Overview of Programs

The Art Department at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) introduces students to the expressive world of the fine arts. A wide variety of approaches to art based on both Western and non-Western cultures are integrated into courses that are orientated toward creativity, imagination and critical thinking. Students are able to explore art through courses in art education, art history, ceramics, new media art, drawing, metalsmithing / jewelry, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

Studio experiences develop the creative and artistic skills necessary for mastery of established styles and for exploration of new ones. Art history classes provide an appreciation for and an understanding of our visual cultural heritage within a historical context. Both studio and art history classes reward students with an introduction to a lifetime appreciation of the arts. Courses in art education provide an understanding of the behavioral aspects of art, with regard to the creator, the viewer, and the developing person.

Courses in the Art Department direct and foster creative and intellectual growth. Courses, programs, and exhibitions sponsored by the Art Department serve to engage students in the fine arts within a liberal arts context and to promote appreciation of the fine arts in the general student population.

Programs are offered that lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art (choice of three concentrations: Art History, Studio Art, and Studio Art Methods), the Master of Arts degree in Art Studio, and the Art Minor (choice of three areas: Art Education, Art History, and Art Studio). The Department also offers pre-credential preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art (Art Education).

Undergraduate students may complete part of their Art major or minor outside the United States by enrolling in semester or year-long foreign study programs affiliated with Sacramento State. The CSU International Programs office also oversees several year-long programs in countries around the world, many of which offer courses in art and art history. All financial aid (except work study) can be applied towards the costs of participation in these international programs. Further more, students pay Sacramento State tuition and are considered to be "in residence" even though they are in another country. For a current (October 2015) list of international programs offering art and/or art history courses, click here.

Sacramento State is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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