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Undergraduate Graduation Requirements

A Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is granted to graduates in the departments of Advertising, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography and Imaging. A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is granted in Environmental Design, Product Design and Transportation Design.

The College reserves the right to make changes in graduation requirements or faculty schedules without notice. Degrees are conferred in accordance with the following requirements. Art Center reserves the right to institute such changes, and will provide students and applicants with the appropriate information about specific changes in the study programs as soon as they are available. 

AWARDING OF DEGREES

The awarding of degrees, honors and distinction depends upon the recommendation of the student's department of study. To be eligible for such recommendation, a student must meet all requirements for the bachelor's degree in accordance with the following standards:

Graduation
Cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

With Honors
Cumulative grade point average of 3.50.

With Distinction
Cumulative grade point average of 3.75 and a distinguished portfolio that has been evaluated by an appointed faculty committee from the student's department.

Certificate of Completion
Awarded when the cumulative grade point average of 2.50 has not been reached, but the course requirements for the degree have been met.

STUDIO COURSE REQUIREMENTS

See each Department's study programs for studio unit requirements.

GRADUATION RATES

The Student Right-to-Know Act mandates that all institutions disclose their graduation rates. In 2006, the graduation rate for first-time undergraduate students who entered in the fall of 2002 was 71 percent. This information does not include transfer, exchange, or special-certificate students. The graduation rate for all entering students for this same period was 87 percent. For additional information, contact Enrollment Services at 626.396.2316.

HUMANANTIES AND DESIGN SCIENCES

A minimum of 45 units is required in liberal arts and sciences coursework. The distribution of these units varies for the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. As part of the 45 units, each department requires the following academic coursework, which normally may be taken only at Art Center.

REQUIREMENTS BY MAJOR

All Majors
Introduction to Modernism (art history, 3 units)
English Composition (humanities, 3 units)

Advertising
Principles of Visual Communication 1, 2 or Graphic Design History: Chronology, Masters, Processes (art history, 6 units)
History of Advertising (art history, 3 units)
Marketing (social sciences, 3 units)

Environmental Design
History/Theory of Environmental Design 1, 2 (art history, 6 units)
The Urban Environment and Systems (social sciences, 3 units)
Illumination: Lighting (applied sciences, 3 units)
Designer Math (applied sciences, 3 units)
Theory of Structure (applied sciences, 3 units)

Film
History of Cinema 1, 2 (art history, 6 units)

Fine Art
History of Art 1, 2, 3, any two sections within their first three terms (art history, 6 units)
Readings in Fine Art (humanities, 3 units)
Writing about Art (humanities, 3 units)

Graphic Design
Principles of Visual Communication 1, 2 or Graphic Design History: Chronology, Masters, Processes (art history, 6 units)
History of Letterforms and Type (art history, 3 units)

Illustration
History of Art 1, 2, 3, any two sections (art history, 6 units)
History of Illustration (art history, 3 units)
Small Business Management (social sciences, 3 units)

Photography and Imaging
History of Photography (art history, 3 units)

Product Design
History of Industrial Design (art history, 3 units)
Human Factors and Design Psychology (applied sciences, 3 units)
Materials and Methods (applied sciences, 3 units)
Theory of Structure (applied sciences, 3 units)
Designer Math (applied sciences, 3 units)

Transportation Design
History of Automobile Design (art history, 3 units)
Human Factors and Design Psychology (applied sciences, 3 units)
Automotive Engineering (applied sciences, 3 units)
Designer Math (applied sciences, 3 units)
Materials and Methods (applied sciences, 3 units)

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