Undergraduate

Major
Admission Portfolio Guidelines
Degree Requirements
Research, Special Studies, and Internship Opportunities
Preparing for Transfer
Related Literature and References
Education Abroad Program
UCR Catalog

 

Major

The Department of Art offers a B.A. degree in an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes a critical approach to artistic production. Courses are offered in the following curricular areas: photography, digital art, video, two- and three-dimensional media (painting, drawing, installation), critical theory, and sculpture. The program is designed primarily for students preparing for graduate study and those who plan to continue professionally as artists. However, the department welcomes the participation of non-majors and non-degree students.

Admission: Admission to the Major in Art requires electronic submission of a portfolio consisting of ten (10) images of your original work and/or three (3) clips of moving images or sound work.    Guidelines for the portfolio and a link to the site for submission can be found on the art department website at http://www.art.ucr.edu/. Students whose portfolios are approved will be admitted to the major. Guidelines for submission are also available from Undergraduate Admissions and from the Department of Art.

Admission Portfolio Guidelines

Admission to the UCR Art Major requires electronic submission of a portfolio consisting of ten (10) images of your original work and/or three (3) clips of moving images or sound work. This requirement applies to incoming transfer students and current UCR students wishing to pursue an Art major.  Prospective students new to UCR must first apply to UC Undergraduate Admissions. After initiating the process of applying to the Art major, applicants will be sent a link for online submission of this portfolio. All other current continuing UCR students may begin submission of their portfolio at any time.
Portfolios are reviewed periodically for admission to the Art Major; it is recommended you apply for the major 4-7 weeks in advance of the quarter you wish to be accepted.

 

Current UCR Students follow these STEPS to APPLY:

Step One: To start your Porfolio Submission please visit our media server, Slideroom at: https://ucriverside.slideroom.com/

Step Two: On the Slideroom website you will need to created a username and password. Then you will need to enter the nine digits of your UCR Application or Student Identification Number. (SID#) and be sure to select one of the current UCR Non-major student options.

Step Three: You must electronically submit a portfolio consisting of recently made, original artwork consisting of ten (10) images of original work and/or three (3) clips of media art (such as moving images or sound pieces.) You will be required to provide media used, year the work was completed, and dimensions for each of your works that you submit. Titles are optional.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $10

 

New INCOMING Transfer Students follow these STEPS to APPLY:

NOTE: New incoming Freshmen no longer need to submit a portfolio.

Step One: Apply to UC Riverside through Undergraduate Admissions here: http://my.ucr.edu/admissions/Pages/AdmissionsOverview.aspx

Step Two: To Start your Portfolio submission please visit our media server, Slideroom at: https://ucriverside.slideroom.com/

Step Three: On the Slideroom website you will need to create a username and password. Then you will need to enter the nine digits of your UCR Apllication or Student Identification Number. (SID#) and select Transfer Admission option.

Step Four: You must electronically submit a portfolio consisting of recently made, original artwork consisting of ten (10) images of original work and/or three (3) clips of media art (such as moving images or sound pieces.) You will be required to provide media used, year the work was completed, and dimensions for each of your works that you submit. Titles are optional.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $10.



Degree Requirements
University Requirements
See the Undergraduate Studies section of UCR Catalog for requirements that all students must satisfy.

College Requirements

See Degree Requirements, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, in the Undergraduate Studies Section, for requirements that students must satisfy.
Major Requirements (Effective 2013F)
The major requirements for the B.A. in Art are as follows:

1. Lower-division requirements (28/30 units)

  • ART 006/MCS 006

  • Four additional lower-division Art courses: ART 001, ART 002, ART 003, ART 004/MCS 004, ART 005, ART 009, ART 065, ART 066/CS 066, or ART 067/CS 067.

  • Two of the following courses: AHS 008 AHS 017A, AHS 017B, AHS 017C, AHS 020/MCS 023, AHS 021/URST 021, AHS 023, PHIL 001, or PHIL 007(courses may be used to satisfy breadth requirements)

2. Upper-division requirements (36/37 units)

  • ART 160

  • One of the following Art History courses: AHS 115, AHS 135, AHS 136/MCS 137, AHS 175, AHS 176/MCS 176, AHS 178, AHS 179, AHS 180, AHS 181, AHS 182, AHS 183, AHS 184/URST 184, AHS 185/URST 185, AHS 186, AHS 187, AHS 188, AHS 189 E-Z or any other upper-division Art History course that covers the period 1945 to present

  • ART 180

  • A minimum of 20 additional units of upper-division Art course work

  • ART 133 Art Workshop (must pass with C+ or better.)

Note: A maximum of 12 upper-division transfer units of established equivalency in Art courses is accepted for credit. Equivalent transfer units in lower-division studio art course work and lower- and upper-division Art History course work is also accepted for credit toward the major in the respective lower- or upper-division category.

A minimum of 36 units of Art must be taken in residence (UCR Department of Art) to fulfill this major.


Research, Special Studies, and Internship Opportunities.

The Department's sculpture, video, computer, and photography laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment. The Sweeney Art Gallery hosts exhibitions of historical and contemporary importance as well as the work of students. The California Museum of Photography, located in downtown Riverside, has one of the largest and most complete collections of photography in America. It includes photographic apparatus, books and images spanning photography's entire history.

Art majors receive priority consideration for internships at both the Sweeney Gallery and the California Museum of Photography. Aspiring artists coming into the Art Department can submit samples of their work for the Chancellor's Performance Award. Recipients of the award receive up to $2,500. Other departmental grants and awards are available from the Art Department.

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision. Through the departmental Honors Program, highly qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member. Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education.

Through the Education Abroad Program, UCR students can add an international perspective to their education by studying and living in another country while earning UC credit.


Preparing for Transfer
Students planning to transfer to UCR as an Art major should:
  • Meet the UC admission requirement for transfers.
  • Complete the breadth requirement for UCR's College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental general Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.
  • Prepare a digital porfolio consisiting of 10 images and/or 3 digital clips of media art.
  • Complete the coursework required to meet the lower-division major requirements.
Lower-division requirements (28/30 units)

The lower-division requirements for art are as follows:
  • ART 006/MCS 006
  • Four additional lower-division Art courses: ART 001, ART 002, ART 003, ART 004/MCS 004, ART 005, ART 009, ART 065, ART 066 /CS 066, ART 067/CS 067.
  • Two of the following Art History courses: AHS 008, AHS 017A, AHS 017B, AHS 017C, AHS 020/MCS 023 or AHS 021/URST 021, AHS 023, PHIL 001, orPHIL 007 (courses may be used to satisfy breadth requirements)

NOTE: A maximum of 12 upper-division transfer units of established equivalency in Art courses is accepted for credit. Equivalent transfer units in lower-division studio art course work and lower- and upper-division Art History course work is also accepted for credit toward the major in the respective lower- or upper-division category.

A minimum of 36 units of Art must be taken in residence (UCR Department of Art) to fulfill this major.



Related Literature and References
Detailed information about UCR's admission requirements is presented in the UC publications, Application for Undergraduate Admission & Scholarships, Introducing the University, and Answers for Transfers, and in the UC Riverside General Catalog. The UC publications are available at http://www.ucop.edu/pathways and at California high schools and community colleges. The UC Riverside General Catalog is online at http://www.ucr.edu.