The Department of Visual Arts is fully accredited by NASAD and offers several professional degree opportunities; the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science, as well as design and studio arts minors.
We have emphasis areas that support students launching into careers in industry and job-ready fields such as graphic design, illustration, and art education. We also provide a challenging and inspiring atmosphere for students preparing for graduate school or life as an arts professional.
Skills you will develop no matter what your emphasis area includes:
Digital design proficiency utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects
Development of long-term independent creative research projects
A range of creative strategies allowing students to transform ideas into visual statements
Professional development tailored to each emphasis
Technical skills in both two and three-dimensional hand processes
Design and Art related oral communication skills
Critical Thinking and Analysis
Arts professional leadership skills
Integration of ideas into digital and social platforms
Exhibition design and curatorial writing
Project management and completion
Career opportunities include elementary/secondary art education, commercial art/graphic design, animation, illustration, arts marketing, commercial photography, museum/gallery work, exhibition design, independent studio art, municipal art programs, art criticism, independent art instruction, art media research, arts organizations, art funding agencies, and university instruction.