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University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Art

Fine Arts 331
Phone: (323) 343-4010
email:  art-department@calstatela.edu
Website: www.calstatela.edu/academic/art/


Rebecca L. Davis

The Faculty

Professors: Manuel Aguilar, Luis Bermudez, Mika M. Cho , Rebecca L. Davis, Carole Frances Lung-Bazile ,Robert Martin, Jimmy Moss, James Ovelmen, Richard Wearn.
Associate Professors:
Assistant Professors: Dustin Garnet, Jenevive Nykolak, Oli Rodriguez,  Zachary Vernon, Zachary Zezima.
Emeriti: Walter M. Askin, Charles E. Borman, Marilyn Buccellati, Jack Butler, Susan B. Cash, Peter Marc Damien, Abbas Daneshvari, Wachtang Djobadze, Daniel Douke, Tim Ebner, Robert Fiedler, Edward C. Forde, John Funakura, Michael J. Henderson, Virginia Hoffman, Carol S. Jeffers, Tony Longson, Malcolm A. McClain, Gray Phillips, Robert D. Reeser, Carolyn Radakovich, Jeanne Schnitzler, Carol F. Tuntland, Connie Utterback.


Art is a means of creative communication and expression. The programs in the Department of Art offer students the opportunity to acquire a background of understanding and skills, and to develop their abilities in the visual arts. The programs prepare students for advanced professional study in art as well as for many professions in teaching, business, and industry. Students with career interests in animation; art education; art history; fashion, fiber and materials; graphic design / visual communications; and studio arts will find appropriate courses of study in the department. Students pursuing careers in other fields may benefit from combining the study of art with their professional preparation. The Minor in Art or the Certificate in Fashion, Fiber and Materials are available to these students. The Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree programs are described below.

Mission Statement

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.


The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) has accredited the following programs:

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Animation Option)

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Art Education Option)

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Art History Option)

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Fashion, Fiber and Materials Option)

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Graphic Design/Visual Communication Option)

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Studio Arts Option)

Master of Arts in Art (Art Education Option)

Master of Arts in Art (Art History Option)

Master of Arts in Art (Design Option)

Master of Arts in Art (Fashion, Fiber and Materials Option)

Master of Arts in Art (Studio Arts Option)

Master of Fine Arts in Art (Design Option)

Master of Fine Arts in Art (Studio Arts Option)

Exhibitions of Work

The Fine Arts Gallery of the Department of Art presents exhibitions of artwork by established professional artists as well as by faculty and students. Graduate student thesis exhibitions and undergraduate capstone shows are presented each semester. In addition, the student-run exhibition space, COMA Gallery, presents rotating exhibitions of Cal State L.A. student artwork. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.


    Degree - UndergraduateDegree - MinorDegree - GraduateCertificate - Undergraduate


      Art (Undergraduate)
      • Upper division standing is prerequisite to enrollment in all upper division art courses.
      • Students majoring or minoring in Art must have completed applicable lower division core courses or equivalents; students in other fields must have instructor consent.
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