Why Study Art at CSUSB?

  • The "best" art facilities in the 23 campus Cal State system and beyond. 100,000 square feet of art and design labs, studios, and classrooms with up-to-date equipment, situated one hour from Los Angeles in a beautiful scenic location.
  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Only 280 public and private universities and colleges meet the high professional standards for this accreditation.
  • Gain a private art school like education at the low cost of a State University. Thousands of dollars in art scholarships and awards are given to students every year. Financial aid available.
  • Professors are successful artists, designers, and scholars who are equally committed to teaching and their professional careers.
  • The Visual Arts Center facilities are open to art students nights and weekends because creativity is not restricted to 9 to 5 or Monday through Friday.
  • One of a very few art departments in the state that offers courses in glassblowing, furniture design, metal casting, new genres, video art and public art.
  • A new public art program that provides opportunities for students to both learn about and gain commissions to create large-scale artworks for permanent public display in our community.
  • Art collectors purchase student artworks. Target Corporation, the real estate developers, Watson and Associates, and others have spent thousands of dollars purchasing student artworks.
  • The world-class AAM accredited Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) is housed with the art department in the Visual Arts Center. It provides an ongoing schedule of changing exhibitions of both historical and contemporary art. It is one of the two art museums in the Cal State University system.
  • Our Visual Resource Center, also housed in the art department, provides a Mac computer lab, reading room, access to topical periodicals, reference books, DVDS and image databases.
  • Exhibition opportunities for students to show their artworks in two student galleries. Students also successfully compete in national competitions and exhibitions and receive monetary awards and prizes.
  • Course availability and small classes with individual instruction so each student meets their creative, professional, and academic goals. The department has 450 art majors and offers specializations in Studio Art (painting & drawing, photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, wood & furniture design, and printmaking), Graphic Design, Graphic Design & Marketing Art History, and Visual Studies.
  • Excellent Macintosh computer labs for graphic design, photography, and the digital arts, augmented with a new 3-D scanner and an advanced 3-D printer with an 8x 8x 12" capacity.
  • Our Graphic Design students have a high rate of employment after graduation.
  • We offer a State approved CCTC Single Subject Waiver Program in Art for future high school art teachers. Our Art Education students have a high rate of acceptance to teaching credential programs and gain employment as high school art teachers throughout the region.
  • Our Studio Art and Art History majors are accepted with fellowships to some of the top graduate programs in the U.S. including many of the University of California schools, Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, California Institute of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook, Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, California College of the Arts, and many others.