Visual & Public Art BA

The Visual and Public Art major challenges and supports you as you develop enduring skills and perspectives. The curriculum combines studio work and public art processes. Theory and practice cover artistic production, exhibition, ethical interpretation, visual literacy and reciprocal community engagement. Through a rich interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of painting and mural techniques, sculpture and installation, integrated media and photography, arts educations and museum studies, you will graduate prepared to engage in individual and collaborative art methodologies.

To learn more about the major, visit the Visual & Public Art website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AA-T certified students can earn a Visual & Public Art B.A. by completing the special requirements in the following programs:

If you are unsure about your transfer status, please talk to a VPA faculty advisor as soon as possible.

All other VPA majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

In order to graduate, you will also need to complete your general education and university requirements.

Complete ten (10) units of lower-division VPA coursework. Search options here.

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

To satisfy the requirements of the VPA major, complete eleven (11) additional units of upper-division VPA coursework. Search options here.

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Historical and Philosophical Analysis

Including the ability to research, define, analyze and critically formulate positions on issues in visual and public art from contemporary, historical, ethical and sociopolitical perspectives.

MLO 2: Individual and Aesthetic Exploration

Including the ability to investigate and develop their own individual aesthetics within a critical and reflective framework of personal experiences and perspectives in the context of their work.

MLO 3: Community Issues Analysis

Including the ability to define and investigate cross-cultural and community issues, problem solve and respond with community-sensitive work.

MLO 4: Organizational and Collaborative Skills

Including the ability to use collaborative strategies to plan and achieve interdisciplinary arts projects.

MLO 5: Production Skills

Including the ability to develop production skills to produce and present public and individual artworks, projects or exhibitions.

MLO 6: Critical and Evaluative Skills

Including the ability to use critical and evaluative skills to revise work in response to community/audience relevancy, personal expression and social accountability.

MLO 7: Distribution Skills

Including the ability to present and distribute artwork in multiple contexts to engage diverse audiences.