Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

PSFA is...

Community Engagement

As a strategic goal, the college seeks opportunities to connect such faculty work with the community in a way that fosters impactful and meaningful experiences and relationships. This engagement informs the classroom experience of our students and prepares graduates to engage in the community by applying their creative efforts, research involvement, leadership and scholarship to real world scenarios.

Examples of our commitment and success


PSFA places a high priority on enabling students to have access to academically related internship opportunities. Every school in the College has a dedicated internship coordinator who works with students and community organizations to ensure that quality internship experiences are available. Each year over 700 students from PSFA enroll in internships.

Learn more about Internships in PSFA

Projects for the Public Good

PSFA faculty members are dedicated to their professions and their productivity in research and creative endeavors is often linked to the community. For faculty whose professional work engages involves both the community and our students, PSFA has committed to highlighting “Projects for the Public Good” as a way to encourage such research/creative work and teaching.

Review some of our Projects

Downtown Gallery

The School of Art + Design’s Downtown Gallery creates and important link between the university and the art community. Whether by presenting exhibits by guest artists, School of Art + Design faculty or students, the gallery’s mission is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists and the public through innovative curated presentations of contemporary works.

Visit the Gallery site

Centers and Institutes

PSFA is home to a number of Academic Centers and Institutes. These range from student-focused internship and professional mentoring for students to supporting and promoting the research and creative work of faculty.

Learn more about Centers and Institutes in PSFA

Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE) Annual Conference

PSFA hosted the 2017 Annual SAEE Conference; attendees explored the concept of "Empowering the Arts" from the viewpoint of students, next steps needed in the academy, perspectives from the professional world, and consideration of the link between arts entrepreneurship and cultural leadership.

Learn more about the SAEE Conference

Music Education Fellows

With the generous support of donors, select upper division music education students are selected each year to work side-by-side with mentor teachers in the San Diego Unified School District. In addition to practical application of theories and concepts learned at SDSU, these students gain significant experiences and leadership skills throughout the academic year while working 8-10 hours each week in the field. The job placement rate is 100%.