HSU Art Department

Art is a potent and positive force for change in contemporary society, and Cal Poly Humboldt’s Department of Art is dedicated to educating the students who will shape the culture of our collective future. The hands-on techniques that you’ll learn in our small, intimate classrooms, studios, and galleries will allow you to address issues, ethics, history, and culture with a unique and personal vision in your career.

Choose from Two Degrees

Cal Poly Humboldt Art students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Art Studio, Art History, or Art Education or Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in three concentrations: Art Studio offers small classes with individual attention and large, well-equipped studio facilities, including a computer lab and a foundry; Art History gives students an opportunity to study the visual culture of the world, from prehistoric cave art to works being produced by artists active today; and Art Education provides the foundation to successfully teach art in K-12th grades and prepares students to enter California's mandatory fifth-year, single-subject teaching credential program.

Bachelor of Arts Info

BFA in Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts students work closely with faculty from our eight different media areas: painting, drawing/illustration, printmaking, graphic design/digital media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry/small metals. The BFA degree offers students the opportunity to further their studio art practice and to prepare for graduate school or professional art careers through a rigorous and focused course of study in the visual arts. The BFA is a cohort-based program for students in their junior and senior years. Students will typically be admitted to the program in the spring of their sophomore year.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Career Options

At Cal Poly Humboldt you’ll learn the practice, language, theory, and history of the visual arts in preparation for careers in studio art, museums, education, business, and daily life. Our graduates work in galleries and museums around the globe, teach at elementary schools and universities, and enjoy successful careers as artists in an array of mediums.

Here are a few examples of possible career fields.

Art Director
Gallery Director
Freelance Artist
Graphics Artist
Art Therapist
Marketing Director

Art Critic
Fashion Designer
Museum Registrar