California State University - Los Angeles

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 190,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center now under construction.

Los Angeles

United States

5151 State University Dr. Fine Art
CA 90032
Phone: 323.343.4010
Fax: 323.343.4045

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Our Aims

The Mission of the Art Department

The mission of the Department of Art is to serve the needs of an urban and diverse university community by providing courses in a liberal arts foundation and in undergraduate and graduate programs in art that are designed to prepare students for careers in various professional fields or for further study in visual art and as lifelong producers or consumers of art.

Goals and Objectives:

The Department of Art is committed to academic excellence in both undergraduate and graduate programs and to strong liberal arts and professional preparation. The following goals support our mission.

The Department of Art will:

Goal 1 Foster habits of disciplined inquiry and critical thinking and the capacity to use effectively the rapidly expanding base of information in the visual arts

Goal 2 Provide programs that prepare students to succeed in advanced study and to enhance their careers

Goal 3 Encourage and support scholarship, research, and creative endeavors in the University community

Goal 4 Provide preparation that enhances lifelong learning

Goal 5 Provide a program that develo...  [ Read All ]

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Location and Getting there  

Department and information about the department

Department of Art have helped define the L.A. aesthetic for over four decades. Frank Romero and Carlos Almaraz of Los Four, Kent Twitchell and Gronk represent some of the talented artists who found their unique styles while students here. The tradition continues as galleries, museums and venues around the world seek out the work of our students and faculty for important exhibitions and installations.

Animation, computer graphics and Fashion complement the traditional areas in studio and design, and our location near the heart of L.A. facilitates partnerships with the entertainment industry and community-based arts organizations.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Department of Art has important strengths in Art History and Art Education, with opportunities for student research and internships in the outstanding collections of the Los Angeles area and at exciting sites around the world students have helped unveil the biblical city of Urkesh and explain the mythological roots of Mesoamerican earthworks. Student interns learn curatorial skills and gallery operations on campus at the prestigio...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

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News and Events

Los Angeles, CA –– “The Kingdom of EpiCai” and “De Colores”—two graduate thesis exhibitions featuring a working installation of a royal museum and a series of photographs focusing on men of color, respectively—will open on Saturday, March 3, at Cal State L.A.’s Fine Arts Gallery.

Organized by Luis Bermudez, assistant professor of Art at Cal State L.A., the dual exhibition will run through March 17.

“The Kingdom Of EpiCai,” described as a feast for the eye in this Pluralistic Era, is a working installation by Geoffrey Tjakra that includes paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, and ceramic artifacts.

Inspired by Death of the Author by French literary critic Roland Barthes, Tjakra made himself “King EpiCai” who presents the royal museum of Cai Kingdom and a replica of the royal artist studio (installed for the duration of this exhibition, where he will keep making new work).

According to Tjakra, “King EpiCai is the Picasso of the New Millennium.”

Tjakra was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and has lived and studied in many countries. Currently residing in Los Angeles, he received his Ba...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

Art Department offers four-year Bachelors (BA) Degrees in:

Art Education
Art History
Fashion and Textile
Studio Arts  

Information For  Postgraduates

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Education
Art History
Fashion and Textile
Studio Arts
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Studio Arts  

Information For  International Students

International Programs and Services (IPS) is a department of Cal State L.A.’s Division of Student Affair. We provide assistance to our international community coming to Cal State L.A. to study, perform research, or employment.  


The CSULA|Art Alumni is made up of a global group of talented creatives and professionals, joined together by a shared educational experience that has provided them with the tools to leverage their talent in every creative field and beyond.  

Student Facilities

Instructional/Open Labs

The College of Arts and Letters has five labs available for instruction and open lab hours. Please refer to the Lab Newsletter (pdf) for information and usage policies for our labs. The newsletter is also available at each lab. Lab statistics (pdf) are generated quarterly, and used in conjunction with faculty and student input in order to make decisions regarding lab services and resource allocation.

Click on a lab to see its current schedule:

Fine Arts 225: Graphic Design Lab
Fine Arts 226: Graphic Design Lab
King Hall D1041: Modern Languages Lab
Music 117: Interactive Music Lab
Music 211: Multimedia Lab
Instructional Labs

There are two labs available for instruction only. They must be reserved via the University Scheduling office. Contact your department administrators to reserve these rooms.

King Hall B3007
King Hall B4007
Music Studios

There are three music studios available only to students of the Commercial Music program that must be reserved via the Arts and Letters Help Desk.  

Student Support

Help Desk, 323.343.5381
The Arts and Letters Help Desk provides the following services to the Arts and Letters community:

All technical support for college faculty and staff
Management of, and access, to college labs
College-wide software and hardware management
Checkout equipment for classroom instruction
Our help desk is separate from the ITS Help Desk. All Arts and Letters faculty and staff should go through the Arts and Letters Help Desk. On occasion, we will escalate your issue to the ITS Help Desk. These situations will generally include centralized services such as your NIS account, GET, web access, and email issues. Students should contact the ITS Help Desk directly, if it is not a lab related issue.

Our goal is to build services that cater to the needs of the Arts and Letters community. Help us provide better services by providing input and feedback.  

Student Life

The Art Department is host to a number of student organizations that serve as networks for friendship, support, professional networking and socialization. Current student organizations include:

GAUGE Yahoo Group
Clay Club
Fashion Industry Council
Duchamp’s Leg  


The Student Housing Complex is alive with cultures, activities, and individuals from all parts of the world. We have many opportunities for you to meet your fellow students and make friendships that can last for the rest of your life.  

How To Apply

The CSULA Office of University Admissions can assist you in preparing for entry into college, applying for admission to CSULA, and ensuring that you meet the California State University requirements for admission. Once you are a CSULA. student, we are responsible for making sure you get credit for the transferable classes you have taken at other colleges and universities.  

Visit us (open days)

CSULA Admissions
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
Tel: 323.343.3178

Student Information Center
Student Affairs Building - Room 101
Tel: 323.343.3901
Fax: 323.343.3888  

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CSULA Admissions
5151 State University Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
Tel: 323.343.3178

Student Information Center
Student Affairs Building - Room 101
Tel: 323.343.3901
Fax: 323.343.3888