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PROGRAM/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Admission Requirements:

Upon admission to the university with art as the major, students are placed in the Bachelor of Arts category, whether entering as a freshman or transferring from a community college. Upon proof of completion of the 12 lower-division studio units listed below with a B or better grade point average, students may contact the Art Department regarding procedures for changing their academic objective to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art program.

Art 103 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
Art 104 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
Art 107A Beginning Drawing (3)
Art 107B Beginning Painting (3)
Program Requirements

The 132-unit Bachelor of Fine Arts program requires a minimum of 69 units in art (after the prerequisites are met): 12 units of art history plus 57 units of studio art. The major is divided into 21 units of lower-division preparation and 48 upper-division units. In addition to the minimum 69-unit requirement for the B.F.A. degree, students must meet the other university requirements for a bachelor's degree (see the university Catalog and Class Schedule).

To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, students must achieve grades of C or better in all art courses required for the degree.

 

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

1. Classified standing:

a. A baccalaureate degree in art with the same concentration as the graduate degree objective from an accredited institution, or 24 upper division units in art of which 12 units must be in a concentration completed with grades of B or better. Applicants are advised that most upper-division courses require lower-division prerequisites. A faculty adviser should be consulted with regard to recommended courses.

b. GPA minimum of 2.5 in the last 60 semester units attempted.

c. Pass comprehensive review: held semi-annually, the comprehensive review is an evaluation of the candidate by a committee comprised of faculty teaching in the area of concentration. The committee reviews the student's creative work, statement of purpose, academic and other relevant qualifications; assigned research papers are required of art history applicants in lieu of a portfolio. Procedures, dates, and appointment times are available through the art department graduate office.

d. Form a graduate committee.

e. Development of an approved study plan.

f. Art history program: reading knowledge of a foreign language may be required before advancement to candidacy.

2. Conditionally classified standing:

The same requirements as a. and b. above plus:

c. 1) Studio program: Participation in comprehensive portfolio review with a recommendation by the committee of conditional acceptance. 2) Art History program: satisfactory review of research papers by art history faculty.

d. Enrollment is allowed in graduate-level courses with the exception of Art 500A,B; 511; 512; 597; and 598.

e. Passing the comprehensive review will be required for classified standing.

 

Master of Fine Arts

Admission Requirements

1. Classified standing:

a. Baccalaureate degree in art with the same concentration as the graduate degree objective from an accredited institution, or 24 upper division units in art, 18 of which must be in the concentration completed with grades of B or better. Applicants are advised that most upper-division courses require lower division prerequisites.

b. Minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in the last 60 units attempted and has been in good standing at the last college attended.

c. Pass the comprehensive portfolio review: held semi-annually, the comprehensive portfolio review is an evaluation of the candidate by a committee comprised of faculty teaching in the area of concentration. The committee reviews the student's creative work, statement of purpose, academic and other relevant qualifications. Procedures, dates, and appointment times are available through the art department graduate office.

If the student's portfolio is not adequate, the faculty comprehensive review committee could still recommend the applicant for conditionally classified standing. However, the comprehensive portfolio review must be repeated.

d. Form a graduate committee.

e. Develop an approved study plan.

2. Conditionally classified standing:

Conditionally classified students may enroll in graduate courses except for Art 500A, B; 511, 512, 597; and 598. The comprehensive portfolio review must be repeated and passed to be recommended for classification.

 

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Foundation

Program/Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs:
Master of Arts in Art
Master of Fine Arts in Art

Additional Programs:
Minor in Art
Certificate in Museum Studies
Credential