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Students forced to take final naked

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Everyone has had that bad dream where they show up to class and everyone, including you, is naked.

That was a reality for one California university's art course's final exam, and one student's mother was not amused.

The “Art Visual” class at the University of California San Diego, according to the teacher, involves students acting out a series of gestures.

The last one the students were asked to perform was labeled “erotic self.”

The mother, who did not want to be identified, said it bothered her and she didn't want to send her daughter to school if this was going to happen.

She said the teacher telling students that they must be naked to pass the class made her sick to her stomach.

Professor Ricardo Dominguez said in a phone interview “It's a standard canvas for performance art and body art."

He said it is a fact that students have to be nude to pass the final.

Nearly 20 students, and everyone is naked, including him.

He calls it a performance of self, in a dark room, lit only by candlelight.

"It is all very controlled,” Dominguez said.

Students are made aware of the final, he said, from the beginning of the course.

"If they are uncomfortable with this gesture they should not take the class,” Dominguez said.

In a statement, the chair of the school's Visual Arts Department said the class is not a requirement for graduation, and students are “not” required to be nude to pass the final, and can perform the “nude gesture” without having to remove their clothes.

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