Through our courses, exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs, we introduce students and members of the local community to the expressive world of the fine arts. At the undergraduate level, we offer a BA degree in Art with a choice of two concentrations: Art History and Art Studio (including a version of that concentration which prepares students to pursue a single-subject teaching credential in art). We offer three minors: Art Education, Art History, and Art Studio. We also share a major in Photography with the Department of Design. At the graduate level, we offer the MA degree in Art Studio. We are an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The Department of Art offers a wide range of courses in Art Education, Art History (American, Latin American, Native American, Asian, and European), and Studio Art (ceramics, collage, drawing, new media art, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture). These courses serve to engage students in the study of fine arts within a liberal arts context and to promote appreciation of the fine arts in the general student population.

Scholarship assistance is available in the form of annual art awards. Undergraduate students may compete for the Raymond W. Witt Scholarship and Frederick M. Peyser, Sr., Prize; while graduate students in Studio Art may compete for the Increase Robinson Memorial Fellowship.

The Department maintains two separate studio and lecture facilities and three galleries. Sculpture, 3-D composition, and painting are taught in the Art Sculpture Lab at the south end of campus. (To view a short video about the program go to Art education, art history, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, metalsmithing, photography, and printmaking are taught at Kadema Hall, where the departmental offices also are located. New Media Art is taught in Mariposa Hall, adjacent to Kadema Hall. The Robert Else Gallery is used primarily for professional shows by local and area artists. The R.W. Witt Gallery is used primarily for exhibitions of work by Sacramento State students. Both galleries are located in Kadema Hall. Additionally, the Library Gallery (located on the first floor of the University Library) has been the setting of major art exhibitions and each exhibition has been accompanied by a series of public events, including receptions and guest lectures. The Department also hosts artists and art historians to give lectures on campus throughout the academic year.


General contact
Telephone: 916.278.6166
Fax: 916.278.7287

Office Address:
CSU, Sacramento
Department of Art
6000 J Street, MS 6061
Kadema Hall 185
Sacramento, CA 95819

Office Hours:
During semesters:
Mon. - Fri., 9 am to 5 pm
Closed for lunch: 12-1

During winter break:
Mon. - Fri., 9 am to 5 pm
Closed for lunch: 12-1

During summer break:
Mon. - Fri., 7:30 am to 4 pm
Closed for lunch: 12:30 - 1 pm