The Faculty of Arts was founded in May 2003. First known as the School of Arts, its origin derived from the university’s program of cultural courses, initiated in 1983, whose objective was to fulfill one of the three substantive functions of the university: the extension of culture and services. Having identified the national trend of developing the study, practice and dissemination of the arts towards a professional environment, UABC harbored its efforts by establishing a network with the various acting agents in the state and regional artistic field, to design training programs in the arts that meet the interests, concerns and initiatives of the artistic and creative community of Baja California.
Until 2021, the School of Arts has five undergraduate and one master’s degree educational programs offered in three municipalities in Baja California, Mexico: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Ensenada, Mexicali and Tijuana), Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Arts in Audiovisual Media (Mexicali), Bachelor of Arts in Music (Ensenada), Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Master of Arts in Scenic and Literary Dramaturgy (Tijuana).
Our Bachelor of Arts programs are certified as quality programs. In 2009, both the Bachelor’s Degrees in Visual Arts (both in Mexicali and Tijuana) and the Bachelor Degree in Music, received a Level 1 qualification on behalf of the Interinstitutional Committees for the Evaluation of Higher Education (CIEES); in 2014 the Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Mexicali was recertified, and as of 2016 the Bachelor’s Degree in Dance was certified, the Bachelor’s Degree in Music was recertified and the Bachelor’s Degree in Theater was certified by the national Council for the Accreditation of Higher Education in the Arts A.C. (CAESA). In 2017 the Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Media also received certification, the Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Ensenada was recertified, in 2018 the Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Tijuana was recertified as well as the Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts Mexicali a year later.
Our Performing Arts and Literary Dramaturgy MA program is not recognized as a quality program since it has not yet graduated.
The Faculty of Arts recognizes the changing dynamics and evolving nature of artistic practice at the local, national and international levels. We are a Faculty that welcomes and integrates all disciplines of the arts, in an effort not only to incorporate knowledge and stimulate artistic production, but also to recognize the vitality and importance of art in our lives. This is why we strive to develop creative human beings, with initiative and a critical sensitivity towards the needs of our communities, as well as an impulse to explore and expand the possibilities of the arts, both in their expressive means as in the strategies required to promote them in our cultural environment.
This Faculty seeks to train professionals in the field of arts, conceived as creative subjects who approach the arts from a dynamic cultural perspective, who value their expressive possibilities and historical background, who echo the issues and concerns of our time, always in search of strategies to stimulate creativity, an appreciation for art and its dissemination in their community, stemming from a global perspective.
In this sense, the Faculty visualizes its future as an institution recognized on a national and international level, in terms of the production and promotion of the arts, with creators both in the academic staff and within our graduates, who assume an outstanding level of involvement within their respective disciplines, in the advanced field of art education, stimulating the development of scientific knowledge derived from art research and study. In this same manner, it will emerge as a site for art knowledge that encourages a collaborative environment with various actors and cultural institutions in the field of art production and promotion, always in search of innovative strategies to promote cultural and artistic development in the region.
The UABC Educational Model is based on a vision of education that is conscious of the main issues that surround the world around us, a world driven by the advancement and social integration of technology in a globalized context, that recognizes the fundamental challenges of our future, among which is the case of intercultural dialogue, which feeds and drives the visions and perspectives of the creation and dissemination of the arts.
The underpinning philosophy of the model is based on a humanistic foundation, which establishes the guidelines for students to build their knowledge and recognize that education should be developed throughout their lives. These two elements have a fundamental impact on art students, since the artistic creator is a person who accumulates knowledge and experiences of his own life in order to pour them into his or her own work.
To achieve these goals, the model establishes a structure for student-centered learning for the development of their artistic skills, as well as for developing a critical discourse that is sensitive to the social and aesthetic conditions and characteristics of their reality. Such learning is directed towards a competency-based approach, derived not only from training in the technical rudiments and historical-cultural knowledge of a discipline, but also from a constant reflection of their work as artists. This dynamic recognizes that students could be able to use various learning modalities for acquiring their skills and knowledge, as well as the need to extend their activity towards social and institutional environments that currently demand a certain level of professionalism in the field, as well as the possibility of facilitating experiences for student exchange that allow them to learn in other geographical and socio-cultural contexts.
In this sense, the model is a milestone for an arts student to identify the potential of his or her future as creator, manager, researcher or promoter of artistic activity in his or her community; the flexible qualities and the attribute of an overall personal development allow students to have a vision of their professional development that leads them to explore all the horizons and possibilities that artistic expression offers as an inherent part of the human experience.
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