About the School of Art + Design

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The School of Art and Design is in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) at SDSU and is home to over 700 undergraduate and nearly 40 graduate candidates studying a variety of disciplines. With more than 35,000 students, SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California.

Our faculty is comprised of 18 full time tenured and tenure-track professors and 27 lecturers, whose scholarship and creativity are recognized both nationally and internationally.

Some distinctions that set us apart:

  • SDSU’s School of Art and Design consistently ranks as one of the top fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
  • SDSU’s School of Art + Design is one of the most community-engaged schools in the college with frequent projects benefitting local non-profits, cities and municipalities, and museums, as well as international projects in Baja, Mexico
  • SDSU’s School of Art + Design is home to cutting edge technology and instruction. Our newly-opened Flab (Fabrication Lab) is a hands-on creative space featuring a range of high tech equipment including: CNC routers, digital vinyl cutters, desktop waterjet cutters, laser cutters, and a variety of 3D printing options.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff at the School of Art + Design include Equipment Technicians, Information Technology Specialist, Public Affairs Specialists, Administrative Support Coordinators, and Fiscal Affairs Coordinators.

For students’ convenience, there is a university art supply store, Blick Art Materials, on the premises.

The Community and Outreach….

SDSU is situated in a culturally diverse urban environment in San Diego, CA. In addition to several on-campus galleries that are dedicated to student work, the School also operates a gallery in the heart of San Diego’s thriving downtown district, which hosts visual and performing arts exhibitions featuring the work of professional and student artists.

SDSU’s graphic and interior design programs play a major role in the larger San Diego design community. These disciplines participate with a large variety of businesses in their student internship programs, building bridges between San Diego’s design industry and the School, and providing opportunities and career stepping stones for its students.

SDSU’s School of Art and Design receives its funding from both California State University funds as well as private grants for well-equipped and diverse facilities. Furthermore, a variety of competitive scholarships and fellowships are available to students from a variety of nonprofit and private donations and endowments.

Other funds for which students of the School of Art and Design are eligible to apply include unique fellowship, grant, and paid internship opportunities through the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. SDSU is one of only 64 universities whose art students are invited to compete for these funds to help them with post-graduate endeavors in craft making, research, or museum experience dealing with craft-based exhibitions or collections.

Local Life

SDSU is located in the city of San Diego at the southernmost tip of California. The university is approximately 20 miles north of Mexico’s border, and is situated in between both Pacific Ocean beaches and state and national park wooded mountains and deserts alike. Its location makes for a rich environment of cultural diversity, urban activities, and a wealth of diverse natural environments to enjoy for exploration and recreation. Within SDSU’s larger community are several art museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (MCASD), the San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA), theMuseum of Photographic Arts (MoPA), and the Mingei International Museum. There are also dozens of other local galleries and visual and performing arts organizations in the metroplex, as well as design districts for graphic and interior design. Students can also enjoy bridging the gap to local, national, and international art and design communities by participating in student professional organizations, such as the AIGA for graphic designers, ASID (American Society for Interior Design), the Furniture Society for furniture designers,NCECA for ceramics, SNAG for metalsmiths, and more.

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