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Art and Art History

Requirements

Potential Art Majors and Minors

All students considering a major or minor in studio art should contact the Art Department Chair as soon as possible in order to be enrolled in the required courses.

AP, Dual Enrollment, Transfer, and Study Abroad Credits

Majors
Students who major in Studio Art, Art History, or Studio Art and Art History can use a total of only three units of transfer, dual enrollment, AP, and credits from study abroad combined to count toward their major, with approval of the department. Only two units from study abroad can be used toward the major.

Minors
Students who minor in Studio Art or Art History can use a total of only two units of transfer, dual enrollment, AP, and credits from study abroad combined to count toward their minor, with approval of the department. Only one unit from study abroad can be used toward the minor.

Senior Individualized Project (SIP)

All SIPs must be advanced-level work. Students must seek out a SIP advisor in the department prior to the fall of their senior year. A faculty member will agree to supervise the student only if the quality of the proposal and the student's preparation meet department expectations.

A Senior Individualized Project in art for a non-major is possible only if the student has taken the relevant courses in the department and receives approval for the proposed project.

Studio Art SIP Guidelines
SIPs in Studio Art are usually one unit, typically executed in the senior winter. Students should have considerable experience, including at least one intermediate/advanced course in the medium or area of the SIP. Sculpture students must take at least two sculpture courses in addition to the required unit. All Studio Art majors must enroll in ARTX450 (Advanced Studio) in the fall before the SIP; this may also be required for non-majors who plan to do studio art SIPs. Beyond the production of work, the SIP consists of an oral defense and reflective SIP document (a narrative description of the project from nascent stage to completion with the addition of other support materials and images).  The student may also have an optional exhibition and public presentation.

Art History SIP Guidelines
SIPs in Art History are usually one unit and may be either a research project or an internship.

The research SIP (summer, fall, or winter quarter) is a paper of 40 to 50 pages on a topic in which the student has sufficient background to do advanced research. The topic must be approved in consultation with the SIP advisor. Students are required to write an annotated bibliography and outline the quarter before the SIP (summer deadline for fall quarter SIPs, fall quarter deadline for winter quarter SIPs) and to arrange a regular meeting with their supervisor during the SIP quarter.

The internship SIP is normally conducted during the summer between the junior and senior year. Most typically, students will intern with the museum or gallery. The expectation is that the internship will be a substantial experience, with most students working for approximately 20-30 hours a week. The SIP internship documentation (detailed daily journal, descriptions of the institution and personnel, 15-page research paper, reflective essay) is completed during the quarter of registration, either the summer or a subsequent quarter.

Requirements for the Studio Art Major

Number of Units
Ten units are required. A SIP is not counted as part of the ten units.

Required Courses: Six Units
To be completed by the end of the sophomore year:
ARTX 100 Introduction to Visual Fundamentals
ARTX 105 Basic Drawing
ARTX 134 Sculpture: Object Investigation or ARTX 234 Sculpture: Structure and Space
ARTX 145 Survey of of Art I: 1100-1600 (try to take before study abroad if going to Europe) or ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945

To be completed by the fall of the senior year:
ARTX 224 Art Since 1945
ARTX 450 Advanced Studio (Advanced Studio has a pre-requisite of at least one intermediate level studio art course)

Electives: Four Units
The remaining four units are to be selected from all studio art courses and should include at least one 300-level studio art course.

It is highly recommended that a minimum of two classes in an area of focus (including one second-level or intermediate course) should be completed by the end of the junior year. Areas of focus include painting, photography, documentary, video, sculpture, and ceramics. Students interested in doing a SIP in sculpture must take at least three sculpture courses before the SIP quarter.

 

Requirements for the Studio Art Minor

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses: two units (one from each group)
Group A
ARTX 100 Introduction to Visual Fundamentals
ARTX 105 Basic Drawing

Group B
ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945
ARTX 224 Art Since 1945

Elective Courses: Four units
Four additional studio art courses may be selected from the studio art offerings, including at least one 200 or 300-level course (300-level is recommended).

Requirements for the Art History Major

Number of Units
Ten units are required. One unit may be the SIP, which in art history is usually a research project or museum internship.

Required Courses: Five units

To be completed by the end of the sophomore year:
ARTX 100 Introduction to Visual Fundamentals or ARTX 105 Basic Drawing
ARTX 145 Survey of Art I:1100-1600
ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945

To be completed by the end of the junior year:
ARTX 224 Art Since 1945

To be taken during the fall quarter of senior year:
ARTX 440 Ways of Seeing

Additional Required Courses: Two units (one from groups A and B)

Group A
ARTX 208 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
ARTX 209 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

Group B
ARTX 223 The Long 19th-Century Art
ARTX 227 Seeing and Perceiving in the Modern Museum
ARTX 290 Art and Gender

Elective Courses: Three units
Three additional art history units are required; additional units may include a one-unit SIP, ARTX 215 A History of Photography, ARTX 226 Ceramics: World Pottery, ARTX/RELG/SEMN 205 Religious Art/Material Culture, or any other Art History course.

Requirements for the Art History Minor

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses: Three units

ARTX 145 Survey of Art I: 1100-1600
ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945
ARTX 224 Art Since 1945

Additional required courses: Two units (one from group A and one from group B):

Group A
ARTX 208 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology
ARTX 209 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

Group B
ARTX 223 The Long 19th Century
ARTX 227 Seeing and Perceiving in the Modern Museum
ARTX 290 Art and Gender

Elective Courses: One unit
One additional art history course is required, selected from the other art history offerings.
ARTX 434: Ways of Seeing is recommended.

Requirements for the Studio Art and Art History Major

Number of Units
Ten units are required. One unit may be the SIP, which may be a research project, museum internship, or gallery exhibition.

Required Courses: Four units

To be completed by the end of the sophomore year:
ARTX 100 Introduction to Visual Fundamentals
ARTX 105 Basic Drawing
ARTX 145 Introduction to History of Art II (try to take before Study Abroad if going to Europe)
ARTX 150 Introduction to History of Art III or ARTX224 Art Since 1945

Electives
Three art history courses and three studio art courses should make up the remaining six units and may include a one-unit SIP.