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College of the Arts

College of the Arts Courtyard

Department Chair: Dorothy Ottolia

Department Office: Design (DESN), Room 101
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-5089 / (562) 985-2284
Website: Design/

Faculty: Mamdouh Fayek (Emeritus), Dorothy Ottolia, Eduardo Perez, José Rivera-Chang, David Teubner, Jerry W. Yates (Emeritus), Khoi Vo

Administrative Coordinator: Allison Ohanian

Career Possibilities

Industrial Designer • Interior Designer • Display/Exhibit Designer • Furniture Designer • Car Designer • Model Maker • Package Designer • Technical Illustrator • Teacher • Consultant • Commercial Artist • Architectural Illustrator • Product Designer (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see CSULB Careers Website.)


The Department of Design was established to provide an administrative and academic framework for professional design training in the fields of Industrial Design, and Interior Design. The degree programs that may be pursued are the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, and the Bachelor of Science, offered in the Industrial Design curriculum.

The faculty of Design believe that an appropriate education for the professional designer must include a comprehensive body of technical knowledge. Such knowledge should include historical sources, tools, techniques, and materials; a methodology for encouraging the creative process; and the attainment of the requisite level of skill to express visual ideas with clarity. While being fully equipped to meet the objectives of the marketplace, today's designer must also achieve sufficient educational breadth to adapt successfully to the varying demands imposed on design work by economic, social, and psychological factors.

The academic programs of the Department of Design have been accredited by 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). Student demand for these programs is high. Requirements for admission and degree requirements are given below.