College of the Arts
David A. Hadlock
Department Administrative Office
Fine Arts (FA) 4, Room 102
Department Student Services Office
Fine Arts (FA) 4, Room 106
B.A./B.F.A.: John Snidecor
Telephone: (562) 985-4381
M.A./M.F.A.: Jay Kvapil
Telephone: (562) 985-7910
Archie Boston Jr. (Emeritus), Domenic A. Cretara, Connie Glenn, Jen Grey, David A. Hadlock, Thomas E. Hall (Emeritus), Elisabeth Hartung, Tor Hovind, Karen Kleinfelder, Thomas J. Krumpak, Jay Kvapil, Anthony Marsh, Julia I. Miller, Roxanne Sexauer, Carol Shaw-Sutton, John C. Snidecor (Emeritus), Craig C. Stone, Marie Thibeault
Kendall Brown, Todd Gray, Peter Holliday, Yu Ji, Elizabeth Kenneday, Peter Mendez (Emeritus), Robin Richesson, Carlos Silveira
Tanya Cummings, Linda Day, Christopher Miles, Kimiko Miyoshi, Kristen Morgin, Lara Nguyen, Catha Paquette, Kyle Riedel, Mark Ruwedel, Fran Siegel, Matthew Simms, Michael Whitlow, George Zebot
Students should contact the Department Student Services Office for referral to one of the faculty advisors: Art/Credential Advisor, B.A./B.F.A. Advisor, Graduate M.A./M.F.A. Advisor.
In recognition of the quality of its programs and the standards it maintains, the Art Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700).
The Art Department at California State University, Long Beach, is one of several campuses in the California State University system authorized to offer the Master of Fine Arts degree in Art with a large number of specializations. The diversity of its programs, the quality of instruction, and the professional caliber of its faculty all combine to provide an exceptional opportunity and challenge to students seeking meaningful educational experiences and careers in the visual arts.
The Art Department has curricular programs leading to the following undergraduate degrees: (1) Bachelor of Arts (Art); (2) Bachelor of Arts (Art History); (3) Bachelor of Arts (Art Education); (4) Bachelor of Fine Arts in eight specializations (Photography, Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Visual Communication (Graphic Design), Illustration, Printmaking, Sculpture, 3-D Media-Fiber/Metal/Wood).
At the graduate level the Art Department offers both the Master of Arts degree and the Master of Fine Arts degree. As the terminal degree for studio artists, the Master of Fine Arts degree requires a minimum of two years and provides eight professional specializations as follows: Ceramics, Drawing/Painting, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, 3-D Media-Fiber/Metal/Wood, Graphic Design.
The Master of Arts degree, designed as a one-year program, is offered by the Art Department in ten specializations; in addition to the seven studio areas listed above, the M.A. degree is granted in Art History and Art Education. The department also offers a graduate-level Certificate Program in Museum Studies and an interdisciplinary program leading to a Certificate in Biomedical Art.
As is customary in most schools, the Art Department may request projects completed by students for class credit for a short specified period for purposes of promotion and exhibition.
Admission to Baccalaureate Degree Programs in Studio Art
The number of applicants to several of the programs in Art exceeds the number that can be accommodated. For this reason, the department has been authorized by the California State University to apply supplemental admission criteria. Admission is on a competitive basis, and continuing CSULB students and tansfer applicants will be considered equally.
Freshmen applying to the university as Art Education or Art History majors will be admitted to the major if they meet all requirements for admission to the university. Students applying to the B.A. in Studio Art or to one of the BFA degree programs will be admitted as pre-Studio Art majors. Admission as a pre-Studio Art major does not guarantee admission to the major.
Continuing students must apply for admission to the major during the month of November for following fall or during the month of August for admission for the following spring. Applications must be received in time that students can be admitted to a major by the time they reach 60 units.
Transfer applicants must apply during the initial filing period and must designate the major on the application. Students who are not admitted to the major will be admitted to an alternate major if they have listed one on the application. If no alternate major is listed, the student will not be admitted to the university.
Students who qualify for admission to the university will be admitted to the Art Education or Art History major. Students applying for the B.A. in Studio Art, other than for Art Education or Art History, must meet the criteria for admission to the major. Students applying to a B.F.A. program must supply a portfolio of their creative work to the Art Department.
Students who are not admitted to the designated major will be admitted to an alternate major if they have listed one on the application. If no alternate major is listed, the student will not be admitted to the university.
Admission Under Impaction to the Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
To be eligible for admission to the Option in Studio Art under the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed 60 units applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application is submitted. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.
Admission Under Impaction to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
To be eligible for admission to a Bachelor of the Fine Arts (B.F.A.) program, applicants must must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student. Applicants must have completed 60 units applicable toward a CSULB degree prior to the term for which the application is submitted. Applicants must provide a portfolio of their creative work to the Department of Art. Your portfolio can be submitted before you enter the Department but it is highly suggested that students interested in the B.F.A. programs enter the university as a Studio Art major, take between six to nine upper division units in the area of specialization, and then submit a portfolio. By doing so, you will become acquainted with the Department and the specific requirements for our portfolio review. You only have two chances to apply for a B.F.A. program. By applying early you may use one of your chances before you are ready.
Admission Procedures for Change of Major
Currently enrolled students who are undeclared or majors in other departments and who wish to apply for admission to degree programs in art must:
1. Submit a Change of Degree Objective form to the Art Department Student Services Office during the months of November or August;
2. Students applying for the B.F.A. degree programs in Art must also supply transcripts of college-level academic work attempted, and a portfolio of their creative work.