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Art and Art History Department

BA - Art, Concentration in Studio Practice, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching art in high school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Art, Concentration in Studio Practice. The BA-Art Preparation for Teaching is approved as subject matter preparation for a single subject credential by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Individuals who do not wish to complete one of the degree program, or individuals seeking a single subject credential in subject areas not listed must pass all portions of the appropriate Commission-approved subject matter examination(s).

Minimum grade point average (GPA) and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (See Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

Note: Students who wish to complete or have completed another major should consult with an Art advisor who specializes in teacher preparation to determine requirements for single subject matter competency certification in art.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements42
Of the 51 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major33
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 046. Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 074. Introduction to Digital Media3
PHOT 040. Beginning Photography3
Complete one course from:
ART 025. Expressive Drawing3
ART 026. Drawing II3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B
Complete one course from:
PHIL 066. Introduction to AestheticsC13
PHIL 106. Philosophy of Art3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 182A. Art of the Americas3
ARTH 183A. Art of Egypt and Mesopotamia3
ARTH 183B. Art of Islam-Early Islam to the Seljuks3
ARTH 183C. Art of Islam 13th-19th Century3
ARTH 190B. Early Modernist Art3
ARTH 191A. Issues in Contemporary Art3
ARTH 194A. Art of China3
ARTH 194B. Art of India and South East Asia3
ARTH 195. Art of Japan3
ARTH 197A. The Art of Africa3
Requirements in the Major31
Core Requirements22
ART 001. Introduction to the Study of Art and Design1
ART 002. The Artist in Contemporary Culture3
ART 003. Medium and Message3
ART 061. Beginning Painting3
ART 100W. Writing Workshop: Fine ArtsZ3
ART 138. Studio Art Experiences for Young People3
ART 139. Advanced Multicultural Art3
Complete one course from:
ART 047. Introduction to Metalsmithing3
ART 068. Beginning Sculpture: Object & Concept3
ART 173. Topics on Installation Art3
ARTH 072. Design in SocietyC13
Specialized Courses6
Complete two courses in one of the following areas:
Courses can not be taken again if taken in another requirement area.
ART 132. Topics on Vessel3
ART 133. Topics in Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 134. Topics in Advanced Ceramics3
ART 137. Figure Modeling3
ART 140. Glass3
ART 141. Topics in Glass Casting and Advanced Blowing3
ART 147. Topics in Metalsmithing and Jewelry3
ART 149. Topics in Jewelry and Small Sculpture3
ART 154. Papermaking3
ART 156. Intermediate Drawing3
ART 157. Intermediate Life Drawing3
ART 158. Topics in Advanced Drawing3
ART 159. Advanced Life Drawing3
ART 162. Watercolor3
ART 164A. Intermediate Painting3
ART 164B. Intermediate Painting II3
ART 166. Topics in Advanced Painting3
ART 153. Topics in Intaglio Processes3
ART 151. Printmaking- Serigraphy3
ART 152. Topics in Lithography3
ART 155. Topics in Monotype3
PHOT 110. Black and White Photography3
PHOT 112. Color Photography3
PHOT 115. Intermediate Digital Imaging3
PHOT 116. Contemporary Issues in Photography3
ART 168. Woodworking3
ART 170. Topics in Fabricated Sculpture3
ART 133. Topics in Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 137. Figure Modeling3
ART 149. Topics in Jewelry and Small Sculpture3
ART 171. Advanced Sculpture3
ARED 150. Field Experience in the Arts3
University Electives12
May include minor

Total Units:120