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.
AA-T certified students can earn a Visual & Public Art B.A. by completing the special requirements in the following programs:
- Requirements for Students AA-T Certified in Art History
- Requirements for Students AA-T Certified in Studio Art
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.
Complete ten (10) units of lower-division VPA coursework. Search options here.
Complete all of the following courses:
- VPA 300: VPA Major ProSeminar (4 units)
- VPA 302: VPA Visiting Artist Series (2 units) (to be taken twice)
- VPA 309: Materials and Methods (2 units)
- VPA 310: Mixed Media (4 units) OR VPA 303: Beginning Sculpture (4 units)
- VPA 313: Regional Art History (4 units)
- VPA 320S: Museum Studies (4 units) OR VPA 306S: Digital Public Art (4 units)
- VPA 405: Senior Capstone (4 units) (to be taken twice in the senior year)
Complete one of the following courses:
- VPA 305: Media Culture (4 units)
- VPA 307: Diverse History of Contemporary Art (4 units)
- VPA 308: Ways Of Seeing (4 units)
To satisfy the requirements of the VPA major, complete eleven (11) additional units of upper-division VPA coursework. Search options here.
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.