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Department of Art and Design
Major requirements (54 units)
Art and Design Core (21 units)
ARTH 10 and 11 (6 units), ART 13 (3 units), ART 14 (3 units), ART 20 or ID 43 (3 units), ART 24 or 30 or 40 (3 units), ART 50 or 60 or 70 or 80 (3 units)
Computer Imaging requirement
ART 37 (3 units)
ART 101 (3 units)
Art Gallery requirement
ART 112 (3 units)
Art History requirement
ARTH 132 or 136 and one additional 3-unit upper-division art history course (6 units)
Area of Emphasis (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) (9 units)
ART 120, 121, 140, 141
ART 152, 153, 155, 160, 161, 165
ART 125, 126, 127, 130, 133, 182, 183, 185
ART 113, 116, 166, 170
V. Animation/New Media
ART 102, 107, 180, 188
VI. Art History
In consultation with their major adviser, students with an Art History Emphasis will complete an additional 3-unit upper-division art history course from each of the following areas:
- Renaissance, Baroque (ARTH 120 or 122 or 124 or 126)
- Modern, Contemporary (ARTH 131 or 132 or 136)
- World Art (ARTH 160 or 170 or 173 or 175)
Art and Design upper-division electives (9 units)
General Education requirements (51 units)
Total (120 units)
*This total indicates that a maximum of two courses (6 units) in G.E.
Breadth C1 and G.E. Breadth E1 also 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.
- CR/NC grading is only permitted in ART 198, Internship.
- 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 adviser for further information.
- No General Education Integration course offered by the Department of Art and Design may be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for majors in the department.
The Single Subject Matter Preparation Program in Art at California State University, Fresno educates candidates broadly and deeply in the making of art, art history, art criticism, aesthetics, the connections among the arts and other disciplines, theories of development in art, and connections to professional futures. The program builds a personal sense of enthusiasm and lifelong commitment to the study of these components of art and trains candidates to be educated, highly motivated, and sensitive practitioners of the teaching of art to a multi-cultural population in the California public schools.
The program includes (a) 42 semester units of core coursework in art subjects and related subjects that are commonly taught in departmentalized classes in California public schools and (b) 24 semester units of coursework that provide breadth and perspective to supplement the essential core of the program. These requirements are elaborated below.
- The core of the program includes two-dimensional art, three-dimensional
art, new and emerging art, media art, art history, art criticism, and the
history and theories of learning in art.
Credential Program-Core Courses
ARTH 10 (3 units)
ARTH 11 (3 units)
ART 13 (3 units)
ART 14 (3 units)
ART 21 (3 units)
ART 24, 26, 27, 109T, 126, or 127 (3 units)
ART 40 (3 units)
ART 50 (3 units)
ART 60 (3 units)
ART 70 or 177S (3 units)
ART 30, 182, 183, or 185 (3 units)
ART 37, 107, or 188 (3 units)
ART 112 (3 units)
ART 120 (3 units)
Core Total (42 units)
- The 24 units of breadth coursework required by the program include
courses that provide breadth and perspective to supplement the essential
core of the program.
Credential Program-Breadth Courses
ARTH 136 (3 units)
ARTH 120, 122, 124, 126, 131, 132, or 109T (3 units)
ARTH 160, 170, 173, 175, or 109T (3 units)
ART 101 (3 units)
ART 113, 116, 170, or 171 (3 units)
ART 140 (3 units)
ART 152, 153, 155, or 160 (3 units)
ART 179 (3 units)
Breadth Courses (24 units)
* Topics in Art History (European/Western.)
**Topics in Art History (Non-European/Non-Western.)
Students must earn no less than a C in all art classes required in the program. Students in the Subject Matter Preparation Program are required to meet with their faculty adviser for a portfolio assessment and interview at two points in their academic careers: (1) the lower-division review, including assessment of their portfolio and artist's statement after completing ART 37 and (2) the upper-division review, including a portfolio assessment, presentation, and interview after completing ART 112 and prior to exiting the program.
The Art Minor consists of a minimum of 21 units of which 9 must be upper
A maximum of six units of CR/NC grading will be accepted.
Note: The Art Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division
units in residence.
Media arts is the study of the theories and techniques involved in computer animation, graphic design, video and audio production, digital photography, music composition, digital storytelling, and Web design. It brings students and faculty together in the key areas of art and design, music, and digital media production. The Minor in Media Arts is primarily designed for students pursuing degrees in art and design, mass communication and journalism, or music. It is a 20-unit program, with at least 12 upper-division units taken in residence. Students in the minor must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. The major department adviser and the department chair must approve the program. Courses taken for the minor may count toward fulfilling General Education requirements, but not toward fulfilling the student's major. A maximum of 3 units of lower-division G.E. may counted toward the minor.
Lower-Division Courses (8 units)
ART 13; MCJ 30; MUSIC 47
Required Upper-Division Courses (6 units)
MCJ 115; GD 132
Elective Upper-Division Courses (6 units)
MUSIC 147; ART 107; MCJ 112, 131
Total (20 units)
The Minor in Media Arts is also open to students pursuing degrees in other majors. These students will be required to take all the courses listed in the minor, for a total of 29 units. Students from other majors must seek approval from the chair of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, the Department of Music, or the Department of Art and Design.
The Master of Arts in Art provides the opportunity for highly motivated art and design students to pursue study at an advanced level and attain a level of accomplishment in the visual arts and design. The graduate program emphasizes self-direction and focus within a specific area. The program builds upon the equivalent of the undergraduate major in art at California State University, Fresno. The program provides specifically for certain areas of interest: art education, crafts, computer art, interior design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, art history, and theory. With prior approval, programs with multiple concentrations may be arranged. For specific requirements, consult the departmental graduate program director. For general requirements, see Division of Graduate Studies.
The Master of Arts degree program in Art assumes preparation equivalent to the undergraduate major in art at California State University, Fresno. Applicants must first complete university requirements for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies, including the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test. Applicants must also pass the Department of Art and Design Classified Standing Screening Review.
Graduate courses in art are open to holders of the B.A. in Art who have been conditionally classified by the Department of Art and Design.
Second-semester seniors in the undergraduate art program may also enroll in 200-series coursework in art subject to the approval of the instructor.
Under the direction of a graduate adviser, each student prepares and submits a coherent program individually designed within the following framework:
Approved courses in art in the 200-series (see Specific Requirements)
Approved courses in art or related fields in the 100- or 200-series (0-9 units)
Total 30 Units
Specific Requirements. ART 230 or 260 (3 units) and ART 298 or 299 (2-6 units). Before being allowed to exhibit, candidates expecting to participate in ART 298 are required to have completed ART 112 or the equivalent approved by the gallery director.
Classified Standing. Concurrently with the departmental review and evaluation for classified standing, the student will submit a tentative program outline for approval by the screening committee.
Graduate Writing Skills Requirement. Before advancing to candidacy, the student must have completed the graduate writing requirement. This requirement is satisfied by passing the designated writing component of either ART 230 or ART 260. Please see the Department of Art and Design's Graduate Guide for more detailed information. Please note that the prerequisites for these courses may change according to the subject covered. Admission to the course is by permission of instructor.
Advancement to Candidacy. Prior to the completion of 20 units of the proposed program, the student will review the program of courses with an adviser from the selected area of concentration.