Undergraduate Admissions

SDSU Undergraduate Applicants

To apply for undergraduate admission to SDSU, you need to apply online at CalState Apply. If you cannot apply online, you should contact the Office of Admissions to make special arrangements to apply electronically with campus assistance. At the time of application, prospective students can select their “Pre-Major” as Art. If students enter SDSU as undeclared majors, they will need to follow the catalogue’s graduation requirements based on the year they declare either their Major or Pre-Major.

For deadlines for the upcoming term(s), please refer to the university’s Office of Admissions How and When to Apply page. For comprehensive and up-to-date undergraduate admissions information, you should visit the university’s Office of Admissions main site for undergraduates at http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/admissions/. This link will also give you specific information for applicants who are first-time freshmen, transfers, veterans, returning SDSU students, and international students.

Admittance Into the Art Major

For specific information about requirements to be admitted into the Art Major, please refer to the academic year’s catalog during which you declared either your Pre-Art Major or Art Major. To find your catalog, please visit http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/catalog/catalogs/index.html.

Major Degrees Offered

SDSU’s School of Art and Design offers the following undergraduate degrees:

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in liberal arts and sciences

Art History Emphasis

The Art History Major is only available for the Undergraduate BA degree. To learn more about the program requirements, please email us at artinfo@sdsu.edu.

Studio Arts Emphasis

The B.A. degree with emphasis in ‘Studio Arts’ is distinctly different from the other studio arts B.A. degree because it does not require focus on a specific discipline. To learn more about the program requirements, please email us at artinfo@sdsu.edu.

Degree Learning Outcomes:

Review our Degree Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in applied arts and sciences

Students who want to specialize in a specific studio discipline can do so within the ‘Bachelor of Arts in applied arts and sciences’ degree. The areas of emphasis below are available as official discipline focuses.

Undergraduate Emphasis Area Options:

NOTE: Although the above emphases are ones listed in the catalogue as official degree distinctions, the School of Art + Design also has robust coursework and facilities available in the following disciplines:

  • Book Arts
  • Illustration
  • Photography (dark room and digital)

Specific Emphasis Area Degree Requirements:

To see course requirements for each emphasis, click on the below link to view the current Undergraduate Catalog.

SDSU Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Learning Outcomes:

Review our Degree Learning Outcomes


Degree Minors Offered

The Art Minor

Students can minor in the following:

  • Art
  • Art History

View the available minors here

The minor requirements for both the Art and Art History can be found in the SDSU Undergraduate Catalog.


Art Education

The Art Education Single Subject Teaching Credential

This major may be used by students in teacher education as an undergraduate major for the B.A. degree in applied arts and sciences. In addition to the catalog course requirements, students must also pass the CSET examination to complete the degree. For more information, please download the Art Education Credential Checklist