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for California State University, Fresno.
Department of Art and Design
MARTIN VALENCIA, Chair
Conley Art Building, Room 105
B.F.A. in Graphic
Areas of Emphasis:
Interactive Multimedia Design
M.A. in Art
Areas of emphasis:
Martin Valencia, Chair
Nancy K. Brian
A. Sameh El Kharbawy
Paulette S. Fleming
Keith M. Jordan
Daniel G. Nadaner
The faculty of the department offer diverse, skilled, and professional
approaches to art and design education. The methods of teaching reflect
distinctive yet complementary ways and means of introducing their disciplines
while guiding students through the program with a sense of dedication and
commitment to the education of artists, designers, and scholars.
The facilities of the department not only include the requisite studios, state-of-the-art computer labs, and support facilities, but also include an art gallery and a lecture hall in an award-winning contemporary art building complex.
Art and Design
The Department of Art and Design offers many exciting and creative opportunities
for students to nurture and expand their artistic and design senses. Entering
the 21st century, the department provides a broad range of experiences that
prepare its graduates for art- and design-related career opportunities and
artistic endeavors. Students study and produce works that include state-of-the-art
computer applications, conceptual art, graphic design, and interior design.
The department has fine arts as its core and foundation, while offering
areas of study that allow for occupational preparation in a variety of areas.
The award-winning faculty is committed to the idea that a foundation in
the crafts of art and design is an essential prerequisite to the production
of works that show sophistication both conceptually and visually.
Studio Art. Students produce works that encompass a wide range of visual expression, from figurative, abstract, narrative, and mixed media, to leading edge conceptual and installation works. Experimentation is encouraged.
The history of art presents a platform for students to examine, identify, and appreciate the visual arts from prehistory to the present. Art history students acquire an understanding of great art works while developing critical thinking skills.
Graphic Design. Through a combination of traditional drawing and rendering techniques and state-of-the-art computer applications, the graphic design option and B.F.A. prepare students for careers in the graphics and advertising fields, including graphic design, advertising, publishing, film, and web design.
Courses explore the many aspects of design, typography, illustration,
computer graphics, Internet design, the history of graphic design, and the
professional practices commonplace in the field.
Interior Design. The B.A. in Interior Design allows students many unique opportunities in the field of design. The interior design major is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly FIDER. Students use advanced computer-aided-design (CAD) and animation programs as well as traditional methods in developing sophisticated design solutions for a variety of architectural projects. Interior design students gain an excellent foundation in subjects such as color theory, space planning, presentation techniques, rendering, drawing, building systems and codes, and material and design for special populations. (Internship opportunities are available.)
Completion of the art major -- or interior design major -- enables graduates to pursue advanced study leading to careers in fields such as:
- Art Education
- Art History
- CAD Design
- Computer Art
- Fine Arts
- Gallery Work
- Graphic Design
- Interior Architecture
- Interior Design
- Museum Work
- Studio Production
Prospective students should contact faculty in their area of interest
to further explore specific career opportunities.
Students may also choose to pursue advanced degree work toward the M.A. in Art.