Department of Design

The Department of Design prepares its students for a wide range of career opportunities in the fields of graphic design, interior design and photography. Graduates learn to work creatively and to explore new possibilities in their respective media while at the same time providing the highest quality of professional services to their clients. By offering degree programs in three interrelated fields, the Department is well positioned to train its students in the wide range of art and design practices that play a part in creating our visual environment.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program at Sacramento State is one of the most highly sought after programs in Northern California. Due to the large number of applications, the program is now officially impacted. Students wishing to become Graphic Design majors must complete a series of required lower division courses and then must apply for admission to the program. It is highly recommended that interested students speak with a Graphic Design advisor as soon as possible.

Overview | Catalog | Staff | Student Group

Interior Design

The Interior Design Program at California State University, Sacramento has a regional reputation as a leading design school, and is (see Special Features) recognized as a nationally accredited program. The four year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design with a concentration in Interior Architecture. The Interior Architecture concentration provides students with the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills needed to enter the Interior Design profession. The breadth of courses in the concentration reflects the importance of both a liberal arts background and professional preparation in the design field. Courses encompass the study of design history and theory, aesthetics, graphics, lighting, space planning, computer-aided design, interior construction, and professional practice.

Overview | Catalog | Staff | Student Group


The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography major is comprised of coursework from the Department of Design within the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento. The program is administered by the Department of Design, which also offers degrees in Graphic Design and Interior Design. The Photography program is the only B.A. granting program specializing in photography in the CSU system. The program’s curriculum engages students in relevant photographic technical and aesthetic concerns, as well as the history and theory of photographic practice, past and present. The program's goal is to ground students in the rich variety of cultural practices necessary to be an effective visual communicator in today’s wide and varied field

Overview | Catalog | Staff | Student Work