Art History, B.A.


Department of Art and Design

Martin Valencia, Chair
Conley Art Building, Room 105

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Art, B.A.
BA in Interior Design, B.A.
BA in Art History, B.A.
BA in Integrated Design, B.A.
BA in Art - Animation Intermedia Option, B.A.
BFA in Graphic Design, B.F.A.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Art
MA in Art, M.A.
MN in Art, Minor

Courses Offered

The Department of Art and Design offers many exciting and creative opportunities for students to nurture and expand their artistic and design senses. Entering the 21st century, the department provides a broad range of experiences that prepare its graduates for art- and design-related career opportunities and artistic endeavors. Students study and produce works that include state-of-the-art computer applications, conceptual art, graphic design, and interior design. The department has fine arts as its core and foundation, while offering areas of study that allow for occupational preparation in a variety of areas. The award-winning faculty is committed to the idea that a foundation in the crafts of art and design is an essential prerequisite to the production of works that show sophistication both conceptually and visually.

Studio Art

Students produce works that encompass a wide range of visual expression, from figurative, abstract, narrative, and mixed media, to leading edge conceptual and installation works. Experimentation is encouraged.

The history of art presents a platform for students to examine, identify, and appreciate the visual arts from prehistory to the present. Art history students acquire an understanding of great art works while developing critical thinking skills.

Art History

The B.A. in Art History is designed to provide students with the communication skills, research techniques, and methods of critical inquiry that have become a vital part of contemporary life. Course offerings cover a wide range of topics in World Art and Western Art, encouraging students to become responsible citizens through an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural and ethical choices inherent in human development. Students successfully completing the B.A. in Art History are eligible to compete for admission to M.A. and Ph.D. programs and for entry-level positions in the art world and related fields.

Integrated Design

The B.A. in Integrated Design allows students many unique opportunities in the field of design, helping them acquire skills in specific advanced technologies crucial to the design industry. The program prepares stduents for diverse design jobs in the industry right after graduation and also prepares students to go into a graduate M.A. or M.F.A. program.

Interior Design

The B.A. in Interior Design allows students many unique opportunities in the field of design. The interior design major is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly FIDER. Students use advanced computer-aided-design (CAD) and animation programs as well as traditional methods in developing sophisticated design solutions for a variety of architectural projects. Interior design students gain an excellent foundation in subjects such as color theory, space planning, presentation techniques, rendering, drawing, building systems and codes, and material and design for special populations. (Internship opportunities are available.)

The facilities

The facilities of the department not only include the requisite studios, state-of-the-art computer labs, and support facilities, but also include an art gallery and a lecture hall in an award-winning contemporary art building complex.


Art History Major - Requirements

1. Major requirements (57-58 units)

Lower-Division Requirements
ART 13, 14, 37; ARTH 10, 11; World Language (3-4 units)

Upper-Division Requirements
ART 101, 112, 116; ARTH 180

  • European Art:
    Select two: ARTH 120, 122, 124, 126
    Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Italian Baroque, Northern Baroque
  • World Art:
    Select two: ARTH 160, 170, 173, 175
    Africa, Native North America, Pre-Columbian Mexico, Pre-Columbian Andes
  • Modern/Contemporary Art
    Select two: ARTH 131, 132, 136
    Nineteenth-Century Modern Art, Twentieth-Century Modern Art, Contemporary
  • Upper-Division Art History electives
    Select three additional 100-level Art History courses (9 units)

    2. General Education requirements (49 units)

    3. Other requirements (6 units)
    Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

    4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
    (See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor.

    5. Total (120 units)*

    *G.E. and MI courses can be double counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. This total indicates that courses in G.E. Breadth C1 and G.E. Breadth E1 may be applied to the art major. These courses include ARTH 10, 11; ART 20, 40, 50 (G.E. C1); and/or ART 13 (G.E. E1). Consult the department chair or faculty adviser for additional details.

    Advising Notes

    1. CR/NC grading is only permitted in ART 198, Internship.
    2. General Education and elective units may be used toward a double major or minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty advisor for further information.


    The faculty of the department offer diverse, skilled, and professional approaches to art and design education. The methods of teaching reflect distinctive yet complementary ways and means of introducing their disciplines while guiding students through the program with a sense of dedication and commitment to the education of artists, designers, and scholars.

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    Art History, B.A.

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    The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is a professional program providing directed studies and is designed for students seeking in-depth preparation for specialized educational and career goals.

    The curriculum explores the many aspects of graphic design, including the physical, cognitive, social, and cultural human factors. It will also explore theories, principles, and practice in relation to typography, illustration, computer graphics, Web design, motion graphics, history of graphic design, and creative critical visual thinking skills that are applicable to professional practice and to meet entrance requirements to graduate school.

    What You Can Earn

    Graphic Design Specialist
    $49,215 (in our region)

    Technical Illustrator
    $53,122 (in our region)


    Web Designer
    $64,353 (in our region)

    Estimations calculated at as of December 2012

    Interesting Classes You Might Take

    • Graphic Concept Development
    • Digital Illustration
    • Professional Practices
    • Packaging Design
    • Motion Graphics

    What You Can Learn

    • Theories and applications of graphic design
    • Advanced concepts and techniques in graphic design, illustration and interactive multimedia
    • To become a professional designer in the field

    About the College

    The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

    College Contact Information

    College of Arts & Humanities
    Office of the Dean
    2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
    Fresno CA 93740-8024

    Phone: (559) 278-3056
    FAX: (559) 278-6758

    Where We Are Located

    We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

    Department Contact Information

    Phone: (559) 278-2516
    FAX: (559) 278-4706

    Mailing Address:

    Department of Art and Design
    California State University, Fresno
    5225 North Backer Avenue M/S 65
    Fresno, California 93740-8001

    Where We are Located:

    Conley Art Building, Room 105