Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BFA - Art

Concentration in Photography

San José State University -to- Bakersfield College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL B2 Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking
ENGL B3 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature
PHIL B9 Critical Thinking & Advanced Composition
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL B1B Introduction to Types of Literature
ENGL B3 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through Literature

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all art/design courses; failing this, the BFA status will be changed to one of the BA - Art programs.

Preparation for the Major:

ART 012 Two-Dimensional Design and Color ConceptsART B4 Two Dimensional Design
ART 013 Three-Dimensional Design ConceptsART B5 Three Dimentional Design
ART 024 Drawing IART B2 Drawing I
ART 074 Introduction to Digital MediaNo Current Equivalent
PHOT 040 Beginning PhotographyNo Current Equivalent
ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalART B35 Survey of Western Art I
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernART B36 Survey of Western Art II
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaNo Current Equivalent
(Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B)

Lower Division Major Electives - Complete one area below (up to 6 semester units):


ART 046 Introduction to CeramicsNo Current Equivalent


ART 026 Drawing IINo Current Equivalent
ART 061 Beginning PaintingNo Current Equivalent


ART 068 Beginning Sculpture: Object & ConceptNo Current Equivalent


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units, students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. The lower division major courses for this major are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at:

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.