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Bachelor of Arts in Art Practice (Studio)


All undergraduate majors complete a minimum of 65 units including six lower level courses, six upper level courses, and four art history courses, including the WIM course ARTHIST 1, Introduction to the Visual Arts. All courses must be taken for a letter grade. University units earned by placement tests or advanced placement work in secondary school are not counted within the 65 units. The studio requirements are divided into lower level (introductory, 100 level) and upper level (advanced, 200 level) course work. At the lower level, students focus on a range of subject matter from historical motifs (figure, still life, landscape) to contemporary ideas in art. Upper level courses are designed to stretch the student's understanding of materials, techniques, site, and social relevance. Experimental and challenging in nature, these courses cross area boundaries. Independent study supervised by a member of the permanent faculty is also available to the advanced student.

Students are encouraged to move through the requirements for the major in the sequence outlined. Students are exposed to a range of practices early in their development in order to have a good basis of comparison if they choose to focus on a particular medium. This sequence of courses also broadens the students' skills and enables them to combine materials and methods. In all courses, students are expected to pass mid-term and final reviews and critiques of their work.

To declare the major, students must meet with the undergraduate coordinator. At that time the student selects a faculty adviser. Art Practice majors are required to meet with both their adviser and the undergraduate coordinator during the first two weeks of each quarter to have course work approved and make certain they are meeting degree requirements. Majors are required to attend an orientation session presented by the professional staff of the Art and Architecture Library, which introduces the tools of research and reference available on campus or through the Internet. This requirement should be completed no later than the quarter following the major declaration.

Required Courses—

  1. Six lower level courses (24 units): Six courses from ARTSTUDI 130, 131, 136, 138, 140, 141, 145, 148, 148A, 151, 153, 154, 155, 160, 161, 167, 170, 173, 177, 178, 179, 180.
  2. Six upper level courses (24 units):
    1. ARTSTUDI 230. Interdisciplinary Art Survey: Concepts and Strategies. Focus is on direct experiences of multidisciplinary art and art practices.
    2. ARTSTUDI 249. Advanced Undergraduate Seminar. Emphasis is on investigation of visual concepts interpreted by a single medium, by cross-practices, or by collaboration among students working in a variety of materials. This seminar gives the student an opportunity to be exposed to the work of other majors in a critique-based forum directed by a visiting artist or critic.
    3. Four other courses from ARTSTUDI 239, 241, 245, 246, 248, 249, 252, 260, 262, 263, 265A, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 276, 277, 275, 277A, 279A, 284, 285.
  3. Four Art History courses (17 units): ARTHIST 1 (WIM course) and three other art history courses. At least one course must be in the modern art series, ARTHIST 140-159. Students may substitute one Art History course with a Film Studies course.

Courses may not be offered every year and are subject to change.

Transfer Credit Evaluation—Upon declaring an Art Practice major, a student transferring from another school must have his or her work evaluated by a Department of Art and Art History adviser. A maximum of 13 transfer units are applied toward the 65 total units required for the major. A student wishing to have more than 13 units applied toward the major must submit a petition to the adviser and then have his or her work reviewed by a studio committee.


A minimum of 52 of the 65 units required for the Art Practice major and a minimum of 32 of the 36 units required for the Art Practice minor must be taken at the Stanford campus. A student must meet with his or her adviser and undergraduate coordinator before planning an overseas campus program.

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