This is an archive of the 2019-2020 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2019-2020 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit


Mission Statement

The CSUN Department of Art is committed to providing students with the necessary knowledge, skills, perspectives and understandings associated with the visual arts to succeed in their personal and professional lives.

Academic Advisement

All Art majors are recommended to meet with a faculty advisor each semester. Lower division Art majors (29-59 units) will have a mandatory hold placed on their class registration each semester, requiring an appointment with the department academic advisor for clearance. All students are highly recommended to meet with the academic advisor and faculty advisor to ensure the completion of requirements for graduation. Appointments are booked through the Art Advisement Center located in AC 100, (818) 677-2348.


The programs in the Department of Art prepare students for a broad range of opportunities in today’s academic, professional and entertainment fields, including animation, branding, visual communication, social innovation design, user experience design, interactive design, illustration, photography, video/film, public art, studio arts, museum and gallery practices, art writing, art publishing and teaching. In addition, the Art Education program has a long and successful history for teacher preparation.


The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Clubs and Societies

International Studies

The Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication supports the concept of international education and encourages students to investigate opportunities for overseas study. Certain courses taken at CSU International Program Study Centers in foreign countries are equivalent to courses in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication and may be used to fulfill some of the requirements for degree options offered by the college and/or certain general education requirements.

Students should consult the International Programs Bulletin, which is available through the International and Exchange Student Center departmental advisor, or the campus International Programs advisor, for more information.


Department of Art
Chair: Edward C. Alfano
Art and Design Center (ADC) 120
(818) 677-2242