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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Advising Sheet

Art B.A.

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View information for the Department of Art , including Learning Objectives for the department and its programs.

View the degree program Roadmap, which provide recommended advising maps to complete the degree program. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.

Art students gain exposure to a broad spectrum of interconnected approaches to the making of art and the critical appreciation of art. Our faculty members are dedicated professional artists and scholars who bring a diverse range of experience and expertise to the classroom. Students benefit from close interaction and mentoring. The visual arts program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The Art B.A. offers a concentration in studio. Students wishing to enter a credential program have the option to complete the Art Subject Matter Preparation Program in addition to one of the two concentrations.* Students interested in art history should explore the Art History B.A.  or Art History Minor .

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the degree program leading to a Bachelor of Art in Art degree  will have achieved:

  1. A broad understanding of major techniques, processes, and theoretical approaches to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and new media;
  2. A broad critical knowledge of important cultures, movements, periods, styles, and individuals in the history of art;
  3. The ability to prosper creatively from critical input and exposure to varied viewpoints and backgrounds;
  4. The ability to progress from an idea through stages to a completed creative statement that exhibits originality, conviction, and quality;
  5. The ability to benefit through a professional involvement directly related to visual art; and
  6. The ability to value the self-enriching nature of art and to see parallel applications in other endeavors in life.


1. Complete the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements.

A student must comply with all University regulations and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Units and Residency  (minimum of 120 units: 40 units of upper division coursework and 30 semester units at Stanislaus State. At least 24 of these 30 units must be earned in upper-division courses, at least 12 must be in the major, and at least 9 must be applicable to General Education-Breadth requirements)
  2. Grade Point Average  (minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better)
  3. General Education  (minimum of 49 units)
  4. Upper Division Writing Proficiency  (minimum of 3 units)
    - Writing Proficiency (WP) Course (may double count in the major)
  5. United States Constitution and California State and Local Government  (minimum of 3 units)
  6. Multicultural Requirement  (minimum of 3 units) (may double count with General Education requirements or in the major)

Subsequently all students must submit an application for graduation and receive approval from the major advisor, department chair, and Director of Academic Advising. For more information see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .

2. Complete the lower-division prerequisites to the major.

(27 units for Studio Concentration)

a. Complete the following courses per your concentration requirements.

Studio Concentration students must take all of the following courses (18 units).

b. Complete each of the following Art History courses.

(6 units)

c. Complete one of the following courses.

(3 units)

3. Complete the concentration in the major.

(38 units)

All Art B.A. students must complete the studio concentration. 

The Studio Concentration

(38 units)

b. Participate in a required exhibition of graduating B.A./B.F.A. candidates

c. Complete at least 6 units from each of the four areas below, I-IV:

(24 units)

Options require advisor approval.

V. One of the courses below may be counted towards the above 24 units:

*Optional: Art Subject Matter Preparation Program

Students wishing to enter a credential program should complete the Art Subject Matter Preparation Program in addition to the Studio concentration.


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