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Welcome to Art

"It takes a lot of willpower and desire to be an artist hunting for what excites your imagination. It can be difficult because it takes so much discipline to continue." -Barry LeVa

Program Description

The Art Department at Santa Barbara City College provides the students an opportunity to study and experience art from a broad range of emphases: a well-structured art studio or art history curriculum for the traditional art major; as part of a structured program for majors from other departments such as MAT or Graphic Design; or for enrichment, development and fulfillment of college requirements for the non-art major.

The department offers courses in design, drawing, three-dimensional design, painting, printmaking, artists’ books, ceramics, sculpture and art history to provide the student a full background and training for either transfer to another institution or to proceed independently.

The Art department is committed to student success in its many programs by providing the highest level of instruction and experience from our foundation level courses to the upper level studio classes. We offer an Associate of Art degree or transfer certificate in Studio Art and Art History and have seen many of our students successfully move on to art schools, 4-year Institutions and professional careers.

We have a strong commitment to our local community and have reached a broad audience through the Atkinson Gallery and our Fine Arts Lecture series where speakers from many art disciplines come to our department and present talks. We support the student-run Art Club that organizes symposia and field trips. We are proud of the broader art experience we have been able to provide to our students. We maintain strong outreach to our local high schools, particularly the VADA program at Santa Barbara High School. We currently offer two dual-enrollment Art History courses with SBHS. We continue to support the Santa Barbara Arts Fund Teen Arts Mentorship program through faculty involvement as mentors.

Program Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and application and/or analysis of formal principles and elements of art.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking as it applies to critique, evaluation and/or production of works of art.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding and/or use of tools and techniques of making visual art.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of various artistic movements and significant artists.
  5. Demonstrate professional behavior in the studio/ classroom.

Department Offices
Division: Fine Arts
Dept. Chair: Christopher Ralph Ulivo (H-214)
Dean: Kathy Molloy (BC-217, ext. 2354)

Faculty & Offices
Christopher Bates, Ceramics Area Head (H-210, ext. 2410)
Stephanie Dotson, Printmaking Area Head  (H-213, ext. 3622)
Joy Kunz, Art History (H-212, ext. 3737)
Thomas Larson, Art History (H-211, ext. 2955)
Christopher R. Ulivo, Painting Area Head (H-214)                                      Armando Ramos, Sculpture Area Head (H-209, ext.4211)                        Stephanie Washburn, Drawing Area Head (H-224, ext.4218)

Image Resource Center
Ann Wellman, Image Resource Curator (H-223, ext. 3875)

Art Department Administrative Assistant
Brittany Searl (H-227, ext. 4772)

Art Department Laboratory Teaching Assistant
Joe Tamony (H-108, ext. 4386)

Atkinson Gallery
Atkinson Gallery Director: Sarah Cunningham (H-202, ext. 3484)
Atkinson Gallery (H-208, ext. 3484)

Adjunct Faculty
In addition to the full-time faculty, the Art Department has a strong adjunct teaching faculty.  Among this changing group of working and exhibiting artists and art historians are Carl Baratta, Nathan Hayden, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Greg Kozaki and Barbara Vilander.

The Art Department strongly encourages students to complete the Foundation Level courses below prior to more specialized courses. Santa Barbara City College is enforcing all prerequisites, and registration will be blocked unless the prerequisite courses have been completed.

ART 103 — History of Art, Prehistoric to Gothic ART 104 — History of Art, Renaissance to Modern or ART 104H — History of Art, Renaissance to Modern, Honors ART 120 — Fundamentals of Drawing ART 140 — Studio Art Foundations; ART 141 — 3-D Design: Form and Space

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