Department of Art & Design
Our programs balance a liberal arts framework with real-world professional practices specific to the visual arts. We are committed to developing students as effective conceptual thinkers, communicators, and creative problem solvers. Our programs include:
The purpose of the Communication Design major is to teach you skills in traditional (logos, branding, publications, packaging, advertising, typography) as well as digital (mobile, websites, online interfaces and user experience) media to become successful in a wide variety of career paths. Our coursework will introduce you to the principles of design, client research, conceptual development and image creation. Studio courses, internships and the generation of a professional portfolio prepare students for employment within the advertising and design industry.
Our Studio Art major offers you the chance to build skills, explore concepts, employ current technologies, learn safe studio practices, and hone your professionalism. With the guidance of mentoring faculty who are active artists themselves, you will explore a high-caliber variety of course work that prepares them to participate in one of the many facets of the art world.
The Art History minor provides a rich and unique understanding of social and cultural movements through the lens of art. This minor is a good foundation for applying to graduate art and art history programs, and important background for a career in art-related fields such as museum studies, gallery management, architecture, advertising, and art marketing. This program promotes visual literacy, giving you the ability to become an informed citizens who comprehend the power of images to communicate and shape the world.
3 upper division credits
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