Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Design

College of Arts & Humanities
Department of Art & Design

Program Description and Features

The Department of Art and Design programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills are characterized by a unique and close correlation among the Art History, Studio Art, and Design Options, and by strong coordination among the different studio areas. These Options introduce students to potential careers in the art world as well as provide personal fulfillment through creative and scholarly endeavors. Although a minor is not required, those who foresee a career in art are encouraged to complete a minor in the Department of Art and Design.

The Department of Art and Design is centrally located in Southern California, allowing access to major art institutions and galleries throughout the area. The students graduating from the Art and Design department at CSU Dominguez Hills receive a high-quality education because of the small class sizes, accessibility of instructors, and personal advisement throughout their years on the campus.

The Objectives of the Department of Art and Design are:

  1. To offer courses for both art majors and non-majors that acquaint them with the art of world cultures and provide them with artistic experiences.
  2. To improve students’ artistic skills and comprehension of the creative process.
  3. To introduce students to career-oriented skills for use in the various fields of art.
  4. To provide artistic experiences for both the university and local community through the activities in the Art Gallery.

The Fine Arts facility is located in LaCorte Hall. All of the traditional visual arts areas have generously sized studios and the majority of these adjoin exterior patios, which further extend their usable space and take advantage of Southern California's mild climate. The studios are furnished with a wide range of equipment for various media.

The University Art Gallery contains over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space. The Gallery has frequent exhibitions, including guest lectures by exhibiting artists, and provides for two Senior Art Exhibitions for graphic design and studio art respectively, each spring semester.

Students have additional access to studios outside of class time.

The B.A. in Design provides students with a rich, multifaceted design education in the areas of print, web, interactive, photography, and motion design. The pedagogy of the program is set in learning by doing. Its distinctive upper-division courses are structured with level I courses to focus on principles of design, and technical skills around type and image-making through a series of multiple assignments. Upper-division level II courses focus on the conceptualization and execution of single semester-long projects.

Students are introduced to professional practices through individual and group projects by creating a professional portfolio, reviewed by a panel of professional designers, by participating in nationwide design competitions, and by an opportunity to work with clients through the AIGA student-run design group. A two-semester portfolio class helps students build strong career objectives in the field of design, with an internship placement in collaboration with the Career Center. Students also experience creating work for social change and environmental impact and are exposed to the work of a broad, multicultural range of artists/designers and historical, contemporary art/design movements.

The B.A. in Design is committed to offering students a more flexible schedule to allow them to participate in internships and work by providing all of the design courses as blended courses, meeting once a week face-to-face in a classroom, and 50% online, it is the only CSU program in the arts with such a modality. On-campus, classes are held in two specialized Mac Labs running the latest industry design software: Adobe Creative Cloud. Majors in Design also have free access to it for home-usage. Laser cutters and 3D printers have been recently acquired to provide students with the latest innovative technology.

The Minor in Design provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of print, media, and graphic design.

The Minor in Digital Graphics provides students with an introduction to motion design fundamentals.

The Minor in Photography provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of photography.

Academic Advisement

Advising for Art & Design majors and minors is done by Art and Design faculty members as well as the College of Arts and Humanities advisors in the Student Success Center. Students must stop by the Department of Art and Design to be assigned to an advisor. The advisor will facilitate the student's smooth passage through his/her educational experience. Students must consult their advisors each semester before registration to discuss their program. For General Education information and advisement, contact the University Advisement Center located in WH 220, (310) 243-3538.

Preparation

High school students planning to major in design at CSU Dominguez Hills will be best prepared by taking a maximum variety of art and/or design courses offered in their school. In addition, they should have some general exposure to the history of art.

Community College transfer students seeking admittance to the CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Art and Design will be best prepared by having completed the equivalent of the following CSU Dominguez Hills lower division art courses:

  • 2-D Design (ART 170)
  • 3-D Deign (ART 171)
  • Drawing I (ART 179 )
  • Introduction to Design Applications (DGN 310)

Students should be aware that community college courses do not satisfy upper-division course requirements. 

Student Organizations

CSUDH AIGA Student Group, Advisor Michele Bury

Scholarships

The Winston Hewitt Art and Design Endowed Scholarships are awarded on merit to Art History, Design, and Studio Art majors who are continuing, full-time students at CSU Dominguez Hills. Winston Russell Hewitt  (1922-2006) had a long career as an artist, traveler, multi-linguist, an OSS officer, and a Distinguished Professor of French Literature at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Applications are available annually at the beginning of the fall semester. The deadline for application submission will be the first week of October. Please contact the Department of Art and Design for additional scholarship requirements.

Graduation With Honors

Undergraduate students may be candidates for graduation with Honors in Art if they meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper-division requirements for the Art major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Art and Design.