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Mission Statement

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The mission of the School of Art and Design is to educate undergraduate and graduate students in the evolution, theory, and practice of art, design, and art history, preparing them to make vital contributions through these disciplines to their immediate communities and the global society.

Values Statement

The School of Art and Design at San Diego State University values the theoretical and historical study of the visual arts, art making, and the practice of design; and recognizes that they are integral to society and beneficial to the individual. We promote the values of integrity, innovation, and interaction through our teaching, creative endeavors, and community involvement.

Integrity guides our personal conduct.

  • Commitment
  • Authenticity
  • Freedom of expression
  • Confidentiality

Innovation is the goal of our creative process.

  • Vision
  • Academic diligence
  • Inquiry
  • Analysis

Interaction advances the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

  • Collaboration
  • Collegiality
  • Diversity
  • Social responsibility

Vision Statement

The School’s progressive, dynamic, and relevant curricula attract ambitious, dedicated undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom become leading professionals in their fields. Our faculty and staff are distinguished by breadth of experience, expertise, and professional achievement. The School’s effectiveness has been enhanced by additional tenure-track faculty members who support existing programmatic strengths and regularly integrate new directions, methods, and applications.

Emphasis Areas

The School of Art and Design offers the B.A, M.A, and M.F.A. degrees in the visual arts. While focused on the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary art practice, the School has three main areas of study:


  • Applied Design (Ceramics, Fiber, Furniture Design and Woodworking, Jewelry and Metals)
  • Painting and Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Arts


  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Multimedia

Art History

The School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

This page was last updated at 11:13AM on March 8, 2013