The Department of Art and Design offers a variety of concentrations for those pursuing a bachelor's degree, including general art, photography, ceramics and graphic design. We also offer a minor in Art.
Bachelor of Fine Arts is a studio-intensive concentration giving students an exceptional range of creative skills to visually express ideas through fine arts media. These include abstract problem-solving, critical thinking, prototyping, and professional practice skills related to visual arts. This interdisciplinary concentration prepares students for professional careers in fine arts and represents a richly diverse ecosystem of philosophies and practices.
Graphic Design is an integral part of today’s culture and society. Our concentration in Graphic Design is a contemporary approach to design incorporating the latest technology with professional practices built around client interaction. Courses begin with basic graphic design processes and advance to design methodologies, typography, illustration, moving image, web design and conceptual strategies.
Drawing and Painting are contemporary fields in art, steeped in technique and history. Artistic passion is directed to create dynamic visual works with a focus on drawing and painting. Students experience the freedom of material exploration and conceptual development in the visual realization of ideas by incorporating skills developed through both drawing and painting.
Sculpture and Ceramics offer students a broad range of sculptural experiences in a variety of media. In the fall of 2017, our newly redesigned studios for both ceramics and sculpture will be state-of-the-art facilities where students are inspired to realize their ideas through three-dimensional media. We prepare students for the contemporary art world with offerings in mixed-media and 3D printing for ceramics.
Photography and Printmaking combines two rapidly evolving domains with fine arts and commercial applications. This concentration combines the traditional forms of both photography and printmaking with the more contemporary digital applications which keep these areas current in the field. Printmaking techniques include screen printing and relief techniques, while photography teaches both darkroom and digital formats.
Bachelor of Arts is a broad based studio concentration for students interested in art. With fewer requirements in studio arts, students have a great deal of flexibility to include a wide range of courses to suit their interests, including humanities, science, mathematics, social/behavioral classes or foreign languages.
Students minoring in Studio Art have the opportunity to incorporate artistic passion with their academic pursuits. These students fulfill their art interests though courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography. These engaging studio classes provide creative experiences in fine arts.