The Department of Art + Architecture’s studio facilities are housed in the lower part of Fromm Hall, commonly known as “XARTS” (pronounced “X-ARTS”). They are comprised of three architecture studios/classrooms, two computer labs, and two fine art studios/classrooms, along with critique/display walls. Two additional studios/classrooms are located in the nearby Koret Center. There is 24-hour key card access to our art studio classrooms. As part of an urban university environment, XARTS provides a platform for interdisciplinary learning through diverse faculty perspectives, along with the opportunity for one to one interaction and personal development through a low student to instructor ratio. Studio classes average a 15/1 student to faculty ratio.
Design Computer Labs
Our facility includes two Mac computer labs equipped with industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro and Vectorworks. In addition, the labs host a variety of both standard and large-format printers and scanners. The labs serve as both classrooms and workrooms for students enrolled in all Design courses as well as some Fine Art and Architecture courses. In tandem with the computer labs, an inventory of recent-model digital cameras and camcorders is available to students whose coursework requires it. Students enrolled in XARTS classes may also gain access to digital cameras and camcorders for class assignments and documentation.
Fine Art Classroom/Studios
The department’s fine arts facilities include dedicated 2D and 3D studios. Equipped with easels, hot plate and a fine etching press, the 2D studio supports drawing and painting, as well as the printmaking techniques of woodcut, intaglio, and screen printing. The facility is also equipped with darkroom with light-exposure unit and wash-out booth. Upon completing XARTS Studio Orientation, XARTS students have access to the 3D Studio and woodshop. The woodshop facilities provide workspace and a wide range of tools including hand and power tools, in addition to larger stationary wood working equipment, which is made available under the supervision of trained faculty and staff. Additionally, the XARTS woodshop is furnished with tools and equipment appropriate for model making, casting and mold making, stained glass and mosaic arts.
The architecture classrooms provide a 24/7 environment for classes and studio work, with drafting tables, pin up space, and dedicated computers, scanners and printers. The studio classes are limited to 12 students per instructor, providing an excellent ratio for student learning and interaction with their professors. Upon completing required studio training, ARCD students have access to the XARTS Fabrication Shop which is equipped with a wide range of tools and machinery to facilitate the creation of 3D designs and models. There are two Art + Architecture Computer Labs, each equipped with industry-standard Macs and software including Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro and Vectorworks. In addition, the labs host a variety of both standard and large-format printers and scanners. In tandem with the computer labs, an inventory of recent-model digital cameras and camcorders are available to students for class assignments and documentation.
Art History/Arts Management
Art History/Arts Management majors and minors take classes in various buildings on campus, in particular the historic Lone Mountain building with spectacular views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge, as well as the newly renovated Kalmanovitz Hall: both of which have state-of-the-art classrooms with built-in digital projection and sound systems. Students regularly take advantage of the university’s Gleeson Library, which houses a rich collection of art history books, journals, and data bases, as well as access to the collections of a large group of other California and Nevada libraries. Students’ classes engage in exhibition projects in the Mary and Carter Thacher Gallery, a public art crossroads and forum located in Gleeson Library. Students also have access and create exhibits in the Gleeson Library's Donohue Rare Book Room, which houses more than 20,000 items including a fragment of the Gutenberg Bible dating from the 1450s, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and recent limited editions from California artists and presses. Finally, Art History/Arts Management majors enjoy easy access to the wealth of art museums, galleries, and non-profit arts spaces in San Francisco. Class meetings are sometimes held on site at the nearby de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, or San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and students take full advantage of the university’s close relationship with its many neighboring arts institutions through internships and volunteer opportunities.