California State University-Long Beach - Long Beach, CA | California Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

California State University-Long Beach

School Summary
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111
Degree Type:
Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice; Doctor's degree - other
Campus Setting:
City: Large
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About California State University-Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach is a 4-year university located in Long Beach, California. Long Beach is a city located on the Pacific coast. It is situated in Los Angeles County, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The RMS Queen Mary is a 1936 art deco ocean liner permanently docked at Long Beach, converted to a hotel and museum. Rancho Los Alamitos is a 7.5 acre historical site with five agricultural buildings, including a working blacksmith¡¦s shop, four acres of gardens, and an adobe ranch house dating from around 1800. Other attractions to visit include the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Marina, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. The city also hosts several popular annual events. The Long Beach Grand Prix in April is the single largest event in Long Beach. In July Long Beach hosts "the greatest water ski race in the world" with the annual Catalina Ski Race. In October, Long Beach State hosts the CSULB Wide Screen Film Festival.

CSULB's Department of Design offers a 4-year BFA degree in interior design. Portfolio review is required for admission to the professional BFA program. Required lower division courses include fundamentals of design, perspective and rendering systems, interior and architectural drafting, beginning space planning, industrial design materials and tools, visualization techniques, design drawing and concepts, and materials of interiors. Required upper division courses include two levels of interior design, advanced drafting and detailing, and professional practices for interior architecture, plus two courses in advanced interior design. Also required are eight units of design/art electives, outside of interior design approved by the major adviser.

The Department of Design also offers a 4-year BS degree in industrial design. This program addresses the relationship between technology and the visual arts. It includes background courses in engineering and sciences. Portfolio review is required for admission to the professional BS program. Required lower division design courses include fundamentals of design, perspective and rendering systems, design drafting, modeling and prototyping techniques, 3D computer-aided design, production materials and technical processes, 2D computer-aided design, and industrial design processes. Students must receive a grade of "B" or better in the processes course, plus have consent of the instructor to enroll in the first of the required upper division courses, industrial design. Additional upper division courses include industrial design methodology, history and theory of design, and two levels of advanced industrial design. Also required are twelve units of design/art electives, nine units of which must be outside of Industrial Design approved by the major adviser.

CSULB offers many institutionally funded scholarships to all new and returning students. Available scholarships include the CSU Scholarship Program for Future Scholars and the President's Scholars Program. Additional scholarships are available to Design students based on competitive portfolio reviews. A few such scholarships include the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship, the Fine Arts Affiliates Scholarships, the Duncan Anderson Memorial Scholarship, and the Network of Women in Hospitality Awards. From time to time other organizations in the professional community offer awards to design students. These are advertised through the design department office and by the design faculty when they are made known to the department.

The Division of Student Services at CSULB oversees many of the university's programs and services outside the classroom, including Associated Students, Inc., disabled student services, the health resource center, intramural sports and wellness, the leadership resource center, the Center for Scholarship Information, and the Women's Resource Center. There are also many clubs and organizations available for students under the categories of Career and Professional Development, College Councils and Academic Associations, Community Service, Cultural, Dance and Recreation, Departmental Student Organizations, Fraternities and Sororities, Honor and Recognition Societies, Political and Social Action, Religious, Special Interest, and Sports. The academic programs of the Department of Design have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The University as a whole is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,