Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program encourages a holistic exploration of the arts in combination with a practical understanding of many of the languages and traditions of visual expression.

USD's Visual Arts program encourages a holistic exploration of the arts, while simultaneously requiring that Art majors develop advanced skills in at least one of the following sub-disciplines: Drawing; Film/Video; Painting; Photography; Sculpture/3D Studio Art; Visual Communications; and Film + Media Art Studies.

Visual Arts majors who are considering graduate study are encouraged to complete a minor in Art History.

Visual Arts

A primary objective of the Visual Arts program is to guide the student, major and non-major alike, to a practical understanding of many of the languages and traditions of visual expression. The program encourages a holistic exploration of the arts, while simultaneously requiring Art majors to develop advanced skills in at least one of the following sub-disciplines: Drawing; Film/Video; Painting; Photography; Sculpture/3D Studio Art; Visual Communications; and Film + Media Art Studies. Visual Arts majors who are considering graduate study are encouraged to complete a minor in Art History.

Film/Video

The Film/Video area focuses on cinematic production techniques, conceptual approaches, and critical skills in analyzing and creating meaning in the moving image. The curriculum showcases the wide range of forms of the moving image, centering on the representation of time and space in contemporary video art and film. Course offerings include narrative filmmaking, experimental video, moving image installation, animation, performance, virtual reality--and are designed to dovetail with curricula in Architecture, Art History, and Film Studies.

Painting and Drawing

The primary objective of the painting and drawing programs at USD is to enable each student to discover and articulate their creative voice in the expressive languages of painting and drawing. Rigorous technical and conceptual training enables the students to develop images that are visually, emotionally and intellectually compelling while emphasizing honest and meaningful exploration of each artist's concerns.

Photography

The Photography program is built around balancing the needs of the students providing a broad base of photographic education, and nourishing the individual voice of a creative art student. The curriculum regularly includes courses in Basic, Advanced, Portrait and Color Photography. A variety of Special Topics including Photo Strategies, Documentary Photography and Large format Photography are available on a cyclical basis, while internships and independent projects round out the curriculum. Students have access to both darkroom facilities and computer labs within class time and during outside lab hours.

Sculpture

The Sculpture Program is designed for students wishing to explore sculpture through a multidisciplinary approach to methods and materials. After completing the introductory Foundations in Form Space and Time and Introduction to Sculpture classes, students are able to choose from intermediate and advanced studio courses that are offered in a variety of mediums including metal, wood, concrete, and clay.

Students will develop not only technical proficiency in working with these various mediums, but moreover the conceptual foundation from which their unique creative practice will be built. Experimentation with object making, installation, and intervention are actively encouraged and explored as a means of facilitating a critical engagement with the concerns of the student. Facilities include a fully equipped metalshop, woodshop, sculpture facility, and semi-private studio spaces, which students are able to apply for in their senior year.

Visual Communications

The Visual Communications program at the University of San Diego focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of the visual design language, and how to use this language to solve design problems. Visual communications students work on projects to acquire conceptual, theoretical and practical knowledge in design, while exploring and examining the role of design history in shaping contemporary design practice.

Film + Media Art Studies

Film + Media Art Studies is a collaboration between Architecture, Art + Art History, Music and Theater departments. This concentration is designed for a wide range of creative projects beyond singular discipline areas of study in photography, film/video, sound, music, sculpture, performance, or theater. The curriculum allows for courses across several departments to count toward the concentration. The lower- and upper-division requirements are drawn from equal amounts of creative production and art history courses. Focusing on the interdisciplinary study of art, technology, and culture, it is structured to encourage students to apply multiple media and integrate disciplines into new forms of expression. Students choosing a concentration in Film + Media Art Studies must complete a different set of degree requirements.

 

*Please note that some courses may be taken more than once for course credit and that under certain circumstances substitution of classes will be allowed with advisor approval.