Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, B.A.: Art & Design Concentration

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Art, B.A. Program (120 units)

Program Description

The Art Department offers two programs of study in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree. The Art History and Visual Studies concentration develops students’ skills in research, visual analysis, and argumentation, leading to a range of careers in the arts or to graduate study. The concentration in Art & Design provide broad survey art and design practices in preparation for continued professional development or creative and design careers. 

The B.A. Degree Concentrations:

  • Art History & Visual Studies
  • Art & Design

The program core plus concentrations require 54-60 units of study in the Department to complete the major. Students of Art & Design who wish to meet full professional expectations or attend Graduate School are encouraged to choose one of the concentrations in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A). program. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate proficiency in appropriate art-making skills and tools.
  • Imagine, ideate and create using an open, confident, and flexible method through creative processes and design thinking.
  • Critique and think critically about art works using appropriate concepts from art history and theory, in the context of culture, contemporary art, and in public and global spheres.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively through their work.
  • Integrate arts-related skills in developing professional practices and planning for ethical, sustainable civic engagement.

Program Roadmaps

These program roadmaps represent recommended pathways through the program. Please see an advisor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs.


4-Year Freshmen Roadmaps


2-Year ADT Roadmaps

Career Opportunities

Graduates from our Bachelor of Art degree program go on to pursue careers as:

Artist • Designer • Art Librarian • College Professor • Curator • Development Coordinator • Digital Asset and Rights Manager • Director of Cultural Affairs • Gallery Director • Gallery Sales Consultant • Museum Educator • Museum Visitor Services Specialist • Public Art Program Manager • Registrar or Collections Manager.

Degree Requirements Unit-Outline

  • A baccalaureate of arts degree requires a total of 120 units:
    • The major requirements consists of 54-60 units;
    • General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
    • Free Electives may consist of 12-18 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).

Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.

Art, B.A. Major Requirements (54-60 units)

Art Core Coursework

The following 30 core units are required:

Art Concentrations

Students must choose at least one (1) of the following concentrations for 24 units:

Art & Design Concentration

The Art & Design Concentration introduces students to processes of design thinking, critical discussion and fundamentals of visual communication. With an emphasis on 2D, 3D and emergent art media, students will gain a working knowledge of drawing, painting, digital media, design and photography. Following 2-3 semesters of study, faculty advisors work with students to design a coherent course of study, with focus in at least one area. Through hands-on studio courses, as well as art historical research, students will conclude their studies with a focused senior project and demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and contemporary art practice.

Restricted Art & Design Electives

Choose two (2) Lower Division courses AND three (3) Upper Division courses from the following:

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements

In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Undergrad Baccalaureate & Program Requirements  chapter of this catalog. 

Department Courses Listed by Course Type

Art Courses

Department of Art

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Art: History

Art: Studio

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