Art

College of Arts and Letters

Program Description

The Department of Art at Sacramento State introduces students to the expressive world of the visual arts. A wide variety of approaches based on both Western and Non-Western cultures are integrated into courses that are oriented toward creativity, imagination, and critical thinking. Students are able to explore art through courses in art education, art history, ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry, new media art, painting, print making, and interdisciplinary sculpture.

The Department’s undergraduate program offers courses in four general areas, three of which may be taken as concentrations within the Art major (Art History, Studio Arts Methods, and Art Studio), while the fourth prepares students to pursue a teaching credential (Art Education, Single-Subject Pre-Credential Preparation, a variation of the Studio Art Methods concentration). The Department of Art’s graduate program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art.

The Department’s undergraduate program offers courses in four general areas, three of which may be taken as concentrations within the Art major (Art History, Studio Arts Methods, and Art Studio), while the fourth prepares students to pursue a teaching credential (Art Education, Single-Subject Pre-Credential Preparation, a variation of the Studio Art Methods concentration). Undergraduate students also may earn a Bachelor of Arts in Photography by taking courses in the Departments of Art and Design. The Department of Art’s graduate program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art.

The Art History curriculum provides a range of courses in Western and non-Western art, criticism, and visual culture from pre-history to the present and from many perspectives, both formal and contextual. These courses produce visual literacy, multicultural awareness, art historical skills, and an understanding of art-making practices. Studio Art experiences develop the creative and artistic skills necessary for mastery of established styles and for exploration of new ones. They also reward students with an introduction to a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Courses in Art Education provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to thrive as teachers in both K-12 and community settings. The Art Education program includes instruction in artistic perception; creative expression; historical and cultural foundations in art; aesthetic valuing; connections, relationships, and applications in art; visual art and education theories; and visual culture art education.

Courses, programs, and exhibitions sponsored by the Art Department serve to engage students in the visual arts within a liberal arts context and to promote appreciation of the fine arts in the general student population. Fieldwork experiences can be arranged with the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and other public and private art institutions and galleries in the Capital region. Opportunities to study art and art history abroad are available through the Office of International Programs and Global Engagement at Sacramento State and the California State University International Program. University credit can be obtained for a semester to a year of study at college and international centers in Britain, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

California State University, Sacramento is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Special Features

  • The Art Department’s main facility consists of two buildings, Kadema Hall and the Art Sculpture Lab. Some Art Studio and Art History courses also are taught in Mariposa Hall.
  • Two art exhibition spaces, the Robert Else Gallery and the Raymond Witt Gallery, are located in Kadema Hall. Graduate, undergraduate, and shows featuring regionally and nationally known artists are held here throughout the academic year.
  • Four types of Art Department awards are available. The Raymond Witt Awards and the Peyser Prize in Painting are awarded annually during a juried exhibition of artwork by undergraduate students. There also is a Witt Award in Art History. The Robinson Memorial Fellowships are open to all classified graduate art students.
  • Three Art Department scholarships also are offered. The Peggy Saunders Hall Memorial Scholarship and the Juanita and José Montoya Memorial Art Scholarship are both intended to support outstanding undergraduate Art students who have chosen teaching as a future goal. The Ruth Rippon Ceramics Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate Art student who shows promise in making ceramic art a career.
  • Faculty members have national reputations as artists and scholars. Works by Art Studio faculty can be found in major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the American Craft Museum in New York; the Minneapolis Art Institute; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Di Rosa Art and Nature Preserve in Sonoma; the Art Institute of Chicago; Yale University; the Rockefeller Institute; and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Publications by Art Education and Art History faculty are available through the University Library.

Career Possibilities

Art Conservator · Art Consultant · Art Critic · Art Dealer · Art Historian · Art Librarian · Artist · Artist Representative · Art Teacher · Arts Administrator · Art Therapist · Ceramicist · Gallery Director · Jewelry Designer · Metalsmith · Museum Work · New Media Artist · Painter · Photographer · Printmaker · Sculptor · Visual Resource Curator

Contact Information

Carolyn Gibbs, Department Chair
Ruth Hansen, Administrative Support Coordinator
Kadema Hall 185
(916) 278-6166
www.al.csus.edu/art/

Faculty

CHIRAPRAVATI, PATTARATORN

CLARKE, RACHEL

CONNELLY, ANDREW

FLOHR, SARAH

HARVEY, IAN

HITCHCOCK, PHILIP S.

MONTEITH, TOM

O'BRIEN, ELAINE

ORTBAL, ROBERT

PARADY, SCOTT

WARD, AMBER

WILLAMS, PETER

 

Undergraduate Programs

BA - Concentration in Art History

Units required for Major: 48
Minimum total units required for BA: 120

Note: All lower division art history requirements and demonstrated writing proficiency as prescribed by California State University, Sacramento must be completed prior to enrollment in upper division courses. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses applied to the Art History concentration. Art History students are required to meet the Sacramento State Foreign Language Requirement by completing the second semester (1B) of a college-level foreign language course with a grade of C- or better (or equivalent foreign language study, as described in the current University catalog). Students who plan to pursue further graduate study in art history are encouraged to learn French, German, or another foreign language through the second semester intermediate level (2B).

Required Lower Division Core Courses (18 Units)
ART 1AArt in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages3
ART 1BArt in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque3
ART 1CModern and Contemporary Art: Rococo to the Present3
Select one of the following:3
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Native American Art
ART 20ABeginning Drawing3
Select one lower division course from Photography or Art Studio in a medium other than drawing.3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (21 Units)
HIST 100Introduction to Historical Skills 13
Select one from each of the following four groups plus two additional courses toward a specialization:18
Group 1
Greco-Roman Art
Medieval Art
Renaissance Art
Baroque and Rococo Art
Group 2
Asian Art and Mythology
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Art of China and Japan
Art of Korea
Group 3
Origins of American Indian Art
American Art
Latin American and Latino Art History
California Architecture and Urban History
Group 4
Photography, Inception to Mid-Century
19th Century Art
Modern Art
Contemporary Art
Modern Architecture
Photography, a Social History
Upper Division Electives (3 Units)
Select one elective within the Art Department2 - a regularly scheduled art history course, or any one of the following independent study and supervisory courses:3
Directed Research in Art History 3
Fieldwork 3
Special Problems 3
Art History Seminar (3 Units)
Select one of the following: 43
Topics in Asian Art
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Experimental Offerings in Art 5
Senior Seminar (3 Units)
ART 192BSenior Seminar in Art History 63
Total Units48
1

This course should be taken in the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year for transfer students. Art History students are strongly advised to take 6 units of lower division Art History coursework and 6 units of lower division History coursework before taking HIST 100.

2

 With the approval of an Art History advisor

3

Independent study and supervisory courses in the major are limited to one (no more than 3 units), must be approved by an Art History faculty advisor, and may be applied only to the elective category.

4

With the approval of an Art History Seminar faculty advisor, students may satisfy the seminar requirement with a seminar in another liberal arts discipline.

5

ART 196 only may be used when it is an art history seminar taken for 3 units.

6

Culminating course for students with senior status after completion of all lower division requirements. Prerequisites: completion of two semesters of a foreign language (1B or equivalent), the University's Graduation Writing Assessment requirement, HIST 100, and the art history seminar (item D).

BA - Concentration in Studio Arts Methods

Units required for Major: 48
Minimum total units required for BA: 120

Note: Whenever possible, classes should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses applied to the Studio Art Methods concentration. It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 75% of the lower division requirements (18 units) before enrolling in upper division courses while recognizing and following prerequisite requirements. Lower division prerequisites for some courses may be waived on the advisement of an Art instructor and a portfolio review.

Required Lower Division Core Courses (24 Units)
ART 1CModern and Contemporary Art: Rococo to the Present3
ART 20ABeginning Drawing3
ART 20BIntermediate Drawing3
ART 97Beginning Electronic Art3
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Painting
Basic Printmaking: Etching
Basic Printmaking: Relief
Basic Printmaking: Silkscreen
Basic Techniques of Photography
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics
Beginning Metalsmithing
Beginning Sculpture
Select one of the following: 13
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics
Form, Space Vision
Beginning Jewelry
Beginning Metalsmithing
Clay Sculpture
Beginning Sculpture
Select one of the following:3
Art in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages
Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque
Traditional Asian Art
Required Upper Division Core Courses (18 Units)
Select four courses from one of the following studio course groups and two courses from any studio course group: 218
Drawing Group
Advanced Drawing
Figure Drawing
Life Studio
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Painting/Drawing Studio
Special Problems
Painting Group
Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Painting (may be taken four times for credit)
Intermediate Watercolor
Advanced Watercolor
Life Painting
Life Studio
Painting and Drawing in the Field
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Painting/Drawing Studio
Special Problems
Printmaking Group
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Silkscreen
Digital Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Studio
Graphics/Printmaking Studio
Special Problems
Photography Group
Photography in the Field
Alternative Photographic Processes
Pinhole Photography
Photography Studio
Special Problems
Small Metals and Jewelry Group
Intermediate Jewelry
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Advanced Jewelry
Small Metals Studio
Special Problems
Interdisciplinary Sculpture Group
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
3D Computer Modeling
Figure Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Sculpture Studio
Special Problems
Ceramics Group
Advanced Ceramics
Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques
Ceramics Studio
Figure Sculpture
Special Problems
New Media Group
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Animation
Digital Printmaking
Video Art
Alternative Photographic Processes
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Intermediate Electronic Art
Advanced Electronic Art
Special Problems
Art History Courses (3 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Origins of American Indian Art
Photography, Inception to Mid-Century
Greco-Roman Art
Medieval Art
Renaissance Art
Baroque and Rococo Art
19th Century Art
Modern Art
American Art
Latin American and Latino Art History
Contemporary Art
Asian Art and Mythology
Topics in Asian Art
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Art of China and Japan
Art of Korea
Modern Architecture
California Architecture and Urban History
Film as an Art Form
Upper Division Elective Requirement (3 Units)
Select one additional course from one of the following categories:3
Studio Group 3
Art History Group
Special Topics in Art Group
Special Topics in Art Group
Art and the Artist in the Marketplace
Theories in Art Education
Art Education for Children
Interdisciplinary Art
Overview of Secondary Art Education
Barrio Art for Ethnic Groups
Art Gallery Management
Fieldwork
Experimental Offerings in Art
Total Units48
1

Courses in the lower division cannot be repeated for credit towards the major.

2

All courses must be chosen with advisor approval. See the current course catalog for courses that may be taken more than once for credit.

3

Excluding courses from the studio course group selected above; also excluding supervisory courses in studio disciplines.

BA - Concentration in Art Studio

Units required for Concentration: 60
Minimum total units required for BA: 120

Note: Whenever possible, classes should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses applied to the Art Studio concentration. It is recommended that students complete all of the lower division requirements before enrolling in upper division courses. Prerequisites for some courses may be waived on the advisement of an Art instructor and a portfolio review. ART 192A Senior Seminar in Studio Art (3 units) is a required course, taken in the Senior year. Participation in an exhibition of BA candidates is required for completion of the concentration in Art Studio.

Required Lower Division Core Courses (30 Units)
ART 1AArt in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages3
or ART 1B Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque
ART 1CModern and Contemporary Art: Rococo to the Present3
ART 20ABeginning Drawing3
ART 20BIntermediate Drawing3
ART 70Form, Space Vision3
ART 97Beginning Electronic Art3
Select two of the following:6
Beginning Painting
Beginning Watercolor
Basic Printmaking: Etching
Basic Printmaking: Relief
Basic Printmaking: Silkscreen
Two-Dimensional Composition
Basic Techniques of Photography
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics
Beginning Jewelry
Beginning Metalsmithing
Clay Sculpture
Beginning Sculpture
Select one of the following3
History of Islamic Art
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Native American Art
Required Upper Division Core Courses (24 Units)
Select five courses from one of the following studio course groups: see the course catalog for courses that may be taken more than once for credit.15
Drawing and Painting Group
Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Figure Drawing
Intermediate Watercolor
Advanced Watercolor
Life Painting
Life Studio
Painting and Drawing in the Field
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Painting/Drawing Studio 1
Special Problems 1
Printmaking Group
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Silkscreen
Digital Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Studio
Graphics/Printmaking Studio 1
Special Problems 1
Photography Group
Photography in the Field
Alternative Photographic Processes
Pinhole Photography
Photography Studio
Special Problems 1
Small Metals and Jewelry Group
Intermediate Jewelry
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Advanced Jewelry
Small Metals Studio 1
Special Problems 1
Sculpture Group
Figure Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Sculpture Studio 1
Special Problems 1
Ceramics Group
Advanced Ceramics
Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques
Ceramics Studio 1
Figure Sculpture
Special Problems 1
New Media Art Group
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Animation
Digital Printmaking
Video Art
Installation and Performance Art
Intermediate Electronic Art
Advanced Electronic Art
Special Problems 1
Select two required courses:6
Advanced Drawing
Senior Seminar in Studio Art
Select one additional course from the following: 23
Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Painting (may be taken four times for credit)
Figure Drawing
Intermediate Watercolor
Advanced Watercolor
Life Painting
Life Studio
Painting and Drawing in the Field
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Art and the Artist in the Marketplace
Theories in Art Education
Art Education for Children
Interdisciplinary Art
Overview of Secondary Art Education
Advanced Silkscreen
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Animation
Digital Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Studio
Video Art
Barrio Art for Ethnic Groups
Advanced Ceramics
Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques
Photography in the Field
Alternative Photographic Processes
Pinhole Photography
Intermediate Jewelry
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Advanced Jewelry
Figure Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Art Gallery Management
Fieldwork
Experimental Offerings in Art
Intermediate Electronic Art
Advanced Electronic Art
Art History Courses (6 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Modern Art
American Art
Contemporary Art
Select one of the following:3
Origins of American Indian Art
Photography, Inception to Mid-Century
Greco-Roman Art
Medieval Art
Renaissance Art
Baroque and Rococo Art
19th Century Art
Modern Art
American Art
Latin American and Latino Art History
Contemporary Art
Asian Art and Mythology
Topics in Asian Art
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Art of China and Japan
Art of Korea
Modern Architecture
California Architecture and Urban History
Film as an Art Form
Participation in an exhibition of BA candidates.
Total Units60
1

Three units of supervisory course (petition-based independent study) in studio discipline may be applied to the primary studio group only.

2

Excluding courses from the studio course group selected above.

Note: Whenever possible, classes should be selected in consultation with faculty advisor.

Art Education (Single Subject Pre-Credential Preparation)

Units required for the Subject Matter Program: 48
Courses applied toward the Subject Matter program must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Art majors wishing to pursue a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art in the College of Education must contact the Art Department's Credential Coordinator to have their transcripts evaluated for courses required for admission to the credential program and to have their single subject competency assessed.

Teaching credential candidates must also complete the Professional Education Program in the College of Education and meet the California art subject matter standards. Students interested in teaching art in public schools in California should get information from the Teaching Credentials Office in Eureka Hall 401 or the College of Education's Web site at www.csus.edu/coe/academics/credentials/.

Note: ART 305 (Art in the Public School) is the required learning methods course for students enrolled in the Professional Education Program in the College of Education.

Historical and Cultural Contexts (12 Units)
ART 1AArt in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages3
ART 1BArt in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque3
ART 1CModern and Contemporary Art: Rococo to the Present3
Select one of the following:3
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Native American Art
Origins of American Indian Art
American Art
Latin American and Latino Art History
Asian Art and Mythology
Art of India and Southeast Asia
Art of China and Japan
Art of Korea
Art Studio Foundation (21 Units)
ART 20ABeginning Drawing3
ART 20BIntermediate Drawing3
ART 22Beginning Painting3
ART 97Beginning Electronic Art3
Select one of the following: 3
Form, Space Vision
Beginning Sculpture
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics
Select one of the following:3
Basic Printmaking: Relief
Two-Dimensional Composition
Form, Space Vision
Beginning Jewelry
Beginning Metalsmithing
Clay Sculpture
Beginning Sculpture
Basic Techniques of Photography
Art Studio Depth (6 Units)
Select two courses from Group 1, Group 2 or Group 3:6
Group 1
Advanced Drawing
Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Painting (may be taken four times for credit)
Figure Drawing
Intermediate Watercolor
Advanced Watercolor
Life Painting
Life Studio
Painting and Drawing in the Field
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Digital Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Studio
Group 2
Advanced Ceramics
Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques
Intermediate Jewelry
Intermediate Metalsmithing
Advanced Jewelry
Figure Sculpture
Intermediate Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Group 3
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Animation
Digital Printmaking
Video Art
Intermediate Electronic Art
Advanced Electronic Art
Art Education (9 Units)
ART 130Theories in Art Education3
ART 133Art Education for Children3
ART 135Overview of Secondary Art Education3
Total Units48

Note: The program is currently under review by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and students are strongly encouraged to consult an advisor.

Minor - Art Education

Units required for Minor: 21, including 9 lower division units in Art Studio, 3 lower division units in Art History, and 9 units of Art Education selected with the approval of the Art Education Credential Advisor. A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses applied to the Minor in Art Education.

Minor - Art History

Units required for Minor: 21, all of which must be taken in Art History. Students are strongly encouraged to select the four lower division courses and three upper division courses in consultation with an Art History faculty advisor. A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses applied to the Minor in Art History.

Select four of the following lower division courses:12
Art in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages
Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque
Modern and Contemporary Art: Rococo to the Present
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Native American Art
Select nine units of upper division courses in Art History9
Total Units21

Minor - Art Studio

Units required for Minor: 21
A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses applied to the Minor in Art Studio.

Select two of the following:6
Art in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages
Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque
Traditional Asian Art
Modern and Contemporary Asian Art
Native American Art
Introduction to Art and Visual Culture
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Drawing
Beginning Painting
Beginning Watercolor
Basic Printmaking: Etching
Basic Printmaking: Relief
Basic Printmaking: Silkscreen
Beginning Electronic Art
Select one of the following:3
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics
Form, Space Vision
Beginning Jewelry
Beginning Metalsmithing
Clay Sculpture
Beginning Sculpture
Select nine units of upper division courses in studio art 19
Total Units21
1

Must be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Note: Courses applied to the minors must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Graduate Program

The Master of Arts program is designed to produce graduates with professional competence in studio disciplines. While acquiring those abilities, the student is also expected to develop skills used in the criticism and analysis of the visual arts. The Master of Arts degree at Sacramento State may serve as preparation for admission into a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at another institution.
 

The studio curriculum encourages integration of professional practice with historical and theoretical studies. The progression of classes facilitates the transition from student to independent artist through studies in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, metalsmithing, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Special emphasis is placed on the development of individuality, depth, and professional competence in both technique and concepts.

Admission Requirements

Admission as a classified graduate student in art requires:

  • a BA in Art or its equivalent, including 12 units in art history;
  • a minimum 2.5 GPA in the last 60 units attempted;
  • approval by Studio Art faculty review of other submitted materials (see Admission Procedures below); and
  • English language proficiency: International students must pass the TOEFL examination. Advancement to candidacy requires passing English proficiency requirements. See below.

Applicants who have deficiencies in admission requirements that can be removed by specified additional preparation may be admitted with conditionally classified status. Any deficiencies will be noted on a written response to the student’s admission application.

Admission Procedures

Applicants must complete a university application and a separate departmental application by the posted application deadline dates for the term applying.

  • an online application for admission; and
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State. In addition, all materials listed below must be submitted to the Art Department by the posted deadline;
  • the Art Department application form;
  • official transcripts of all college work other than Sacramento State; and
  • twenty slides of the applicant’s recent artwork in a carrousel tray (a description of each slide, listing size, medium, and date of composition, must be included).

For more admissions information and application deadlines, please visit http://www.csus.edu/gradstudies.

Advancement to Candidacy

Each student must file an application for Advancement to Candidacy, indicating a proposed program of graduate study. This procedure should begin as soon as the classified graduate student has:

  • removed any deficiencies in admission requirements;
  • completed at least 12 units of 200-level courses in the graduate program with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
  • taken the Writing Placement for Graduate Students (WPG) or taken a Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course in their discipline within the first two semesters of coursework at California State University, Sacramento or secured approval for a WPG waiver; and
  • secured approval from the studio art faculty, based on a formal presentation of the student’s work.

Advancement to Candidacy forms are available in the Office of Graduate Studies and on its Web site csus.edu/gradstudies/forms. The student fills out the form after planning a degree program in consultation with his/her Art Department advisor. The completed form is then returned to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval.

Master of Arts Degree

Units required for the MA: 30 with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Basic Core (9 Units)9
ART 206Art Theory and Criticism3
ART 212Contemporary Art3
ART 222Studio Critique Seminar 13
Studio Electives (15 Units)
Select 15 units from the following, at least 6 units must be 200-level: 215
Advanced Drawing
Intermediate Painting (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Painting (may be taken four times for credit)
Figure Drawing
Intermediate Watercolor
Advanced Watercolor
Life Painting
Life Studio
Painting and Drawing in the Field
Collage and Assemblage (may be taken twice for credit)
Advanced Silkscreen
3D Computer Modeling
3D Computer Animation
Digital Printmaking
Advanced Printmaking Studio
Video Art
Advanced Ceramics
Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques
Photography in the Field
Alternative Photographic Processes
Figure Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture (may be taken twice for credit)
Installation and Performance Art (may be taken twice for credit)
Intermediate Electronic Art
Advanced Electronic Art
Advanced Problems in Painting and Drawing
Painting/Drawing Studio 3
Graphics/Printmaking Studio 3
Ceramics Studio 3
Photography Studio 3
Crafts/Art Metal Studio 3
Graduate Sculpture 3
Sculpture Studio 3
New Media 1
New Media 2
Special Problems 4
Culminating Requirement (3 Units)
ART 500Culminating Experience3
Total Units30
1

ART 222 is a 3 unit course which must be taken each semester until final reviews are passed. Only 6 units of credit count toward graduation.

2

ART 299 does not count towards the 6-unit requirement.

3

Only 6 units of each studio course

4

Open only to graduate art students competent to carry on individual work; admission requires approval of the faculty member who will direct the work and of the Department chair via signed petition form

Final Review

During the semester when the student expects to complete 30 units, the student should consult with the Graduate Coordinator and the student's advisor in order to determine the details (such as the number of pieces and manner of presentation) of the final review, which is a culminating exhibition of student work. (Final reviews may be attempted only twice.)

How to Read Course Descriptions

ART 1A.     Art in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Survey of architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture of the Eastern Mediterranean and European cultures.

Note: Recommended for freshman or sophomore years. It is recommended that ART 1A be taken before ART 1B.

ART 1B.     Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Baroque. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Survey of architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture of the Eastern Mediterranean and European cultures.

Note: Recommended for freshman or sophomore years. It is recommended that ART 1A be taken before ART 1B.

ART 1C.     Modern and Contemporary Art: Rococo to the Present. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


A 3-unit lecture based survey of the history of world art from the late 18th century to the present, from the European Rococo, Enlightenment, age of science and revolution, through Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and the rise of the international avant-garde, Realism, Impression, Symbolism, photography and film. In the 20th century, Fauvism, Cubism, the Bauhaus, Expressionism, Pop, Minimal art, Postmodernism, conceptualism, performance, video and new media are considered from global perspectives and artistic production. Part of the art history foundation sequence.

Note: Recommended for freshman or sophomore years. It is recommended that ART 1A and/or ART 1B be taken before ART 1C.

ART 2.     History of Islamic Art. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduces students to the art and architecture of major Islamic cultures and offers a background in the religion and philosophy of Islam. Works of art from Muslim countries and regions are studied in comparison to those of other major Asian and European cultures. Lecture. 3 units

ART 3A.     Traditional Asian Art. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduces students to the art and architecture of Asia from the pre-historic through pre-modern periods (approximately 1600). The styles, subjects, and significance of the art of India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, Tibet, China, Japan and Korea will be presented in a broad context including the history, geography, ethnic populations, languages, and religions of these countries (i.e., Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Daoism, and Shinto).

ART 3B.     Modern and Contemporary Asian Art. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Covers the art and architecture of Asia from the modern period to the present day. Attention will be given to the impact of outside influences upon the development of art in several Asian countries, including India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Korea, and Japan. Contacts between those countries, their exposure to western visual culture through new or increased contact with the west, and the spread of Christianity all had an impact on Asian art during the period under consideration.

ART 5.     Native American Art. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Historical survey and visual study of the development of American Indian art in North America from the prehistoric periods to the end of the 19th century.

ART 7.     Introduction to Art and Visual Culture. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


For the general education student who wants to explore the world of art and visual culture. A wide range of multicultural, historical, and contemporary art works, art media, art history, art ideas, and art practices are presented through illustrated lectures, discussions, field trips, guest lectures, studio visits, and beginning-level art projects.

Field trip(s) may be required.

ART 20A.     Beginning Drawing. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to various techniques of and approaches to drawing, using still lifes, landscapes, and figures.

Note: fee course.

Fee course.

ART 20B.     Intermediate Drawing. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.


Extension of drawing experiences initiated in ART 20A, with emphasis on surveying materials and concepts pertinent to contemporary and historical drawing.

Note: fee course.

Fee course.

ART 22.     Beginning Painting. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to the methods and problems of painting in oil or acrylic medium.

Note: May be taken twice for credit. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 24.     Beginning Watercolor. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to both transparent and opaque watercolor.

Note: May be taken twice for credit. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 27.     Beginning Color. 3 Units


Investigation of the interactions of color based on the laws of perception, color composition, space, and design. An empirical study of the phenomena of color as developed by Josef Albers and Johannes Itten, and the use of color as a visual experience with acrylic paints.

ART 40B.     Basic Printmaking: Etching. 3 Units


Introduction to intaglio techniques, including etching, drypoint, and aquatint. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 40D.     Basic Printmaking: Relief. 3 Units


Introduction to wood and linoleum cutting and printing. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 40E.     Basic Printmaking: Silkscreen. 3 Units


Introduction to silkscreen processes and printing. Includes the construction of the equipment necessary to print direct drawing materials, and photo-established imagery. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 50.     Beginning Ceramics. 3 Units


Projects in basic techniques and approaches to the potter's wheel. Fee course.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 53.     Beginning Hand-Built Ceramics. 3 Units


Basic techniques and approaches to pottery through practice in hand-building methods, including coil, slab, pinch, and combinations thereof. Fee course.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 60.     Two-Dimensional Composition. 3 Units


Structured exploration of principles used to organize two-dimensional images. Basic art elements and their properties are explored in a series of progressive projects.

Note: Recommended for freshman or sophomore years.

ART 70.     Form, Space Vision. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Foundation in three-dimensional design primarily concerned with the visual dialogue between form and space. A heightened visual sensitivity for three-dimensional composition is a major objective of every project. Line, plane, and volume are utilized separately and in concert to construct three-dimensional forms. A variety of materials are employed in the activation of form and space: wire, cardboard, clay, wood, and plaster. Fee course.

Note: Recommended for freshman or sophomore years.

Fee course.

ART 74.     Beginning Jewelry. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to techniques and tools used in the design and fabrication of jewelry, such as lost wax casting, stone setting, and finishing processes. Emphasis is on compositional arrangement and finish. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 75.     Beginning Metalsmithing. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to techniques, tools, and methods used in fabrication of ferrous and non-ferrous metal, such as piercing, riveting, soldering, forging, and finishing processes. Emphasis is on composition and imagery. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 80.     Materials Methods. 3 Units


Develops students' awareness of traditional and contemporary techniques used as the basis for fine and applied art. Devoted to materials and their methods of application, with most materials introduced via their traditional antecedents (for example, hide glue before modern epoxies). May be team taught. Lecture one hour; laboratory four hours. Fee course.

Note: Sophomore status and above recommended.

Fee course.

ART 86.     Clay Sculpture. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Includes work with the various forms of hand-built sculpture in both low- and high-fire clay. Glazes are used sparingly to stress forms and their relationships. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 88.     Beginning Sculpture. 3 Units

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Introduction to traditional and non-traditional processes of sculpture and three-dimensional forms in space. Students can expect to use the following materials: cardboard, clay, metals, plaster, plastics, wire and wood to explore the making of three-dimensional imagery. Investigations will include the formulation of ideas relative to sculptural problem solving while discovering historical and contemporary examples of sculpture. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 97.     Beginning Electronic Art. 3 Units


Explores the creative potential of imaging software used by visual artists. Familiarity with software, hardware and output devices will be established. The creation of digital art will be considered within the framework of current ideas in art and culture. No previous computer experience is necessary. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 100.     Origins of American Indian Art. 3 Units


Survey of 19th and 20th century American Indian art. Emphasis is on the student's involvement with Indian art and includes discussion of Indian philosophy and art techniques.

ART 101.     Photography, Inception to Mid-Century. 3 Units


Introduces students to the history of photography, from inception to Mid-20th Century. Practices of photographers and artists, working with photographic technologies, will be discussed. The course examines photographic vision and the impact of the medium through lectures and readings by art historians and photographers.

Cross-listed: PHOT 101.

ART 103.     Greco-Roman Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1A or equivalent.


Architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture of Helladic, classical Greek, pre-Christian Italian, and Roman Periods.

ART 105.     Medieval Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1A or equivalent.


Architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture of medieval Western Europe.

ART 106.     Renaissance Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1A or ART 1B, or equivalent.


Architecture, painting, graphic arts, sculpture, and crafts principally of the 15th and 16th centuries. Emphasis is on the art of Europe in the historical context of an emerging global consciousness.

ART 107.     Baroque and Rococo Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1B or equivalent.


European architecture, painting, and sculpture of the 17th and 18th centuries.

ART 108.     19th Century Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1C or equivalent.


European architecture, painting, and sculpture of the 19th century.

ART 109.     Modern Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Upper-division standing and ART 1C or equivalent with instructor approval.


Presented as the cultural episode that began with the emergence of the avant-garde in mid-nineteenth century Paris and ended in the middle of the twentieth century with WW II and the beginning of the postmodern era: from Realism, the birth of photography, and Impressionism through the high modernist movements associated with the international School of Paris, including Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Dada, and Surrealism. It concludes with post-WW II expressions, including Abstract Expressionism.

ART 110.     American Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1B or ART 1C or equivalent.


Art of the Americas, particularly the architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture of the U.S.

ART 111.     Latin American and Latino Art History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GWAR certification before Fall 09; or WPJ score of 80+; or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W; or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X; or WPJ score 70 or 71 and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1), Writing Intensive Graduation Requirement (WI)


Provides an overview of Latin American and Latino art from the independence movements of the 1820s to the present. After an introductory survey of pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial art, the art of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. is studied within the contexts of contemporaneous cultural, intellectual, political and social history. The diverse visual cultures of Latin American and Latino art are thematically unified by an examination of common concerns and motivations.

ART 112.     Contemporary Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Modern Art History: ART 1C or ART 109 (or equivalent) or instructor permission.


Beginning with international Pop art and Minimalism in the 1960s, surveys the history of contemporary art from the end of avant-garde modernism to the postmodernism and globalism of today. Lectures, discussions, readings and assignments offer insights into the contexts, attitudes, and ideas behind current art and visual culture.

Note: Taught in conjunction with ART 212.

ART 113B.     Asian Art and Mythology. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 3A or equivalent or instructor permission.


Survey and investigation of selected myths from Asian cultures and traditions.

ART 115.     Topics in Asian Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Upper division or graduate status; completion of ART 3A (or equivalent); and an upper division Asian art history course such as ART 117A, ART 117B, ART 113B, or or instructor permission; GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109M/W.


Seminar on topics in Asian art.

ART 116.     Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Upper division or graduate status; completion of ART 1C (or equivalent); and an upper division art history course in a related subject area (or instructor permission); GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a "C-" in ENGL 109 M/W.


Seminar on topics in modern and contemporary art history.

ART 117A.     Art of India and Southeast Asia. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 3A or equivalent, or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Provides a broad overview of the architectural remains and visual arts of India and Southeast Asia from prehistory to the present. Consideration will be given to the art styles, iconography, history, geography, ethnic populations, languages, and religions (i.e., Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Islam) of each region.

ART 117B.     Art of China and Japan. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 3A or equivalent, or instructor permission.

General Education Area/Graduation Requirement: Arts (Area C1)


Provides a broad overview of the architectural remains and visual arts of China and Japan from prehistory to the present. Consideration will be given to the art styles, iconography, history, geography, ethnic populations, languages, and religions (i.e., Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism) of each region.

ART 117C.     Art of Korea. 3 Units


Introduces students to the art and architecture of Korea from the pre-historic through contemporary periods. The styles, subjects, and significance of the art of Korea will be presented in a broad context including the history, geography, ethnic populations, languages, and religions of Korea (i.e., Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Christianity).

ART 118A.     Modern Architecture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 1C (or equivalent), or instructor permission.


A survey of modern architecture which covers the architectural theories and principles underlying certain significant structures. Special consideration is given to an analysis of the works of 20th century pioneers and their followers, such as Wright, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Van der Rohe, Aalto, and Johnson, among others, and to certain movements, such as the International Style, Brutalism, and Formalism.

ART 118B.     California Architecture and Urban History. 3 Units


Survey of the history of California architecture and its impact on the urban environment from Native Americans to the 20th century. Particular attention will be given to architecture as a symbol or statement of social, economic, and political empowerment.

Cross listed as HIST 184; only one may be counted for credit.

ART 119.     Directed Research in Art History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to upper division art majors or minors only who have completed 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 120.     Advanced Drawing. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20B or equivalent.


Continuing investigation of drawing. Emphasis is on the development of individual style.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 122A.     Intermediate Painting. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 22 or equivalent.


Continuing investigation of the technical and conceptual issues of painting.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 122B.     Advanced Painting. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): One of the following ART 122A, ART 124A, ART 125A, ART 126 or instructor permission.


Continuing investigation of the technical and conceptual issues of painting, with an emphasis on intensive individual exploration.

Note: May be repeated four times for credit.

ART 123.     Figure Drawing. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.


Concentrates on the development of drawing and visual skills with emphasis on the human figure. Strong emphasis is placed on anatomical knowledge of the body and its expression through drawing techniques. The effects of volume and movement in space as well as compositional possibilities with the figure are explored. Slides are used to inform students of the drawing techniques achieved in historic and contemporary images. Fee course.

Note: May be taken for credit three times.

Fee course.

ART 124A.     Intermediate Watercolor. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 24 or equivalent.


Continuing investigation of the technical and conceptual issues of painting, using transparent water media.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 124B.     Advanced Watercolor. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 124A or equivalent.


Continuing investigation of the techniques and conceptual issues of painting using transparent water media, with emphasis on intensive individual exploration.

Note: May be taken four times for credit.

ART 125A.     Life Painting. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.


Painting from professional models.

Note: May be taken for credit twice. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 125B.     Life Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.


Drawing and painting from professional models. Fee course.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 126.     Painting and Drawing in the Field. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 22 or ART 24, or equivalent.


Further development of painting and drawing skills with emphasis on direct observation and use of color to make form. Class will meet at specific landscape sites to work, with primary focus on painting. In addition, work will be developed in the classroom based on prior field study. Critiques will examine how one situation is variously interpreted.

ART 127.     Collage and Assemblage. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A, ART 22 and either ART 70 or ART 88 (or equivalent), or instructor permission.


Use of found and readily available materials to make 2-dimensional collage and 3-dimensional assemblage. Most projects are conceptual, a few purely visual, and take from one to three class periods, including critique, and class discussions.

Note: May be taken twice for credit. Fee Course

Fee course.

ART 128.     Art and the Artist in the Marketplace. 3 Units


Study of the thought processes and preparations for presenting one's artwork in the marketplace. An overview of what it takes to begin showing and selling artworks, including the skills and procedures of presenting artwork to galleries. A study of contracts, loan agreements, invoicing, commissions, model releases, taxes, pricing of work, resumes, slide preparation/presentation, publicity skills, and record keeping. Lecture, field trips to galleries and museums.

Field trip(s) may be required.

ART 129.     Painting/Drawing Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to upper division art majors or minors only who have completed 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 130.     Theories in Art Education. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Upper division or graduate status; declared major in Art.


Overview of national and international theories in the fields of visual art and education through historical and contemporary literature with particular attention to strategies for engaging student populations in the topics.

ART 133.     Art Education for Children. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Upper division status; declared major or minor in Art, or a declared major in Child Development, or Liberal Studies, or Blended Liberal Studies


Intended for students who are preparing to become elementary school teachers in California, providing meaningful, thematic instruction suitable for grades 1-6. Students will explore several 21st century education approaches applicable to both elementary generalists and visual art specialists, including meaning making, visual culture, holistic integration, learner-directed, and standards-based. Students will explore and evaluate the Common Core State Standards and the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards.

Note: Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 134.     Interdisciplinary Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A and upper division status.


Students learn how to make connections and relationships between visual art and curriculum subjects such as ecology, history, anthropology, language arts, theatre and music. Through studio activities and interdisciplinary themes, students will learn how to integrate the California Visual Art Content Standards.

ART 135.     Overview of Secondary Art Education. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 133 or instructor permission.


Exploration of visual art and education theories, studio practices, curriculum development, and teaching strategies for art at the secondary school level. Students will explore and evaluate the National Core Arts Standards.

ART 137.     Art for Exceptional Children. 3 Units


Art is studied as a means of meeting the learning needs of atypical children, whose ages range from infancy through adolescence, and whose atypical characteristics consist of mental deficiencies, physical disabilities, emotional problems, or gifted abilities. Lectures, readings, and class discussions focus on the characteristics, and art curriculum goals of exceptional children, while studio activities provide experiences with art media. Lecture, laboratory. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 139.     Directed Research in Art Education. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open only to upper division art majors/minors who have successfully completed 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 141.     Advanced Silkscreen. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 40E or equivalent.


Advanced work in silkscreen including photo-silkscreen. Emphasis is on exploration of color and imagery.

Note: May be taken for credit four times.

ART 142.     3D Computer Modeling. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): CSC 10 or ART 97 or equivalent.


Techniques and processes to create 3D computer models and environments. Exercises, assignments and projects designed to build skill levels with 3D computer modeling tools. Demonstrations and workshops in the use of 3D computer modeling software. Critiques, discussion and presentations to develop students' conceptual grasp of 3D computer modeling and virtual reality environments. Example applications in art/new media and computer gaming.

Note: May be taken twice for credit. Cross-listed as CSC 126.

ART 143.     3D Computer Animation. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 142 or CSC 126.


Creative skills and techniques for animating 3D computer-modeled objects/environments. Topics include animation techniques; keyframing and interpolation; deformation and morphing; path control; skeletal animation; model rigging and skinning; forward and inverse kinematics, constraints and IK solvers; particle systems; fluid, cloth, hair, and fur simulation; shape keys; and soft body animation. Emphasis on both skill development and creative application of modeling and animation techniques. Includes demos, in class and homework excercises, and self directed projects.

Cross-listed: CSC 127.

ART 144.     Digital Printmaking. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 97 or equivalent.


Through traditional and digital print media, the course explores the convergence of digital imaging (vector and raster processes) and printmaking techniques (such as monoprint, lithography, etching and silkscreen). Vector graphics use geometry: points, lines and fills, creating crisp re-scaleable images. Raster graphics use a rectangular grid of pixels to create continuous-tone effects. By exploring these approaches and their transference to printmaking processes, students gain deeper understanding of print technology and a more tactile awareness of image making. Fee course.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 145.     Advanced Printmaking Studio. 3 Units


Advanced exploration of printmaking media (etching, lithography, relief, and monoprinting techniques) within a historical framework. Students investigate the printmaking techniques of historically significant figures and apply them to their own imagery.

Note: Open to students with experience in upper division painting or photography, or lower division printmaking. May be taken twice for credit. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 147.     Video Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 97 or COMS 27A/FILM 27A and COMS 27B/FILM 27B.


The creation and analysis of video artwork; including techniques of video production, post-production manipulation and critique, within the context of art and communication. The techniques and theory of producing and editing video will serve as a foundation for the pursuit of individual, creative projects.

Cross-listed as COMS 157; only one may be counted for credit.

ART 148.     Barrio Art for Ethnic Groups. 3 Units


Provides a cultural situation for students who expect to work with the Mexican American community. Involves personal contact with persons in that community. Uses poetry, music, slides, and film to understand art as a non-verbal language.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 149.     Graphics/Printmaking Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition.


Open only to upper division art majors/minors who have completed 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 150.     Advanced Ceramics. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 50 or equivalent, or instructor permission.


Advanced study of ceramic techniques leading toward the development of an individual creative expression. Fee course.

Note: May be taken for credit four times.

Fee course.

ART 153.     Hand-Built Ceramic Techniques. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 53 or instructor permission.


Specialization in hand-built clay forms. Methods of working include coil, slab, pinch, and combinations of techniques which might include some wheel-thrown parts, decoration, and glazing of forms. Fee course.

Note: May be taken for credit four times.

Fee course.

ART 159.     Ceramics Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to upper division art majors or minors only who have completed 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 161.     Photography in the Field. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHOT 141 or instructor permission.


The class visits specific sites followed by a group critique of the resulting photographic work. The course objective is to examine how one situation can be interpreted by many varied sensibilities, broadening the artist's visual vocabulary. Students are required to create visually unified portfolio that demonstrates a sense of place.

Cross-listed: PHOT 161.

ART 162.     Alternative Photographic Processes. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHOT 141 or instructor permission.


Studio course exploring alternative photographic processes that may include: printing-out paper, new cyanotype, argyrotype, and platinum-palladium. Slide discussions, individual and class critiques.

Cross-listed: PHOT 162.

ART 163.     Pinhole Photography. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): PHOT 40 or equivalent.


Intermediate course investigating the theory, history, and practice of pinhole photography. Use of student-made pinhole cameras of varying focal lengths using black and white and color materials. Emphasis on creative approach in both camera making and image formation, supported by intermediate-level photographic technique. Individual final portfolios and group exhibition of cameras and prints at conclusion of course.

Cross-listed: PHOT 163.

ART 169.     Photography Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to upper division art majors or minors only who have completed successfully 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 174.     Intermediate Jewelry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 74 or equivalent, or instructor permission.


Continued study of the techniques and tools used in metal fabrication, such as raising, tool making, chasing and repousse, and scoring/bending process. Emphasis is on development and individual style. Fee course.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 175.     Intermediate Metalsmithing. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Art 75.


Continued exploration of techniques, tools, and methods used in fabrication of ferrous and non-ferrous metal such as cold fastening, repousage, forging, and finishing processes. Emphasis is on composition and imagery. Fee course.

Fee course.

ART 176.     Advanced Jewelry. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 174.


Focus on the development of personal style in metal fabrication and casting techniques. Students learn to build mechanical devices such as clasp systems that enhance the overall appearance of their work. Research involving historical periods in metal work.

ART 179.     Small Metals Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 176.


Open to upper division art majors or minors only who have completed 9 units in a specialized area.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 180.     Figure Sculpture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A or equivalent.


Work from live models in clay and plaster. Construction of armatures and waste mold demonstrated. Fee course.

Note: May be taken for credit four times.

Fee course.

ART 182.     Intermediate Sculpture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 70 or ART 88 or equivalent.


Intermediate explorations with traditional and non-traditional processes of sculpture, three-dimensional form and spatial relationships. Students will expect to explore concept based learning through visual problem solving while accumulating in depth techniques and skills in a variety of sculpture materials. Includes study of historical and contemporary examples of sculpture and other relevant forms of art.

Note: May be taken twice for credit. Fee Course

Fee course.

ART 183.     Advanced Sculpture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 180 or 182 or instructor permission.


Advanced explorations and study in sculpture, three-dimensional media and imagery and conceptual based art. Students can explore sculpture, advanced three-dimensional design, mixed media, installation art, site specificity, performance art, public art or other. Study will be both assignment based or self-directed. Fee course.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 187.     Installation and Performance Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 20A and either ART 70 or ART 88 or equivalent.


Explores the practice, theory and history of making installation and performance art. Students will study contemporary artists of this genre while designing, modeling and creating installation projects. Performances are not mandatory. Students will exhibit their works in traditional campus galleries alternative spaces. Emphasizes individual investigation and discovery while remaining open to collaborative projects that may cross disciplines. Fee course.

Note: may be taken twice for credit.

Fee course.

ART 189.     Sculpture Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to upper division art majors or minors only who have completed 9 units in a specialized area. Fee course.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

Fee course.

ART 191.     Film as an Art Form. 3 Units


Wide range of theory and criticism of film, photography, and painting in the 20th century is presented from which the student may cultivate a coherent critical awareness. The development of realism in Western art, the photographic image, narrative in film, montage, and the development of cinematography will be included with special attention given to the films of D.W. Griffith, Sergei Eisenstein, Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orsen Welles.

ART 192A.     Senior Seminar in Studio Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior status (90 overall units), completion of 30 units of art studio courses, and (GWAR certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 70+ or at least a C- in ENGL 109M or ENGL 109W).


Culminating studio art course designed to deepen experiences in diverse visual arts. Emphasis placed on independent studio practice with additional development in verbal and written skills in a variety of art disciplines. Participation in BA candidate exhibition required in the second enrolled semester for completion of the course.

Note: Must be taken twice. Cannot be taken twice in the same semester.

ART 192B.     Senior Seminar in Art History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior status, completion of all lower-division major requirements, HIST 100, and GWAR certification before Fall 09, WPJ score of 70+, or at least a C- in ENGL 109 M/W.


Focuses on the research, writing, and oral presentation of a 25-35 page thesis in the student's area of interest. Seminar readings, discussions, and weekly workshops support the thesis project and develop basic career skills. Explores how to employ traditional and new research technologies and develops writing skills. Career topics include how to locate appropriate jobs, professional schools, and graduate programs; how to write professional resumes, correspondence, including graduate school and grant applications.

ART 192C.     Senior Seminar in Art Education. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Senior status, and ART 130, ART 133, ART 134, and ART 135.


Relates current art education theories to teaching practices in elementary and secondary classrooms, and museum/gallery settings. Teaching practices in a classroom or gallery/museum setting will connect to curriculum materials developed.

ART 193.     Art Gallery Management. 3 Units


Designed for direct participation of students in the management of an art gallery, including installation, publicity, and budgeting.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 195.     Fieldwork. 1 - 3 Units


Directed observation and work experience with public agencies. Field work is offered for the purpose of giving students orientation in occupational specialties. Supervision is provided by both the instructional staff of the University and the cooperating agencies. Each student is required to maintain a record of activities and assignments, and to prepare periodic reports. The student must make arrangements with a faculty member for a work program prior to admittance to the course.

Credit/No Credit

ART 196.     Experimental Offerings in Art. 1 Unit


Undergraduate seminar in art, to be scheduled as needed.

ART 196U.     Introduction to Curatorial Studies. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): upper-division status.


This course provides the foundation needed for professionally managing and displaying objects held in art collections. Through readings, small group discussions, field trips, guest lectures, and the directed experience of creating an exhibition of artworks from the Sacramento State Art Department collection, students learn the basics of curatorial studies and art collection management.

Field trip(s) may be required.

ART 197.     Intermediate Electronic Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 97, or equivalent experience, such as PHOT 11, Introduction to Digital Imaging.


Explores the creative potential of digital imaging and multimedia art making techniques. Teaching methods will include hands on demonstrations, lab workshops, creative projects, reading assignments, seminars, discussion and critiques. The development of technical fluency will be stressed, and the creative potential of digital media within the framework of contemporary art, design and culture will be emphasized. Fee course.

Note: Proficiency in MAC-OS recommended. May be taken for credit three times.

Fee course.

ART 198.     Advanced Electronic Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 197, or equivalent experience, evidenced in portfolio.


Utilizes the creative potential of electronic media to create art projects, working within the conceptual framework of developments in contemporary culture using a range of available software programs. An experimental and exploratory approach to the digital medium in concept, process and execution of work is encouraged. Fee course.

Note: Proficiency in MAC-OS recommended. May be taken for credit three times.

Fee course.

ART 199.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units


Individual projects or directed reading. Open only to students who are competent to carry on individual work.

Note: Departmental petition required.

Credit/No Credit

ART 206.     Art Theory and Criticism. 3 Units


Seminar discussions of essential readings in Western aesthetic philosophy and contemporary art theory and criticism. Stress is placed on the conceptualization of the student's own graduate production.

Note: Required for students in art graduate program; Graduate Writing Intensive (GWI) course.

ART 212.     Contemporary Art. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Modern Art History: Art 1B or ART 109 or equivalent or instructor permission.


Beginning with international Pop art and Minimalism in the 1960s, surveys the history of contemporary art from the end of avant-garde modernism to the postmodernism and globalism of today. Lectures, discussions, readings and assignments, offer insights into the contexts, attitudes and ideas behind current art and visual culture.

Note: Students who earned a grade of B or higher in ART 112 can fulfill the requirements for ART 212 by taking a one-unit supplemental ART 299 to satisfy graduate level criteria.

ART 219.     Directed Research in Art History. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair.

ART 220.     Advanced Problems in Painting and Drawing. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): ART 122B, graduate art student status, or instructor permission.


Special problems in painting and drawing.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 222.     Studio Critique Seminar. 3 Units


Critique seminar taught by one or more instructors representing different creative experiences.

Note: Required for students in the art studio graduate program, every semester until the final review has been passed. Only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program. Open only to classified graduate students.

ART 229.     Painting/Drawing Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

ART 239.     Directed Research in Art Education. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

ART 249.     Graphics/Printmaking Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

ART 259.     Ceramics Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

ART 269.     Photography Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

ART 279.     Crafts/Art Metal Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified art graduate students only.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

ART 283.     Graduate Sculpture. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Art student status, or instructor permission.


Special problems in sculpture, mixed media, installation art, site specific art, performance art, public art or other. Students will engage in self-directed projects while participating in sculpture studio forum and critiques.

Note: may be taken twice for credit

ART 289.     Sculpture Studio. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission and Department chair via signed petition form.


Open to classified and unclassified graduate students only. Fee course.

Note: May be repeated as often as approved by advisor and Department chair; only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

Fee course.

ART 297.     New Media 1. 3 Units


Students will work on self-directed new media projects with the supervision of the instructor. The work will focus on projects that are either entirely based on digital image and/or animation, or on works that also utilize other media or processes combined with digital image or animation, such as intermedia, mixed media and installation work. This course also includes reading assignments, critique and discussion.

Note: May be repeated twice for credit.

ART 298.     New Media 2. 3 Units


Students will work on self-directed video and new media with the supervision of the instructor. The work will focus on projects that are either entirely based in new media and video, or on works that also utilize other media or processes combined with video and/or interactive processes, such as intermedia, mixed media and installation work. The course also includes reading assignments, critique and discussion.

Note: May be taken twice for credit.

ART 299.     Special Problems. 1 - 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Open only to graduate art students competent to carry on individual work. Admission requires approval of the faculty member who will direct the work and of the Department chair via signed petition form.


Individual projects or directed reading.

Note: Only 6 units may be applied toward the degree program.

Credit/No Credit

ART 305.     Art in the Public School. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the art teaching credential program.


Art teaching methods and programs for public school grades K-12. Must be taken during Phase I or II of student teaching.

ART 500.     Culminating Experience. 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Advanced to candidacy and chair permission of student's project committee.


Culminating exhibition of student work.