Tour the Facilities

School of Art + Design Facilities Overview

SDSU’s School of Art + Design has very comprehensive facilities for almost every art-making endeavor. Because the School places an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, most studios are open to all art students. Some studios are available only to students enrolled in the corresponding discipline’s courses due to safety requirements, and a lab fee may be required prior to use. The School’s facilities are not available to anyone not currently enrolled in SDSU art courses.

Two-Dimensional Imaging Resources


Three-Dimensional Object-Making Resources


Private Graduate Studios

All students accepted into graduate programs within the School of Art + Design are given privately shared studio space while seeking their degrees. Graduate students receive 24-hour access to their own studios and typically to the studios within their areas of practice.

Open / Classroom Studio Spaces

Because the School of Art + Design places great emphasis on student access to workspaces, regular classrooms can be accessed during normal business hours, staffed open lab hours, and with special key access with faculty permission. The following spaces are available to all students:

  • Painting and Drawing Classrooms
    • Three large painting studios with easels and storage cabinets/racks
    • Two large drawing studios
  • Graphic Design Classrooms
    • In addition to classroom use of seven managed computer labs, Graphic Design has three large rooms, two with drafting tables and a third with collaborative tables and mobile laptop lab. All rooms provide large walls for critiques.
  • Interior Design Classrooms
    • equipped with drafting tables and parallel edges
    • Ilse Ruocco Design Resource Center is a supplementary facility that has a material sample storage room, product information files, and a library for students to use.
    • dedicated computer lab for Interior Design students
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing Undergraduate Bench Room
  • Furniture and Woodworking Undergraduate Bench Rooms
  • Sculpture and 3D Classrooms
  • Printmaking, Book Arts and Illustration Classrooms
  • Ceramics Workrooms
  • Open Computer Labs for all disciplines
  • Foundations Classrooms


On-Site Art Store

Dick Blik Art Materials

Located in the School of Art + Design’s building, Blick Art Materials serves as the on-campus art supply store. They provide commercial services to the faculty, staff and students of SDSU, as well as any other customers who visit the location.

Blick Art Materials carries a wide range of artist supplies. While not all of their catalogue materials are available directly on the shelf, they can provide products at this location via special requests. You can see their range of materials online at the official Blick Art Materials website. They also have a more comprehensive downtown location in Little Italy.

For current hours, directions, and contact information for the San Diego State University location, please visit the SDSU Blick website.

School of Art + Design Galleries

The School of Art + Design at SDSU has four student galleries on campus and one gallery located in the heart of downtown San Diego that is primarily dedicated to professional art exhibitions and events. For detailed information on each gallery, please visit the “Our Galleries page“.

Research Facilities

SDSU Library

School of Art + Design students have a wealth of resources for research. Students may use SDSU’s Love Library holdings, as well as tapping into other CSU and UC System library resources through inter-library loan. Love Library maintains important journal and database search subscriptions for its students and faculty to use in research as well.

Local and Regional Museums

SDSU’s students also enjoy access the southern California museum and gallery scene. Many well-renowned local and regional museums and galleries offer additional library and/or exhibition resources. Some of these resources include the following institutions: