Department of Art

Chair: Prof. Rachel Hayes

The Art Department offers majors in art and graphic design with emphases in art graphic design or studio art. In both majors, students create art and design that utilizes the elements and principles of design, strong drawing skills and composition while they also build aesthetic and communication capabilities. The relationship of technique and content is further explored while students are introduced to art history, contemporary practices and a distinct cultural awareness. Each major empowers students to follow an exciting vocational path in the visual arts. Students leave the program equipped for a successful future in their chosen field.

Art Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Describe and apply elements and principles of art to critique a work of art.
  • Examine the symbolic or metaphorical meaning of a work of art.
  • Develop conceptual, visual and creative techniques in the art planning process.
  • Examine contemporary and historical art to enhance one’s own artwork.
  • Produce creative artwork that demonstrates diversity and multicultural themes. 
  • Generate projects that apply elements and principles of art, utilizing a variety of media.

Graphic Design Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Generate projects that apply elements and principles of design.
  • Produce symbolic representations.
  • Employ principles of typographic formalism to designs.
  • Create imagery that utilizes studio art and digital illustrations.
  • Apply technology used in the graphic design industry.
  • Develop conceptual, visual and creative techniques in the design planning process.
  • Write creative briefs that communicate design ideas and expectations.

Undergraduate Majors

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Art

Emphases:

  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art

Graphic Design

Art

Core
ART 200Elements of Art3
ART 201Drawing I *3
ART 2023D Design and Visualization *3
ART 251Design *3
ART 301Drawing II *3
ART 321Painting I *3
ART 498Senior Art Seminar *3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Sculpture I *3
Hand Building Ceramics I3
Printmaking I3
Emphasis
Choose 1 of the following emphases27
Total Units54

Emphases

Graphic Design

ART 315The History of Contemporary Art3
ARTG 261Graphic Design I3
ARTG 270Digital Publishing3
ARTG 271Digital Image Manipulation3
ARTG 272Digital Illustration3
ARTG 300History of Graphic Design3
ARTG 360Typography3
ARTG 361Graphic Design II3
ARTG 461Graphic Design III3
Total Units27

Studio Art

ART 311Art History I3
ART 312Art History II3
ART 315The History of Contemporary Art3
ART 401Figure Drawing3
ART 421Painting II *3
Choose 4 of the following courses:12
Sculpture II *3
Hand Building Ceramics II3
Printmaking II3
Video Art3
Digital Photography3
Total Units27

Graphic Design

Foundation
ART 200Elements of Art3
ART 201Drawing I *3
ART 251Design *3
ART 315The History of Contemporary Art3
ART 321Painting I *3
Core
ARTG 261Graphic Design I3
ARTG 270Digital Publishing3
ARTG 271Digital Image Manipulation3
ARTG 272Digital Illustration3
ARTG 300History of Graphic Design3
ARTG 360Typography3
ARTG 361Graphic Design II3
ARTG 460Typography II3
ARTG 461Graphic Design III3
ARTG 472Web Design I3
ARTG 473Motion Graphics3
ARTG 482Web Design II3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Printmaking I3
Practicum: Graphic Design3
Video Art3
Digital Photography3
Internship: Graphic Art3
Total Units54
*

Requires a 1-hour (0-unit) lab.

Undergraduate Minors

Art

Graphic Design

Art Minor

ART 200Elements of Art3
ART 201Drawing I *3
ART 321Painting I *3
ART 351Printmaking I3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Art History I3
Art History II3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
Sculpture I *3
Hand Building Ceramics I3
Total Units18

Graphic Design Minor

ARTG 261Graphic Design I3
ARTG 361Graphic Design II3
ARTG 461Graphic Design III3
Choose 2 of the following courses:6
Digital Publishing3
Digital Image Manipulation3
Digital Illustration3
Choose 1 of the following courses:3
History of Contemporary Art3
Practicum: Graphic Design3
Video Art3
Total Units18
*

 Requires a 1-hour (0-unit) lab.