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Visual art and film are a potent and positive force for change in contemporary society, and Cal Poly Humboldt’s Department of Art + Film is dedicated to educating the students who will shape the culture of our collective future. The hands-on techniques that you’ll learn in our small, intimate classrooms, studios, and galleries will allow you to address issues, ethics, history, and culture with a unique and personal vision in your career.

Why this program?

Get Hands-On Experience 

Our extensive facilities include a foundry, ceramics lab, print studio, photography lab, film production studios, galleries, and much more. As an undergraduate, you’ll get hands-on experience in graphic design, painting and drawing, sculpture and metal work, ceramics, photography, filmmaking and other disciplines of your choosing.

Personal Attention

Our small class sizes mean getting to know your professors and fellow students through your education. This community will help you grow as a creative practitioner and intellectual, supporting you throughout your undergraduate career and beyond.

An Artistic Community

The local area is well-known as an arts haven. The small-but-thriving arts community is intimate but inclusive, and you’ll be able to interact with professional artists and filmmakers, engage in the local gallery scene, and participate in film screenings and festivals.

HSU Art Department

Choose from Three Degrees

Cal Poly Humboldt Art students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Art Studio, Art History, or Art Education with Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Film

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in three concentrations: Art Studio offers small classes with individual attention and large, well-equipped studio facilities, including a computer lab and a foundry; Art History gives students an opportunity to study the visual culture of the world, from prehistoric cave art to works being produced by artists active today; and Art Education provides the foundation to successfully teach art in K-12th grades and prepares students to enter California's mandatory fifth-year, single-subject teaching credential program.

Bachelor of Arts Info

BFA in Fine Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts students work closely with faculty from our eight different media areas: painting, drawing/illustration, printmaking, graphic design/digital media, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry/small metals. The BFA degree offers students the opportunity to further their studio art practice and to prepare for graduate school or professional art careers through a rigorous and focused course of study in the visual arts. The BFA is a cohort-based program for students in their junior and senior years. Students will typically be admitted to the program in the spring of their sophomore year.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Film


Steeped in the traditions of independent filmmaking, students learn the fundamentals of fiction and non-fiction film through a production-based, hands-on program. The curriculum integrates creative exploration and technical skill development with film theory and history, grounded in a liberal arts education that fosters ethical storytellers who artfully explore the human condition in creative ways. Students will develop and master the fundamentals of production and post production using state of the art equipment while learning industry protocols, practices and technical workflows. Creating impactful, cinematic stories through the craft and artistry of directing, writing, cinematography, and editing are key components of the program.

Bachelor of Arts in Film

Featured Alumni Profile

Malina Syvoravong, 2013

Art Director/Photo Stylist

As an art director, I direct visual elements for an advertising campaign, commercial, or e-commerce production.

Career Options

At Cal Poly Humboldt you’ll learn the practice, language, theory, and history of the visual arts and film in preparation for careers in studio art, museums, education, filmmaking, business, and daily life. Our graduates work in galleries and museums around the globe, teach at elementary schools and universities, and enjoy successful careers as artists in an array of mediums.

Here are a few examples of possible career fields.

Art Director
Gallery Director
Freelance Artist
Graphics Artist
Art Therapist
Marketing Director

Art Critic
Fashion Designer
Museum Registrar