Program of Study
The Art, Media, and Design major offers students an engaged, creative and professional approach to arts at the intersection of traditional art practices and digital media. This major has two options, Art and Visual Culture (AVC) and Digital and Media Arts (DAMA) comprising synergistic studio and theory courses in media design, film and video, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation art and photography. Students combine these media fields with courses in community-based practice, cultural studies, traditional and new media art history and theory as well as service learning. The Bachelor of Arts in Art, Media, and Design provides an innovative curriculum with flexible coursework that meet students’ unique artistic and professional goals. Students work actively alongside interdisciplinary, internationally recognized, award-winning faculty and engage in projects in and outside of the classroom/studio with a strong emphasis on community-engaged art practice.
An Art, Media, and Design major provides students with the opportunity to choose a focus that best corresponds to the career path they expect to pursue, and prepares them for a variety of occupations. Professions include creative practice in graphic and media design, video and audio production, studio art, public and community art, performance art, photojournalism and photography. The degree also prepares students for careers in art criticism, curatorial work in traditional and new media art, and graduate studies or professional programs.
Special Conditions for the Bachelor of Arts in Art, Media, and Design
Each course counted toward the major must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. The B.A. in Art, Media, and Design maintains the same general Undergraduate Admissions and Graduation Requirements and/or transfer policies/requirements described in the CSUSM catalog.
Language Proficiency (0-9 Units)
All Art, Media, and Design majors must meet a second-language proficiency requirement. This is satisfied with a 200-level class or demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English. For details on how to satisfy this requirement, please refer to Language Proficiency Requirement .
Breadth Requirement (3 Units)
Additional course in Upper Division Arts and Humanities (CC designated) outside the major. This requirement can also count as the CC requirement in Upper Division General Education, but it must be taken in an Arts and Humanities or Interdisciplinary program other than Art, Media, and Design. Any course carrying the CC designation outside of Art, Media, and Design can be used to fulfill this requirement. If a student chooses to satisfy their UDGE CC outside the major, the breadth requirement will become 3 free elective units.
Interdisciplinary Social Science Requirement (3 Units)
All Art, Media, and Design majors must meet an Interdisciplinary Social Science (IDSS) requirement. This is satisfied with an approved lower-division interdisciplinary social science course from one of the following departments or programs: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Border Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Global Studies, Linguistics, Social Sciences, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The course taken to satisfy IDSS cannot double count with other major requirements and must be outside the student’s major discipline.
Check the Class Schedule or Degree Planner for the most up-to-date list of courses satisfying this requirement.
Art and Visual Culture (AVC) Option
The option in Art and Visual Culture (AVC) offers students introductory and advanced instruction in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation art, as well as choices in graphic and media design, photography, and other new media fields. The curriculum is flexible and encourages both traditional and digital media.
Art, Media, and Design Coursework (27 Units)
Art and Visual Culture (AVC) coursework (24 Units)
Art, Media, and Design Lower-Division Studio (3 Units)
Select one from:
AVC Lower-Division Studio (6 Units)
Art, Media, and Design Lower-Division Theory (6 Units)
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Art, Media, and Design Upper-Division Studio (9 Units)
Select three from:
AVC Upper-Division Studio (9 Units)
Select three from the list below OR from the Art, Media, and Design Coursework Upper-Division Studio list (cannot double-count courses already used from the shared list):
Art, Media, and Design Upper-Division Professional Preparation (3 Units)
Art, Media, and Design Upper-Division Theory (6 Units)
Select two from:
AVC Upper-Division Theory (3 Units)
Select one from:
AVC Upper-Division Electives (6 Units)
Students may take these electives in any art discipline (including AVC, DAMA, Dance, Music, Theatre).
Minimum Total (120 Units)
Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120