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Art Practice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Moraga, CA, United States
The Art Practice program at Saint Mary's College of California has coursework that ranges in approach from traditional studio work to digital, new media, and other contemporary practices. Art practice majors can select from courses at the upper-division level in a variety of art practices including painting, film/video, design, drawing, photography, sculpture, and new media.
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The department’s instruction in art practice integrates technical fundamentals and conceptualization, creative experimentation and critical thinking, personal expression and social responsibility. Students learn to engage in discussion and group-critiques as part of their professional preparation and as an integral way of participating in and benefiting from a community of shared inquiry.

The upper-division classes of the Art Practice program at Saint Mary's College of California, while allowing for further individual exploration, place higher standards on the conceptualization and execution of the student’s artistic production. In their senior year, Art Practice majors mount a solo exhibition of a coherent body of work for the thesis project under the supervision of a department faculty member.


  • Mount a cohesive exhibition of their artwork and produce a comprehensive thesis document discussing the ideas, techniques, and influences in their artwork;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and facility for the use and application of several different media, especially that of their preferred medium;
  • Articulate their artwork’s content and intention and visually manifest those ideas;
  • Develop an ability for objective self-critique and demonstrate an understanding of their place within a larger art historical context;
  • Evaluate clearly different forms of art by other artists through research and conceptualization of core art and critical sources and through class writings and discussions; and
  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of contemporary and historic artists, particularly those working in their preferred medium.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Basic Design
  • Basic Photography
  • Printmaking: Printing for Protest
  •  Advanced Drawing
  • Art Theory
  • Advanced Sculpture

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Original, official transcripts are required. If the transcript is not in English, a certified English translation is required.
  •  Any period of the four year high school record not reflected on the American high school transcript must be sent from all schools attended abroad.
  • Official college records are required for all students who have attended any post-secondary school; each college attended must be listed on the application for admission and official records must be provided from each institution attended.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48988 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48988 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Moraga

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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