Visual Art (BFA) Major

75 units

Students must apply for the BFA in Visual Art program after they have completed 18 units of core courses (or equivalent portfolio content). The application form with specific portfolio expectations may be obtained in the Department of Art; applications are due in late September for the spring semester and in early March for the fall semester. Contact the department for deadlines and additional information at or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2372.


  • Students must successfully complete a portfolio Review of Artistic Competencies (RAC) before progressing to upper-division courses. The review dates are announced every term and are available in the Department of Art. Special fee applies.

All students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in major courses to graduate. 

Core Courses
DSGN 120Introduction to Computer Graphics3
ART 130Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 135Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 145Drawing I3
ART 146Painting I3
ART 170Sculpture I3
ART 205Ceramics I3
ART 225New Genre Art Forms I3
ART 250Photography I3
ART 311Sculptural Objects and Functional Art3
ART 431Gallery Design3
Select one of the following:
ART 210Printmaking: Relief3
or ART 211 Printmaking: Serigraph
Art History Courses12
Select four of the following:
History of Ancient Art and Architecture 1
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture 2
History of Contemporary Art and Architecture 1
History of Graphic Design and Illustration
Women In Art
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture 1
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture 1
Core Texts in Aesthetics 1,3
Core Texts in Aesthetics 1,3
Concentration (Select One) 415
Ceramics Concentration
Ceramics II
Ceramics III
Ceramics IV
Ceramic Studio Processes
Drawing and Painting Concentration
Select 15 units from the following:
Printmaking II
Figurative Lab
Drawing and Painting II
Printmaking III
Drawing and Painting III
Drawing and Painting Processes
Interdisciplinary Concentration
Select a combination of 15 upper-division concentration units (300-400 level).
Photography Concentration
Photography II
Photography III
Photography IV
Photographic Processes
Commercial Photography
Sculpture Concentration
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Sculpture IV
Sculptural Processes
Additional Courses Required5
Select 5 units from this list, or up to 5 additional units from another concentration.
Applied Design
Art Internship
Special Topics in Art
Directed Research
Capstone Courses
ART 450Portfolio 53
ART 496Senior Seminar: Art Ethics3
ART 452Thesis / Project1
Total Units75

General Education Program Requirements and Recommendations

Several BFA courses also fulfill General Education requirements. Additionally, the BFA has specific recommendations for other General Education requirements.

Skills and University Requirements
GE 100First-Year Seminar3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
Writing 2: Writing for Christian Practice
Writing 2: Writing in the Humanities
Writing 2: Film Analysis and Criticism
Writing 33
Writing 3: History of Modern Art and Architecture
Quantitative Literacy3
College Algebra
Mathematics in Society
Contemporary Mathematics
Introduction to Statistics
Oral Communication3
Public Communication
Physical Education1
PE XXXFitness for Life or Varsity Sport
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Humanities: Fine Arts3
History of Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture
History of Renaissance to Rococo Art and Architecture
Multicultural Art
Humanities: History3
United States History Since 1877
Humanities: Literature3
Studies in Literature
Social Science3
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Natural Science w/lab4
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
Upper-Division Bible 3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Civic Knowledge and Engagement3
Intercultural Communication3
Integrative and Applied Learning3
Total Units62