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As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are still open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach us by phone at (909) 537-5802 or via email at We will respond as quickly as possible. Please keep a close watch for new announcements. Many of them, as well as several resources, can be found on CSUSB’s dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus Information web page.

Thank you and stay safe.

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News July 2021: Professor Katherine Gray's work is exhibited in a duo exhibition with Nancy Callan at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge, WA, in a show titled "The Clown In Me Loves You", until September 26, 2021. Artists' talk via Zoom, July 28, 2021, at 7pm PST. Register here.

News July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art students Marlee Uggen and Jamie Valdez to speak at the ASAP (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) conference "Reciprocity", October 27-30, 2021, with a paper titled "Art in Action: Social Change and Reciprocity Through Public Spaces" -

News July 2021: Assistant Professor of Art History & Global Cultures Dr. Florencia San Martin publishes with Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, website on the work of Mapuche-Chilean artist Sebastián Calfuqueo.

News July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art students Melanie Asalde-Smith and Melissa Medina have been chosen to exhibit in the highly competitive and prestigious SoCal MFA Show.

News July 2021: CSUSB MFA in Studio Art student Jamie Valdez is awarded a $4,000 Walmart Foundation grant for the Arts in Action Club.

News June 2021: Professor Bradley Spence opens new gallery in downtown San Bernardino, "AllEyesOnMeStudio", at 395 North E Street, Unit 108, San Bernardino, CA 92401. The gallery is dedicated to showing artists of the Inland Empire. The inaugural exhibition is a solo show by A’Kailah Byrd-Greene, until July 24, 2021.

News June 2021: Photography Lecturer Tamara Cedré launches major photo/video/audio/zine project "A Space Between Us", funded by the California For All Awards, which documents the stories of San Bernardino County residents and how they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

News May 2021: MFA in Studio Art graduating students - Amber Bowser, Andrea Clary, and Ordando Prieto - show their thesis exhibitions virtually. Click here to visit the online exhibition.

News May 2021: Professor Katherine Gray (studio art) will be giving a TEDx Talk on Saturday 15th May at 12:30pm (PST), which will also be available online here.

News May 2021:  Professor Edward Gomez wins the 2020-21 College of Arts & Letters Outstanding Professor in the category of Research & Creative Activities award, and Lecturer Steve Kings wins the 2020-21 College of Arts & Letters Outstanding Lecturer Award. CONGRATULATIONS, Ed and Steve!

News April 2021:  Professor Katherine Gray wins CSUSB's highest honor and most prestigious award, the CSUSB Outstanding Professor 2020-21. Click here to read more and watch the video. CONGRATULATIONS, Kathy!

News March 2021:  Minor & Certificate Programs in Video & Photography launched - check out our promo video. For program details click here.

News February 2021:  CSUSB Studio Art Professor, Edward Gomez, wins significant grant award from California Humanities for "The Land of Milk & Honey", which is a series of multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual traveling arts and culture programs presented by The MexiCali Biennial (co-founded and co-directed by Prof. Gomez) in conjunction with partnering institutions based in the Inland Empire, the Monterey Bay region, the Imperial Valley and along the California/Mexico border:

News January 2021:  CSUSB MFA in Studio Art student, Andrea Clary selected for the CAMFA (California Master of Fine Arts) exhibition 2021.

News January 2021: The new series of Netflix's "Blown Away" starts 22nd January, 2021, featuring our very own Professor Katherine Gray, as Head Judge, and MFA Studio Art alumna, Nao Yamamoto, as one of the contestants.

Inside CSUSB news article on the new season of "Blown Away"

Netflix trailer for "Blown Away - Season 2"

News September 2020: Applications are now open for an Open Rank tenure-line faculty position in UX/UI Design. For details and to apply please visit:

News September 2020: Applications are now open for an Assistant Professor tenure-line faculty position in Design. For details and to apply please visit:

NEWS September 2020: Graduating MFA Studio Art artist Rebecca Waring-Crane has won the campus-wide CSUSB 2020 Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award! To view Rebecca's thesis exhibition please go to:

2020 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions ONLINE

NEWS August 2020: Please visit the online exhibition of three of our five graduating MFA in Studio Art students: Jacob Adame (Briar Rosa), Patricia Miller, and Rebecca Waring-Crane:

2020 MFA in Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions ONLINE

NEWS June 2020: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the CA Governor's 'Stay at Home' orders, all courses in the Department of Art & Design will be delivered via online platforms for the Summer 2020 quarter and the Fall 2020 semester.

All courses are still scheduled to run, and will run via online platforms, and our amazing instructors are working hard to continue to deliver their courses remotely. They will be using a combination of Blackboard, Zoom teleconferencing, emails, and other platforms, so please check in with your instructors by email to find out how it's all going to work. [You can find their email addresses by exploring the "Faculty & Staff" link in the blue menu above]

NEWS Dec 2019: In Fall 2020 the California State University, San Bernardino campus will change from a quarter academic year calendar to a semester calendar, and because of this our undergraduate programs are changing. From Fall 2020, we will be offering:

  • BA in Art History & Global Cultures
  • BA in Design Studies
  • BFA in Design (with concentrations in 3D Design, Interface Design, Motion Graphics & Video Design, and Marketing)
  • BA in Studio Art Studies
  • BA in Art (with concentrations in Visual Arts & Visual Studies)
  • BFA in Art (with concentrations in Studio Art & Visual Studies)


  • MFA in Studio Art

You can apply to any of these programs now via the Cal State Apply online application portal. 

Also, you can find all the details of our new courses/classes and degree programs in this PDF catalogue.


CSUSB’s Department of Art & Design offers outstanding teaching in Art History, Design, Visual Studies, and Studio Art at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We have some of the best art and design making facilities in the CSU system of twenty-three campuses. We also have a terrific team of faculty and staff from across the USA and across the world supporting you, mentoring you, advising, and fostering innovation in you as you study with us.

In our studio arts area, we have specialist workshops and studios for painting, drawing, ceramics, glass making, sculpture, illustration, wood, and furniture design, as well as printmaking and photography, all augmented and invigorated by new digital electronic fabrication tools (such as 3D printers,  3D scanners, laser cutters, and an industrial CNC router) so you can make almost anything imaginable in your art practice. 
Our design area covers a broad range of design sub-disciplines including graphic design (now known as interface design), web-design, UX/UI (user-experience/user-interface) design, 3D modelling, virtual and augmented reality design, motion graphics, and video editing design, or study design in tandem with marketing, and we have computer labs and digital electronic fabrication tools (such as 3D printers,  3D scanners, laser cutters, CNC routers, and virtual reality) to prepare you for the diverse and rapidly changing design universe.
Our art history area has its own stand-alone degree for those wishing to move into careers in museums, galleries, archives, and other arts organizations, or go on to graduate level study of art history or related fields. Art history also feeds into all of our other teaching, bringing rigorous research, analysis and contextualization skills to every artist and designer in our department to help develop a wide range of creative professional practices.
A long-standing collaboration with the College of Education on our campus also sees our visual studies area creating innovative, skilled and thoughtful K-12 teachers for our community as well as a whole host of other collaborations with community partners giving our students the opportunity to become life-long educators, community leaders, and arts activists.

All of our students, faculty, and staff also benefit from our ever-growing Visual Resource Center, and its new Innovative Materials Collection. The VRC houses not only thousands of art and design specialist books, magazines, and journals, plus many curated online resources specific to our curricula, but students can now study hundreds of carefully selected samples of art- and design-making materials. The VRC also has powerful iMacs, laptops, and iPad Pros, with software and other resources for students, as well as other equipment that can be checked out. The VRC also provides critical support for all students as they learn visual literacy, material literacy, digital and information literacy, research methods, academic conventions, as well as software training and other workshops specially tailored for our students' needs.
We have the people-power, the facilities, and the resources to help you get where you want to go in some of the most exciting and interesting careers in the creative industries. Book in a tour to find out more or simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
From, the CSUSB Department of Art & Design Team

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