Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History

Studio Art Major & Minor

In addition to fulfilling the Undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements for the bachelor of arts degree, students majoring or minoring in studio arts must complete the following departmental requirements. Check out the complete lists of Studio Art Course Descriptions, Check Sheets, ARTH Global and Modern or Contemporary Course Requirement, Core Curriculum Guides and Pathway Courses.

What courses do I need to take for Studio Art Major?

The Studio Art Major requires 16 courses: (13 studio ARTS courses and 3 ARTH courses)
  • ARTS 30 Basic Drawing
  • ARTS 74 or 174 Basic/ Computer Imaging
  • One two-dimensional foundation course from ARTS 32, 72 or 181
  • One three-dimensional foundation course from ARTS 33, 63, 64, 163 or 164
  • Seven additional studio ARTS courses (upper-division preferred, excluding ARTS 194)
  • One course from ARTH 21-27 (ARTH 23 preferred)
  • One ARTH course with global emphasis
  • One upper-division ARTH course with a modern or contemporary emphasis (ARTH 185 recommended)
  • ARTS 196A Studio Art Seminar (recommended junior year)
  • ARTS 196B Capstone Senior Exhibit (Senior year)

What courses do I need to take for the Studio Art Minor?

The Studio Art minor requires 7 courses: (6 studio ARTS courses and 1 ARTH course)
  • One two-dimensional foundation course from ARTS 30–72 (or approved upper-division equivalent, ARTS 30 strongly recommended)
  • One three-dimensional foundation course from ARTS 33, 63, 64 ,163 or 164
  • Four additional studio ARTS courses (upper-division preferred, excluding ARTS 194)
  • One ARTH course

REQUIREMENT RESTRICTIONS:
  • ARTH 11A and 12A may fulfill two lower-division ARTH courses (see "Course Substitutions" below). 
  • Only one ARTH 11A or 12A may fulfill one lower-division ARTH course for a major in studio art (see "Course Substitutions" below).
  • ARTH 11A or 12A are not accepted for ARTH course substitutions for a minor is studio art.
  • Studio art majors are also required to exhibit their work in the department Gallery during the spring quarter of their senior year. An Independent Study (ARTS 199) course of 2-5 units is often helpful in preparation for the exhibit.
  • Studio art or art history courses taken during a term of study abroad may be applied to no more than one-half of the requirements for a major in studio art.
  • Only one ARTH course may be taken abroad to fulfill the requirements for a major in studio art.
  • Study abroad courses are not accepted for a minor in studio art.
  • Students who wish to receive credit toward a major for studio art courses taken at affiliated study abroad programs must be able to document their work for review by members of the department's faculty.
COURSE SUBSTITUTIONS: 
  • NOTE: ARTH course substitutions are not accepted for a minor in studio art.
  • Art of Contact: New Worlds substitutes ARTH 25 and one lower-division ARTH course, taught by K. Morris
  • Art, Power, & Propaganda substitutes ARTH 21 and 22, taught by K. Maxwell
  • Art, Trade & Cultural Exchange substitutes ARTH 23 and one lower-division ARTH course, taught by A. Pappas
  • Contact Zones: East & West substitutes two lower-division ARTH courses, taught by K. Fraser
  • Mediterranean Encounters substitutes ARTH 24 and one lower-division ARTH course, taught by B. de Maria 
  • Other C&I courses with topics not listed may be eligible for substitution for lower-division ARTH course with approval by the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History.

 
See also:

  • iconUndergraduate Bulletin (pdf)
    The Department of Art and Art History offers a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in two undergraduate majors, art history and studio art, with courses in both disciplines fostering a thorough understanding of both the history and practice of art. Department faculty encourage interdisciplinary connections with the Santa Clara community through course offerings that fulfill a wide range of College and University Core Curriculum requirements, as well as courses through the Residential Learning Communities and the University Honors Program. Learn More »