San Francisco State University

SFSU is a public, urban, multipurpose university that offers professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate education. It is one of twenty-three institutions in the California State University (CSU) system whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While San Francisco State University’s 27,000 full and part-time students are primarily from Northern California and the Bay Area, the university has an increasing national and international constituency. The student body’s strength lies in its exceptionally diverse character with over 68% of undergraduates representing different ethnic and minority groups, and with an average undergraduate age of 24 years. Balancing and serving the student body is an exceptional faculty who come to SFSU from the world’s best institutions. The university faculty is widely respected for outstanding and exciting teaching as well as “cutting-edge scholarship”.

The university’s compact main campus with its well-tended grounds is located on the city of San Francisco’s southern edge. Most classroom, lab, studio, administrative and dorm buildings, and the Library, ... [ Read All ]

San Francisco

United States

Art Department, FA 265, 1600 Holloway Avenue
CA 94132
Phone: 415-338-2176

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Location and Getting there

By Car:
From the North: Take Highway 101 South, cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Take 19th Avenue/Highway 1 exit. Follow 19th Avenue to campus at Holloway Avenue.

To get to the parking garage, turn right onto Holloway Ave and continue to Font Blvd. Turn right onto Font Blvd. and continue to Lake Merced Blvd. Turn right onto Lake Merced Blvd. then take an immediate right onto State Drive which is the entrance to the parking garage.

From the South: Take I-280 North, exit at 19th Avenue. Take Junipero Serra Boulevard to Holloway Avenue, turn left on Holloway Avenue to campus at 19th Avenue.

To get to the parking garage, continue on Holloway Ave to Font Blvd. Turn right onto Font Blvd. and continue to Lake Merced Blvd. Turn right onto Lake Merced Blvd. then take an immediate right onto State Drive which is the entrance to the parking garage.

From the East: Take I-80 West across the Bay Bridge to Highway 101 South. Take 101 South to I-280 toward Daly City. Take the San Jose Avenue/Mission St. ex...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

The College of Creative Arts

Art. Music. Cinema. Theatre. Design. Dance. Radio. TV.
No academic institution in Northern California can match our breadth of artistic training – or alumni accomplishments. Talent nurtured at the College of Creative Arts has gone on to entertain, inspire and inform the public worldwide, and gathered not only Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards, but a good number of Drama Desk, Golden Globe, Grammy, Peabody and Theatre World awards, too.

Developing exceptional talent takes exceptional teachers, mentors and practitioners. The College of Creative Arts is home to such luminaries as art historian Whitney Chadwick, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson, award-winning composers Ronald Caltabiano and Richard Festinger, Dunham Dance Scholar Albirda Rose, artists Lewis DeSoto, David Kuraoka and Mario Laplante, film scholars Bill Nichols and Joseph McBride, seminal media textbook author Stuart Hyde and documentarian John Hewitt, among others.

The working professionals who share expertise and wisdom with our students include artists-in-residence Branford Marsalis and the Alexander String Quartet, ass...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

Full Time faculty  

News and Events

Upcoming Exhibitions:

April 21 - May 16, 2007
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Fall 2007 (dates t.b.d.)
California Watercolor  

Information For  Undergraduates

The undergraduate degree program in art is coordinated with the university’s General Education program which requires two-thirds of the student’s total instruction to be in GE courses. Through the GE program, students develop basic skills in writing, speaking and reasoning, acquire breadth of knowledge in the arts, humanities and sciences and learn how to relate areas of knowledge. English language, history and mathematics proficiencies are required for students to graduate. The GE program, together with the major in art, encourages the student in art to acquire a broadly based humanistic and social education grounded in a special awareness of the visual world.

The Art Department attempts to provide the art major with an awareness and knowledge of the language and processes of the visual arts within the history of diverse human cultures.

The department provides safe, well equipped studios and art-learning environments allowing the student opportunities to master skills, explore personal creative ideas, and acquire necessary conceptual and theoretical information. In the same context Art History and Art Education students ...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Master of Arts in Art

This program leads to an M.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art History. The degree is intended to prepare students for Ph.D. programs in art history and for careers in community art programs, galleries, auction houses, and museums. The curriculum culminates in a thesis with a specialization in one of the following areas:

Western Art: Renaissance through Contemporary (including Feminist/Women Studies in Art and Queer Art Theory)
The Art of Africa and the African Diaspora, the Caribbean, and the Native Americas
Asian Art
Art of the Spanish-speaking World (including Spain and Latin America)
Within each area of specialization, individual programs of course work and independent study are arranged to meet the needs of the specific student.


Student Life

A lot happens on this bustling urban campus of 30,000 students. Between classes you could be meeting friends for coffee, organizing a study group, or just hanging out on the Quad. In your spare time you can take part in one or more of SFSU's many clubs, organizations, fraternities or sororities. If none of the 200 student organizations suit you, you can start one of your own! San Francisco State is a student-centered university, providing many support services from childcare to disability assistance. The University offers a full range of cultural and performing arts events throughout the year, as well as athletic events, academic conferences, symposiums, and workshops. And once you're enrolled as a student on campus, you'll want to be sure to check out SFSU's career planning resources that will help you get that great job after graduation.

How To Apply

If you are applying to SFSU as a freshman, transfer or graduate student, you can apply to SFSU online. It's the quickest and easiest way to apply.