Department of Art & Design

Points of Distinction


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Points of Distinction

  • PLNU is one of twelve CCCU urban institutions located within close proximity to art galleries and world-class art museums.
  • The Visual Arts major includes a recognized Sculpture and Installation Major.
  • Two newer concentrations are offered in 1) Art History and 2) Video, Performance and Interactive Media with the Department of Communication Studies.
  • Outdoor workspaces for all art students enjoy close ocean views.
  • Professional artists, faculty, and visual art students exhibit artworks in Keller Fine Arts Gallery.
  • Art faculty members are practicing artists with exhibitions in respected local and national settings; others are engaged in research.
  • 60% of art students major in graphic design. Some have received recognition by San Diego’s AIGA  while undergraduates.
  • PLNU is one of three CCCU institutions offering an arts-oriented semester abroad program (Euroterm). An additional summer model begins in summer 2015.
  • Community arts resources include: local schools, San Diego art museums, graphic design internships, drawing and painting classes offered at the historic former Naval Training Center, Art Walk, and more.

Distinguished Faculty

Rachel Blakenship
Andrew Cramer