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Art Major Emphasis in Illustration/New Pictures
Art Major Emphasis in Studio Arts
Art Minor in Studio: 3-D
Art Minor in Studio: Drawing/Painting
Art Minor in Studio: Illustration/New Pictures
Art Minor in Studio: New Media
Art History and Visual Studies Minor

Visual Communication Major

Art Major Emphasis in Art History and Visual Studies


Art Center
3 West Cremona

Art Department Faculty

The Purpose of the Art Program

  • Acquaint students with the fundamental elements and principles of the visual arts and design and their use in either studio art, illustration/new pictures, art history, or visual communication.
  • Develop students' skills in the use of various traditional and experimental forms of studio and technological media.
  • Encourage application of skills in a manner that engages contemporary culture.
  • Build cultural literacy through exposure to art history and critical theory.
  • Encourage students' exploration of the spiritual nature of art and design as an expression of their faith. The curriculum provides training in studio arts, illustration, visual communication and art history, and aims to prepare students for both professional practice and advanced study.

Majors and Minors

There are two majors in the Art Department: Visual Communication and Art.

The Art major has three different emphasis.

  • Studio Art
  • Illustration / New Pictures
  • Art History and Visual Studies

There are two minors in the Art Department: Art, and Art History and Visual Studies.

Within the Studio Art minor there are four emphasis:

  • 3-D
  • Drawing/Painting
  • Illustration/New Pictures
  • New Media

Admission to the Major or Minor
Formal application for admission to a major or minor in Art or Visual Communications should be made upon completion of the specified freshman drawing and design course sequences (see specific major requirements). Students pursuing the Art History and Visual Studies emphasis may apply after completion of two art history courses. Application may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.

In the case of a transfer student with class status beyond the sophomore level, application to the Art or Visual Communication major or Art minor can be made after confirmation of successful completion of equivalent drawing and design course sequences and portfolio review. See degree requirements for a full list of required courses and electives within the major or minor program. 

Portfolio applications for the majors are reviewed on first Tuesday of September, the fourth Tuesday of January, and the third Tuesday of April. All materials can be submitted to the department assistant or the major/minor advisor. Minor applicants do not need to submit a portfolio for review.


Applications to the major must include:

  • Designate the student's intention to pursue studies in Art major with emphasis in Studio Arts or Illustration/New Pictures; Art History and Visual Studies; Visual Communication
  • Submit a specified portfolio for review. (See the Art Department website)
  • Submit a current transcript, showing a minimum 2.5 GPA in art courses.
  • Have completed three of the designated foundational courses.
  • Submit a specified essay for review.
  • Completed Major/Minor Application Form.

Requirements for the Art Major, Art Minor, and Visual Communication Major

All Art majors (excluding Art History and Visual Studies emphasis), as a condition of graduation, are required to participate in a Senior Exhibition during Spring Quarter of their senior year.

All senior Visual Communication majors, as a condition of graduation, are required to participate during Spring Quarter of their senior year in the Visual Communication Portfolio Exhibition.

The minimum upper-division credit requirement for the Art major and for the Visual Communication major is 30 credits. At least 15 upper-division credits must be completed for the Art minors depending on are of concentration (see degree requirements). 

Integrated Studies Major With a Concentration in the Arts (For students seeking K-8 certification)

Students who are planning to obtain Residency Teacher Certificate with an endorsement in Elementary Education and are interested in Art must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in the Arts.

  • The concentration consists of courses in art, music, and theatre.

Requirements for Integrated Studies: The Arts Concentration

Requirements for Elementary Certification


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