University Of California San Diego

Solidly grounded in an interdisciplinary approach, the visual arts at UCSD are deeply rooted in the concepts of research and development. The Visual Arts Department, one of the most highly ranked art programs within a university in the country, offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) across painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, computing in the arts, film, video, photography and criticism; as well as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art history and a Ph.D./M.A. degree in art and media history, theory and criticism. The Visual Arts program is uniquely situated within one of the greatest research institutions in the country. Its interdisciplinary ethos and tradition of innovation and risk-taking underlie the educational environment at UCSD. While students may choose to focus within one particular area, they are encouraged to push the boundaries of their chosen medium and to reach across media-specific boundaries into new forms of art making.

Founded by some of the country's leading artists --David and Eleanor Antin, Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison, Allan Kaprow, Manny Farber, Harold Cohen -- th... [ Read All ]

La Jolla

United States

Address:
University of CaliforniaSan Diego, Visual Arts Department 0327, 9500 Gilman Drive
California
CA 92093-0327
Phone: (858) 534-2860
Fax: (858) 534-8651
Website: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/


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Department and information about the department

Solidly grounded in an interdisciplinary approach, the visual arts at UCSD are deeply rooted in the concepts of research and development. One of the most highly ranked art programs within a university in the country, the Visual Arts program offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) across painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, computing in the arts, film, video, photography and criticism; and a Ph.D./M.A. degree in art and media history, theory and criticism.

Founded by some of the country’s leading artists—David and Eleanor Antin, Helen Mayer and Newton Harrison, Allan Kaprow, Manny Farber, Harold Cohen—the visual arts department faculty has evolved to encompass recently a vibrant range of artists, critics, theorists and historians including Natalie Jeremijenko, Norman Bryson, RubĂ©n Ortiz-Torres, Jennifer Pastor, Lev Manovich and many others. The art work of the department’s faculty have been highlighted in exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, Ars Electronics and the Whitney Biennial; their work is held in international collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art, the National...  [ Read All ]


Academic Staff and Description

http://visarts.ucsd.edu/title/faculty/  


News and Events

Open Studios 2007, April 6
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/thisweek/2007/03/26_openstudio.asp  


Information For  Undergraduates

http://visarts.ucsd.edu/undergraduate

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 ...  [ Read All ]


Information For  Postgraduates

MFA: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/node/view/490

PHD: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/title/grad-phd  


Alumni

http://www.alumni.ucsd.edu/

Alumni returning to campus are always welcome to stop by the Office of Alumni Relations, which helps keep over 65,000 alumni (20,000 of whom are still in San Diego County) in touch with their alma mater.

The office is located on Gilman Drive, across from the School of Medicine. For more information on alumni activities, please visit the Alumni Association web page.  


Accommodation

On campus housing at UCSD includes both residence halls and apartments. Living within each college's residence hall, the resident deans, assistant resident deans, and a staff of resident advisors and house advisors are a great source of information about campus life.

Appetizing dining choices are available in a variety of dining areas across campus. Over 35 campus locations honor the TritonPlus Card, a campus debit card which is good for purchases of everything from food to books to school supplies.
 


Visit us (open days)

http://www.ucsd.edu/visit/getting.html

Our student-led walking tours start at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays). For a reservation call (858) 822-1455 or e-mail us at campustours@ucsd.edu