You’ve heard it before, but it is truly the “people” who make all the difference in a place. Our supportive and caring staff and faculty are teachers, mentors, and practicing professionals, who are eager to share their knowledge and experience.


Our facilities enjoy spectacular ocean views and include dedicated spaces for painting, drawing, printmaking, 2-D design, 3-D design, sculpture, and ceramics. We also offer a darkroom, supervised metal and woodworking shop, Keller Fine Arts Gallery, Love Gallery, senior visual arts major studios, and a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab.

Small Class Sizes

Average class sizes of 16 students provide individualized attention and opportunities for warm working relationships.

Visiting Artist Program

Visiting professional artists are invited to lecture, exhibit work, and offer individual student classroom critiques.

Keller Gallery Program

Each year the Keller Gallery Program features professional and senior exhibitions.


Internships link students in off-site experiences that allow them to work directly with professional mentors and gain first-hand knowledge of their industry and craft.

Senior Capstone Experience

All art or graphic design majors spend the year completing their studies with a senior exhibition in the Keller Gallery or portfolio review at the Fermanian Business Center where they present and defend their work with faculty and industry professionals.

Career Services

Our PLNU Office of Strengths and Vocations offers outstanding networking events such as, Network 9, career coaching and resources, employment opportunities on-campus and off, strengths, and professional mentoring connections with alumni so you can meet the right people, establish meaningful professional relationships and get one step closer to your calling.

Cultural Resources 

PLNU students enjoy close proximity to major art museums, galleries, and prominent design firms in the San Diego and L.A. areas, providing unique opportunities to experience art and design firsthand. Additionally, our faculty have cultivated relationships with museums, galleries, and design firms in Southern California.

AIGA Student Club 

Graphic design students are encouraged to participate in the AIGA [ American Institute of Graphic Arts ] student group to take the first step in demonstrating a commitment to their professional interest and assist them in understanding the graphic design field. Every year, the San Diego student groups collaborate to host Unite, an event for students and professionals featuring inspiring speakers. Students may also participate in an end-of-year portfolio review attended by San Diego’s leading design firms. They’re encouraged to take part in other chapter-wide events where they’ll get a chance to mingle with working professionals. 


PLNU offers a unique international study abroad opportunity for art and design students. The traditional itinerary includes drawing, painting, photography, and art history, while viewing original masterpieces. The itinerary includes a week each in London, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Vienna, and two months in Paris. Students describe the experience as life-changing and return to their art and design studies with a transformed understanding of art.

Art + Design Scholarships

Each year the Department of Art + Design awards a variety of scholarships to current art and design students. These resources are comprised of institutional scholarship funds and donor gifts. They are divided among student class levels and majors. Awards are based on the quality of the applicant’s artwork, faculty approval, and academic performance. Scholarship applications are due in March and recipients are announced each April. 

Scholarship application forms, exact deadlines, and instructions are available by contacting the Art and Design department office at (619) 849-2396 or email us at artanddesign@pointloma.edu.