Art Department

CSUSB’s Department of Art & Design offers outstanding teaching in Art History, Design, Visual Studies, and Studio Art at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have some of the best art and design making facilities in the CSU system of twenty-three campuses. We also have a terrific team of faculty and staff from across the USA and across the world supporting you, mentoring you, advising, and fostering innovation in you as you study with us.

NEWS: In Fall 2020 the California State University, San Bernardindo campus will change from a quarter academic year calendar to a semester calendar, and because of this our undergraduate programs are changing.

From Fall 2020, we will be offering:

  • BA in Art History & Global Cultures
  • BA in Design Studies
  • BFA in Design (with concentrations in 3D Design, Interface Design, Motion Graphics & Video Design, and Marketing)
  • BA in Studio Art Studies
  • BA in Art (with concentrations in Visual Arts & Visual Studies)
  • BFA in Art (with concentrations in Studio Art & Visual Studies)


  • MFA in Studio Art

You can apply to any of these programs now via the Cal State Apply online application portal.

In our studio arts area we have specialist workshops and studios for painting, drawing, ceramics, glass making, sculpture, illustration, wood and furniture design, as well as printmaking and photography.
Our design area covers a broad range of design sub-disciplines including graphic design (also known as interface design), web-design, UX/UI (user-experience/user-interface) design, 3D modelling, virtual and augmented reality design, motion graphics and video editing design, or study design in tandem with marketing, and we have computer labs and digital electronic fabrication tools (such as 3D printers,  3D scanners, laser cutters, CNC routers, and virtual reality) to prepare you for the diverse and rapidly changing design universe.
Our art history area has its own plan of study for those wishing to move into careers in museums, galleries, archives and other arts organisations, but also feeds into all of our other teaching bringing rigorous research, analysis and contextualisation skills to every artist and designer in our department to help you develop creative professional practice.
A long-standing collaboration with the College of Education on our campus also sees our visual studies area creating innovative, skilled and thoughtful K-12 teachers for our community as well as a whole host of other collaborations with community partners giving our students the opportunity to become life-long educators, community leaders, and arts activists.
We have the people-power, the facilities, and the resources to help you get where you want to go in some of the most exciting and interesting careers in the creative industries. Book in a tour to find out more or simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
From, the CSUSB Department of Art & Design Team