DEPARTMENT OF STUDIO ART

3229 Art, Culture and Technology Building; (949) 824-6648
http://studioart.arts.uci.edu/
Miles Coolidge, Department Chair

Faculty / Undergraduate Program / Graduate Program / Courses

The Department of Studio Art takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary view of contemporary art practice. The Department emphasizes a demanding, conceptual approach to work in process in addition to traditional notions of product. Students are encouraged to develop an individual, disciplined direction through an experimental approach to media, materials, and techniques. To further this end, the curriculum provides studio experiences in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital imaging, and video, in addition to emphasizing cultural studies in relation to contemporary practice. Visiting artists and theorists who teach on a quarterly basis, or who make shorter guest appearances, are an integral part of the program.

The University's Education Abroad Program offers students the opportunity to study abroad. Graduate-level study also is available.

CAREERS FOR THE STUDIO ART MAJOR

Departmental faculty and the range of artists whose work is represented in the University Art Gallery exhibitions provide diverse career models. Some graduates go on to careers as exhibiting artists or teachers; others work in arts-related activities in museums, galleries, and artists' organizations. A bachelor's degree in Studio Art is usually required as preparation for graduate-level study in studio art.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE B.A. DEGREE IN STUDIO ART

University Requirements: See pages 54-61.

School Requirements: None.

Departmental Requirements for the Major

Studio Art 1A, B, C (taken the first year in residence); Studio Art 9A and 11A; one course from Art History 40A, 40B, 40C, 42A, 42B, or 42C; four lower-division courses selected from Studio Art 20-99; six upper-division courses chosen from Studio Art 100-115 (no more than three in this category), 130-195 (minimum of three in this category); two issues courses (Studio Art 116-129).

Sample Program for Freshmen

Fall

Winter

Spring

Studio Art 1A

Studio Art 1B

Studio Art 1C

Art History

Lower-Div. Studio Art

Lower-Div. Studio Art

Writing 39B

General Education

General Education

Lower-Div. Studio Art

Writing 39C

General Education

Honors in Studio Art

The Honors in Studio Art program gives qualifying students a more rigorous course of study in contemporary art practices, thus challenging superior students beyond the scholarly requirements demanded of the Studio Art major. This program is designed to further develop students' critical, analytical, research, and technical skills. It is particularly suited to those wishing to go on to graduate school and/or exhibition careers.

Eligibility requirements: (1) one year in good standing as a Studio Art major; (2) completion of Studio Art 1A, B, C, four lower-division courses from Studio Art 20-99, one Art History course from either the Art History 40 or 42 series; and (3) an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher with a GPA of at least 3.4 in Studio Art courses.

Application Deadline: The annual application deadline is May 15. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application Requirements: All applications must include (1) a disc containing 10 jpegs of recent work (jpeg files only, scaled to 8" x 10" and no larger than 5MB each) and/or a DVD of 2-3 minute clips of video or temporal work (mov files only); (2) a printed sheet listing titles and descriptions of work submitted; (3) a brief statement (250 words maximum) of research and career goals; and (4) UCI transcript (downloadable from StudentAccess). Applicants must test their discs prior to submission to ensure that they work properly; discs that are not viewable will be disqualified. The applicant's name, UCI student ID number, and e-mail address must be printed legibly on all submitted materials. Materials must be placed in a large envelope and submitted to the Department of Studio Art Administrative Office (ACT 3229) by the deadline.

Admission to the honors program is competitive. Students may be admitted as early as the spring quarter of their sophomore year but no later than the spring quarter of their junior year. Application finalists will be asked to schedule a portfolio review with the Studio Art Undergraduate Committee before the end of spring quarter instruction. All applicants will be notified of their status no later than the end of spring quarter finals week.

Seniors accepted to the program will be given their own studios to use during the academic year. Students must sign the Space Use and Safety Policy contract and follow the Department's studio occupancy guidelines in order to maintain their studios. GPAs will be reviewed each quarter to ensure programmatic requirements.

Beyond fulfilling regular courses for the Studio Art major, honors students must take the following: (1) two additional courses selected from Studio Art 100-191; (2) one Art History course of the student's choosing; and (3) Studio Art 198 Honors Exhibition. This latter course is to prepare students for a mandatory, group interdisciplinary honors gallery exhibition to take place during either the winter or spring quarter of the student's matriculating year, at which time students will defend their thesis work to faculty on the Undergraduate Committee.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM

Degree Offered

M.F.A. in Studio Art

Graduate emphases in Feminist Studies and in Asian American Studies are also available. (Refer to the Program in Women's Studies section or the Department of Asian American Studies section of the Catalogue for information.)

General Information and General Degree Requirements

The program is designed to provide intensive professional training for independently motivated students wishing to pursue careers in the field of contemporary art. Rather than traditional ideas of subject and technique, experimental and interdisciplinary approaches to art making are emphasized. Students undergo a rigorous course of study combining seminar classes, intensive critique courses, and independent study. The seminars cover a range of critical issues dealing with the relationship of culture to contemporary art and are designed for students interested in theoretically positioning their art practices within an interdisciplinary framework. All incoming students must take the First-Year Graduate Seminar in preparation for further course work. As students progress in the program, they are required to take a series of additional seminars aimed at training them to develop research skills and a written component augmenting their culminating thesis exhibitions. Various approaches to developing text and word are considered, and students are encouraged to approach developing the thesis textual component following a path best suited to their postgraduate interests (e.g., critical writing, spoken word/performance, critical memoir, digital narrative structures).

The overall emphasis in the program, however, is on studio production. Throughout their three years, students must take a series of critique seminars. Work-in-progress, produced for the given quarter's critique class, is intensively discussed within a group context. Students must also, throughout their graduate careers, work each quarter on an independent basis with faculty of their choice and are encouraged to work with a range of faculty members. During the second year, students must select a thesis committee with whom they will work closely on the development of both thesis studio production and research interests. However, even after selecting their committee, students are still encouraged to work with a range of faculty on an independent basis in order to continue to respond to and reflect on a diversity of ideas and differing approaches to both studio production and art distribution systems. Throughout the first two years, students must also undergo a series of progress checks including open studio reviews and a second-year exhibition. Students are evaluated by faculty committees during their first and second years. Satisfactory opinion by these committees coupled with both satisfactory independent study evaluations and grades of at least a B or above will allow the student to progress to candidacy for the degree. During the third year, candidates must mount a thesis exhibition. In tandem with the final thesis exhibition, students are required to do a public presentation on their work as part of their final defense before their thesis committee.

During the first two years, students are required to take courses from a structured curriculum totaling 12 units each quarter. Beyond that, students can select additional course work from any sector of the Department or University including approved upper-division undergraduate courses. The third year is structured so that students can individualize their course of study through a wide selection of classes. For example, students wishing to focus primarily on studio production can do so through a combination of independent studies and critique classes, or students could design their third year to focus both on studio production and acquiring additional course work in a given research area or graduate emphasis.

The normative time to degree for students in the M.F.A. program is three years. Residence is required. The maximum time to degree is four years. Students who do not complete the degree in four years will be dropped from the program.

M.F.A. candidates are each provided with an individual studio space. Facilities include photography laboratories (analog and digital), video production studios, data laboratories, and sculpture laboratories for work in wood and metal. There are also facilities to support work in digital media, painting, performance, drawing, and ceramics. Students also have regular opportunities to exhibit in two galleries.

Various programs of visiting artists and lecturers are an integral part of the student experience. There is a public lecture series for which solicited graduate student input is considered an important component. Visiting artists, curators, critics, and gallerists are invited to give lectures and conduct studio visits with graduate students. The Studio Art 220 seminar (required both first and second year) incorporates visiting lecturers into a colloquium setting where students are asked to lead in-depth discussions with a given visitor. In addition to artists and curators, Studio Art 220 visiting lecturers include faculty from the UCI campus as well as other UC campuses whose work and research may be of interest to graduate students. Some Studio Art faculty, in addition to their departmental appointment, are affiliated with other UCI and UC programs, e.g., Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Women's Studies, Engineering, Information and Computer Science, Critical Studies, Art History, the Calit2 Gaming Studies Initiative, and the UC Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA).

Admission

Applicants for admission to the M.F.A. program must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study, hold a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art, have completed one year of twentieth-century art history (students who have not completed this will be required to do so as part of their graduate studies), and submit by January 15 a portfolio of their most recent creative work of a maximum of 20 images, to fit within an overall image size of 1,024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high, white or black borders. Files should be submitted as a single PDF document. A short incisive statement about the work is required. Normally, anyone who has earned an M.F.A. degree in Studio Art will not be considered for admission into the program.

Specific Degree Requirements

One hundred and eight units over a three-year course of study are required. Residency is required. Students must take a minimum of 12 units per quarter.

First Year: First-Year Graduate Seminar (Studio Art 210); Methods and Materials Workshop (Studio Art 211); Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture (Studio Art 215); Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art (Studio Art 220); Graduate Group Critique (Studio Art 230 all three quarters); and Interdisciplinary Projects (Studio Art 240 all three quarters).

Second Year: Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture (Studio Art 215) or Graduate Topics in Studio Production (Studio Art 236); Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art (Studio Art 220); Graduate Group Critique (Studio Art 230 two quarters); Interdisciplinary Projects (Studio Art 240 two quarters); and Graduate Thesis, Independent Study (Studio Art 262).

Third Year: Graduate Group Critique (Studio Art 230); Graduate Thesis Writing Seminar (Studio Art 261); Graduate Thesis, Independent Study (Studio Art 262 all three quarters); Graduate Thesis, Exhibition Critique (Studio Art 263); two courses selected from the following: Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture (Studio Art 215), Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art (Studio Art 220), Graduate Topics in Digital Media (Studio Art 234), Graduate Topics in Studio Production (Studio Art 236), Directed Reading and Research (Studio Art 250), Directed Group Study (Studio Art 251), Graduate Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Projects (Studio Art 255), Curatorial Projects (Studio Art 257), Cooperative Program and/or Studies Abroad (Studio Art 269), University Teaching (Studio Art 399) or outside seminar (over two quarters); and two courses selected from Interdisciplinary Projects (Studio Art 240), University Teaching (Studio Art 399), or outside seminar (over two quarters).

Concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies

The M.F.A. concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies trains the student to enter the interdisciplinary field of contemporary art. Upon graduating, the student will be well versed in debates that define art and visual culture from modernism to the present, capable of conceiving new models of contemporary exhibition and criticism, and expertly trained to execute professional, innovative projects in the field. The University Art Gallery plays a prominent role in the curriculum, serving as a "laboratory" for cultural research conducted by the Critical and Curatorial students. This concentration has a core faculty in Visual Studies and Studio Art, both of which advises the student in the research and production of their final M.F.A. exhibition and accompanying publication. A written Master's thesis is also required.

Admission

The criteria for admission is the same as the M.F.A. in Studio Art. In addition to the official application to the M.F.A. program, Critical and Curatorial applicants must include (in lieu of a portfolio): a letter of intent, a writing sample (in the form of an exhibition proposal or review), and a proposed project. The application deadline for this concentration is February 15.

Specific Degree Requirements

First Year: First-Year Graduate Seminar (Studio Art 210); Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture (Studio Art 215); Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art (Studio Art 220); Graduate Group Critique (Studio Art 230); Directed Reading and Research (Studio Art 250); Curatorial Projects (Studio Art 257); Introduction to Exhibition Systems (Studio Art 280A); Studio or Visual Studies electives (two quarters).

Second Year: Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture (Studio Art 215, two quarters); Graduate Group Critique (Studio Art 230); Directed Reading and Research (Studio Art 250); Curatorial Projects (Studio Art 257); Graduate Research Seminar (Studio Art 260); Exhibition Systems (Studio Art 280); Studio or Visual Studies electives (two quarters).

Third Year: Graduate Group Critique (Studio Art 230); Graduate Thesis Writing (Studio Art 261A); Critical and Curatorial Thesis Exhibition (Studio Art 264); Graduate Thesis Independent Study (Studio Art 262, all three quarters); Exhibition Systems (Studio Art 280); Studio or Visual Studies elective.

Courses in Studio Art

(Schedule of Classes designation: Art Stu)

NOTE: Students may be assessed a course materials fee for certain courses. Consult the online Schedule of Classes on the Registrar's Web site at http://www.reg.uci.edu for the most up-to-date information about which courses require a materials fee and the amount of the fee.

LOWER-DIVISION

1 Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice. A three-quarter foundation sequence introducing students to a broad range of contemporary art, media, and practices in relation to their twentieth-century cultural and historical antecedents.

1A Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) F. Deals specifically with contemporary painting and photography. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

1B Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) W. Deals with film/video/performance. Concerned with the development of modern/contemporary film, video, and performance, with a focus on experimental and avant-garde production from the early twentieth-century to today. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

1C Art in Context: History, Theory, and Practice (4) S. Deals specifically with space and cyberspace. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

9 Visual Culture

9A Media, Art, and Technology (4) F. Examines creative activities in all spheres of life, as well as the "artistic" impulses that dwell in each of us. Culture is addressed in broad terms of the many institutions and cultural forces that shape everyday activities of listening, seeing, doing. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

9B A Culture Divided (4) W. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s controversies flourished in the mainstream media over purportedly obscene art, anti-American writing, and moral decay, among other issues. Examines these new conflicts as they manifest themselves in public life and everyday experience. (IV)

9C Thematic Investigations (4) S. Considers a broad range of concerns and questions raised by various acts of appropriation in contemporary art and visual culture, such as originality, authenticity, authorship, translation, audience and aesthetics, temporal dimensions of a work, and context. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (IV)

11A History of Contemporary Art (4) S. Surveys critical thought that has influenced twentieth-century art production, preparing the student to engage contemporary art with a critical eye, specifically addressing aesthetic and political debates of the historical avant-garde, the neo-avant garde, and postmodern culture. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A. Open to Studio Art majors only.

11B Media Art and Design History (4). Survey of the roots of modern techno-media arts in both the history of visual arts and the history of devices such as automata, animatronics, robots, miniature theatres, optical machines, communications technologies, calculators, and computers. Open to Studio Art majors only.

20 Basic Drawing (4). Encourages an investigation of the premises and limits of drawing, primarily, but not inevitably, as a two-dimensional medium. Includes slide presentations and discussions of the historical uses of a wide range of drawing. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

30A Basic Painting I (4). Examination of the fundamental components of painting: color, form, space, surface, scale, and content. Studio work, slide presentations, and critiques of student work. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

30B Basic Painting II (4). Further examination of the essential qualities of painting: color, form, space, surface, scale, and content. Studio work, slide presentations, and critiques of student work. Prerequisite: Studio Art 30A. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

40 Basic Sculpture (4). The practice of sculpture in the contemporary arts; inclusion of spatial interventions, site-specific and environmental design, appropriation of found materials; techniques in cutting, joining, and assembly of wood, metals, and plastics. May include casting, welding, and ceramics. Materials fee. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

51 Basic Ceramic Sculpture (4). Exploration of use of clay as sculptural basis with an emphasis on development of an idea and its relation to contemporary and experimental art practice. Hand-building, glazing, finishing processes, and use of other structural materials. Materials fee. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

65A Foundations in Media Design (4). Provides an overview of media design in the digital age, covering principles of design for different media (2D, time-based, interactive); history of relationship between art and design; and practice in working with different design approaches. Materials fee. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

65B Foundations in Internet Art and Design (4). Introduction to creating art for the Internet, covering history and structure of networks; key types of net-based interactivity; basics of Web design and scripting. Prerequisite: Studio Art 65A; Studio Art 11B recommended. Materials fee. Formerly Studio Art 65C. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

71A Introduction to Photography I (4). Introduction to technical underpinnings emphasizing photography as a contemporary art practice. Topics include 35 mm. non-automatic camera operation, exposure and lighting, black and white printing, introduction to digital photography, discussion of critical and historical issues. Materials fee. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

71B Introduction to Photography II (4). Techniques covered include: medium and large format cameras, digital photography, studio lighting, digital and analog color printing, mural room. Conceptual direction is developed through critiques, critical readings, discussions, slide lectures. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Studio Art 71A. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

81A Video Production (4). Introduction to the three production stages of video making. Study of the narrative structure of cinema and acquisition of video production skills in camera, lighting, sound, and editing. Production work, readings, and screenings outside of class are assigned. Materials fee. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

81B Video Stage Production (4). Focuses on video production, technical skills including: camera operation, stage lighting, sound recording, and construction of basic scenic elements. Emphasis is placed on the function and responsibilities of the production crew and proper working and safety procedures. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Studio Art 81A. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

91 Basic Performance Art (4). Exploration of objects, gesture, action, text, image, and media to create narrative or non-narrative works. Elements of theory and history of performance art are discussed to illustrate techniques and styles. The goal is to understand, identify, and articulate your artistic vision and voice. May be taken for credit twice. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

95 Special Topics in Basic Media (4). Basic instruction in media or disciplines not otherwise represented in the regular curriculum. Topics vary according to the instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment.

UPPER-DIVISION

100 Special Topics in Studio Art (4). Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; lower-division writing strongly recommended. May be taken for credit six times as topics vary. Materials fee, topic dependent. Open to Studio Art majors only.

101 Artists as Writers (4). Contemporary art practice involves text, as final form or an integral element. Many contemporary artists consider writing as essential to their practice. Covers historical and contemporary uses of text and image as well as artists' writings. Prerequisites: Studio Art 9A and 11A; and, when offered for upper-division writing: satisfactory completion of the lower-division writing requirement. Open to Studio Art majors only.

102 Intermediate Drawing (4). Continuation of the investigation initiated in Studio Art 20, with an emphasis on experimentation, personal investigation, and the development of conceptual working premises, as well as the acquisition of necessary skills. Group discussion and critique are emphasized. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 20 or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

103 Intermediate Painting (4). Continuation of the investigation initiated in basic painting, with an emphasis on experimentation, personal investigation, development of conceptual working premises, as well as the acquisition of necessary skills. Group discussion and critique are emphasized. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 30A-B. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

104 Intermediate Sculpture (4). Investigation of three-dimensional space, including the construction of objects and the manipulation of the environment. Students define personal projects and translate personal, social, and political experience into visual meaning. Range of artists' works introduced. Group discussion and critiques. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 40 or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

105 Intermediate Ceramic Sculpture (4). Further investigation of the use of clay as a medium, with emphasis on experimental practice and the relationship to contemporary visual art. Emphasizes discussion of ideas, and provides information on clay body, fabrication, glazing, and firing. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 51 or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

106A Programming for Artists (4). Covers programming as a means to create interactive artworks with an emphasis on the integration of video, sound, text, and stills. Topics include basic concepts in programming, understanding the limits of code, working with video and audio files, interface design. Prerequisite: Studio Art 65B; Studio Art 11B recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

106B Game Studies (4). Critical analysis of various genres of computer games and gaming theory and practice through playing, writing, and discussion. The focus is on creating a Design Document for the student's own gaming environment using gaming metaphors, design principles, and technologies. Prerequisite: Studio Art 65A; Studio Art 11B recommended. Formerly Studio Art 135. Open to Studio Art majors only.

106C Design for Print (4). Investigates the use of print for communication as an artist. Covers the fundamentals of print design and output using digital media. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Studio Art 65A; Studio Art 11B recommended; or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

107 Intermediate Projects in Photography (4). Students begin learning how to develop photographic projects of their own making. Focuses on employing and expanding upon previously learned technical and critical skills specific to students' individual interests and ideas. Critiques, readings, lectures, labs. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 71A-B. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

108 Intermediate Video Projects (4). Students learn how to conceive, develop, and produce original video works building directly upon previously learned skills. Use of the video stage and post-production editing facilities. Lectures on video and film subjects, production strategies, readings, screening, field trips, and group critiques. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 81A-B; senior Studio Art majors only. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

109 Performance and the Camera (4). Surveys the development of contemporary artists who use performance strategies in the making of videos and films. Students analyze the artist's conceptual approach to performative gestures, actions, and landscapes created for their video or film art. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 91 or consent of instructor. Open to Studio Art majors only.

110A Mechatronic Art I (4). Introduces students to the practice and theory of analog electronics, emphasizing the design and development of simple interactive systems and the integration of such systems into real-world contexts of performance, installation, sculpture, and automated artifacts.

110B Mechatronic Art II (4). Introduces students to the practice and theory of embedded microcontrollers, digital electronics, coding, sensor interfacing, motor control and output stages along with mechanical and electromechanical design and construction, emphasizing the integration of such systems into real-world contexts of performance, installation, sculpture, and automated artifacts. Prerequisite: Studio Art 110A.

110C Mechatronic Art III (4). As the capstone to the Mechatronic Art series, this course permits students to develop major projects utilizing electronics, microcontrollers, sensors, and electromechanical devices, in a methodical and supervised context, with technical, design, and aesthetic advice and critique. Prerequisites: Studio Art 110A and 110B.

111 3D Methods and Materials (4). Presents a wide variety of concepts, materials, tools, and fabrication techniques vital to art production. Wood tools, clay, castable rubber, urethane foam, fiberglass, plaster, steel, and welding are introduced. Student projects are based on conceptual problems incorporating these materials. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

116 Feminist Issues in Studio Art (4). Feminist perspectives and topics in relation to cultural production. Feminist debates on sexuality, perspectives on women of color, on race and gender, feminist film criticism, histories of the first and second waves of feminism, histories of feminist art. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

117 Issues in Popular Culture (4). In-depth investigation of the relationship between visual art practices and popular culture. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

119 Issues in Contemporary Painting (4). Investigation of issues in modern and contemporary art work and criticism, wherein an assessment of Modernist influences is followed by the examination of contemporary painting as a cross-disciplinary practice employing popular culture, "high art," theory, and new technology. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

120 Issues in Narrative (4). Emphasizes the construction of narratives in different media—painting, photography, sculpture, video. Particular attention paid to the development of personal and community histories as a working base. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

121 Issues in Race and Representation (4). Emphasizes the construction of racial difference and stereotyping in the visual and performing arts, and on the histories of cultures and artists who functioned outside the contemporary mainstream. Readings assigned. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

121A, B Afro-futurism I, II (4, 4). Futuristic artistic visions of black film, video, and cyberspace which create Afro-futurism. African American diasporic cultural retention in modern techno-culture; digital activism; and dreams of designing technology based on African aesthetic principles are addressed. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. Open to Studio Art majors only.

123A Issues in the New Culture Wars (4). The term "culture wars" originally described Reagan/Bush era political efforts launched over matters like abortion, religion, gay rights, school curricula. Such controversies provided motivation and content for many artists. Addresses new culture wars emerging since 9/11 over privacy, technology globalization, terrorism. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. Open to Studio Art majors only.

123B Issues in Media, Violence, and Fear (4). Violence has been a key ingredient in story-telling throughout history in art, literature, religion, and entertainment. The continuing presence of media violence has provoked debates among parents, politicians, media producers, and academics. Examines history, theory, aesthetics, economics, and politics of violent representation. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. Open to Studio Art majors only.

125 Issues in Photography (4). Rigorous investigation of photographic practices and critical writings, the relationship of photography to the construction and maintenance of cultural institutions, the circulation of photographic ideas in society, and photography and technology. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

126 Issues in Media and Migration: Asia (4). Media and migration are profound, twinned influences on contemporary globalized experience. A discourse on Asian cultural production and of its transnational dimensions. Students explore migration in its multiple facets to include migrations of people, ideas, and technologies. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A.

126A Tactical Media and the Politics of Information (4). Overview of tactical media as a practice and its theoretical influences. Emerged in post-Cold War Europe in early 1990s. Tactical use of media and activism are point of reference for tactical media groups worldwide. Open to Studio Art majors only.

126B Issues in Techno-Arts (4). Addresses issues related to artmaking practices that emerge in tandem with new technologies. Topics include sociopolitical contexts of techno-art; utopic/dystopic framings; key moments in the history of techno-arts. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; Studio Art 11B recommended. Open to Studio Art majors only.

127A Issues in Video History and Criticism (4). Investigation of historical development of video as an artistic practice. Topics include relationships between art and video technology, artists' critiques of television, experimentation with image processing and synthesis, performances designed for video, experiments in documentary representation, video installation. Readings and screenings assigned. Prerequisites: Studio Art 81A and 81B. Materials fee. Open to Studio Art majors only.

127B Issues in Experimental Film History (4). A critical study of experimental film/video art genres and production techniques considering their narrative, structural, iconographic, and cultural aspects. Hollywood narrative, Nouvelle Vague, American Independent, and Video Art are compared in terms of production innovation, design, and conceptual content. Prerequisite: Studio Art 127A. Materials fee. Open to Studio Art majors only.

128 Issues in New Genres (4). Investigates issues in post-studio practices, including concepts of time, relational aesthetics, site-specificity, institutional critique, and the post-medium condition. Prerequisite: Studio Art 9A; upper-division writing strongly recommended. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

130A Projects in New Technologies (4). Working with media such as electronic still cameras, desktop publishing, faxes, satellites, virtual reality, digitized imaging. Cultural issues pertinent to the emergence of new technology (e.g., ethical concerns, social impact, copyright laws, nontraditional approaches to distribution, cyberpunk, global markets). Prerequisite: Studio Art 65A; Studio Art 11B recommended; Studio Art 106A strongly recommended. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Formerly Studio Art 130. Open to Studio Art majors only.

130B Topics in Game Design (4). Investigates interaction paradigms, game mechanics, game development processes, and methods for analysis and critique of games; and provides opportunities for experimental game design. Prerequisite: Studio Art 106B. Open to Studio Art majors only.

130C World Building (4). Interdisciplinary approaches to working across the digital/nondigital boundary to create an alternative universe. Emphasis is on critical thinking, comprehensive planning, integration of multiple media, and narrative development. Prerequisite: Studio Art 65A; Studio Art 11B recommended; Studio Art 106A strongly recommended. May be taken for credit twice. Formerly Studio Art 138. Open to Studio Art majors only.

131 Projects in Installation (4). Investigates interior installation in particular spaces. Working in teams, students install, discuss, and remove projects. Technical information and hands-on experience with various media is provided. Prerequisites: two intermediate courses or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Materials fee. Open to Studio Art majors only.

132A Projects in Video Pre-Production (4). Examines the preparatory and planning stages of video production, including script writing, story boarding, location scouting, script breakdown, and budgeting. Projects may encompass one or more of these stages which will be explored through readings, discussions, and demonstrations. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 81A-B. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

132B Projects in Video Post-Production (4). Examines procedures and techniques utilized in video production after principal shooting is completed, including effects processing, composting, sound design, and DVD authoring. Projects focus on one or more of these processes, which will be explored through readings, discussions, and demonstrations. Prerequisites: Studio Art 81A-B. May be taken for credit twice. Materials fee. Open to Studio Art majors only.

141 Projects in Video Installation (4). Incorporating narrative structures in a multi-screen context. Students design and produce an active space in which activities will move from one screen to another. May be taken for credit twice. Materials fee. Open to Studio Art majors only.

143 Projects in Computer Painting (4). Study and utilization of the computer as a digital sketchbook and design tool for the creation of paintings. Discussion of the issues related to benefits and limitations of new technology in the art-making process. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 30A-B. Open to Studio Art majors only.

146 The Artist in the Archive (4). Considers data storage, retrieval systems, technology, secrets, disparate collections, and forgetting. Focuses on artists who prefer their information in quantity and who use or construct databases to structure and/or generate their work. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C; 9A and 11A. Open to Studio Art majors only.

149 Multimedia and the Arts in the Multicultural Classroom (4) F, W, S. Multiculturalism and underrepresented U.S. minorities and the visual and performing arts: perspectives in artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, and aesthetic valuing, and media literacy in the interpretation and production of multimedia arts products and applications for K-12 classrooms. Same as Education 104E. Studio Art majors have first consideration for enrollment. (VII)

150 Advanced Studio Topics/Painting (4). Provides an intensive and specialized working environment. Thematic issues and material strategies explored. Prerequisites: Studio Art 30A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

150C Advanced Drawing (4). Advanced studio problems for visual exploration. Students pursue individual solutions to self-defined and presubscribed projects. Techniques/materials are individual choice. Continual analysis of the personal process. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 20. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Open to Studio Art majors only.

150F Advanced Figure Drawing (4). Students develop technical skills in rendering the figure. Live model sessions and an introduction to anatomy. Also investigates use of the figure in contemporary art. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 20. May be taken for credit twice. Materials fee. Open to Studio Art majors only.

151 Advanced Studio Topics/Sculpture (4). Provides an intensive and specialized working environment. Thematic issues and material strategies will be explored. Prerequisite: Art Studio 40 or consent of instructor. Materials fee. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

152A Advanced Studio Topics/Photography (4). Focused investigation of a range of issues in photographic practice, with an emphasis on developing individual student projects, refining critical thinking, and conceptual framing, Technical topics covered as required. Readings, lectures, critiques, labs. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 71A-B. May be repeated for credit. Open to Studio Art majors only.

152B Documentary Photography (4). Documentary practice is examined through the realization of photo-based projects. Thematic focus of student's choosing is refined through lectures, discussions, technical demonstrations, field trips, labs, and individual meetings. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 71A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Open to Studio Art majors only.

152C The Public Image (4). Strategies for artistic intervention in the public circulation of images are examined alongside the role images play in constructing public identity. Individual or collaborative student projects are directed around course themes. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 71A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Open to Studio Art majors only.

152D The Photographic Tableau (4). Examines and develops photographic projects intended for traditional artistic venues (i.e., galleries and museums). In addition to exploring appropriate techniques and presentation strategies, students consider the interdependency between construction of images and semantic shaping of traditional art venues. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 71A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Open to Studio Art majors only.

152E The Constructed Image (4). A studio investigation of theoretical ideas, critical possibilities, historical precedents, and various techniques involving the production of fabricated images. Techniques may include montage, digital, chemical and in-camera manipulations, studio constructions, appropriations, performance, and projected images. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 71A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Open to Studio Art majors only.

152F Seminar Production Component (4). Photographic and/or inter-media production course tied to a specific Issues course (for example, Issues in Photography, Issues in Feminism, Issues in Urban Space). Critiques, labs, field trips, discussion, demonstrations. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 71A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Open to Studio Art majors only.

153 Advanced Studio Topics/Video (4). The class will be directed to the production of individual or collaborative videotapes, using studio, portable camera, and editing facilities and sound and computer elements. Emphasis will be on individually initiated projects. Readings and screenings are assigned. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 81A-B or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

154 Advanced Studio Topics/Performance (4). An intensive investigation of the practice of performance art, with an emphasis on the development of individual projects, and the refinement of various technical skills, as well as audiences, spaces, and cultural connections. Prerequisite: Studio Art 91 or 109 or consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

156 Advanced Studio Topics/Ceramic Sculpture (4). Discussion of ideas, techniques, and personal control of form. Clay body, fabrication, glazing, and firing. Emphasis on development of personal direction. Prerequisite: Studio Art 51 or consent of instructor. Materials fee. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Open to Studio Art majors only.

166A Advanced Collaborative Projects in Video (4). Original video projects produced in collaborative teams combining advanced video students with teams of students from other areas of study, including Drama, Dance, and Music. Shoots may be carried out on the video stage as well as field locations. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C and 81A-B or consent of instructor. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

190 Senior Project and Critique (4). Directed-study critique class in preparation for final project and life after graduation; documentation and portfolio preparation for graduate school. Investigation of exhibition spaces and funding opportunities, participation in artists' communities outside the university, artists' rights issues. Prerequisite: senior standing. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

190B Senior Projects and Critique in Photography (4). Directed group study focused on production of photographic projects of significant scope and ambition. Emphasis on preparation for continued study and/or practice in photography in advanced settings beyond the undergraduate university experience. Materials fee. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C, 71A-B, and senior standing. Open to Studio Art majors only.

190C Senior Projects and Critique in Video (4). Directed group study focused on production and exhibition of individual video projects of significant scope and ambition. Emphasis is placed on critical evaluation. Assignments include work documentation, preparation for graduate school, and investigation of future opportunities outside the University. Prerequisites: Studio Art 1A, B, C, 81A-B, 132A or 132B, 141 or 153; senior standing. May be taken for credit twice. Open to Studio Art majors only.

191 Studio Problems: Methods and Materials (4). An open media discussion and critique course emphasizing the development of working ideas and the execution of projects in all media. Readings assigned as required; field trips, slide and film/video presentations are integral. Prerequisites: two intermediate courses. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Open to Studio Art majors only.

197 Studio Art Internship (1 to 4). Under faculty supervision, students participate directly in a variety of art institution settings, including museums, galleries, and nonprofit organizations. Pass/Not Pass only. Prerequisites: junior standing, consent of instructor, and consent of department chair. May be taken for credit twice.

198 Honors Exhibition (4). Preparation, installation, and participation in the annual honors exhibition. Pass/Not Pass only. Prerequisites: junior- or senior-standing and acceptance into the Studio Art Honors Program. Open to Studio Art Honors Program students only.

199 Independent Study (1 to 4). Individual study or directed creative projects as arranged with faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. Materials fee, topic dependent.

GRADUATE

210 First-Year Graduate Seminar (4) F. Introductory theory to contemporary art: intellectual history, theoretical antecedents, and current critical concerns. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

211 Methods and Materials Workshops (4) F, W, S. Comprised of a series of workshops introducing graduates to production and facilities in photography, video, digital media, and sculpture. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be taken for credit three times. May be offered only once during academic year.

212 Career Development Workshop (2) F, W, S. Workshop for various aspects of career development including but not limited to grant writing, writing a C.V., applying to teaching jobs, working with museums and galleries, working in/with public, not-for-profit, and community arts. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

215 Graduate Seminar: Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Culture (4) F, W, S. In-depth discussion of contemporary art production in relation to a variety of theoretical, cultural, and historical topics, Material is determined by the given instructor's current research interests. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Studio Art 210. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

220 Graduate Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Art (4) F, W, S. Classroom interaction with artists, curators, critics, lecturers from fields outside of the arts or from cross-disciplines. Includes recommended readings, discussions, panel participation, writing assignments. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Studio Art 210. May be taken for credit three times.

230 Graduate Group Critique (4) F, W, S. Focus on studio production. Students are expected to help foster and develop an environment in which serious and sophisticated peer critique can take place. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be taken for credit nine times.

236 Graduate Topics in Studio Production (4) F, W, S. Graduate group study of a specific medium or art practice (e.g., painting; video, installation, photography, sculpture/3-D, performance, digital media, public art, sound art; film). Includes consideration of technical, theoretical, historical, and/or formal issues. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

240 Interdisciplinary Projects (4) F, W, S. Intensive faculty-led discussion of in-progress graduate studio projects—can be discipline driven or working across fields in a rigorous interdisciplinary studio environment where students meet with the professor both individually and in small groups. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

250 Directed Reading and Research (4) F, W, S. Independent study with a supervising faculty member to direct academic research, develop bibliographies, and discuss assigned readings. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

251 Directed Group Study (4) F, W, S. Directed reading and/or study group on a given research topic. Agreed-upon meeting structure may be flexible in order to accommodate off-campus field trips and travel. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

255 Graduate Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Projects (4) F, W, S. For graduate students working collaboratively across the School of the Arts or cross-university. May be team taught with one of the faculty members based in the Department of Studio Art. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

257 Curatorial Projects (2 to 8) F, W, S. Independent or group study for graduates working on or developing curatorial projects. Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit.

261 Graduate Thesis Writing Seminar (4) F, W, S. Seminar for writing as a component of the thesis. Different models of writing, text, and spoken word are discussed. Corequisite: Studio Art 262. Prerequisites: graduate standing; Studio Art 210, 215, 220, and 260.

262 Graduate Thesis Independent Study (1 to 4) F, W, S. Tutorials and directed study in thesis writing, research, and/or studio production with thesis committee chair and/or thesis committee members to be taken during final quarters of study. Corequisite: one section must be taken with Committee Chair in tandem with Studio Art 261 specifically to develop thesis writing. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of instructor; Studio Art 210, 215, 220, and 260. May be repeated for credit.

263 Graduate Thesis, Exhibition Critique (4) F, W, S. Group critique required for matriculating M.F.A. students during the quarter in which their thesis exhibitions are scheduled. Public presentation/lecture on student's work required. Prerequisites: graduate standing; Studio Art 210, 215, 220, 230, 240, 260, 261, and 262.

264 Critical and Curatorial Thesis Exhibition (8) S. Intensive tutorial geared toward execution of professional gallery exhibition, which is one half of the degree requirement for M.F.A. concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies. Must be taken under direction of Committee Chair.

269 Cooperative Program and/or Studies Abroad (12) F, W, S. For students undertaking a quarter of study at another UC campus or equivalent academic institution with which there is a cooperative arrangement with the UCI Department of Studio Art. Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of instructors, Chair of Studio Art Graduate Studies Committee, and Chair of Department.

280 Contemporary Exhibition Systems (4) F, W, S. Investigates contemporary case studies of curatorial practice. Sometimes taught in collaboration with a host institution. The history, theory, and criticism of curatorial practice are tested through the explication of real exhibitions. Prerequisite: Studio Art 280A. May be taken for credit four times as topics vary.

280A Introduction to Exhibition Systems (4) W. Introduces the basics of curating, covering the fundamentals of collection, research, fundraising, publicity, and installation. Also introduces the related categories of public programming and art criticism. Open to all M.F.A. students.

399 University Teaching (4) F, W, S. Limited to Teaching Assistants working under the active guidance and supervision of a regular rank faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at the University. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor. May be taken for credit for a total of 12 units.