Oct 04, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 
USC Catalogue 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Art (BA)*

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The Bachelor of Arts program offers a more flexible and broad academic education than the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree while still providing a meaningful experience in the studio area and preparation for many design and art-related careers. The degree provides the student with the opportunity to double major or to combine an art major with a minor in various fields. Some possibilities for minors include communication, multimedia, education, business, film, animation and many other options.

Curriculum Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) requires a total of 128 units including 68 units of major requirements (52 units in Art courses and 16 units in Critical Studies courses, some of which overlap with the university’s required GE courses). In addition to the required courses, BA students have a minimum of 24 non-specific elective units that can be selected from a variety of university courses, based on their personal and professional goals and in consultation with their academic adviser. Electives are typically clustered in a particular field as in a minor, but may be spread across different areas.

Required Courses

Three 4-unit foundation courses are required for students admitted to the BA, Art:

Two 2-unit Studio Critique courses are required in the second and third year:

In the senior year, the following 4-unit course is required.

The following Critical Studies courses are required:

Art Electives

Select 12 additional units from any lower-division ART or DES courses, and 20 additional units from any upper-division ART or DES courses.

General Education Requirements

The university’s general education program provides a coherent, integrated introduction to the breadth of knowledge you will need to consider yourself (and to be considered by other people) a generally well-educated person. See the General Education  for more information.

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