Requirements for Admission and Graduation
in Art with an
emphasis in CIA. Students are required to meet all the
for the CIA emphasis, the art major and general requirements for the BA
from SFSU. To be admitted to the area, one must meet all the
requirements for the University and demonstrate an interest in pursuing
studies compatible with the area's emphasis. The program focuses on
art inquires in the intersection of culture and technology. The
does not emphasize vocational training in commercial design or
design (although many students do go on to achieve leadership positions
in relevant industries.)
For up to date details about grad requirements in art
see art department web site
Art 410 & 412
after completion of 410, 412)
At least three Art 511 courses selected
from the rotatting
set of offerings
Art 610 (advanced projects seminar)
Art 612 (internship)
(taken after completion of art 410, 412 and
one 511 course)
Art Department Requirements
Art History (12
4 courses - at least 2 must be upper level
One must be 20-21th century course and one must be non-Western
from a rotating selection of Art History courses given each semester such as:
- History of New Media
- The Artist in the 20th
Century: Cultures in Collision,
Cultures in Fusion
- Queer Art History
- History of Architecture
- Art of South Asia, India,Pakistan Sri Lanka, Nepal
- Western Art Special Areas
- Spanish Art-Case Studies of selected artists
- Women and Art: The 20th Century
- Art in the 80s: The Post-Modern
- History of Photography
- Dada and Surrealism
- American Painting and
Sculpture: 1940 to the Present
- Note this list is subject to
so check with ArtOffice for current offerings.
(Under very special circumstances CIA
majors may be allowed
to count 1 course outside of art as meeting these requirements - for
example, BECA, Design or Cinema.)
Courses include 410,412, three 511s,
610, & 612
4 hands-on studio
courses in any art forms -- at least 2 must be
upper level (300+)
(with special arrangements CIA majors may be allowed to count 1 or 2
outside of art as meeting these requirements - for example, DAI, Music
1 practicum course in which student
that help in running the program - for example tutoring students, lab
maintenance of the CIA reading room.
- Minimum of 120 semester units. -
Thirty (30) units must
be earned in residence at SFSU. Twenty-four (24) of these units must be
upper division courses and twelve (12) of these units (upper division
lower division) must be in the major.
-Upper Division Units Requirement -
Minimum of 40 upper
division units (courses numbered 300-699 at SFSU). Twenty-four (24) of
these units must be completed at SFSU, nine (9) of which must be
in General Education,Segment III.
- General Education: Students must meet
Level I II, and
III requirements in addition to other math, English, government, and
** note this subject to change -
For more details, see the university
Notes on Transfering into CIA
We are often asked what previous courses will transfer. Here is
an overview. The CIA faculty will be glad to go over
previous courses to give a detailed assessment.
We have a bit more control in this area because the art department
makes the assessments of previous courses. There are some general
principles you should be aware of: Many SFSU requirements
break into lower and upper level. Upper level courses are
intermediate and advanced courses - that is, with numbers of
300+. By definition any course taken at a junior college cannot
qualify as upper level. If you have been at a 4 year college or
university, then it is possible some of your advanced courses may
qualify. Also, if many courses transfer, you still need to
watch other general requirements - eg a minimum requirement for courses
taken at sfsu, etc. (check the catalog).
CIA majors get a degree in the art with an emphasis in CIA. They
need to meet the general art requirements.
4 art history courses (2 lower and 2 upper). Many transfers can
easily bring in the 2 lower level art history courses if they have
taken any at other institutions. Advanced art history sometimes
qualify but watch the 20-21st century and non-European requirements.
4 studio electives (2 lower and 2 upper). These are hands-on
courses in any traditional or new media art forms. Many transfers
can easily bring in the 2 lower level courses (and sometimes the
advanced) if they have taken relevant courses at other institutions.
7 studio courses in the CIA emphasis (all upper level). These are
more difficult to transfer because we find that courses taken in other
institutions match rarely what we do in the CIA. Even if people
have taken new media courses they are usually quite different in
conceptual orientation, even if they use the same media tools.
Also the courses in the emphasis are the place we get to work with
students. Thus, it is rare that these requirements can be met by
transfer credits. Note, however, that new media courses taken
elsewhere can often meet the studio elective requirements.
SFSU has a full general education requirement. Many California
junior colleges explicitly focus on helping students meet these.
We in the art department have less to say about these transfers.
The registrar will often prepare an evaluation of your general ed
status as part of admission to sfsu. There are 3 levels to GE
Level 1 - basic math, writing, speaking, critical thinking,
government. Transfers have often met these.
Level 2 - 3 courses each in : Humanities/art,
science, social science. There is a list of courses that meet
these. Transfers often have met some of these. Even if the
registrar says some courses will not transfer, you would have the
option of petitioning, taking courses by examination etc.
Level 3 - 3 courses drawn from specific clusters. focused on
advanaced integrated, interdisciplinary study. It is unlikely you
will be able to meet these by transfer.