The Bachelor of Arts in Design (BA) is comprised of 120 semester units and is structured for students who seek a broad understanding and application of design with an opportunity to focus in a specific area of study. The purpose of this degree is to provide a forward-thinking liberal arts degree where students will take a variety of core courses in design theory, art and design history, and either object or space oriented design. In addition to receiving a foundation of core design courses focused on either object or spaced oriented design, the curriculum enables students to focus in a specific area of study including display and exhibition, environmental communication design, furniture design, computer modeling, lighting design, and design history. The degree is also advantageous to design students who would like a degree in an alternative design area, or who wish to pursue study in a graduate program.
California State University Long Beach is accredited by the national association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 240 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
The Design faculty is committed to bringing the highest quality educational experiences to the students. Changes in educational methods and changes in design practice have made it necessary for all students to have a personal computer in the upper-division design courses, to enable students to learn effectively and implement ideas using digital technology.
Several design laboratories are provided for student use. These facilities include: Two computer Labs, a multimedia lab (with large format printing capabilities), a metal/plastic and wood shop, and three material resource libraries. The facilities also house two rapid prototyping (RP) machines and a computer numerical control machine (CNC) for generating precise models.