Art: Concentration in Art History and Studio Art

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major?
This concentration combines Studio Art and Art History. If you are interested specifically in Art History, the B.A. in Art History may be a better choice of major.
When should I first meet with my major department? Students should meet with an advisor at least once a semester. Advising is available beginning the second week of classes.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? We assign advisors by the first letter of the student’s last name. Make an appointment during your advisor's office hours. Assigned advisors and contact information/office hours for advisors are available on our website:
Where can I find information about major advising?

Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prequisite courses are full? Students should speak with an Art program advisor  and/or contact the instructor of the class you wish to take. 

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?

[These courses are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.]


C1 (Arts): ART 201 AND 205

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Art and art history classes are in high demand and many fill before the end of the first registration period. See an advisor to stay on track. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
For the B.A. in Art (all concentrations): 
Studio Art Courses:  
ART 335 Printmaking Processes: Drawing the Multiple
ART 340 Intermediate Contemporary Sculpture: Materials & Concepts 
ART 360 Foundations in Photography
ART 413 Introduction to Video Art
ART 430 The Language of Observational Painting
ART 431 Painting I 
ART 432 Drawing II 
ART 433 Figure Drawing
ART 434 Color Workshop 
ART 441 Art and Social Function
ART 445 Ceramics on the Wheel 
Art History Courses: 
ARTH 400 GW: Writing About Art  
ARTH 306 Modern and Contemporary Art in a Global Context: 1945-Present 
ARTH 417 The Art and Architecture of Islam
ARTH 419 Art History: 20th and 21st Century - Special Areas
ARTH 421 Art History: Global Perspectives - Special Areas
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

For the B.A. in Art (all concentrations):   It is recommended that you take lower division coursework (200 level courses in Art and Art History) before taking upper division coursework. Most transfer students have already fulfilled their lower division coursework. If in doubt, see an advisor. Check SFSU Bulletin for prerequisites for specific courses. 

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


Art History (AA-T) — Click here for Roadmap.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
Take two art history classes: 
ARTH 201: Western Art History I
ARTH 202: Western Art History II
ARTH 205: Asian Art History
Take two studio art classes: 
ART 235: Printmaking I
ART 240: Sculpture I
ART 245: Ceramics I
*ART 210: Introduction to Digital Media Arts
*ART 222: Introduction to Textiles Arts
*ART 231: Drawing I
*ART 260: Photography I
*not GE courses
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

The courses above are in high demand among art majors and non-art majors because all of them count in the major and fulfill 3-units of C1 general education requirements.

Students can take lower division Art courses at a community college.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
AP in Art History

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