Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
CSULB Catalog Banner
Print this page Add this page to your favorites Select a font size Select a small font Select a medium font Select a large font
 

Art

College of the Arts

A CSULB student works on an art project

Department Chair: David A. Hadlock

Department Administrative Office: Fine Arts (FA) 4, Room 102

Department Student Services Office: Fine Arts (FA) 4, Room 106

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-4376 / 985-1650

Undergraduate Advisor: B.A./B.F.A.: John Snidecor (562) 985-4381

Graduate Advisor: M.A./M.F.A.: Christopher Miles (562) 985-7910

Faculty: Margaret Black, Archie Boston Jr. (Emeritus), Kendall Brown, Andrew Byrom, Domenic A. Cretara, Bryan Crockett, Tanya Cummings, Linda Day, Todd Gray, Jen Grey, David A. Hadlock, Elisabeth Hartung, Peter Holliday, Tor Hovind, Yu Ji, Karen Kleinfelder, Tomas J. Krumpak, Jay Kvapil, Anthony Marsh, Mark Michelon, Christopher Miles, Julia I. Miller, Aubry Mintz, Kimiko Miyoshi, Kristen Morgin, Catha Paquette, Sunook Park, Robin Richesson, Kyle Riedel, Frederick Rose, Mark Ruwedel, Roxanne Sexauer, Nizan Shaked, Carol Shaw-Sutton, Fran Siegel, Carlos Silveira, Matthew Simms, Rebecca Sittler Schrock, John C. Snidecor (Emeritus), Marian Stewart, Craig C. Stone, Tiffany Sum, Marie Thibeault, Michael Whitlow, George Zebot

Administrative Coordinator: Karen Warner

Career Possibilities

Artist • Art Appraiser • Art Critic • Art Director • Art Educator • Art Historian • Art Librarian • Art Therapist • Architectural Illustrator • Billboard Artist • CAD Designer • Cartographer • Commercial Advertising Industry • Commercial Artist • Community Arts Instructor • Concept Illustrator • Display Designer for retail and commercial exhibitions • Entertainment Industry: Animator, Art Director, Backdrop Designer/Painter • Caricaturist • Cartoonist • Concept Illustrator • Fashion Illustrator • Set Decorator • Set Designer • Storyboard Artist • Graphic Designer • Illustrator • Illustrator Publishing Industry: books, CD’s, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and technical materials • Muralist•Museum/Gallery: Director, Preparator, Conservator • Commercial /Fine Art Photographer • Police Artist • Master Printer • Textile Designer • Videographer • Web Designer: Motion Graphics, Information Architect (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)

Introduction

Students should contact the Department Student Services Office for referral to one of the faculty advisors: Art/Credential Advisor, B.A./B.F.A. Advisor, Graduate M.A./M.F.A. Advisor.

In recognition of the quality of its programs and the standards it maintains, the Department of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700).

The Department of Art at California State University, Long Beach, is one of several campuses in the California State University system authorized to offer the Master of Fine Arts degree in Art with a large number of discipline-specific tracks. The diversity of its programs, the quality of instruction, and the professional caliber of its faculty all combine to provide an exceptional opportunity and challenge to students seeking meaningful educational experiences and careers in the visual arts.

The Department of Art has curricular programs leading to the following undergraduate degrees: (1) Bachelor of Arts (Art); (2) Bachelor of Arts (Art History); (3) Bachelor of Arts (Art Education); (4) Bachelor of Fine Arts in eight specializations (Photography, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Illustration/Animation, 3-D Media-Fiber/Metal/Wood, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic Design).

At the graduate level, the Department of Art regularly admits students into graduate degree programs with concentrations as follows:

  1. Master of Arts degree in Art (code ART_MA01) with Concentration in Art Education (32 units)
  2. Master of Arts degree in Art (code ART_MA01) with Concentration in Art History (39 units)
  3. Master of Fine Arts degree in Art (code ART_MF01) with Concentration in Studio Art (60 units)

Additionally, the Department of Art occasionally accepts students into a program of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in Art (code ART_MA01) with Concentration in Studio Art (33 units)

In all Department of Art graduate degree programs, the student develops a personalized program of study within established curricular parameters, and with the consultation and approval of the student’s Thesis or Project committee. In the MFA, The student develops a personalized program of study within one of thirteen discipline-specific curricular tracks including Ceramics, two Drawing and Painting tracks, Fibers, Illustration/Animation, Metals, Photography, three Printmaking tracks, Sculpture/4D, Visual Communication Design, and Wood.

Graduate degree program duration is contingent upon the number of units completed per semester, and time taken to complete Thesis or Project. The MFA Degree structure is designed based upon a 6-semester (3-year) model, though it can be completed in fewer or more semesters. The MA degrees usually are completed in 4 to 8 semesters.

The department also offers a graduate-level Certificate Program in Museum and Curatorial Studies (code ART_CT02) and an interdisciplinary program leading to a Certificate in Biomedical Art (code ART_CT01). Either of these Certificates may be pursued independently, or in combination with a program of study directed toward the achievement of one of the department’s degrees.

The Department of Art may request projects completed by students for class credit be retained by the department for a short specified period for purposes of promotion and exhibition.

Admission Under Impaction to the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

To be eligible for admission to the Option in Studio Art under the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted. Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester units of baccalaureate-level work applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application is submitted. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.

Admission Under Impaction to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor of the Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted. Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester units of baccalaureate-level work applicable toward a degree at CSULB. Students not meeting the minimum GPA requirement may petition for special consideration. Applicants must provide a portfolio of their creative work to the CSULB Department of Art. Your portfolio can be submitted before you enter the Department, but it is highly suggested that students interested in the B.F.A. programs enter the university as a Studio Art major, take between 6 to nine upper division units in the area of specialization, and then submit a portfolio. By doing so you will become acquainted with the Department and the specific requirements for our portfolio review. You only have two chances to apply for a B.F.A. program. By applying early you may use one of your chances before you are ready.

Admission to Baccalaureate Degree Options in Studio Art

The number of applicants to programs in Art usually exceeds the number that can be accommodated. For this reason, the department has been authorized by the California State University to apply supplemental admission criteria. Admission is on a competitive basis, and continuing CSULB students and transfer applicants will be considered equally.

Freshmen applying to the university as Art Education or Art History majors will be admitted to the major if they meet all requirements for admission to the university. Students applying to the B.A. in the Option in Studio Art or to one of the BFA degree options will be admitted as pre-Studio Art majors. Admission as a pre-Studio Art major does not guarantee admission to the major.

Continuing students must apply for admission to the option during the month of November for the following fall or during the month of August for admission for the following spring. Applications must be submitted at such a date so that students can be admitted to an option by the time they reach 60 units.

Transfer applicants must apply during the initial filing period and must designate the major on the application. Students who are not admitted to the major will be admitted to an alternate major if they have listed one on the application. If no alternate major is listed, the student will not be admitted to the university.

Transfer students who qualify for admission to the university will be admitted to the Art Education or Art History major. Students applying for the B.A. in the Option in Studio Art, must meet the criteria for admission to the major. Students applying to a B.F.A. option must supply a portfolio of their creative work to the Department of Art.

Students who are not admitted to the designated major will be admitted to an alternate major if they have listed one on the application. If no alternate major is listed, the student will not be admitted to the university.

Admission Procedures for Change of Major

Currently enrolled students who are undeclared or majors in other departments and who wish to apply for admission to degree option programs in art must:

  1. Submit a Change of Degree Objective form to the Department of Art Student Services Office during the months of November or August;
  2. Students applying for the B.F.A. degree programs in Art must also supply transcripts of college-level academic work attempted, and a portfolio of their creative work.