Academic Programs

Whether you are motivated to be a successful practicing artist or would like a fulfilling career that has art as its focus, all of our art programs will prepare you to be active participant in the art world. Many of our studio art alumni are employed at art galleries, museums, and art-related businesses including art consultant firms, community art centers, educational institutions, art publications, public relations departments, theaters, movie and game production studios, and cultural organizations. Art alumni also work as art consultants, art reviewers, and have served on the faculty of Sacramento State, UC Davis, University of the Pacific, several local community colleges, and several high schools, making a significant contribution to the education of the future artists and art educators. Our alumni are admitted to MFA programs at many prestigious universities, including Stanford University, UC Davis, UCLA, Utah State University, University of Minnesota, and Boston University.

Undergraduate Study

For the Bachelor degree, the Department of Art offers a major in Art with a choice of four areas of study: the Single Subject Matter/Pre-Credential program in Art Education for students interested in teaching art in elementary or secondary schools, Art History and two concentrations in Studio Art, one for 48 units (Studio Art Methods) and one for 60 units (Studio Art). Use the navigation to learn more about each Area of Study, view Student Work from the Masters of Art exhibits in 2014 and 2015 or reference Roadmaps to Graduation, suggested course plans created specifically for Art majors to meet both major and general education requirements.

Commencement Ceremony Graduate Student Nancy Wylie

Graduate Study

The Master of Arts program is designed to produce professional competence in studio disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on the development of individuality, depth and investigation in both technique and concepts. The studio curriculum encourages integration of professional practice with historical and theoretical studies. Students develop skills used in the criticism and analysis of the visual arts. The Master of Arts degree at Sacramento State may serve as preparation for admission into a Master of Fine Arts program at another institution.