Department of Art & Art History

Prospective Students

Welcome to the CSU Chico Department of Art & Art History!

  • Welcome, and thanks for your interest in our Department.  We hope this page will connect you more easily with links to the information you may be interested in. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Department Office if you have further questions.

Why choose CSU Chico's Department of Art & Art history?

  • We provide high-quality instruction in Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, and Interior Architecture. In all areas, we endeavor to create an environment that supports professional artistic activities and research in both traditional and new media and methodologies. We offer Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

What will you find when you get here?

Who will you be working with?

  • Our faculty and staff take pride in being easily accessible, eager to explore ideas with students, and happy to help them realize their creative goals. Members of the faculty are both nationally and internationally recognized. Our artists, scholars, and designers have won significant public commissions and grants, shown with well-established galleries, received awards for distinguished teaching, written for key journals and presses, and been invited speakers throughout the world.

What are our students doing?

  • Our students are busy exploring a variety of activities directly related to their course of study, as well as broadening their overall artistic worldviews.
  • Here is a quick look at some of our amazing Art & Art History students and faculty doing what they love!

What can you do with an Arts Degree?

  • Professional degrees in art, emphasizing problem-solving and creativity, lead to a variety of career opportunities.
  • CSU, Chico alumni teach at all levels, own galleries, work as studio artists, museum curators, arts administrators, muralists, illustrators, and fashion designers.
  • Some become interior designers for commercial and residential design in design and architectural firms.
  • Others work as renderers, set, or kitchen designers, wholesale market representatives, lighting designers, and historic preservation design specialists.
  • Still more are involved with computer graphics, film and video production, art publishing, art restoration, and the design and production of high-quality crafts.
  • CLICK HERE to learn about some of the different career options for Art & Art History graduates(opens in new window)

Does the Department offer any Scholarships and Awards?