UCR | Department of Art | BA
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BA

Undergraduate
MAJOR

The Art Department at UC Riverside offers a range of courses for the undergraduate student who is interested in active participation in a world where communication is increasingly visual.  The curriculum provides a broad-based engagement with creativity and innovation through experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to visual manifestations of ideas and self-expression.  Instruction is non-vocational and follows the goals of critical thinking and exploration appropriate to the research institution of the University of California through courses covering a variety of contemporary art practices including painting, sculpture, photography, video and digital media.  The program does not provide training in task-specific commercial arts as one would find at a trade school and is most appropriate to students who have a deep interest and commitment to the visual arts.  However, in a world where the venues of visual expression and communication are growing exponentially, creativity and skills of visual articulation can have significant vocational value in a range of applications.  Choosing a major in the Art Department at UCR, students will find a faculty of successful and dedicated working artists with international reputations and deep commitment to education, excellent technical facilities, and a welcoming community of like-minded individuals.
 
In addition to students pursuing Art majors, dual majors and minors, the department also welcomes the participation of non-majors and non-degree students.

Admission: Admission to the Major in Art requires electronic submission of a portfolio consisting of ten (10) images of your original work and/or three (3) clips of moving images or sound work.    Guidelines for the portfolio and a link to the site for submission can be found on the art department website at https://art.ucr.edu/. Students whose portfolios are approved will be admitted to the major. Guidelines for submission are also available from Undergraduate Admissions and from the Department of Art.

ADMISSION PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Admission to the UCR Art Major requires electronic submission of a portfolio consisting of ten (10) images of your original work and/or three (3) clips of moving images or sound work. This requirement applies to incoming transfer students and current UCR students wishing to pursue an Art major ONLY (this does not apply to incoming Freshmen/current high school students).  Prospective students new to UCR must first apply to UC Undergraduate Admissions. After initiating the process of applying to the Art major, applicants will be sent a link for online submission of this portfolio. All other current continuing UCR students may begin submission of their portfolio at any time.

Portfolios are reviewed periodically for admission to the Art Major; it is recommended you apply for the major 4-7 weeks in advance of the quarter you wish to be accepted. If you are currently an Undeclared student, you must submit a portfolio no later than Winter of your sophomore year.

Admission Portfolio Guidelines – (For Transfer and Current Student Applicants ONLY. New incoming Freshmen do not require a portfolio submission.) If you are currently an Undeclared student, you must submit a portfolio no later than Winter of your sophomore year.

Current UCR Students Applying for Change of Major-follow these STEPS to APPLY:

Step One: To start your Portfolio Submission please visit our media server, Slideroom at: https://ucriverside.slideroom.com/

Step Two: On the Slideroom website you will need to create a username and password. Then you will need to enter the nine digits of your UCR Application or Student Identification Number. (SID#) and be sure to select one of the current UCR Non-major student options.

Step Three: You must electronically submit a portfolio consisting of recently made, original artwork consisting of ten (10) images of original work and/or three (3) clips of media art (such as moving images or sound pieces.) You will be required to provide media used, year the work was completed, and dimensions for each of your works that you submit. Titles are optional.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $10

New INCOMING Transfer Students follow these STEPS to APPLY:

Step One: Apply to UC Riverside through Undergraduate Admissions here: http://my.ucr.edu/admissions/Pages/AdmissionsOverview.aspx

Step Two: To Start your Portfolio submission please visit our media server, Slideroom at: https://ucriverside.slideroom.com/

Step Three: On the Slideroom website you will need to create a username and password. Then you will need to enter the nine digits of your UCR Application or Student Identification Number. (SID#) and select Transfer Admission option.

Step Four: You must electronically submit a portfolio consisting of recently made, original artwork consisting of ten (10) images of original work and/or three (3) clips of media art (such as moving images or sound pieces.) You will be required to provide media used, year the work was completed, and dimensions for each of your works that you submit. Titles are optional.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $10.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

University Requirements
See the Undergraduate Studies section of UCR Catalog for requirements that all students must satisfy.

College Requirements
See Degree Requirements, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, in the Undergraduate Studies Section, for requirements that students must satisfy.

Major Requirements (Effective 2013F)
The major requirements for the B.A. in Art are as follows:

  1. Lower-division requirements (28/30 units)
    • ART 006/MCS 006
    • Four additional lower-division Art courses: ART 001, ART 002, ART 003, ART 004/MCS 004, ART 005, ART 009, ART 065, ART 066/CS 066, or ART 067/CS 067.
    • Two of the following courses: AHS 008 AHS 017A, AHS 017B, AHS 017C, AHS 020/MCS 023, AHS 021/URST 021, AHS 023, PHIL 001, or PHIL 007(courses may be used to satisfy breadth requirements)
  2. Upper-division requirements (40/41 units)
    • ART 160
    • One of the following Art History courses: AHS 115, AHS 135, AHS 136/MCS 137, AHS 175, AHS 176/MCS 176, AHS 178/URST178, AHS 179, AHS 180, AHS 181, AHS 182, AHS 183, AHS 184/URST 184, AHS 185/URST 185, AHS 186/MCS186, AHS 187, AHS 188, AHS 189 E-Z or any other upper-division Art History course that covers the period 1945 to present
    • ART 180
    • ART 132 Junior Art Workshop
    • A minimum of 20 additional units of upper-division Art course work
    • ART 133 Art Workshop (must pass with C+ or better.)

NOTE: A maximum of 12 upper-division transfer units of established equivalency in Art courses is accepted for credit. Equivalent transfer units in lower-division studio art course work and lower- and upper-division Art History course work is also accepted for credit toward the major in the respective lower- or upper-division category.

A minimum of 36 units of Art must be taken in residence (UCR Department of Art) to fulfill this major.

PREPARING FOR TRANSFER

Students planning to transfer to UCR as an Art major should:

  • Meet the UC admission requirement for transfers.
  • Complete the breadth requirement for UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental general Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.
  • Prepare a digital porfolio consisiting of 10 images and/or 3 digital clips of media art.
  • Complete the coursework required to meet the lower-division major requirements.

Lower-division requirements (28/30 units)

The lower-division requirements for art are as follows:

  • ART 006/MCS 006
  • Four additional lower-division Art courses: ART 001, ART 002, ART 003, ART 004/MCS 004, ART 005, ART 009, ART 065, ART 066 /CS 066, ART 067/CS 067.
  • Two of the following Art History courses: AHS 008, AHS 017A, AHS 017B, AHS 017C, AHS 020/MCS 023 or AHS 021/URST 021, AHS 023, PHIL 001, orPHIL 007 (courses may be used to satisfy breadth requirements)

NOTE: A maximum of 12 upper-division transfer units of established equivalency in Art courses is accepted for credit. Equivalent transfer units in lower-division studio art course work and lower- and upper-division Art History course work is also accepted for credit toward the major in the respective lower- or upper-division category.

A minimum of 36 units of Art must be taken in residence (UCR Department of Art) to fulfill this major.

RELATED LITERATURE and REFERENCES

Detailed information about UCR’s admission requirements is presented in the UC publications, Application for Undergraduate Admission & Scholarships, Introducing the University, and Answers for Transfers, and in the UC Riverside General Catalog. The UC publications are available at http://www.ucop.edu/pathways and at California high schools and community colleges. The UC Riverside General Catalog is online at http://www.ucr.edu.

ART STUDENT VISUAL PROJECT DISPLAY GUIDELINES

As a UCR student working on art projects as a class requirement, you must comply with the departmental and campus rules.  These guidelines are provided to assist with safety and security.  While the rules exist, consideration is given to promote creativity with your projects.

Facility Use:

  • Proposed projects must be presented in writing via text or drawings to the Art Department faculty member as well as CHASS Facilities Management prior to the project execution process.  Research of projects using UCR facilities must be approved seven business days prior by CHASS Facilities Management.  A typical way to provide information would be to write out the project scope, including materials to be used, size, color, and space to be installed or assembled. Project drawing or photos would assist in approval of project implementation. Include key components such as electrical, water or moving parts.
  • Access to installation project areas must be approved in writing   by the Art Department faculty member and CHASS Facilities Management.  Certain areas such as roofs, lawns, trees, walls and miscellaneous rooms will require access approval.  You must contact CHASS Facilities Management prior to accessing spaces.   CFM will assist with access to spaces and consult on use.
  • The duration of the installation depends on the class requirement.  The installation must be removed within one week of the last day of installation.  It is the intent of the University that removal of projects leave no trace.  Please leave the installation area as it was when installation began.
  • The UCR Art Department and UCR CFM has the right to remove or deny any installation.  Cause of refusal or removal would typically be a safety or security hazard.