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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 the department can use a total of only three units of eligible 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 two units of eligible 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 (three units total). 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 a one unit research SIP.

The research SIP (one unit) 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 prior to the fall of the senior year. Students are required to enroll in ARTX-440: Ways of Seeing int he fall quarter of their senior year in preparation for writing their SIP in the winter quarter.

Internship SIP Guidelines
The internship portion of an Intership SIP usually takes place during the summer between the junior and senior year. Students participate in an arts internship that will be a substantial substantial experience, with most students working for approximately 20-30 hours a week. Students should consult with a faculty member about their plans and internship applications early in their junior year and no later than the end of winter quarter.

Studio Art Internship SIP students should register for a one-unit summer SIP. The SIP internship documentation (detailed daily journal, descriptions of the institution and personnel, 15-page research paper, reflective essay) is due at the beginning of the fall term.

The Art History Internship SIP frequently takes place in a museum or gallery. Students should register for a one-unit winter SIP. Students are also required to enroll in ARTX-440 Ways of Seeing in the fall quarter of their senior year prior to the completion of their written documentation and research paper during the winter quarter of the senior year.

Requirements for the Studio Art Major

It is highly recommended that a minimum of two classes in an area of focus, including at least one second-level or intermediate course, should be completed by the end of the junior year. Areas of focus include painting, photography, documentary, video, and sculpture (three sculpture courses expected for students planning a sculpture SIP).

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 105 Basic Drawing
ARTX 134 Sculpture: Object Investigation or ARTX 234 Sculpture: Structure and Space
ARTX 145 Survey of of Art I: 1100-1600 or ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945
ARTX 201 Visual Fundamentals (taken sophomore spring)

To be completed by the end of the junior year:
One Intermediate Studio Course in the intended area of focus (300-level)

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

Additional Electives
The remaining three units are to be selected from the studio art offerings.

Requirements for the Studio Art Minor

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
ARTX 105 Basic Drawing or ARTX 134 Sculpture: Object Investigation
ARTX 150 Survey of Art II: 1600-1945 or ARTX 224 Art Since 1945
One Intermediate Studio Course (300-level preferred)
Three additional units to be selected from any of the studio art offerrings

Requirements for the Art History Major

Recommended Timeline: Students should take the required 100-level courses as early as possible and then proceed to 200- and 300-level courses in the sophomore and junior year, in preparation for ARTX-440 Ways of Seeing and the SIP in the senior year.

Number of Units
Ten units are required. One unit may be the SIP.

Required Courses

To be completed by the end of the sophomore year:
ARTX 105 Basic Drawing or ARTX-134 Sculpture: Object Investigation
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 Courses
One Ancient Course: ARTX 208 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology or ARTX 209 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

One Topics Course: ARTX 223 The Long 19th-Century Art, ARTX 227 Seeing and Perceiving in the Modern Museum, or ARTX 290 Art and Gender

Three Additional Units: Selected from any of the Art History offerrings, including alternates listed above, one-time offerings, and/or an Art History SIP.

Requirements for the Art History Minor

Number of Units
Six units are required.

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

Additional Courses
One Ancient Course: ARTX 208 Introduction to Greek Art and Archaeology or ARTX 209 Introduction to Roman Art and Archaeology

One Topics Course: ARTX 223 The Long 19th Century, ARTX 227 Seeing and Perceiving in the Modern Museum, or ARTX 290 Art and Gender

One Additional Unit: Selected from any of the Art History offerings, including one-time offering or the alternatives listed above; ARTX-440: Ways of Seeing is strong 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.