Art, B.A.


Department of Art, Design, and Art History

Art Major Requirements

1. Major requirements (57 units)

Art Major Core (30 units)
Lower-Division Requirements (21 units)
ARTH 10 and ARTH 11
ART 13, ART 14, ART 16, ART 20, and ART 37

Upper-Division Art Requirements (15 units)
ART 101 and ART 112
ARTH 132 and two additional 3 unit upper division art history courses.

Art Remaining Requirements (6 units)
ART 24 or ART 30 or ART 40 (3 units) 2D Art Requirement
ART 50 or ART 60 or ART 70 or ART 80 (3 units) 3D Art Requirement

Area of Emphasis (I, II, III) (15 units)
I. Drawing/Painting
ART 40, ART 120, ART 121, ART 123, ART 140, ART 141
II. Ceramics/Sculpture
ART 50, ART 60, ART 152, ART 153, ART 155, ART 160, ART 161, ART 165, ART 166
III. Printmaking/Photography
ART 24, ART 30, ART 124, ART 125, ART 126, ART 127, ART 128, ART 130, ART 133, ART 182, ART 183, ART 185

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing. 

4. Sufficient elective units required to meet 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. 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 198I, 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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B.A. in Art

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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

Where We are Located:
Conley Art Building, Room 105