Art and Design

Department of Art and Design

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso

There is no single definition of art: it can be found in sculptures, photographs, paintings, and drawings, to name a few. Whatever you're passionate about - whether it's illustrating for children's books or designing for Mattel - we  want you to pursue your art! With a major in art or graphic design, you can get the education that will prepare you for wherever you want to go.

Think you won't be able to find a job with a degree in the art department? Think again. There is a huge demand for people with artistic training. Think about careers in publishing, illustrating, advertising, marketing, or graphic design!


The curriculum for art majors depends mainly on the artist’s medium, with specific, core art classes in drawing, history, and design.

The art/design program builds on PLNU’s liberal arts foundation of general education. Students explore relationships between the art disciplines and other academic fields. Studies in traditional, nontraditional, western, and nonwestern art forms encourage students to develop a broad, multicultural understanding of the visual arts.

Special Features

  • Study abroad programs
  • Independent studies
  • Internships in local museums and art and design-related businesses
  • The Keller Gallery, which exhibits faculty, professional, and student work
  • Visiting artist program providing bridges into the professional community
  • Proximity to the arts community and prominent art museums, galleries, and collections in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Baja California, Mexico

Career Opportunities

  • MFA
  • Professor
  • Teacher
  • Artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Publisher
  • Web designer
  • Museum curator
  • Photographer
  • Marketing designer
  • Illustrator