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Department of Design in the Community

The Department of Design is engaged in the greater Sacramento area and beyond. We want to stay connected with our community, collaborate with, and serve those who want to spread the message of art and design throughout the region. Our students benefit beyond the classroom by engaging with the Sacramento’s growing and art and business culture. And in the process, they share a little bit of Sac State with the local community.

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Bēhance.


The numerous alumni who live and work in our Capital city represent one important connection with our Northern California roots. Though our alumni are sprinkled up and down the West Coast—from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley; and San Francisco to Seattle—most of our graduates live and pursue their careers within the Golden State’s Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. Because of this, they have a real opportunity to give back by serving the communities in which they developed.

If you're one of our alumni, check out our Facebook groups and our public events. We want to hear about the exciting work you're doing after Sac State! Drop us a line.

Work With Us

Are you interested in working with Sac State students on a project? We'd love to work with you.

Collaborate with our students.

Hire one of our students for a project.

Host our students through an intership program.

Establish a scholarship, fund, or give to our programs.

Donate equipment.

Something else that doesn't fit these categories? Contact us here.

Gifts to the Department of Design’s annual fund allow the department to take care of the greatest urgent needs as well as provide remarkable opportunities for our students and faculty.

The Department of Design’s priorities include:

  • Assisting students in purchasing equipment (like cameras) or software (like Adobe's Creative Cloud) essential for learning.
  • Providing stipends to students for materials for printing, designing, and senior projects that require out of pocket expenses.
  • Student professional development for competitions, pitch contests, etc.
  • Scholarship support

To make a donation online to the Department of Design, please click here.

If you’d like to make a donation over the phone, need more information or have any questions, please contact Tess Dyer, Director of Development at or (916) 278-5184.


Check out our calendar of public events and Like our Facebook page so you'll get notified as we develop more events.