Undergraduate Program

The UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice offers an undergraduate program in studio art which provides a firm grounding in basic techniques and principles while encouraging guided experimentation. Our curriculum is designed to teach students to think visually and to help students develop a creative intelligence through the disciplined practice of a visual art. We provide technical and conceptual training in most traditional and new media: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture (wood, metal, ceramic, and mixed media), photography, installation, performance art, video, animation, sound, and in the emerging fields of programming, interactivity, and game design. Art Majors are expected to round out the required studio courses with Art History and Theory classes.

Art Practice seeks to graduate students who demonstrate an original vision in their approach to practice, form, and content and who have the potential for significant artistic and cultural impact. Successful Art Practice graduates understand the professional art world and are articulate about their work. They are deeply engaged with their art forms, rigorously committed to their crafts, and capable of transcending boundaries of mind, media or method through creative research. Students graduating with a major in art pursue careers as professional artists and teachers or in arts-related activities with museums, galleries, arts management, publishing, and artists’ organizations.

Art Practice Classes

While the undergraduate major is made up largely of studio courses, it also requires at least three courses in art history. Our students are required to be broadly familiar with the aesthetic strategies that artists have devised to understand and invent their worlds, not just in the 20th and 21st centuries, but throughout the millenia of human culture. Field trips to area museums, galleries, and artists’ studios provide an important on-site learning tool, one which emphasizes the pedagogical primacy of direct contact with works of art.

Small studio classes with frequent critiques are designed to foster a supportive community, productive debate, and collaborative thinking. Students are encouraged to be both open-minded and tough-minded, to look closely, think critically, and challenge assumptions. Most upper-division studio courses involve an exhibition requirement when students are asked to consider questions of audience, context, site, and timing. Several gallery spaces, among them the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, offer exhibition venues. The department also maintains web space for on-line exhibitions and video streaming.

 

To Declare the Art Major (To Declare the Art Minor, please see bottom of this page)

1. Have an overall GPA of 3.3

2. Complete the R&C requirements

3. Complete 2 required studio classes: Art 8 & Art 12

4. Submit a portfolio of 12 images (include work from ALL studio classes)

5. One letter of recommendation from an art faculty, art lecturer, or art GSI.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Lower Division:

1. REQUIRED: ART 8

2. REQUIRED: ART 12

3. YOU MUST CHOOSE TWO STUDIO CLASSES FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

ART 13 – The Language of Painting

ART 14 – The Language of Sculpture (Ceramic or Mixed Media)

ART 16 – The Language of Printmaking

ART 21 – Digital Photography

ART 23AC – Foundations of American Cyber-Culture

ART 26 – The Moving Image

AND

ONE Art History course, student’s choice

 

Upper Division:

1. REQUIRED: Art 119 – Global Perspectives in Contemporary Art

2. REQUIRED: ART 185 – Senior Project, Professional Practices

** PLEASE NOTE that Art 117 and 118 are NO LONGER REQUIRED and are now electives**

3. YOU MUST CHOOSE SIX STUDIO CLASSES FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

ART 102 – Advanced Painting

ART 117 – Drawing and Composition

Art 118 – Figure Drawing

ART 120, 122, 123, 124 – Advanced Printmaking (Lithography, Etching, Silkscreen)

ART 132, 137 – Advanced Ceramic Sculpture

ART 138 – Installation

ART 141, 142 – New Genres

ART 160 – Special Topics

ART 162 – Issues in Cultural Display

ART 164 – Art & Meditation

ART 165 – Art, Medicine and Disability

ART 171 – Beginning Digital Video

ART 173 – Sound Art

ART 174 – Advanced Digital Video

ART 175 – Advanced Computer Graphics

ART 178 – Game Design Methods

ART C179, ART 179 – Mobile City Chronicles

**YOU MAY, IF DESIRED, SUBSTITUTE 2 STUDIO CLASSES IN THESE DEPARTMENTS:

FILM 180, 181, 185, or 186

THEATER, DANCE, AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES 173, 174, or 175

CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA 190

VISUAL STUDIES (C.E.D.) VA 180A or B, 181, 185, C185A, 187A or B

 

Art History

TAKE TWO UPPER DIVISION ART HISTORY CLASSES

One MUST be Art 119 – Global Perspectives in Contemporary Art

One is to be taken from this list:  History of Art 100, 186A, B, or C

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR

LOWER DIVISION:

4 lower division studio classes (same as the major), however, no lower division Art History class is needed.

UPPER DIVISON:

4 upper division studio classes (same as the major), plus 1 upper division Art History class (MUST be on a 20th century topic)