The Art + Design Department offers two major degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts in Art + Design with concentrations in Design, Fine Art, and Art History and the Bachelor of Fine Arts.
The core for all concentrations gives students a foundation in fundamental art and design skills as well as an historical and aesthetic understanding of art throughout history.
The concentration in Design develops skills in the field of graphic design by using a combination of hands-on techniques and industry standard design software and hardware that provide students with a strong foundation for success in visual communication. A required internship gives students real world experience and potential employment opportunities.
The concentration in Fine Art allows students to create their own individualized program by taking courses in a wide variety of artistic disciplines. The Art History concentration provides students with a broad understanding of art from prehistory to contemporary art. Capstone and portfolio course requirements in all concentrations give students the opportunity to hone their creative and critical thinking skills on a focused thematic project.
Required Art History courses strengthen both the studio and design components by developing the student’s artistic vocabulary and visual literacy. Highly qualified faculty provide directed instruction that fosters enrichment and artistic growth.
Minors are also offered in both Studio Art and Art History.
Our facilities include five well-equipped specialized art studios specifically designed for classes in basic and advanced drawing, painting, and sculpture, a state-of-the-art computer lab for illustration and graphic design, “smart classrooms” for art history lectures and studio presentations, and a brand new 3-D Object design lab.
The Madelon Powers Gallery is a 1,000 square foot exhibition space and features an ongoing series of exhibitions by professional and student artists.