The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art provides a breadth of experience and knowledge in the visual arts. The program is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.

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The Art degree program is designed to give students a solid background in art, design, and visual studies, as well as access to interdisciplinary experiences that cultivate creativity, community, leadership, and a commitment to sustainability and social justice.  

Aligned with the University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes, we are committed to students acquisition of artistic and civic skills, and cultivating lifelong learning.

In our broad range of art and multimedia course offerings, we emphasize the artist’s ability to inspire and empower both individuals and communities. The curriculum encourages students to engage critically with their work, refine their artistic skills and craft, and engage in collaborative and community-based learning. Students are also strongly encouraged to discover diverse cultural experiences through international studies abroad.

The Art program is the beginning of a lifelong journey for visual scholars and artists wanting to be influential participants in their fields, as well as society.


The minor in Art is an excellent complement to any degree offered at the University. Students may select four courses, 16 units, from offerings in Art, Graphic Design and Art History. Learn about our Minor Requirements on our course catalog.

Career Paths

Our graduates successfully enter graduate programs and enjoy careers in arts education and programming, fine and commercial art, illustration, public art, and museum/gallery work. 

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Faculty and Staff

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Steven Polacco, MFA

Associate Professor Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Lynn Sondag

Professor of Art Honors Program Director
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Barbara Obata

Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Sarah Robinson

Adjunct Professor