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Art

College of the Arts

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Department Chair: Christopher Miles

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.: Duan Jackson (562) 985-4381

Graduate Advisor: M.A./M.F.A.: Margaret Black (562) 985-7910

Faculty: Margaret Black, Kendall Brown, Andrew Byrom, Mason Cooley, Domenic A. Cretara, Bryan Crockett, Tanya Cummings, Linda Day, Todd Gray, Jen Grey, David A. Hadlock, Peter Holliday, Tor Hovind, Yu Ji, Karen Kleinfelder, Thomas J. Krumpak, Jay Kvapil, Anthony Marsh, Mark Michelon, Christopher Miles, Julia I. Miller, Aubry Mintz, Kimiko Miyoshi, Catha Paquette, Sunook Park, Robin Richesson, Kyle Riedel, Mark Ruwedel, Roxanne Sexauer, Nizan Shaked, Carol Shaw-Sutton, Fran Siegel, Carlos Silveira, Matthew Simms, Rebecca Sittler Schrock, 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

The diversity of the Department of Art 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.

Programs at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts:

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Art Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Specializations

  • Photography, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Illustration/Animation, 3-D Media-Fiber/Metal/Wood, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic Design

Master of Arts:

  • Art, Concentration in Art Education
  • Art, Concentration in Art History
  • Art, Concentration in Studio Art

Master of Fine Arts

  • Art, Concentration in Studio Art

Tracks

  • Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Fibers, Illustration/Animation, Metals, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture/4D, Visual Communication Design, and Wood

Certificates

  • Museum and Curatorial Studies
  • Biomedical Art

Accreditation

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).

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 have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed 42 units applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application is submitted. Eligible applicants will be admitted for available spaces based on cumulative grade point average.

Admission Under Impaction to the Bachelor of Fine Arts

To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor of the Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program, applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed 42 units applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application is submitted. Applicants must provide a portfolio of their creative work to the Department of Art. Eligible applicants will be admitted for available spaces based on portfolio review by the faculty. Students have only two chances to apply for a B.F.A. program. Portfolios can be submitted before entering the Department but it is suggested that students interested in the B.F.A. programs enter the university as a Studio Art major, take between six to nine upper division units in the area of specialization, and then submit a portfolio. By doing so, students will become acquainted with the Department and the specific requirements for portfolio review. By applying early students may use one of the two chances for admission before being 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.