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Art Theory and Criticism, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Moraga, CA, United States
The Art Theory and Criticism program at Saint Mary's College of California presents an interdisciplinary course of study that emphasizes conceptualization in modern and contemporary art practices, the asking of foundational questions about the nature and function of art in relation to human subjectivity and society, and the endeavor to link the aims of art to concerns in other disciplines. 

Overview

The Art Theory and Criticism program at Saint Mary's College of California puts theoretical and critical investigations at the creative core of art production.  The work of artists, art historians, and theorists today includes dialogue and debate that cut across art production and art criticism in a way that links and sometimes even combines the critical and creative disciplines. The new major in art theory and criticism aims to provide  a challenging course of study that reflects such current trends in the field.

After Graduation?

Many graduate programs in contemporary art history and practice assume some familiarity with critical theory and the cross-pollinating relationship between theory and production. 

Our  curriculum prepares students for graduate studies in art history and related fields as well as established and emerging programs in critical theory. Majors also gain the critical background needed to pursue professional work in art curation, gallery/museum administration, and writing on the arts.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Survey of World Art: Europe and the United States
  • Art Theory
  • Basic Design
  • Digital Foundations: Photo, Video, Sound
  • Philosophy of New Media Art
  • Digital Foundations: Web Design and Interactive Media

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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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.
  • In-State

    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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Funding

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