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Welcome to the Department of Art and Art History

Located in downtown San Jose at the heart of Silicon Valley, the Department of Art & Art History offers a unique combination of award-winning faculty and staff, outstanding facilities, and a wide range of focus areas, including traditional and digital media arts, art history, and curatorial studies.  Our acclaimed network of alumni, curators, artists, teachers, historians, and arts professionals offer our students the opportunity to build a robust practice within a chosen discipline. Committed faculty and staff provide students access to our “best-in-the-west” education, generated through invaluable professional and personal relationships; a dynamic student gallery system; a weekly lecture series showcasing renowned artists and critics; the professionally-curated Thompson Gallery, with its ground-breaking exhibitions; a cutting edge curriculum; extensive facilities, including darkrooms, a foundry, glass facilities, and computer labs; and professional development opportunities. San Jose State University tops national rankings in public education, affordability and social mobility for our diverse student body (ranked #5 by the US News and World Report) and is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Our alumni, as the artists, makers, and thinkers who are increasingly at the center of the creative economy,are steadily inventing the future in California and throughout the world.

Founded in 1911, the Department of Art and Art History remains one of the oldest, most comprehensive, and most affordable fine arts schools in western United States. We offer BA degree programs in Studio Practice, Preparation for Teaching, and Art History and Visual Culture. We also offer four professional BFA degree programs in Digital Media Art, Photography, Pictorial Art (including drawing & painting, and printmaking), and Spatial Art (including ceramic art, glassblowing, woodworking, metal sculpture, and installation art).  For graduate level study, we offer an MA degree in Art History and Visual Culture, MFA degrees in Digital Media Art, Photography, Pictorial Art, and Spatial Art. We also offer pre-professional minors in such areas as Architectural Studies and Photography.

Fall Semester 2021 Department Office Hours

The Art & Art History Department Office is open Monday to Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The office is closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

For students Bill Alley is available 1:00-4:00 PM Monday-Friday via Zoom link,
Email Bill Alley,, for more information.
Contact Bill Alley to change your major, add a minor, apply for graduation, help with choosing courses.  I am always available to help our wonderful students.


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