Chair's Message

Welcome to the CSUSB Visual Arts Center. This unique self-contained facility, nestled in the foothills of the mountains just North of San Bernardino, California, is home to the Department of Art, the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA), the Visual Resource Center (VRC), and Arts Connection (the Arts Council for San Bernardino County). Between us we teach, advise, support and inspire a broad community both within the university and well beyond in the local and regional areas that CSUSB serves.

Typically we support around 500 innovative and imaginative students in our department each year, all working toward either a BA in Art or MFA in Studio Art.

In our BA program we offer five different plans: Art History, Visual Studies, Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Graphic Design with Marketing. These names of the plans don’t give away much, but you will find in this website details of the broad range of classes in the 2D and spatial arts, design methods of many kinds, digital fabrication, art history research that covers the historical and the contemporary, and visual studies with its natural interdisciplinarity.

With our world-class facilities and workshops (painting, drawing, printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, glass, furniture design, chemical photography, digital photography, video editing, web authoring, digital fabrication, and arts education, and more …) we literally have the tools to help you create art and design work in any medium, in any format, and at almost any scale.

This vibrant creative environment is a place where you can pursue your personal educational and artistic goals, whilst developing your skills, knowledge and experience in art and design practice, history and theory, broadening your understanding of visual cultures all around us in the world.

We welcome students from all walks of life, and students with all sorts of backgrounds. We openly welcome and actively support students from all races, ethnicities, sexualities and genders. We continue to welcome and support equally our Dreamers, our native-born students, visiting students from overseas, and any other visitors or immigrants.

The outstanding faculty and staff at the CSUSB Visual Arts Center are here to help and support you succeed in this exciting and dynamic learning environment, where, should you choose to start or continue your journey with us, you will be introduced to a broad universe of creative ways of seeing, making, thinking and learning.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Matthew Poole,
Chair, Department of Art, CSUSB