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Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication

  • Chair: Kenneth Sakatani
  • Associate Chair: Lesley Krane
  • Art and Design Center (ADC) 120
  • (818) 677-2242
  • www.csun.edu/art





  • M.A., Art
    • Option I: Art Education
    • Option II: Art History
    • Option III: Visual Arts
  • M.F.A., Art
  • Visual Arts
  • Credential in Art


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

The Major

The Department of Art offers a curriculum designed for students wishing a liberal arts education in art and design. Emerging artists have numerous opportunities available to them for expressing their creativity and obtaining employment after graduation. Students may explore several areas of art making and choose the field that best fits their interests and talents.

The curriculum leading up to the B.A. degree is designed for students who are interested in (1) a liberal arts program with an emphasis in art, (2) specialized study in art, (3) preparation for graduate study in art, (4) preparation for academic and professional fields, and/or (5) art teaching credential preparation.

The Lower and Upper Division core program is required of all art majors. Students select a minimum of 18 Upper Division elective units from 1 or more areas of concentration offered in the Art Department in order to complete the B.A. program in their chosen area of study. Experiences are also available outside specialty areas offering students opportunities to sharpen professional skills and increase their marketability.


The programs in the Department of Art prepare students for a broad range of opportunities in today’s academic, professional and entertainment fields which include: animation, art writing, art publishing, computer-arts and graphics, graphic design, illustration, museum and gallery practices, packaging design, photography, prototypes, public art, studio arts, teaching and video/film. The Art Education program has a long and successful history of teacher preparation.

Academic Advisement

All art majors are recommended to meet with a faculty advisor each semester. Lower Ddivision 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 theie academic advisor and faculty advisor to assure the completion of requirements for graduation. Appointments are booked through the Art Advisement Center located in AC100, (818) 677-2348.