully complete 12 units of prerequisite 200 level core courses.
  2. 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:

    Studio:
    Selected from Art 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.
  4. Show proof of advising from a full-time faculty in the ART department.

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 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

All art majors are required to see an art department faculty adviser twice a semester, at the beginning of each semester and before class registration. This requirement is to help facilitate an individualized program for the student and to ensure that the student fulfills all requirements for graduation. Please visit the Academic Advising page for information about meeting with an adviser.

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 in that area. In some instances, the area of concentration will request a portfolio of work completed to date, evidence of preparation foe upper division study, etc. Since some areas are very crowded, students transferring at an advanced level from other institutions should contact an adviser in their proposed area of concentration upon application for admission to this institution. Concentration programs 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, Conceptual Information Arts, 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

For an art education degree road map please visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/roadmaps/2012470805.pdf

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 ART 619
  • Upper Division Art Courses (300 and above) 34 units:
  • 24 units of Art history*
  • 6 units of Elective or Foreign Language**
  • ART 509 or 539 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 602GW Art History Methods GWAR (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.

**Elective with adviser approval or 2 semesters of a single foreign language. Foreign language is required for art history graduate programs.

Total: 46 units

For an art history degree road map please visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/roadmaps/2012470806.pdf

Studio Art Concentration

Students should select an emphasis within the Studio Concentration, mastering skills and theory within a specific discipline/area. In special circumstances student may select two areas within the studio concentration.

Ceramics, Conceptual Information Arts, 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 or 539 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 690GW Professional Practices GWAR (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

For a studio degree road map please visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/roadmaps/2012470807.pdf

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 or 539 Art Productions (1 unit)- required
  • ART 602 or 690 GWAR (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

For the Concentration in Art History and Studio Art degree road map please visit http://www.sfsu.edu/~admisrec/reg/roadmaps/2012470808.pdf

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 chair of the department in advance. Copies of the form are retained by students and their advisors.