The Department of Art and Design programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills are characterized by a unique and close correlation among the Art History, Studio Art and Design Options, and by a strong coordination among the different studio areas. These Options introduce students to potential careers in the art world as well as providing personal fulfillment through creative and scholarly endeavors. Although a minor is not required, those who foresee a career in art are encouraged to complete a minor in the Department of Art and Design. Some courses are offered in the evening to allow flexible schedules. The Art History option offers a diverse range of courses with emphasis on the cultures of the Americas, Asia, and Africa, as well as the achievements of contemporary and women artists. The Studio Art Option offers students a solid background in both traditional and contemporary media in closely supervised small classes. The Design Option introduces students to careers in the graphic design field. The department also offers a Certificate in Digital Graphics, a program which introduces students to applying technology to the solution of artistic problems. In addition to the major and minor options, the Department of Art and Design offers courses for both General Education and Liberal Studies. The Department of Art and Design is located in a university, centrally located allowing access to major art institutions and galleries throughout Southern California. The students graduating from the Art and Design department at CSU Dominguez Hills receive a high quality education because of the small class sizes, accessibility of instructors and personal advisement throughout their years on the campus.
The primary goal of the Bachelor of Arts in Art is to prepare the student for further studies. Nevertheless, the skills acquired may provide students with a variety of interesting employment opportunities, some of which are listed below: