Art & Design Program

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Studio Art, Art History and Design influence the world, and our programs put that philosophy to good use. The Art and Design Department emphasizes the real-world connection and students can create, think, research and write in ways that are relevant to the community. The programs encourage students to create an experimental approach in an academic setting. Students work in various media and are encouraged to get involved in an array of internships, collaborative group and individual projects. The program offers a very structured foundation with the freedom to explore. With an attitude of learning by doing and personalized instruction, students interact closely with faculty, the university and the community. In the spirit of intense professional practice, students from Studio Art and Design organize and install their own works of art in two expanded senior art exhibitions.

The Art & Design Department strives to give its students a rich and thorough Arts education. Whether a student’s focus be Studio Art, Design, or Art History the faculty and staff is dedicated to helping students reach their goals. The department also offers five art minors: Art History, Studio, Design, Digital Graphics, and Crafts. For prospective teachers there is also a Single Subject Matter Preparation Program they can enroll in.

The Art and Design department includes the University Art Gallery, which presents ten exhibitions and related events throughout the academic year, and is a valuable resource to the department as well as to the University as a whole and to the surrounding community. Further amenities include working studios in ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing, two Mac computer labs for design and arts and crafts. CSUDH’s Art & Design Department welcomes a diverse student body and continues to cultivate an academically rigorous cross-disciplinary program that prepares students for professional work post graduation. There’s a strong community spirit here and we invite you to visit or call for more information.

We offer the following:

Bachelor of Arts
Art History Option
Design Option
Studio Art Option

Minors
Art History
Crafts
Design
Digital Graphics
Studio Art

Certificates
Design
Digital Graphics

Bachelor of Arts in Art
Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree
See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements
Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)
See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements
No minor required. Art majors are recommended to select a minor in another field of art.

Major Requirements (36-60 units)
Students must select one of the options listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Common Core Requirements (12-15 units)
A. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units):

ART 111. Introduction to World Art II (3)
ART 170. 2-D Composition (3)
ART 171. 3-D Composition (3)

B. Upper Division Required Courses (3 units):
Select one course from the following:

ART 331. Modern Art and Culture (3)
ART 333. Contemporary Art and Culture (3)

C. Additional requirements for Art History and Studio Art Majors (0-3 units):

ART 110. Introduction to World Art I (3)

Art History Option

The Art History option offers a diverse range of courses with emphasis on the cultures of the Americas, Asia, and Africa, as well as the achievements of contemporary and women artists.

Bachelor of Arts in Art
Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree
See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements
Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)
See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements
No minor required. Art majors are recommended to select a minor in another field of art.

Major Requirements (36-60 units)
Students must select one of the options listed. The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Common Core Requirements (12-15 units)
A. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units):

ART 111. Introduction to World Art II (3)
ART 170. 2-D Composition (3)
ART 171. 3-D Composition (3)

B. Upper Division Required Courses (3 units):
Select one course from the following:

ART 331. Modern Art and Culture (3)
ART 333. Contemporary Art and Culture (3)

C. Additional requirements for Art History and Studio Art Majors (0-3 units):

ART 110. Introduction to World Art I (3)

Design Option

The Design track offers students a comprehensive education in graphic design and the traditional techniques and new innovative technologies that are utilized to create these images.

Design Option (54 units)
The Design Option offers students the study of graphic design, web design and motion graphics, plus development of fundamental design knowledge, skills, and creativity. All design courses are offered as hybrid courses, meeting once a week face-to face classroom, and with an online component, preparing students with fundamental understanding of the design processes in print media, web design and motion graphics. In addition, they are introduced to professional practices in graphic design.

Our goals are:

To provide students with an understanding of the visual elements of art and principles of design.
To provide students with technical and expressive fluency in industry-standard software application
To give students a critical awareness of own design work fulfilling graphics design communication purposes
To help students produce a portfolio of professional materials include a resume
To help students present and discuss own artistic works and practices
To introduce students to the requirements of an entry level position as a graphic designer
To complete the Design Option, the following courses must be taken:

A. Common Core Requirements (12 units)
B. Lower Division Required Courses (6 units)
ART 160. Introduction to Graphic Applications (3)

ART 179. Drawing I (3)

C. Upper Division Required Courses (36 units)
ART 341. Sources of Graphic Design (3)
ART 342. Conceptualization (3)
ART 344. Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
ART 347. Typography I (3)
ART 348. Digital Photography (3)
ART 335. Web Design I (3)
ART 345. Motion Graphics I (3)
ART 346. Motion Graphics II (3)
ART 443. Web Design II (3)
ART 446. Typography II (3)
ART 447. Visual Identity and Branding (3)
ART 448. Portfolio (3)

Portfolio Review Day

The Art and Design Portfolio Review day is held annually as an integral part of the Design program.   All portfolios by the seniors are reviewed by design professionals who give detailed feedback designed to improve the student portfolios for future job interviews.  Suggestions on how to present the portfolios and where to begin their job search are also offered by the reviewers.  Each student is able to meet with multiple reviewers to give thorough and in-depth feedback of their creative portfolios.

Studio Art Option

The Studio Art track offers a solid background in both traditional and contemporary media in closely supervised classes such as painting, ceramics, photography and sculpture.

Studio Art Option (60 units)
The Studio Art Option offers students experience in a broad range of art disciplines, with emphasis on understanding fundamentals of art, developing their skills and appreciating the purposes and concepts of art.

Our goals are:

to introduce students to a variety of art disciplines—drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and art history.
to help students develop their technical, formal, and conceptual skills in these areas.
to prepare students for the further study or practice of art making.
To complete the Studio Art Option, the following courses must be taken:

A. Common Core Requirements (15 units)
B. Lower Division Required Courses (12 units):

ART 150. Ceramics I (3)
ART 179. Drawing I (3)
ART 180. Painting I (3)
ART 190. Sculpture I (3)

C. Upper Division Requirements (33 units)

1. Select one other 300-or 400-level Art History course (3 units)
2. Digital Photography:
ART 348. Digital Photography (3)

3. Ceramics:
ART 361. Ceramics II (3)

4. Drawing:
ART 371. Drawing II (3) and

One additional 300 or 400 level course in Drawing (3 units)
5. Painting:
ART 380. Painting II (3) and
One additional 300 or 400 level course in Painting (3 units)
6. Sculpture:
ART 389. The Human Form in Sculpture (3)
ART 392. Mixed Media Sculpture (3)

7. Two 300 or 400 level courses in studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, or ceramics) (6 units)

NOTES:

1. ART 493. Special Studies in Art (3) may be substituted for one of the above courses with the permission of an advisor.
2. Students may take 300 and 400 level repeatable courses twice within the Studio Art Option. Students may take such courses a third time as a general elective, but these will not count toward the major. Before being approved for graduation, students must submit five works chosen in consultation with an advisor for the Senior Art Exhibit.
3. Students completing this option may also complete the minor in Digital Graphics, Crafts, Design or Studio Art.

Winston Hewitt Memorial Scholarship in Art

The Winston Hewitt Memorial Scholarship in Art and Design is one of the largest endowed scholarship funds ever given to the University, and each Fall semester scholarships will be given to outstanding students majoring in Art History, Design and Studio Art. Winston Russell Hewitt (1922-2006) had a long career as an artist, traveler, a multi-linguist, an OSS officer, and as a distinguished Professor of French Literature at California State University Dominguez Hills. Through painting, he explored what he called the "Scapes of the Subconscious" in a continuous effort to understand and create the meanings of his own life.

> Visit Winston Hewitt Website

 

Graduation With Honors

Graduation With Honors
Undergraduate students may be candidates for graduation with Honors in Art if they meet the following criteria:

A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements for the Art major;
Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Art and Design.

Undergraduate students may be candidates for graduation with Honors in Art if they meet the following criteria:

A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements for the Art major;
Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Art and Design.