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Department Information

Department Chair: Christopher Miles

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

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

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, Laurie Gatlin, 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


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


  • Museum and Curatorial Studies
  • Biomedical Art


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

  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:

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 may 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 as part of the application process.

Students interested in a BFA program, should apply to the BA in Studio Art program as early in their academic career as possible, but no later than 60 units. Students in the BA program may then apply to the BFA program (Art Photography, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Illustration, 3-D Media: Fiber, Metal or Wood, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Graphic Design Options) when they have completed a minimum of 72 units, but may not apply after they have completed more than a maximum of 96 units.

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.

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Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs