BA in Art (Art Studio)

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

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.

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, 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).

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses applied to the Art Studio concentration. 

Notes:

  • Whenever possible, classes should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. 
  • 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.

Program Requirements

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
Art of thee Ancient Mediterranean
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.