The mix of professional majors with the creative and performing arts allows PSFA to offer a wide range of experiences to its students and the community. Diverse offerings and a communal commitment to growth define the PSFA experience.
A College that is uniquely tied to the San Diego Community, PSFA nurtures its roots in the region to the benefit of its students. With one of the largest alumni bases at SDSU, PSFA bridges the college experience by providing students access to professional opportunity through internships, faculty who maintain professional careers with local companies and organization, and contact with industry professionals via workshops and forums. In recent years, PSFA has annually placed more than 600 interns in the San Diego professional community; many of these students benefit from the nearly $100,000 in internship stipends available in PSFA. The stipend allows students to receive extensive and meaningful real-world experience without concern for income.
Recognizing a rapid increase in globalization, PSFA launched the only International Studies minor at SDSU in spring 2010. In less than one year, nearly 150 students enrolled. In that time, many traveled to and conducted research in locales such as Spain, Germany, China, Italy, Japan, Korea, France and Singapore. The minor is designed to apply a real-world lens to the concepts and theories learned in the PSFA classroom.
Faculty of the College pride themselves on creating a classroom that is a stepping stone to the global community. The L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management boasts a 100 percent placement rate for its graduates. By developing and maintaining relationships with global partners such as Marriott, Disney, Hyatt and the Four Seasons, the School is able to place its graduates in the world-wide tourism industry.
PSFA’s commitment to the community – local and global—is rooted in the innovative programs of the College. Partnering with the College of Extended Studies, PSFA and the School of Journalism and Media Studies developed the Digital and Social Media Collaborative. Fostering academic research, educational programming, and community and professional development, the Collaborative leads the region in digital and social media education.
The cutting-edge developments in social media are tempered by the time-honored and historic traditions taught in the fine arts. The School of Art, Design, and Art History was named one the top fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012”, with programs in jewelry and metalwork ranked fifth in the nation. While honoring the longstanding traditions of this craft, faculty in PSFA have continued to innovate and inspire students to master the art.
PSFA’s greatest assets are its students, graduates and faculty. Fostering the spark within each student is the ultimate goal of each faculty and staff member in the College. Student success rests with the College’s ability to provide a high-level educational and real-world experience for each student.
Dan Sullivan, executive vice president of Qualcomm, Inc., is a graduate of PSFA, and a former member of the forensics team. He credits this experience as one of his best at SDSU. When state budget cuts jeopardized the future of the forensics program in the School of Communication, Sullivan provided a generous contribution. His donation supports squad development, travel, recruitment and scholarships. Beyond that, he all but salvaged the highly successful and distinguished Aztec Speech and Debate Team.
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