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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Option in Illustration (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 Illustration (132 units)

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

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all the following courses:

  • 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 271 Introduction to Rendering (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 130, ART 181.
  • ART 287 Introduction to Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181

Take (3) units of the following:

  • 100-level AH

For Illustration Track also take:

  • ART 223 Introduction to Typography (3)
    Prerequisites: For Art majors: ART 130, ART 181. For Design majors: DESN 120A and DESN 132A

For Animation Track also take:

  • ART 291 Introduction to Animation (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181

Upper Division:

Take all of the following:

  • ART 371A Illustration (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 130, ART 131, ART 181, ART 184, ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B.
  • ART 372 Anatomy for Artists (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 131, ART 181, ART 184; AH 111A, AH 111B.
  • ART 491E Illustration/Animation Senior Project (1)
    Prerequisites: Senior Illustration/Animation Major
  • 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.

Take 6 units AH

Animation Track

Take all the following courses:

  • ART 390 Drawing: Figures in Context (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 371A or consent of instructor
  • ART 391 Animation 1 (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181. For Animation Track Majors: ART 291.
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 131, ART 184, ART 287, ART 371A; AH 111A, AH 111B.
  • ART 472 Storyboarding for Film and Television (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181, ART 184, ART 271 or consent of instructor
  • ART 499E Special Studies in Animation (3)
    Prerequisite: Illustration /Animation Major or consent of instructor

Take 3 units from the following courses:

  • ART 392 Animation 2 (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 391, 
Prerequisite/Corequisite: ART 371A.
  • ART 476 Experimental Animation 1 (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 131, ART 181, ART 184

Take 3 units from the following courses:

  • ART 393 Character Design (3)
    Prerequisites/corequisites: ART 371A or consent of instructor
  • ART 418 Visual Development (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 371B or ART 391 or consent of instructor

Take 6 units from the following courses:

  • ART 392, ART 393, ART 426, ART 476, ART 482

Take 9 units from the following courses:

  • ART 371B, ART 373, ART 382, ART 383, ART 384, ART 385, ART 416, ART 417, ART 418, ART 427, ART 478, ART 499E

Illustration Track

Take all the following courses:

  • ART 371B Illustration (3)

    Prerequisite: ART 371A. Prerequisites/Corequisites: ART 223, 271
  • ART 382 Production for Fine Arts (3)

    Prerequisites: ART 223 or consent of instructor
  • ART 383 Life Painting (3)
    
Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181, ART 184, ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B
  • ART 471A Advanced Illustration (3)
    
Prerequisite: ART 371B
  • ART 471B Advanced Illustration (3)
    
Prerequisite: ART 471A
  • ART 482 Sequential Imagery (3)

    Prerequisite: For Illustration Track majors: ART 223, ART 371B. For Animation Track majors: ART 371A.

Take one of the following courses:

  • ART 374A Biomedical Rendering (3)

    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 184, ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B; or consent of instructor
  • ART 499F Special Studies in Illustration (3)

    Prerequisite: Illustration major or consent of instructor

Take 9 units from the following courses:

  • ART 321, ART 373, ART 385, ART 391, ART 418, ART 472, ART 476, ART 483

Take 3 units ART outside the specialization


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