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University of California - San Diego (UCSD) (Visual Arts - Media Department )

The Visual Arts Department of UCSD is somewhat of a maverick in the field of art. While studio departments are often isolated from intellectual analysis of the field by a division into disciplines: i.e., art history, studio, film, etc., here, the study of the history/theory and practice of art are combined within one department along with the study of mass communications. The faculty of the Department are internationally recognized artists and scholars who exhibit and/or publish their work regularly in major museums and journals.

The curriculum offers four undergraduate majors: Art History/Criticism , Media , Studio and Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major . The scope of the courses offered is wide and concerned with developing a coherent and informed understanding of past and recent developments in art and art history. Students who transfer to UCSD in their second or third year may petition to substitute courses taken at other colleges or universities for our lower-division requirements. However, they must show that the courses they have successfully completed are comparable to our own.

The Visual Arts Department is located in the Mandeville Center for the Arts. In addition, faculty, staff and graduate students have offices/studios/research spaces in the Visual Arts Facility located on the Eleanor Roosevelt College campus. Facilities and equipment are available to undergraduates in both the Mandeville Center and the campus-wide Media Center, providing the opportunity to study painting, drawing, photography, computing in the arts, 16mm film, performance, sculpture and video. Facilities at the Media Center include portable video recording equipment, video and audio editing suites, non-linear editing, and production studios. Facilities at the Mandeville Center include black/white and color darkrooms, 16mm film editing suites, animation stand, and optical printer. Courses in computing in the arts take place in the Silicon Graphics/Mac/NT lab located at the Visual Arts Facility, the INTEL-shared lab in the Applied Physics and Mathematics building and a new dedicated ICAM lab in building 201 University Center. The University Art Gallery displays a continually changing series of exhibitions and is located on the ground floor. Gallery hours are 11 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The Mandeville Annex Gallery, directed by Visual Arts undergraduate students, regularly exhibits individual, group, and class shows. It is located on the lower level of the Mandeville Center, room B118, and is open from 12 noon to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A gallery and a performance space, located in the Visual Arts Facility, are directed by graduate students. The Department offers courses applicable to the Muir, Sixth, and Warren general education requirements, the Thurgood Marshall humanities requirement and the Eleanor Roosevelt and Revelle fine arts requirements.

The Department offers minors in several areas of study: art history, studio painting/drawing/sculpture, computing in the arts, photography, media history/criticism, film/video and ICAM. A minor consists of six courses of which at least three must be upper-division. For students entering UCSD in Winter Quarter 1998 or after, minors consist of seven courses of which at least five must be upper-division. Prospective visual arts minors should consult with the departmental advisor for assistance in planning an appropriate minor.

School name:University of California - San Diego (UCSD)Visual Arts - Media Department
Address:9500 Gilman Drive
Zip & city:CA 92093-0327 California
Phone:(858) 534-2860

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