Visual and Performing Arts and Media

Students whose interests are focused in the visual and performing arts and media may choose to pursue UCSC majors in art, film and digital media, history of art and visual culture, music, theater arts, or art & design: games and playable media. In addition to the college core course, first quarter UCSC students enroll in two or more lower-division courses (1 - 99), totaling 15-19 credits, their first term.

INITIAL PLACEMENT

  • The Music Core Curriculum Placement Examination is required for all music majors. Before students begin their study of music theory, they take this exam. The exam is given each fall quarter prior to the start of classes.
  • If you are considering art & design: games and playable media, determine your math placement by completing an assessment in ALEKS. If you completed a college-level math course, or scored 3 or better on an AP calculus exam, or 5 or better on an IBH mathematics exam, you may be able to use that for placement instead of the ALEKS assessment. Math assessment indicates the mathematics course where you should begin.

QUALIFICATION FOR MAJORS IN THIS CLUSTER

Students must qualify for some majors within this cluster by earning specific grades in foundation courses. Consult the Getting Started in the Major Guides below or the UCSC General Catalog for specific information about qualification requirements for the major(s) you are considering.

GETTING STARTED IN THE MAJOR GUIDES

CONTACT INFORMATION

Art
Program Adviser, judereg@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-3551
E-104 Elena Baskin Visual Arts Studio
http://art.ucsc.edu

Art & Design: Games & Playable Media
Program Adviser, julmoral@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-1554
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 302
http://games.arts.ucsc.edu/

Film and Digital Media
Program Adviser, film@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-3204
101 Communications Building
http://film.ucsc.edu

History of Art and Visual Culture
Program Adviser, havc@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-4564
D-201 Porter College
http://havc.ucsc.edu

Music
Program Adviser, music@ucsc.edu
244 Music Center
http://music.ucsc.edu

Theater Arts
Program Adviser, theater@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-2974
J106 Theater Arts Center
http://theater.ucsc.edu

Last updated 7/2020