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Liberal Arts Requirements

AA 18 UNITS | BFA 45 UNITS | BA 45 UNITS

  COURSES WITHOUT PREREQUISITES    CROSS LISTED COURSES
 UNIQUE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS:
  ACT REQUIRED    AHS REQUIRED    ARE REQUIRED     ARH REQUIRED     IAD REQUIRED     LAN REQUIRED

Written Communication
AA 2 courses | BA 3 courses | BFA 3 courses | B.ARCH 2 courses
LA 108 English Composition for the Artist  
NOTE: Minimum grade of “C-“grade is required for SP13 start terms and beyond

Choose One:
LA 110 English Composition: Narrative Storytelling LA 133 Short Form Writing
EXCEPTIONS: AA Students AHS  ARH

Choose One:
LA 202 English Composition: Creative Persuasion & Argument LA 280 Perspective Journalism
EXCEPTIONS: ARH: LA 429 Architecture Theory

Art Historical Awareness
AA 2 courses | BA 4 courses | BFA 4 courses | B.ARCH 3 courses

LA 120 Art History through the 15th Century ~ required for AA|BA|BFA EXCEPTIONS:   COM   LAN   MUS
LA 121 Art History through the 19th Century ~ required for AA|BA|BFA EXCEPTIONS:   COM   LAN   MUS

Choose Two:
LA 118 /IDS 118 History of Industrial Design  LA 279 Seminar in Italy
LA 127 Topics in World Art  LA 277 /LAN 277 Post Industrial Urban Open Spaces 
LA 131 /GAM 131 History of Gaming  LA 281 /MPT 255 Film History 1: Pre-1940 
LA 132 /ANM 102 History of Animation  LA 282 /MPT 256 Film History 2: 1940-1974 
LA 134/ANM 104 History & Tech. of VFX + Animation  LA 302 Film Theory + Criticism 
LA 137 /VIS 137 History of Visual Development  LA 319 History of Architecture 3 
LA 177 /LAN 177 Pre-Industrial Urban Open Spaces  LA 327 Ancient Art History 
LA 182 Genres in Film  LA 333 Medieval Art 
LA 195 /ILL 195 History of Comics  LA 361 The Artist in the Modern World 
LA 219 History of Architecture 1  LA 382 Film History 3: Contemporary Cinema 
LA 220 American Art History LA 383 International Cinema in an Age of Change 
LA 221 /ARE 221 California Art in Cultural Context  LA 384 Underrated Cinema
LA 222 20th Century Art  LA 385 Close up on Hitchcock
LA 224 Women, Art & Society LA 386 Exploring Science Fiction Cinema
LA 226 /IAD 230 Survey: Traditional Interior Architecture  LA 387 Women Directors in Cinema
LA 229 /IAD 231 Survey: Contemporary Interior Arch.  LA 388 Survey of Asian Cinema
LA 236 /IAD 232 Survey of Bay Area Architecture LA 408 Analog Before Digital: Punk/No Wave Film & Music
LA 242 /GR 242 History of Graphic Design LA 420 Italian Renaissance Art
LA 243 /Ill 310 History of American Illustration LA 421 The Northern Renaissance
LA 244 /FSH 244 History of Fashion  LA 422 Italian Baroque Art
LA 249 History of Architecture 2  LA 423 Golden Age of Dutch Arts
LA 274 Seminar in Spain LA 432 Art of Spain: El Greco to Picasso
LA 276 Seminar in Europe LA 433 18th & 19th Century European Art
LA 278 Seminar in France LA 464 Survey of Dada & Surrealism

NOTE: 3rd & 4th Art History courses may be taken as an Art Elective or as a Liberal Art designation.
EXCEPTIONS: ACT – 2 AH: LA 120 & 121 only   AHS (Art History Major) - 6 Core: LA 120, LA 121, LA 127, LA 222, LA 327 & LA 333  ARE - 5 AH: LA 120, LA 121, LA 127, ARE 221 & LA 222   ARH - 3 History of Architecture: LA 219, LA 249 & LA 319  COM - 1 AH  LAN - 2 History of Landscape Architecture: LA/LAN 177 & LA/LAN 277  MUS - 1 AH

Historical Awareness
BA 1 course | BFA 1 course | B.ARCH 1 course

LA 171 Western Civilization  LA 270 US History 
LA 359 Urban Sociology 

Quantitative Literacy
BA 1 course | BFA 1 course | B.ARCH 4 courses

LA 124 Physics for Artists  LA 255 College Math 
LA 175 Astronomy in the New Millennium  LA 271 College Algebra with Geometry 
LA 200 Intro to Computer Programming  LA 293 Precalculus 
LA 233 Physiology, Health & Nutrition  LA 296 Physics for Architects 
LA 254 Human-Centered Design   

Cultural Ideas & Influences
BA 1 course | BFA 1 course | B.ARCH 1 course

LA 127 Topics in World Art  LA 338 Human Geography: Creating Places
LA 221 /ARE 221 California Art in Cultural Context  LA 343 Comparative Religion
LA 238 World Literature LA 368 Experiencing Culture: Anthropology for Today’ Artist
LA 292 Programming & Culture  LA 462 Power of Myth & Symbol

Employment Communications & Practices
AA 1 course | BA 1 course | BFA 1 course | B.ARCH 1 course

LA 291 Designing Careers
EXCEPTIONS: ARE: Exempt   ARH: ARH 475 Professional Practices for Architects

Liberal Arts Electives

After above degree requirements are met, take LA electives as needed to fulfill the LA unit requirement.

LA 103 Fundamentals of English LA 285 Gestures & Emotions in Art 
LA 106 Speaking & Listening for Artists LA 287 Green Marketing 
LA 114 Art of Music 1  LA 289 Tune into the Tube: History of Television 
LA 115 /LAN 115 The Natural World 1: The Base Layer  LA 294 German 1: Basic Grammar/Speech 
LA 117 /LAN 117 Survey of Landscape Architecture  LA 295 German 2: Conversational German 
LA 119 /FSH 119 Fabric and Fiber Technology  LA 297 /LAN 297 Landscape Social Factors 
LA 123 Design Philosophy: Aesthetics, Logic, & Ethics LA 300 Introduction to Public Speaking
LA 125 The Creative Process  LA 303 Introduction to Philosophy
LA 126SF/126 LA/126NY Seminar in the Arts  LA 304 Social Media Marketing for Entertainment
LA 140 Music Appreciation LA 306 Creatively Speaking: Presentation for Designers
LA 141 Storytelling from Telephone to Transmedia LA 307 History of Aesthetics 
LA 142 /MUS 142 Film Music Appreciation  LA 312 Creative Writing
LA 151 1st year Seminar for Academic Success  LA 318 Writing for Picture Books
LA 155 Music and the Visual Arts LA 345 The Art of Science, The Science of Art
LA 161 /IAD 161 Golden Section + Sacred Geometry  LA 347/PRO LA 520 Business Law 
LA 172 Creative Astronomy for Visual Artists  LA 365 General Psychology
LA 190 History of Opera LA 370 Abnormal Psychology
LA 205 /ARE 205 Developmental Psychology  LA 381 /PRO LA510 Marketing Essentials 
LA 210 Contemporary American Fiction LA 392 French 3: Reading and Writing 
LA 216 Science Fiction and Fantasy LA 393 Spanish 3: Reading and Writing 
LA 217 Writing for Comics + Graphic Novels LA 395 German 3: Reading and Writing 
LA 225 /ARE 225 History of Art Education  LA 397 Italian 3: Reading and Writing 
LA 228 Topics in Modern Science LA 402 Advanced Fiction Writing
LA 239 /IDS 239 Materials & Processes  LA 405 Teaching: Principles & Practices
LA 260 French 1: Basic Grammar + Speech  LA 407 Beatles in the Visual Arts
LA 262 French 2: Conversational French  LA 410 /FSH 410 E-Commerce
LA 263 Beginning Chinese  LA 435 The Power of Signs: Semiotics & Visual Arts
LA 264 Intermediate Chinese LA 449 Urban Design Theory 
LA 267 Italian 1: Basic Grammar + Speech  LA 480 /PRO LA550 The Small Business Entrepreneur 
LA 268 Spanish 1: Basic Grammar + Speech  LA 492 French 4: Proficiency 
LA 269 Italian 2: Conversational Italian  LA 493 Spanish 4: Proficiency 
LA 272 Fundamentals of Drama  LA 495 German 4: Proficiency 
LA 273 Spanish 2: Conversational Spanish  LA 497 Italian 4: Proficiency 
LA 283 Examining Film Noir  LA 499 Special Topics
LA 284 Evolution of the Horror Film   

EXCEPTIONS:  ACT must take LA 126 & LA 272 AHS must take LA 307 + 4 European Foreign Language Courses + 3 Non-Art History Liberal Arts Electives  ARE must take ARE designations of 205, 221 & 225 for Core


WAIVER OPTIONS FOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS


Waiver options are available for: Written Communications, Quantitative Literacy and Employment Communications & Practices requirements.

During the semester, tests are offered once a week at 491 Post Street. Call 415.618.3664 to schedule an appointment.
Online Students: call or e-mail: liberalarts@academyart.edu for proctored exam details.

NOTE: A substitute Liberal Arts elective replacement MUST be selected to replace a course waived via the AAU Placement Exam, AP Exam, SATs or non-transferable coursework.

Upcoming English and Quantitative Placement exams on the AAU campus:

Placement Exam Dates During Winter Intersession 2014

  • January 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • January 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)

Placement Exam Dates During Spring 2014

  • January 31, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • February 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • February 14, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • February 19, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • February 28, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • March 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • March 14, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
Spring Break – No exam date
 
  • March 26, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • April 4, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • April 9, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday
  • May 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • May 7, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)

Placement Exam Dates During June Intersession 2014

  • May 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • June 11, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)

Placement Exam Dates During Summer 2014

  • June 20, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • June 25, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
Week of July 4th – No exam date
 
  • July 9, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • July 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • July 23, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • August 1, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • August 6, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)

Placement Exam Dates During August 2014

  • August 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • August 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • August 29, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)

Placement Exam Dates During Fall 2014

  • September 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • September 10, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • September 19, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • September 24, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • October 3, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • October 8, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • October 17, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • October 22, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • November 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)
  • November 14, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • November 19, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday
Thanksgiving Break – No exam date
 
  • December 5, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Friday)
  • December 10, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at 491 Post Street, Room B72 (Wednesday)

Exams are by appointment (No drop-ins).

Please contact the Liberal Arts Department (415) 618-3664 or email liberalarts@academyart.edu to reserve a seat.