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Art

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
Undergraduate Advisor
Building 534, Room 1316
Telephone: (805) 893-5962

Graduate Advisor
Building 534, Room 1318
Telephone: (805) 893-8710
Fax: (805) 893-7117
Website: www.arts.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Colin Gardner


 

Some courses displayed may not be offered every year. For actual course offerings by quarter, please consult the Quarterly Class Search or GOLD (for current students). To see the historical record of when a particular course has been taught in the past, please visit the Course Enrollment Histories.

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ART 1A. Visual Literacy
(5) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors.
An introductory survey of visual culture, encompassing art and film theor y and practice, digital technologies, television, advertising and print m edia, with a special focus on current interdisciplinary methodologies.
ART 1C. Introduction to Contemporary Art
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring, Fall.
Symposium format course presents contemporary artists' creative projects in relation to recent developments in art and cross-disciplinary practice s. Lectures by UCSB's Art Department faculty and also distinguished guest s invited to expand on art, theory and cultural production.
ART 7A. The Intersections of Art and Life
(5) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Spring, Summer.
Explores art in relation to time-based activity and integration with ever yday life. Conceptual introduction to authorship, authenticity, and narra tive through exercises and examples of performance, video, film, book, ar ts, sound, digital media, and interactive/chance derived work.
ART 7B. Introduction to Contemporary Practice I: Image Studies
(5) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall.
The study of visual perception and image-making across visual art disciplin es, both material and digital. Studio assignments are combined with related critical theory, historical practice, current strategies, and new evolution s.
ART 7C. Introduction to Contemporary Practice II: Spatial Studies
(5) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Winter.
The study of spatial art in many forms, including material, interactive a nd dynamic digital. Studio assignments are combined with related critical theory, historical practice, current strategies and new evolutions.
ART 7D. Introduction to Contemporary Practice III: Art, Science and Technologies
(5) JEVBRATT, PELJHAN
The study of foundations of digital and technological arts in all forms, including history, theory and practice of optical, kinetic, interactive, interdisciplinary and systems-oriented art. Lectures and assignments intr oduce concepts, methods, movements and practitioners that have shaped the fields.
ART 10. Introduction to Painting
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Art 7B or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units, but only 4 units can be applied to the major.
Traditional and contemporary painting assignments designed to provide a s trong foundation in fundamental 2D image making. Media include acrylic an d oil painting methods.
ART 12. Beginning Spatial Practices
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Art 7C or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units but only 4 units can be applied to the major.
Introduction to the challenges, strategies, and techniques of 3D artmakin g within the expanding fields of traditional and contemporary sculpture.
ART 14. Lower-Division Print
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Art 7B or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Open to non-majors. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units but only 4 units can be applied to the major. Letter grade required for majors.
Introduction to making prints. Emphasis on technical fundamentals and con ceptual aspects of graphic arts. "Print" incorporates hand produced mecha nically or photographically reproduced, and electronically replicated med ia.
ART 18. Lower-Division Drawing
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Art 7B or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: Letter grade required for majors. May be repeated for credit to a maximumof 8 units but only 4 units can be applied to the major. Open to non-majors.
Introduction to two-dimensional representation with various drawing media , including structural and symbolic implications of the human form. Empha sis on organization of vision and thought.
ART 19. Lower-Division Photography
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Art 7B or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units, butonly 4 units can be applied to the major.
Examines photography as a means of artistic expression. Conceptually-base d projects explore how we view, interpret, and manipulate visual informat ion. Lectures cover major historical and contemporary artists. Lab work i n digital format.
ART 22. Introduction to Computer Programming in the Arts
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Fall. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units, but only 4 units may be applied to the major.
Using a project-based approach, the basic components of web development a nd computer programming are explored in different markup and programming la nguages such as HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and Processing. The class is intended to create a general understanding of computer programming, its use and cult ural implications, as well as provide a foundation for utilizing programmin g in a wide range of projects, from traditional to new media.
ART 32. Introduction to Digital Video
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors.
Introduction to digital video production including camera work, editing, sound, and distribution platforms. Conceptual and technical concerns rele vant to video in the evolving theater of contemporary art and culture.
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ART 100. Intermediate Contemporary Painting Issues
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 10; Art 1A or 7B or Upper Division standing or Instructor Approval
Recommended Preparation: Art 18
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units with instructor approval. Letter grade required for majors.
Various projects designed to assist the understanding and development of contemporary painting practices. Supplemented with slide lectures and class critique. Additional self-directed projects, sketch books, experimentation, and independent research are encouraged.
ART 101. Advanced Contemporary Painting Issues
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 10, 18, 100; 1A or 7B or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
Special critique-based class addressing current issues in contemporary pa inting. 'Painting' will be used in broadest sense including traditional m ethods, and digital painting (digitally manipulated images as source), in stallation and inter-media practices utilizing paint as dominant medium.
ART 102AAZZ. Digital Media Tool Box: Concepts and Skills
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 22, 7D; 1A or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
A project based course with an emphasis on technical skills within the digital media arts context. Topics may include telecommunications, wirele ss, database aesthetics, networks, interactivity, digital 3D, virtual r eality, immersive environments, algorithmic aesthetics, visualization, media theory and others. Topic to be determined by instructor.
ART 102MM. Digital Project: Mobile Media
ART 102MU. Digital Project - Mashups
ART 102XX. Digital Media Tool Box: Concepts and Skills
ART 105AAZZ. Intermediate Spatial Practices
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 12; 1A or 7C or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units with instructor approval. Letter-grade required for majors.
Designed to develop student knowledge and proficiency of material and metho d, cultivating both manual and conceptual skill-levels in three-dimensional practices. Course focus varies by quarter, but includes a variety of approa ches to material practices and engages students in the role of spatial awar eness and production within contemporary art.
ART 105KY. Intermediate Spatial Practices
ART 105PP. Intermediate Spatial Practices - Public Practice
ART 105TD. Intermediate Spatial Practices: Physical & Virtual
ART 106AAZZ. Advanced Spatial Practices
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 12; 1A or 7C or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Letter grade required for majors.
Advanced study and investigation of new forms and spatial practices. Indi vidual and group projects may encompass formal and collaborative research as well as multi-disciplinary production that engages new and exploratory practices, such as interactive and performative media, public art, social design at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and contemporary art . Course content detailed in syllabus each quarter.
ART 106FA. Advanced Spatial Studies: Friday Academy
ART 106IV. Advanced Spatial Practices: Isla Vista
ART 106PP. Advanced Spatial Practices: Public Practice
ART 106W. Introduction to 2D/3D Visualizations in Architecture
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; open to majors only.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Art History 136W.
Develops skills in reading, interpreting, and visualizing 3D objects and spaces by offering exercises in sketching, perspective, orthographic proj ections, isometric drawings, and manual rendering practices. Relevant for those interested in history of architecture, sculpture, and such spatial practices as installations and public art.
ART 110. Intermediate Print
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 14, 18; 1A or 7B or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
Continued refinement of skills in service of ink and digital print produc tion. Emphasis on intermedia aspects of image and text and the sequential use of pictorial information. Areas of specific focus to include electron ic multiples, relief printing, and artists' books.
ART 111PP. Public Practice Arts: Digital Intermedia
(4) BECKMAN
Prerequisite: Art 7B, Upper Division; Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
The use of digital and hybrid media to create site- responsive public pr ojects including unsanctioned, permission based, and speculative works. The investigation of the evolving nature and use of public space and it s interrelations of individual, social, architectural/built, and infras tructure conditions. Projects will be executed both on and off campus.
ART 112. Artists' Books
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 14, 22; 1A or 7B or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: Designed for majors. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
An investigation of the book as an art form. Based on conventional media, artists' books encompass a variety of methods, techniques, and ideas. Ass igned and self-directed projects using traditional and innovative practic es, combining reading with pictorial and tactile experience.
ART 113. Experimental Video & Animation
(4) BECKMAN
Prerequisite: Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: Concurrently offered with ART 213. Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring.
The development of independent, innovative projects that utilize digital vi deo and/or post-production and hybrid means to create video-works for scree ns and surfaces, including projection, installation, distributed platforms. Projects may employ a variety of strategies and methodologies in concept, p roduction, and presentation. Broad exposure to contemporary and pioneering video/film, with an emphasis on experimentation in substance and form.
ART 117. Intermediate Drawing
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 18; 1A or 7B or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units with instructor approval.
Continuing investigation into the challenges of two- dimensional represent ation. Course focus to depend on instructor, but may include structural a nd symbolic implications of the human form, historical and contemporary strategies of visual analysis, and exploration into experimental media.
ART 118. Advanced Drawing
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 18, 117; 1A or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Letter grade required for majors.
Special studies in drawing utilizing particular faculty interests and/or special departmental facilities. Designed for majors.
ART 120AAZZ. Intermediate Photography
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 19; 1A or Upper Division
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units with instructor approval. Letter grade required for majors.
Continued refinement of traditional photographic technique, and developme nt of photography as an artmaking tool. Course to range by instructor, bu t may include photo narrative, journalism, fashion, artists' books, deskt op publishing, web design, time-based work, and intermedia collaborations .
ART 120EL. Intermediate Photography
ART 120PV. Intermediate Photography
ART 120SE. Intermediate Photography
ART 121. Advanced Photography
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 120.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Letter grade required for majors.
Special studies in photography utilizing faculty interests and/or special departmental facilities. Exact nature of course content to be specified i n the Department of Art Studio syllabus.
ART 122AAZZ. Advanced Topics in Digital Media
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 22, 7D; 1A or Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
An advanced project based course in digital media arts. Students are expe cted to have relevant conceptual, aesthetic, and technological grounding in digital media. Topic to be determined by instructor.
ART 122CC. Advanced Digital Project: Creative Cartography
ART 122PC. Advanced Digital Projects: Physical Computing
ART 123. Papermaking
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Introduction to historical and contemporary methods of handmade papermaki ng leading to innovative uses of handmade paper as an integral part of ar t forms.
ART 125. Art Since 1950
(4) STAFF
Recommended Preparation: Upper division standing.
Developments in American and European art since 1950 with an emphasis on the most recent decades. Focus ranges from the post-war impact of the New York School, Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism to more recent, "postm odern" trends.
ART 126. Introduction to Contemporary Theory
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 1A or Upper Division
A basic beginning survey of contemporary art, film and media theory, focu sing specifically on: realism, formalism, semiotics, phenomenology, psych oanalysis, feminism, Marxism, gender/queer studies, poststructuralism, po st-colonial theory and broader issues of authorship, narratology, postmod ernism, and multiculturalism.
ART 130. Visual Arts as Culture
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Exploration of visual arts and culture, including the evolving social and p ractical parameters of technologically produced images and the shifting are nas of ideology, analysis, and criticism.
ART 132. Digital Video
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 32; 1A or 7A or Upper Division
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Letter grade required for majors.
The making and use of video in contemporary art. Hands-on production and post production are combined with viewing, critique, and discussion topic s, including cultural prominence and future trends. Single and multiple c hannel, installation, and integration with other media are all encouraged .
ART 134. Performance
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Art 1A, and 7A; or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Letter grade required for majors.
A workshop introduction to the forms, styles, and strategies relating to the use of the body as both physical and psychological basis for making a rt. Method, space, narrative, audience, object, games, chance and rituals are explored.
ART 136. Personal Narrative
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of instructor.
Recommended Preparation: Art 1A and 7A or equivalent.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
Intensive writing-based workshop designed for formulating and producing a rtwork based on one's own personal experiences and histories. Experimenta tion and expansion into other artistic media are encouraged.
ART 137. Spoken Word
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper Division or Instructor Approval
Recommended Preparation: Art 7A or equivalent.
A workshop introduction to the use of voice as an artistic medium, with e mphasis on personal monologue, and improvisation.
ART 177. Art and Science of Aerospace Culture
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units. Same course as Engineering 177 and MAT 258
Interdisciplinary course/seminar/practice that explores technological, ae sthetic, cultural, and political aspects of the space side of the aerospa ce complex. Design history, space complex aesthetics, cinema intersections , imaging/telecommunications, human spaceflight history, reduced/altern ating gravity experimentation, space systems design/utilization.
ART 185AAZZ. Special Topics in Art
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or instructor approval
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 16 units.
Special topics in art.
ART 185CG. Special Topics in Art
ART 185GL. Digital Project - Optical-Digital Culture & Practice
ART 185HR. Special Topics in Art
ART 185IV. Special Topics in Art
ART 185JC. Special Topics in Art
ART 185KM. Special Topics in Art
ART 185KY. Special Topics in Art
ART 185LJ. Special Topics in Art
ART 185MP. Special Topics in Art
ART 185PM. Special Topics in Art
ART 185RG. Special Topics in Art
ART 185RR. Special Topics in Art
ART 185SW. Special Topics in Art
ART 185XX. Special Topics in Art
ART 192AAZZ. Internship in Art
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a 3.0 overall GPA.
Repeat Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 8 units, but only 4 units can be applied to the major.
Opportunities in applied learning related to visual art through local mus eums, art galleries, and other art related organizations or institutions. Students work under the direction of the faculty sponsor who maintains co ntact with the supervisor for whom the student is interning.
ART 192ES. Exhibition Studies Internship
ART 192IA. Internship in Art
ART 194. Special Group Studies
(2-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; consent of instructor.
A means of making special studies or meeting special curricular problems.
ART 196. Honors Seminar
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: L&S and CCS Art majors only; upper-division standing; acceptance into dep artment honors program.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Fall. Students must have a 3.5 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.0 grade-point average overall.
Seminar designed to focus on criticism of current art work. A total of 12 units in this course required to complete honors program. Completion of s eminar units followed by public exhibition of work accomplished.
ART 199. Independent Studies
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; completion of two upper-division courses in Art; consent of instructor and department required.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding three quarters andare limited to 5 units per quarter (without petition) and 16 units total in all 199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Independent studies. Advanced independent or collaborative work in consul tation with individual faculty; individual tutorial.
ART 199RA. Independent Research Assistance in Art
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Upper-division students only; consent of instructor and department.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and arelimited to 5 units per quarter (without petition) and 16 units total in all 199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Coursework shall consist of faculty supervised research assistance.
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ART 213. Experimental Video & Animation
(4) BECKMAN
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Concurrently offered with Art 113. Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring.
The development of independent, innovative projects that utilize digital and/or post-production and hybrid means to create video-works for scree ns and surfaces, including projection, installation, distributed platfo rms. Projects may employ a variety of strategies and methodologies in c oncept, production, and presentation. Broad exposure to contemporary an d pioneering video/film, with an emphasis on experimentation in substan ce and form.
ART 242. Reading and Research in Art
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Readings and research in topics of a historical and contemporary nature.
ART 244. Graduate Seminar in Critique
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
A seminar focusing on criticism of current art work.
ART 245. Graduate Theory Seminar
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
In-depth look at contemporary media and art discourse framed through a wi de range of theoretical approaches: formalism, structuralism, phenomenolo gy, psychoanalysis, Marxism, gender and queer studies, poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, deconstruction, issues of authorship, narratology, a nd multiculturalism. Specific content varies with instructor.
ART 246. Post MFA
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Seminar will address strategies for sustaining creative practice and dial og for graduating MFAs. The politics and poetics of interfacing with inst itutions, art professionals, peers and community groups through direct an d indirect means. The presentation, distribution, and/or sale of your w ork through commercial and non-commercial means. The business of being an artist including taxes, insurance, studio space. Featuring faculty and gu est speakers.
ART 260. Graduate Seminar in Visual Arts
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
A means of making special studies and meeting special curricular problems .
ART 261. All Faculty Graduate Seminar
(2) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing; consent of department.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring, Fall.
Symposium format course presents contemporary artists' creative projects in relation to recent developments in art and cross-disciplinary practice s. Lectures by faculty from UCSB's Art Department supplemented by disting uished guests invited to expand on art, theory and cultural production.
ART 501. Teaching Assistant Practicum
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Practice of teaching art.
ART 591A. Directed Study in Visual Arts Education
(2-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Individual tutorial.
ART 593MS. M.F.A. Thesis Project
(2-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Individual tutorial.
ART 594. Special Studies in Art
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
A means of making special studies and meeting special curricular problems .
ART 595. Direct Historical Reading and Research
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
Independent research involving extensive reading and written essay on a particular period, artist, or body of work with a historical context.