The Department of Art offers a two-year, theory-based program designed to prepare students for successful professional careers in the arts, both as practicing artists and educators. The department promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to art production within a broad, cultural studies context. Specialization in a particular medium or curriculum area is not required. Students concentrate on studio and academic work in the areas of Electronic and Digital Art & Theory, Painting & Drawing, Print and Book Arts, Photography, Sculpture and New Forms, as well as Theory and Criticism. An extensive written thesis on the student's practice is required.

Mailing Address
Department of Art
University of California, Santa Barbara
Bldg 534, Room 1316
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7120


Department Phone Number
(805) 893-8710

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall Only - Monday, January 4, 2021 - by 11:59 PM PST (official postmark deadline and online application submission deadline) AND all supporting materials postmarked on January 4 MUST arrive in our office mail by January 8, 2021 to be considered

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal Achievements/Contributions, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • Portfolio required. See for Portfolio Guidelines.
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.
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