Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 


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Purpose and Focus

The Department of Art offers its students an education in the visual arts as an integral part of a comprehensive educational experience. Our degree programs offer intense, professional education in the aesthetics and theories of the visual arts. Students will be trained in the skills and intellectual awareness that are the basis for a future of creative and professional achievement in the visual arts.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Program Accreditation - National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Undergraduate Majors

Art History — Bachelor of Arts
Art — Bachelor of Arts with an area of concentration
Art — Bachelor of Fine Arts with an area of concentration
Graphic Design & Media - Bachelor of Science

Areas of Studio Art Concentrations


Offers the student training in the principles, methods, and materials of painting, drawing and printmaking within the context of subject matter.


Offers the student a comparative study of the skills and theories in contemporary art photography, black and white film and digital color.


Offers the student the techniques and concepts needed for the development of three-dimensional visual objects and situations.

Admission to the Studio Art & Art History BA Degree Programs:

Minimum University GPA: 2.30, and maintain a minimum 2.70 in art courses.

Admission to the Studio Art BFA Degree Program:

Admission Policies

Minimum University GPA: 2.00 and attain and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all departmental courses throughout the program.

All declared art majors must satisfactorily complete the following core program of introductory-level courses before declaring an intent to pursue a B.F.A. degree in an area of concentration within the program: ART 101 , ART 107 , ART 108 , ART 156 , ART 260 , ART 261 , ART 266 .

After completion of 59 to 74 credits, a portfolio review by the full department faculty is required for acceptance into the B.F.A. program. Accepted students will then select a committee of three full-time Art faculty members to guide and evaluate their progress through the program.

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA may be admitted on a probationary status at the discretion of the Art faculty.

Admission to the Graphic Design & Media Major

Minimum GPA: 2.70

Admission Policies

Admission to the Graphic Design & Media program is based upon a panel review of:

  1. Successful completion of all required courses in lower-division art department studies or the equivalent:  ,  ,  ,  ,  , and  .   must be completed at the earliest opportunity but may be taken after formal admission to the program. Students applying to the program must have achieved a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  2. Completed BS in Graphic Design & Media Program Application
  3. A portfolio of selected works
  4. Designs and process book presenting applicant’s solution to the faculty review committee’s Call for Creative Response, a unique design brief set annually.

The application deadline is March 15 of each year or as announced for enrollment in program courses the following fall semester. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Admitted students must successfully pass annual portfolio juries and maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA to continue in the program.

Department Policies

Academic Policies

Studio courses may not be audited. Advancement to upper-division courses is dependent on acceptable performance, as determined by the instructor, in lower-division courses.

Courses must be taken in sequential numerical order in each discipline, starting with lower-division, intermediate, and then advanced level-courses

Transfer Policies BA in Studio Art and Art History, BFA in Studio Art

Students wishing to transfer credits toward a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in art must schedule a meeting with the CFA Advising to determine which courses are transferable.

Transfer Policies in BS Graphic Design & Media

Transfer students applying for transfer credit in upper-division courses in the program from other institutions must submit the following to be considered for admission based upon faculty review:

  1. Portfolio of design and media work.
  2. Completed BS in Graphic Design & Media Program Application.
  3. Designs and process book presenting applicant’s solution to the portfolio review committee’s Call for Creative Response, a unique design brief set annually.
  4. Official transcripts from other institutions previously attended. While the university accepts credits transferred from other accredited institutions, transfer credits are not applied to the BS in Graphic Design & Media program until course descriptions and coursework portfolios are reviewed and accepted by program faculty. Transfer course work must be equivalent in both content and level of offering.


All Art and Graphic Design majors are assigned to a designated professional advisor within the College of Fine Arts Advising Center upon entering the Department of Art through graduation.

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