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Areas Of Study

An Overview

A significant concern of the School of Art and Design is the creative growth of its students. The School focuses on the development of sound undergraduate programs which provide a strong basic foundation in art. Furthermore, the School also places a very strong emphasis on its graduate programs for students' professional artistic development and growth.

Emphases and Specializations

Both graduates and undergraduates who major in Art must select an emphasis program, some of which have specializations as outlined below:

  • Applied Design (specializations: Ceramics, Fiber, Jewelry and Metals, and Furniture Design and Woodworking)
  • Art History
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Multimedia
  • Painting and Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Arts (undergraduate emphasis only)

*A broad spectrum of courses for both majors and non-majors in art history, art appreciation, basic drawing and design is also available. Please note that there is a distinction between the graduate MA (Studio Arts) degree and the undergraduate "Studio Arts" emphasis. Undergraduates may select "Studio Arts" as a general emphasis, while MA (Studio Arts) candidates must select a specific emphasis other than "Studio Arts" or "Art History."

All emphases require a set of core courses consisting of courses in drawing, design, and the survey of art history of the Western world. It is strongly recommended that all undergraduates complete the core requirements during their freshman year, or at least prior to taking beginning coursework in a specific program emphasis. It is recommended that students take courses from other emphases in order to enhance their overall academic experience. In addition to the undergraduate degree, the School offers a Master of Arts degree (30 units) in all of these emphases and a Master of Fine Arts degree (60 units).

For more information on specific areas of study within the School, please follow the Graduate Studies or Undergraduate Studies links.

Careers and Professional Growth

Although a degree in art is often pursued as a means of self-fulfillment and creative growth, graduates of the school are employed in a variety of settings. The programs in graphic design and interior design have a pre-professional orientation supplemented by a strong liberal arts background. Interior design can lead to interior, architectural, landscape design, or city planning. Graphic design prepares the student for the areas of digital media, environmental graphics, art direction, visual design for the contemporary media of advertising, multimedia, or editorial illustration. The areas of painting, printmaking, and sculpture prepare students for professional attitudes toward the fine arts and the continuance of their educational experience in graduate schools with the goal of teaching at institutions of higher learning. The applied design program can be developed to specialize in ceramics, furniture design/woodworking, jewelry, metalsmithing, or textile design and weaving.

Impacted Emphases

Emphases in the School of Art and Design are impacted. Students must enter the University under the designated premajor or major code for selected program. To be admitted to the selected program, refer to the program description for specific impacted criteria.


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This page was last updated at 2:37PM on February 14, 2012