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Global Arts Studies

University of California, Merced

48 months
43292 USD/year
43292 USD/year
13538 USD/year
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The Global Arts Studies Program at University of California, Merced  combines the study of visual arts and music, as well as the interactions of sight and sound in film, television, dance, theater, videogames, and other multimedia. We study these arts in historical and cultural context all around the world, learning about their inner workings as well as their place in society. 


About the degree

The Global Arts Studies program at University of California, Merced  is global in many senses of the word. We look to the whole world, without privileging one geographical space over another. We are rigorous in the study of all realms of creative expression, from film screen to dance club, from ritual and touristic practice to museum and concert hall. Our faculty of music scholars and art historians helps students refine the skills they need to critically engage culturally diverse media. Lecture courses, seminars, studio classes, and ensembles are designed to explore creative processes and material connections. Working closely with faculty, our students conduct original research and acquire nuanced insights into both sonic and visual realms.

The new GASP major is live and open to the class of 2019 and later. If you are interested in the major, please feel free to ask us about the program via email or during our office hours, the details of which you can find on our faculty page. We highly recommend that students interested in the major take the courses GASP 2: Introduction to Music Studies and GASP 3: Introduction to Visual Studies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  •  Introduction to Global Arts Studies
  •  Introduction to Music Studies
  •  Introduction to Visual Culture
  •  Introduction to Arts and Cultural Studies
  •  Introduction to Arts and Technology
  •  Global Art History
  •  Music in Society
  •  Drawing I
  •  Painting I
  •  Sculpture I
  •  Design I
  •  Photography I
  •  Multimedia I
  •  History of Popular Music
  •  Video I
  •  Music of Asia Pacific
  •  Music of the Middle East
  •  Music in the World's Religions
  •  Music, Dance, Gender, and Sexuality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Secondary school certificate of completion 
    • GPA of 3.4 or above 
    • See details for completion of country-specific admission requirements.

Tuition Fee

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    43292 USD/year
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  • National

    43292 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 43292 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13538 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13538 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Merced

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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