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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Option in Drawing and Painting (132 units)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered for the student eventually seeking a Master of Fine Arts degree, the position of a professional artist or designer, and for teaching studio art within a selected specialization. The B.F.A. degree program is demanding, requiring high quality performance in order to develop the professional competence of talented students toward successful entrance into the professional art field.

To remain a B.F.A. candidate, a successful student must maintain a specified minimum GPA in their discipline. See Program Options for specific GPA requirements.

Option in Drawing and Painting (132 units)

Students who fall below a GPA of 3.0 in upper division courses in Drawing and Painting for two consecutive semesters will be removed from this B.F.A. program.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following course:

  • AH 111A Foundation Art History I (3)
    Prerequisites: One GE Foundation course
  • AH 111B Foundation Art History II (3)
    Prerequisites: One GE Foundation course
  • ART 130 Foundation Two-Dimensional (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 181 Foundation Drawing (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 184 Foundation Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 181
  • ART 287 Introduction to Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181

Take 3 units of the following:

  • 100-level AH

Take one course selected from:

  • ART 251A Introduction to Ceramics: Handbuilding (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 131
  • ART 251B Introduction to Ceramics: Wheel Throwing (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 131
  • ART 261 Introduction to Life Sculpture (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: ART 131 or ART 181; AH 111A or AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
  • ART 263 Introduction to Sculpture/4D (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 131 or consent of instructor

Upper Division:

Take 3 units from the following courses:

  • ART 311 Writing about Art (3)
    Prerequisites: Art Major or consent of instructor. GE Foundation completed, upper division standing. You must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • ART 333 Global Art Scenes (3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation and Upper Division standing.

Take all of the following courses:

  • ART 381 Intermediate Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181, ART 184; AH 111A, AH 111B
  • ART 383 Life Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181, ART 184, ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B
  • ART 384 Intermediate Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181, ART 184; AH 111A, AH 111B
  • ART 387 Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181, ART 184, ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B
  • ART 388 Advanced Studies in Color (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 130, ART 287, AH 111A, AH 111B.
  • ART 491G Drawing and Painting Senior Project (1)
    Prerequisite: ART 496A. Corequisite: ART 496B.
  • ART 496A BFA Capstone: Drawing and Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: Drawing and Painting major. Completion of 6 to 12 units of required 400 level classes in Drawing and Painting including (but not limited to) ART 481 or ART 487 and ART 483 or ART 484
  • ART 496B BFA Capstone: Drawing and Painting (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 496A. Corequisite: ART 491G

Contemporary Practices Track

Take all of the following courses:

  • ART 481 Advanced Drawing (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 381
  • ART 487 Advanced Painting (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 387
  • ART 492G Concentrated Studies in Abstract Painting (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 387 or consent of instructor

Take one of the following courses:

  • ART 483 Advanced Life Painting (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 383
  • ART 484 Advanced Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 384 or consent of instructor.

Take 9 units of AH

Take 6 units ART outside the specialization

Figurative Track

Take all of the following courses:

  • ART 483 Advanced Life Painting (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 383
  • ART 484 Advanced Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 384 or consent of instructor.
  • ART 492F Concentrated Studies in Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 384 or consent of instructor
  • ART 492Z Concentrated Studies in Life Painting (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 383 or consent of instructor.

Take one of the following courses

  • ART 481 Advanced Drawing (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 381
  • ART 487 Advanced Painting (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 387

Take 9 units of AH

Take 3 units ART outside the specialization


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