Artistic disciplines enable you to create and transform, helping you to apply your skills in a way that engages contemporary culture and offers an expression of your perspectives — and your faith. Well-trained artists go on to pursue a wide range of professional careers, from fine arts, graphic design, arts administration, photography, and animation to media-focused businesses, marketing, and public relations.

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Art Majors

This track gives exposure to both Western and non-Western content with a contemporary focus. This major is designed to make you a canny navigator of our media-saturated environment.

The curriculum overlaps traditional autographic rendering techniques in drawing and painting with new technology-based skills and a focus on works of art that emphasize narrative.

This track focuses on the development of tactile skills including drawing, painting, printmaking, metallurgy, and sculpture.
This track focuses on the development of conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills in lens-based media, working with both still and moving images.
This track will give you a broad exposure to the visual arts, teaching you the effective application of the fundamental elements and principles of the visual arts.

Art Minors

Art History and Studio Art Minors

You can choose from two minors: Art History and Visual Studies; and Studio Art. Within the Studio Art minor, you may select one of three emphases: 2-D Media, 3-D Media, or Digital Media.

Courses and requirements

For an Art History and Visual Studies minor, you will be required to take at least 30 credits, including at least 15 upper-division credits. Review all of the courses and requirements.

For a Studio Art minor with a 2-D Media emphasis, you will be required to take at least 35 credits, including at least 15 upper-division credits. Review all of the courses and requirements.

For a Studio Art minor with a 3-D Media emphasis, you will be required to take at least 36 credits, including at least 17 upper-division credits. Review all of the courses and requirements.

For a Studio Art minor with a Digital Media emphasis, you will be required to take at least 33 credits, including at least 15 upper-division credits. Review all of the courses and requirements.

For an Information Studies: Art minor, you will be required to take at least 30 credits, including at least 15 upper-division credits. Review all of the courses and requirements

You do not need to submit a portfolio for review with an intended Art minor.

Applying

You may enter the Art History and Visual Studies Major and the Visual Arts Major, as well as any of the minors, during your first quarter at SPU. Entrance to these majors and the minors after your first quarter requires only good academic standing (2.0 or higher SPU cumulative GPA). 

Entrance into the Art Major (and its various emphases) or to the Visual Communications Major requires a portfolio submission. Consult the undergraduate catalog for complete information on how and when to enter and what you must do to complete the program.