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Art and Art History Department

BFA - Art, Concentration in Spatial Art

The BFA Art, Concentration in Spatial Art is a degree for artists seeking to specialize in sculpture and three-dimensional art processes. Spatial Art students begin with the common Art core of drawing, photography, digital media art, three-dimensional design, art history, and seminars about making a career as an artist. They then move into intermediate and advanced classes focused on large metal casting, woodworking, glass, ceramics, jewelry, and installation art. All studio classes emphasize concept development and recognition of contemporary art-world trends, while upper-division art history classes provide context and develop students' critical thinking skills.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

No portfolios are required at the time of application for admission to SJSU. Major requirements for the first two years of study for BA Art/Studio Practice and all BFA degrees are very similar so that students have time to choose the right path and can apply for the BFA, if they choose to do so. At that time BFA program applicants must meet the following departmental requirements:

1. Have completed, be currently enrolled in, or planning to enroll within the following two semesters in all coursework in the common preparation for the BA and BFA Art majors (25-28 units of drawing, digital media, photography, sculpture, art history, ART 001, ART 002, ART 003 and ART 100W) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Also recommended, are three to six additional units from the desired BFA concentration area.

2. Pass the BFA - Art admissions review. During the review, which is held in October and March each year, images of the applicant's creative work are reviewed by the art faculty to determine if the work demonstrates the creative level expected of BFA candidates. Instructions are available on the Art and Art History Department website.

Students complete the BFA Art program with a capstone project, for which each candidate prepares an individual art exhibit to demonstrate the candidate's professional competence.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major24
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 046. Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 068. Beginning Sculpture: Object & Concept3
ART 074. Introduction to Digital Media3
PHOT 040. Beginning Photography3
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
Requirements in the Major52
Core Requirements19
Art Fundamentals10
ART 001. Professional Preparation in Art1
ART 002. The Artist in Contemporary Culture3
ART 003. Medium and Message3
ART 100W. Writing Workshop: Fine ArtsZ3
Upper Division Art History Requirements9
One Course of Upper Division Art History3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 160. Modern Architecture3
ARTH 161. Contemporary Architecture3
ARTH 190C. 20th Century Art: from Dada to Pop3
ARTH 191A. Issues in Contemporary Art3
ARTH 192A. Modern Design3
ARTH 192C. History of Interior Design3
Specialized Courses27
Courses can not be taken again if taken in another requirement area.
ART 173. Topics in Installation Art3
Complete three courses from:
ART 047. Introduction to Metalsmithing3
ART 133. Topics in Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 140. Topics in Glass3
ART 168. Woodworking3
ART 169. Topics in Metal Sculpture3
ART 170. Topics in Fabricated Sculpture3
Additional Courses15
Complete two upper division courses from ART, ARTH, and/or PHOT. Courses cannot be taken again if taken in another requirement area.6
Complete three courses from:
ART 132. Topics in Intermediate Ceramics3
ART 133. Topics in Ceramic Sculpture3
ART 134. Topics in Advanced Ceramics3
ART 135. Topics in Moldmaking for Artists3
ART 137. Figure Modeling3
ART 140. Topics in Glass3
ART 141. Topics in Advanced Glass3
ART 147. Topics in Metalsmithing and Jewelry3
ART 149. Topics in Jewelry and Small Sculpture3
ART 168. Woodworking3
ART 169. Topics in Metal Sculpture3
ART 170. Topics in Fabricated Sculpture3
ART 172. Intermediate Sculpture: System/Structure3
ART 173. Topics in Installation Art3
ART 175. Special Topics in Studio Art3
ART 180. Individual Studies1-3
Capstone6
ART 199. BFA Project3
Complete one course from:
ART 198. BFA Seminar3
ART 202. Seminar in Spatial Arts3

Total Units:120