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Creative Arts Program

BA - Creative Arts

Advisor: Shannon Rose Riley. M.F.A., Ph.D.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements45
Of the 51 units required by the university, 6 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
Requirement of the Major45
To qualify for a baccalaureate in Creative Arts, a grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required in each of the following courses: CA 172, CA 173, CA 175, CA 176 and CA 178.
Lower Division Courses9
Nine units of lower division non-studio, non-activity courses in history or theory in 3 disciplines selected from the following: Art; Art History; Comparative Literature; Dance; Design; English; Music; Radio, Television, Film; Theatre Arts; and others approved by the CAP Advisor
ART 042. Fiber Concepts3
DANC 010. Dance AppreciationC13
ENGL 078. Introduction to Shakespeare's DramaC23
MUSC 010A. Music AppreciationC13
MUSC 012. Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUSC 019. Music in World CulturesC13
MUSC 081. Concert Listening I1
RTVF 031. Film and Television Aesthetics3
TA 010. Theatre AppreciationC13
Activity or Studio Courses6
Six units of activity or studio courses in visual or performing arts or creative writing listed below or approved by the CAP Advisor
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 024. Drawing I3
ART 026. Drawing II3
DANC 040A. Modern Dance I2
DANC 042A. Jazz Dance I2
ENGL 071. Creative WritingC23
TA 005. ActingC13
TA 017. Intermediate Acting3
TA 048. Voice & Movement for the ActorE3
Upper Division Courses12
Twelve unit program of study of upper division courses in two or more arts disciplines selected primarily from the following: Art; Art History; Comparative Literature; Dance; Design; English; Music; Radio, Television, Film; Theatre Arts; World Languages and Literatures (literature only); and/or additional courses (proposed to and approved by the CAP Advisor)
ART 110. History and Theory of New Media3
ARTH 126. History of Photography3
ARTH 197A. The Art of Africa3
DANC 053. Techniques in World Dance2
DANC 102. Dance in World CulturesV3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
RELS 121. Music and Religious Experience3
RTVF 111. Alternative CinemaV3
RTVF 181. Modern Film History3
SPAN 120A. Spanish Literature3
SPAN 120B. Spanish Literature3
TA 120. Theatre History3
TA 121. Topics in Performance History3
TA 127. Contemporary TheatreV3
Creative Art Courses18
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
CA 175. Seminar in Creative Process3
CA 176. Creativity and Creative Leadership3
CA 178. Senior Seminar in Creative Arts3
Complete three units from:
CA 121. Music and Religious Experience3
CA 134. Religion Film & Media3
CA 139. Advanced Multicultural Art3
CA 148. The Art of Movement3
CA 150. Field Experience in the Arts3
CA 174. Special Topics Seminar3
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
CA 180. Individual Studies1-4
CA 190. Field Work/Internship1-3
University Electives28

Total Units:120