Department of Art & Design

Department of Art & Design


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Department of Art & Design

Art and design can be found in paintings and prints, drawings and illustrations, sculptures and installations, photographs, and a wide range of mass-produced art forms. Studies in these areas are found in the PLNU Department of Art and Design.  It offers three majors: Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Art Education and eleven Concentrations.

Students in all majors take core foundation art/design classes and then move into upper-division courses specific to their areas of emphasis. All art or graphic design majors complete their studies with a cumulative Portfolio Review, Art Exhibition, or Thesis Presentation.

The art/design program strives to meet professional and academic standards with a curriculum that reflects the university’s strong emphasis in the liberal arts, focusing on the production of original works of art and design. Coursework builds on increasing levels of technical expertise, critical thinking skills, cultural and art historical knowledge, and a background in aesthetics, current art philosophies, and practices.  Studies in the discipline prepare students for graduate school and careers in art education, graphic design, and other art-related fields.


Visual Arts Major/Concentrations:

In the Visual Arts Major/Concentrations, students select from five emphasis areas that are a blend of art history and art production. They study with accomplished and knowledgeable artist/teachers, who are regularly engaged in their own artwork.

  • Drawing/Painting/Printmaking
  • Sculpture and Installation
  • Photography
  • Art History
  • Video, Performance, and Interactive Media

Graphic Design Major/Concentrations:

Graphic Design students learn a wide range of design skills, computer graphics programs, web applications, print production, and designing for the social good.  Interdepartmental electives add business and writing skills to the major.  Internships are required in most concentrations.

  • Advertising
  • Art and Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Illustration

Art Education/Concentrations:

Students learn how to become K-12 art teachers, using their undergraduate experiences in art/design production, art history, art criticism, and curriculum design.

  • Visual Arts
  • Graphic Design