Message from the Chair

The Department of Art at Cal State University Los Angeles is dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching, creative research, and service to the community. As the Chair of the Art Department, I am honored to be working with such a distinguished and diverse group of faculty, students and staff.

Our BA, MA, and MFA programs are recognized as rigorous, challenging and rewarding. Our faculty include scholars, working artists, designers, and educators who care deeply about their students. They encourage, mentor, and support students to challenge and realize their academic and professional goals. They are attentive and responsive to the students’ needs and their progress; thus enhancing our friendly pedagogical and learning environment. If you are a prospective out-of-state student, we hope you will be excited to live in one of the greatest art capitals of the world. Two exhibition galleries, including the Fine Arts Gallery and one student run space (COMA), offer a vibrant program that features established and budding artists, as well as acclaimed art scholars from around the world.

CSLA is accredited by the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and the Department of Art is accredited and is nationally recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Opportunities for financial aid and scholarships for qualified students, combined with reasonable tuition and housing costs, make our university one of the most affordable institutions in the nation. Individual faculty members are available for providing specific admission criteria, program offerings and academic and professional advisement (/academic/art/fulltimefaculty.php). Yolanda Mena (ASCII, Administrative Support Coordinator) and Veronica Gibu (ASA II, Administrative Support Assistant) can also assist with general application information, registration forms, financial aid resources and other questions you may have about the department. Their email addresses are and They are available to help you with questions. You can also call the Department of Art at 323-343-4010/4012.

I invite you to visit the university and our department in person and see for yourself our wonderful students, faculty, staff, and facilities, and how they may further your academic career.

Dr. Mika Cho, Department Chair, is art educator, researcher, educational consultant and visual artist. She is a professor in the Art Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research interests are in art-related and educational issues, which she shares through publications and extensive conference presentations internationally and nationally. As an artist, she shows her paintings in various galleries, museums and web sites.

Mika Cho    Dr. Mika Cho, Chair and Professor, ART Department,