The Art Major with an Emphasis in Studio Art gives students the opportunity to focus on interdisciplinary studies in fine art, digital art technology, graphic design and art history, emphasizing an innovative approach to artistic process, technique and problem solving through the integration of traditional media and digital technologies. Essentially, this program allows students to do it all—to combine burgeoning interests in sculpture, 3D animation, illustration, ceramics, painting, photography, screenprinting, and a full array of creative artistic practices. Students are encouraged to diversify and expand their course of study, or to focus in select areas, depending on their interests in a chosen field.

Courses in studio art, art history and interdisciplinary studies focus on developing a solid artistic foundation, leading to advanced work in a variety of artistic media. In particular, the studio art emphasis provides in-depth study in the areas of two- dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital media art, and communication design technology.

A degree in Art with a Studio Emphasis is incredibly versatile in a world increasingly driven by visual communication. It will equip students with tangible, real-world skills that can be applied in a diverse range of fields. Many art students have gone on to work as active exhibiting studio artists, and many others have gone into architecture, industrial design, graphic design, animation, the motion picture industry, interface and interactive design, landscape design, fashion, illustration, television production, product design, education, and advertising, as well as advanced graduate level study in a wide number of fields.

A generalized map of the Studio Major is included here, but students seeking to focus in Painting, Design, Sculpture, Photography, or Animation, can click any of these headings to see possible roadmaps and a range of suggested courses.

Summary of Units:

Lower Division Major Requirements 24
Upper Division Major Requirements 33
Additional General Education and other Graduation Requirements 63
Total Units 120

Lower Division Art Studio Requirements – 24 units

Complete a minimum of 24 units of lower division Art courses in preparation for upper division studies.

Art Studio Fundamentals – 12 units

  • ART 105 – Drawing and Composition Units: 3
  • ART 106 – Color and Design Units: 3
  • ART 107 – Life Drawing Units: 3
  • ART 108 – Visual Technologies Units: 3

Art History – 6 units

Select two courses from the following:

  • ART 110 – Caves To Cathedrals: History Of Western Art I Units: 3
  • ART 111 – Mona Lisa To Monet and Beyond: History Of Western Art II Units: 3
  • ART 112 – Art of the Eastern World Units: 3

Lower Division Art Studio Electives – 6 units

In selecting lower division studio elective courses (100 and 200 level), students are encouraged to enroll in courses that satisfy prerequisites for upper division study in specific areas. Transfer students may substitute CSU transferable lower division studio art, graphic design and multimedia courses subject to the approval of the CI art program.

Select two courses from the following:

  • ART 201 – Painting Units: 3
  • ART 202 – Sculpture Units: 3
  • ART 203 – Illustration Units: 3
  • ART 204 – Graphic Design Units: 3
  • ART 205 – Multimedia Units: 3
  • ART 206 – Animation Units: 3
  • ART 207 – Ceramics Units: 3
  • ART 208 – The Physics of Art and Visual Perception (Cross-listed as PHYS 208) Units: 3
  • ART 209 – Photography Units: 3
  • ART 211 – Visual Story Design Units: 3
  • ART 212 – Video Production Units: 3

Upper Division Art Studio Requirements – 33 units

Upper Division Art Studio Courses – 21 units

Students are encouraged to pursue an integrated approach in the exploration of media and artistic processes.

Intermediate Studio Courses – 6 units

Select a minimum of two courses from the following:

  • ART 310 – Two-dimensional Art: Painting Media and Techniques Units: 3
  • ART 311 – Three-dimensional Art: Sculpture Media and Techniques Units: 3
  • ART 312 – Digital Media Art: Time-based Imaging Units: 3
  • ART 313 – Communication Design Technology: Graphic Design for Print Media Units: 3
  • ART 314 – Digital Media Art: Digital Photography Units: 3
  • ART 315 – Animation Media and Techniques Units: 3
  • ART 316 – Digital Illustration and Painting Units: 3
  • ART 317 – Video Game Production Units: 3
  • ART 318 – Three-Dimensional Art: Ceramic Sculpture And Techniques Units: 3

Advanced Studio Courses – 15 units

Select a minimum of five courses from the following:
(All courses are repeatable for credit except: ART 382, ART 384, and ART 390)

  • ART 320 – Two-dimensional Art: Painting Theory and Process Units: 3
  • ART 321 – Three-dimensional Art: Sculpture Theory and Process Units: 3
  • ART 322 – Digital Media Art: Time-based Compositing and Visual Effects Units: 3
  • ART 323 – Communication Design Technology: Packaging and Pre-press Units: 3
  • ART 324 – Communication Design Technology: Web Design Units: 3
  • ART 325 – Digital Media Art: Digital Filmmaking Units: 3
  • ART 326 – Digital Media Art: 3D Computer Animation Units: 3
  • ART 327 – Communication Design Technology: Multimedia Theory and Process Units: 3
  • ART 328 – Digital Media Art: Photographic Theory and Process Units: 3
  • ART 329 – Three-dimensional Art: Ceramics Theory and Process Units: 3
  • ART 380 – Two-dimensional Art: Figure Painting Units: 3
  • ART 381 – Three-dimensional Art: Figure Sculpture Units: 3
  • ART 382 – Art For Social Media (Cross-listed as COMM 382) Units: 3 *
  • ART 384 – Costume Design (Cross-listed as PA 384) Units: 3 *
  • ART 385 – Audio Design and Recording (Cross-listed as PAMU 385) Units: 3
  • ART 386 – Storyboarding Units: 3 *
  • ART 387 – Street and Performance Art (Cross-listed as PA 387) Units: 3
  • ART 388 – Live Studio Production for Broadcast and Streaming Units: 3
  • ART 390 – Screen Printing Units: 3
  • ART 392 – Large-Scale Painting, Murals And Installations Units: 3
  • ART 420 – Advanced Artistic Problems: Two-dimensional Art Units: 3
  • ART 421 – Advanced Artistic Problems: Three-dimensional Art Units: 3
  • ART 422 – Advanced Artistic Problems: Digital Media Art Units: 3
  • ART 423 – Advanced Artistic Problems: Communication Design Technology Units: 3

(Note: 420, 421, 422, and 423 are repeatable and offer media-specific opportunities for students to create a congruent body of portfolio-grade of work at the highest level.)

Upper Division Art History-Interdisciplinary Art Courses – 6 units

Select one course from the following:

  • ART 435 – Postmodern Visual Culture Units: 3
  • ART 436 – Modern Art Units: 3

Select a minimum of one course from the following:
(Note: Students are highly encouraged to select a course that expands on their chosen media.)

  • ART 330 – Critical Thinking in a Visual World Units: 3
  • ART 331 – Art, Society, and Mass Media (Cross-listed as COMM 331) Units: 3
  • ART 332 – Multicultural Art Movements Units: 3
  • ART 333 – History of Southern California Chicana/o Art (Cross-listed as HIST 333, CHS 333) Units: 3
  • ART 334 – The Business Of Art (Cross-listed as BUS 334) Units: 3
  • ART 337 – Art on Film and Film as Art Units: 3
  • ART 338 – Psychology of Art and Artists (Cross-listed as PSY 338) Units: 3
  • ART 341 – Goddesses and Heroes: Art of The Ancient World Units: 3
  • ART 343 – Power and Glory: Medieval Art Units: 3
  • ART 344 – Global Arts of Islam Units: 3
  • ART 351 – The Baroque Eye: Art, Culture, Money and Power Units: 3
  • ART 360 – Digital Art History Units: 3
  • ART 433 – Women, Art and Society Units: 3
  • ART 434 – The Museum: Culture, Business and Education (Cross-listed as BUS 434, EDUC 434) Units: 3
  • ART 435 – Postmodern Visual Culture Units: 3 (if not taken above)
  • ART 436 – Modern Art Units: 3 (if not taken above)
  • ART 451 – Diversity in the Visual Arts Units: 3
  • ART 480 – Advanced Issues in Art History, Theory and Criticism Units: 3

Final Professional Preparation Courses – 6 units

Upper division Professional Preparation courses provide students with an understanding of current issues in the arts, application of specialized studio work, field activities and service learning. These courses are typically taken during the final two semesters of the Art Major.

  • ART 489 – Arts Seminar Units: 3
  • ART 499 – Arts Capstone Project Units: 3

Additional Upper Division Art Electives

Upper Division Art elective courses may fulfill up to 6 units of upper division Art Studio or Art History requirements. Portfolio review and consent of instructor required.

  • ART 471 – Art X War Units: 3
  • ART 490 – Special Topics in Art Units: 3
  • ART 492 – Internship in the Arts Units: 1-3
    (Portfolio review required)
  • ART 494 – Directed Independent Study Units: 1-3
    (Portfolio review required)

Recommended Courses for a Focus in Painting:

Year One (Fall or Spring Semesters):

  • Art 105 – Drawing and Composition
  • Art 106 – Color and Design
  • Art 107 – Life Drawing
  • Art 111 – Mona Lisa to Monet and Beyond: History of Western Art II

Year Two (Fall or Spring Semesters)

  • Art 108 – Visual Technologies
  • Art 201 – Painting
  • Art 209 – Photography

(One of the following depending upon interest:)

  • Art 110 – Caves to Cathedrals: History of Western Art I
    or
  • Art 112 – Art of the Eastern World

Year Three (Fall or Spring Semesters)

  • Art 310 – Two-dimensional Art: Painting Media and Techniques
  • Art 316 – Digital Illustration and Painting
  • Art 320 – Two-dimensional Art: Painting Theory and Process
  • Upper Division Art History Elective

Year Four (Fall or Spring Semesters)

  • Art 380 – Two-dimensional Art: Figure Painting
  • Art 420 – Advanced Artistic Problems: Two-dimensional Art (Repeatable)
  • Art 489 – Senior Seminar
  • Art 499 – Capstone
  • Upper Division Art History Elective