San Diego State University

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12 months
9154 USD/year
9154 USD/year
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The School of Art and Design is in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University and is home to over 700 undergraduate and nearly 40 graduate candidates studying a variety of disciplines.


With more than 35,000 students, SDSU is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California.

The Art faculty at San Diego State University is comprised of 18 full time tenured and tenure-track professors and 27 lecturers, whose scholarship and creativity are recognized both nationally and internationally.

Some distinctions that set us apart:

  • SDSU’s School of Art and Design consistently ranks as one of the top fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
  • SDSU’s School of Art + Design is one of the most community-engaged schools in the college with frequent projects benefitting local non-profits, cities and municipalities, and museums, as well as international projects in Baja, Mexico
  • SDSU’s School of Art + Design is home to cutting edge technology and instruction. Our newly-opened Flab (Fabrication Lab) is a hands-on creative space featuring a range of high tech equipment including: CNC routers, digital vinyl cutters, desktop waterjet cutters, laser cutters, and a variety of 3D printing options.

The Community and Outreach….

SDSU is situated in a culturally diverse urban environment in San Diego, CA. In addition to several on-campus galleries that are dedicated to student work, the School also operates a gallery in the heart of San Diego’s thriving downtown district, which hosts visual and performing arts exhibitions featuring the work of professional and student artists.

SDSU’s graphic and interior design programs play a major role in the larger San Diego design community. These disciplines participate with a large variety of businesses in their student internship programs, building bridges between San Diego’s design industry and the School, and providing opportunities and career stepping stones for its students.

SDSU’s School of Art and Design receives its funding from both California State University funds as well as private grants for well-equipped and diverse facilities. Furthermore, a variety of competitive scholarships and fellowships are available to students from a variety of nonprofit and private donations and endowments.

Other funds for which students of the School of Art and Design are eligible to apply include unique fellowship, grant, and paid internship opportunities through the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. SDSU is one of only 64 universities whose art students are invited to compete for these funds to help them with post-graduate endeavors in craft making, research, or museum experience dealing with craft-based exhibitions or collections.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Design
  • Ceramics
  • Fiber
  • Furniture & Woodworking
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Multimedia and Photography
  • Painting and Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Cal State Apply Application
  • Create an SDSU WebPortal Account
  • Submit Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
  • Submit Official Test Scores
  • Submit Program Specific Documents
  • Applicants who have earned a three-year baccalaureate degree from an international institution, may be considered for admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9154 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9154 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    9154 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9154 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

San Diego State University