San José State University, School Of Art & Design

For nearly a century and a half, San José State has provided affordable access to quality education. Founded in 1857, it is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. From its beginnings as a normal school to train teachers for the developing frontier, the campus has matured into a comprehensive university, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 134 programs.

San José

United States

SJSU School of Art & Design, One Washington Square, Art Building 116
Phone: 408.924.4320
Fax: 408.924.4326

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Our Aims

SJSU’s Mission: In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the State of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.  

Location and Getting there

The main SJSU campus is located on 154 acres in downtown San José with more than 50 major buildings (23 academic buildings, 7 residence halls) on 19 city blocks in downtown San José. For directions, please visit:

Department and information about the department

All undergraduates who enter the School of Art and Design enter as Bachelor of Arts students in Art. They are enrolled in either a concentration in Art History, Design Studies, or Studio Practice. If matriculating in Studio Practice, their emphasis will be in Photography, Pictorial Art, or Spatial Art. To receive a degree as a BFA or BS degree student requires passage of a portfolio review for entry to these programs. There are no undergraduate degrees offered in Art Education, though students electing this path will receive a BA or BFA in Art that meets state certification requirements for subject matter content. At this point, half of the undergraduate students who graduate in art and design receive BA degrees in Art with concentrations in Studio Practice, Art History, Design Studies, or with courses including one of these concentrations leading to Art Education certification. The other half move into and graduate with Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees.

The art, design, and art history programs are interconnected with many students majoring in one field and minoring in another. The array of programs offers a ...  [ Read All ]

Student Facilities

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