Undergraduate Programs

Student work from sculpture, illustration

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in ILLUSTRATION

OVERVIEW The CSU Fullerton Illustration concentration provides students with the conceptual understanding, technical skills, and practical experience to become effective and creative communicators and visual storytellers in the field of illustration.

Students of the program will learn the fine craft of creating compelling images through the exploration of historical and contemporary trends in illustration; conceptual and visual problem solving; and a broad understanding of visual language as it applies to the art of traditional and digital illustration.

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.

Faculty

Our professors provide a challenging yet nurturing learning environment in which creativity, innovation, and experimentation are encouraged. They maintain their professional practice in the fields of children’s book and editorial illustration, animation, graphic novel and comics, advertising, and game art. Their work has appeared in top venues, such as the Society of Illustrators (New York and Los Angeles), the American and National Watercolor Societies, American Artist magazine, Ballistic Publications, Corel Painter’s online gallery, in fine art galleries and museum exhibitions throughout the nation. Our faculty also shares and teaches its expertise at presentations and workshops nationwide such as the College Art Association annual conference and the San Diego Comic-Con.

Cliff CrampOpens in new window , Professor and Program Coordinator
Dorte Christjansen, Emeritus Professor
Christian HillOpens in new window , Assistant Professor
Larry JohnsonOpens in new window , Emeritus Professor
Kit SeatonAssistant Professor

Chris Nielsen, Lecturer
Tina Schmidt, Lecturer

Student and Alumni Achievements

Our students and alumni have received more than one-hundred awards and distinctions for the outstanding quality of their art. From the New York Society of Illustrators to the Society of Illustrators-Los Angeles, from the Hollywood Reporter Key Art to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Cal State Fullerton Illustrators are on par with the very best students from art schools from across the nation and around the world.

Employers of our graduates include top entertainment and publishing companies, such as the Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks SKG, Nickelodeon, Lucas Films Ltd., Cartoon Network, and many more.

Alumni

Grace Alba, Gabriel CarranzaDaniel ChengMatt Frantz, Andrew Haring, Heisuke KitazawaCamille KuoJen Long, Ron Mazellan, Cara NilsenMikela Prevost-SmithJoshua PruettJohn PuchalskiEric ReimerIsrael SanchezCheryl SavalaEduardo VillacisKaren WheelerJennifer WoodJoo KimJeni Yang, and Caroline Zimmerman

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in SCULPTURE

OVERVIEW The BFA Sculpture program is designed to guide the beginning student through a diverse conceptual approach to sculpture along with the appropriate technical support. All levels of students are exposed to the proper and safe use of shop tools and machinery and equipment for woodworking, plastic forming, welding, and metal casting. In addition, students will learn vocabulary pertinent to the area of sculpture, which is beneficial in the discussion of their work along with that of their peers.

The program focuses on the application of traditional processes to contemporary ideas. Whether it is an object cast in metal or the movement of a kinetic piece, the creation of sculpture relies on the ability to work with a complete variety of materials and techniques. This coupled with background knowledge of both historical and contemporary artists results in a better understanding of the field. We are also committed to exposing students to future career possibilities through our workshops and field sessions to professional sites throughout Southern California.

For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.

Faculty

Jim JenkinsOpens in new window , Professor and Program Coordinator

Facilities

The sculpture program is housed within a 7000 sq. ft. complex with both indoor and outdoor work areas. Facilities include a complete workshop equipped with a variety of wood and metal working equipment, vacuum form machine and a 200 sq. ft. walk-in spray booth. The foundry features two #60 melt furnaces, a #20 Speedy-Melt furnace, a 180 cubic foot underground burnout kiln and an overhead hoist system which runs throughout the entire studio. The studio also includes gas, arc, MIG and TIG welders, along with a plasma cutter and forge.

Visiting Artists

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Gregory Barsamian, Rico Eastman, Arthur Ganson, Bernie Lubell, Ed Mayer, Michael Todd, and James White

Alumni

CSUF Sculpture is proud to have many of its alumni successfully practicing professional careers in the arts. Many of our graduates are now teaching at all levels of education. In addition, several other graduates now work in the entertainment industry as sculptors, set builders and special effect artists.