The Creative Arts Program at SJSU is the only one of its kind in the CSU System. Founded in 1956, this unique and well-established Program places emphasis on the interdisciplinary exploration of the arts, the creative process, creativity and creative leadership, and the relevance of the arts to different societies and cultures. Because of its interdisciplinary and self-designed approach, no two students take the same program of study. This flexibility allows students the opportunity to think across artistic disciplines and to produce strong academic and creative work in the history, theory, and practice of at least two areas in the arts (music, dance, drama, film, broadcast media, digital and new media, visual arts, creative writing, poetry, and literature). This innovative Program specializes in providing highly individualized advising that helps students achieve their goals and graduate on time. 

The Creative Arts Program aims to produce effective critical thinkers, cultural philosophers, and creative leaders and problem-solvers. It provides a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding in the arts that prepare students for a wide variety of graduate and professional degree programs as well as rewarding careers. Recent graduates have developed careers as visual and performing artists, arts administrators, teachers, software developers and engineers, costume designers, fashion designers, arts therapists, multimedia designers, librarians, and entrepreneurs.

The Creative Arts Program offers a BA in Creative Arts, a Minor in Creative Arts, and a BA in Creative Arts, Preparation for Teaching Concentration.

Creative Arts Advising

We recommend that you come in for an advising session once a semester. 

  • Know what you want to discuss.
  • Know your student ID number.
  • Bring a copy of your current course schedule with you.
  • If you are a transfer student you must bring (unofficial) transcripts with you even if you have submitted them previously to the Registrar.
  • In addition to seeing your advisor in Creative Arts, be sure to check in with a GE advisor over in Student Services (10th St. Garage) from time to time about your GE requirements and/or run a Degree Progress Report.

There is no advising hours during summer and winter break. If you need assistance during these times, please contact Liza Rentschler at eliza.rentschler@sjsu.edu or (408) 924-4463.

How to sign up for a Creative Arts advising meeting

By email: Write to creativearts.sjsu@gmail.com to request an advising appointment. Describe the basic purpose of the meeting so that we can determine the amount of time needed for your appointment.

By phone: Call the Creative Arts telephone at (408) 924-4481 and someone will get back to you to schedule an appointment.

Sign-up Sheets: There are sign-up sheets posted on the glass doors outside Clark Hall 419 each Wednesday for the following week's advising hours. Please feel free to come sign up for a 15 minute time-slot. Sign up for two or more time-slots for longer conversations or more in-depth advising.

Walk-ins: You are more than welcome to stop by during advising hours (see Dr. Riley's Faculty webpage link, above) - But you might have to wait!