BA in Art (Studio Arts Methods)

Units required for Major: 48
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 Requirements

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


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

Program Requirements

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
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
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
Experimental Offerings in Art
Total Units48

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


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


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