Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BFA - Art

Concentration in Animation/Illustration

San José State University -to- Diablo Valley 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 123 Critical Thinking: Composition & Literature
ENGL 126 Critical Thinking: The Shaping of Meaning in Language
COMM 121 Persuasion & Critical Thinking
HIST 122 Critical Reasoning in History
PHILO 130 Critical Thinking: Reasoning in Everyday Life
PSYCH 145 Critical Thinking in Psychology
SOCIO 122 Critical Thinking About Social & Cultural Issues
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisNo Current Equivalent

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 the BA Art (Design) program.

Preparation for the Major:

ANI 024 Illustration FundamentalsART 105 Drawing I
ART 024 Drawing IART 105 Drawing I
ART 106 Drawing II
TA 005 ActingDRAMA 122 Basic Principles of Acting
ARTH 072 Design in SocietyNo Current Equivalent
ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalARTHS 195 History of Prehistoric and Ancient Art
ARTHS 196 History of Medieval and Renaissance Art
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernARTHS 196 History of Medieval and Renaissance Art
ARTHS 197 History of Baroque to Early 20th Century Art
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaARTHS 193 History of Asian Art
HUMAN 116 The Arts and Culture of Asia
(Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B)
ANI 001 Animation / Illustration SurveyNo Current Equivalent
ANI 012 Light & Optics
ART 012 will also be accepted for transfer students
ART 106 Drawing II
ANI 014 Color Principles for Screen Arts
ART 014 will also be accepted for transfer students
No Current Equivalent
ANI 028 Animation FundamentalsNo Current Equivalent
ANI 050 Visual PrinciplesARTDM 160 3D Modeling and Animation I
ARTDM 161 3D Modeling and Animation II
ANI 051A Introduction to 3D ModelingARTDM 160 3D Modeling and Animation I
ARTDM 161 3D Modeling and Animation II
ANI 051B Introduction to 3D AnimationNo Current Equivalent
ANI 055 Beginning Drawing for Animation/IllustrationArt 107 Figure Drawing I


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.