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Department of art / overview

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art major


The Department of Art offers a curriculum designed for students wishing a liberal arts education in art and design. Emerging artists have numerous opportunities available to them for expressing their creativity and obtaining employment after graduation. Students may explore several areas of art making and choose the field that best fits their interests and talents.
The curriculum leading up to the B.A. degree is designed for students who are interested in:
1. A liberal arts program with an emphasis in art
2. Specialized study in art
3. Preparation for graduate study in art
4. Preparation for academic and professional fields
5. Art teaching credential preparation


The lower and upper division core program is required of all Art majors. Students select a minimum of 18 upper division elective units from 1 or more areas of concentration offered in the Art Department in order to complete the B.A. program in their chosen area of study. Experiences are also available outside specialty areas offering students opportunities to sharpen professional skills and increase their marketability.

undergraduate program learning outcomes


All students will learn:
1. Acquire a basic knowledge, theories, and concepts about art; develop a foundation of art skills and a high level of craftspersonship; communicate ideas and concepts through writing, speaking and art making; acquire a competency with the tools and technologies associated with the visual arts.

2. Broaden knowledge of ancient through contemporary art; develop an understanding of the theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts of art.

3. Apply processes of generating and solving problems in art; analyze, interpret and question traditional methodologies and preconceived notions of art and art making.

4. Explore and engage in interdisciplinary forms of art making.

5. Develop an appreciation and tolerance of diverse perspectives dealing with art, culture, teaching and learning.

6. Become involved in both individual and collaborative art experiences with other students, faculty, and community.

7. Develop a career path for an art profession or an art-related field; develop an understanding of the demands and expectations of that area of art profession or art field.

Areas of Concentration

Art Education
Art History
Visual Arts:
• Animation
• Ceramics
• Drawing
• Graphic Design
• Illustration
• Painting
• Photography
• Printmaking
• Sculpture
• Video/Digital Art
For more information contact the undergraduate program coordinator at (818) 677-2348

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graduate program (graduate program page)

The Department of Art offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in three areas of specialization:
Art Education
Art History
Visual Arts


The Department of Art offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in the Visual Art Option with areas of concentration in:
Graphic Design
Public Art
Video/Digital Art.

For more information contact the graduate program coordinator at (818) 677-2348 or visit the graduate program page.

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credential in art

An approved subject matter program leading to a Single Subject teaching credential in art (K-12) is available. The purpose of the subject matter program in art education is to provide students with a strong foundation in and understanding of visual art, and with coursework and field experiences necessary to teach visual art to the diverse public school student populations in the secondary schools of California. The academically rigorous and intellectually stimulating Art Education Program curriculum reflects and builds upon the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools K-12: Visual Art (2001) and California State Visual Art Curriculum Framework, and establishes a basis for continued professional development during their teaching career.
For questions about the program, prospective candidates should make an appointment with an advisor in the Art Department Advisement Center by calling (818) 677-2348.

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