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Attending Art School in San Jose

In case you share Dionne Warwick’s confusion, San Jose is located fifty miles south of San Francisco and boasts the nation’s best public safety record, the claim of being California’s first capital, and (according to the popular board game Cranium®), the country’s third most fun city. In fact, the city’s slogan, “the fun never stops”, is best evidenced by the innumerable attractions and events that reflect the city’s rich cultural make up and burgeoning art scene. The diverse attractions include the San Jose Museum of Art, located downtown and home to many of the West Coast’s most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, an institution that features over 450 quilts and an engaging study of the history of quilt making. Moreover, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, erected in the likeness of the Temple of Amon at Karnak, maintains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the western United States. Furthermore, San Jose’s spirit of diversity is also evident in its annual cultural events, including the Juneteenth Cultural Festival, the International Mariachi Festival, The Viet Spring Festival and Parade, and the Cinco de Mayo Festival and Parade. Most notably, however, is the annual Tapestry Arts Festival, a celebration of visual arts that is held each Labor Day weekend on the streets of downtown San Jose. With its rich history, myriad attractions and events, and its commitment to providing enjoyment for its residents, the city of San Jose is an inviting option for any student choosing to study the arts in a diverse West Coast city.

1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0001
(408) 924-1000
Art History, Design, Studio Art
BA, Art, Concentration in Art History; BA, Art, Concentration in Design Studies; BA, Art, Concentration in Studio Practice; BA, Art, Concentration in Studio Practice, Preparation for Teaching; BFA, Art, Concentration in Animation/Illustration; BFA, Art, Concentration in Digital Media Art; BFA, Art, Concentration in Photography; BFA, Art, Concentration in Pictorial Art; BFA, Art, Concentration in Spatial Art; BFA, Graphic Design; BS, Industrial Design; BFA, Interior Design; Minor, Art Education; Minor, Art History; Minor, Graphic Design; Minor, Industrial Design; Minor, Interior Design; Minor, Photography; Minor, Studio Art; MA, Art, Concentration in Art; MA, Art, Concentration in Art Education; MA, Art, Concentration in Art History; MFA, Art, Concentration in Digital Media Art; MFA, Art, Concentration in Photography; MFA, Art, Concentration in Pictorial Arts; MFA, Art, Concentration in Spatial Arts
The Natalie and James Thompson Gallery and eight student galleries, accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and organizations such as Artpath, Baycap, Cadre, Neo, Shrunken Head Man
Noted Alumni:  
Coby Bell (actor), Bernd Behr, Lindsey Buckingham, Christopher Darden, Dian Fossey, Jeff Garcia (NFL), Lou Henry Hoover, Lisa Jevbratt, Jayne Ann Krentz, Brian "Brain" Mantia, Jessica McClintock, Stevie Nicks, Kurtwood Smith, The Smothers Brothers, Amy Tan, Luis Valdez, Dick Vermeil, Michael Whelan