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:

  • January 11, 2024 - by 11:59 PM PST (official online application submission deadline, including all supporting materials)

Requirements Icon


  • Online application submitted through eApp:
  • Portfolio submitted online to the Department of Art through Slideroom. See for portfolio guidelines.
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in both online application and portfolio)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted in both online application and portfolio)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted in online application)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • 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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See website link (above)