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The Department of Art and Design offers three majors: Visual Art, Graphic Design, and Art Education. Students in all majors take core foundation classes and then branch into upper-division courses that are specific to their areas of emphasis. All art or graphics majors compete their studies with a senior exhibition of their work in the Keller Gallery or portfolio review at the Fermanian Business Center.

The academic program strives to meet professional standards with a curriculum that reflects the university’s strong liberal arts orientation, emphasizing on the production of original artworks. Art and design courses are designed to develop increasing levels of technical expertise, critical thinking skills, art historical knowledge, and knowledge of current art philosophies and practices.

Majors

Visual Art

As one of the most respected studio art programs in San Diego, you will work under accomplished and knowledgeable studio professors who showcase their own work on a regular basis in notable art museums and galleries. The number of PLNU graduates going on to MFA programs exceeds the national average. Of those who received MFAs in the last five years, 80 percent did so at institutions consistently ranked among the top 10 MFA programs in the country. 

Concentrations

  • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Sculpture and Installation
  • Photography
  • Art History
  • Visual, Performance Art/Communications and Interactive Media

Points of Distinction

  • Faculty, students and alums involved in national art exhibitions
  • Small class sizes where you develop close supportive relationships with your peers and faculty
  • Keller Fine Art Gallery and Love Gallery Exhibitions
  • Senior Capstone Exhibitions
  • Office of Strengths and Vocations offers career preparation, mentoring, and alumni networking events
  • Participation in community arts events
  • Proximity to local and regional museums
  • Internships

Related Careers+Fields

  • Visual Art
  • Museum Administration
  • Museum Exhibition
  • Art History
  • Curation
  • Art Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Gallery Professionals
  • Videography
  • Stage and Film Art
  • 3-D Fabrication
  • Photography
  • Performance art

Visual Arts Course Catalog


Graphic Design

The graphic design major prepares designers for the communication needs of the information age and our contemporary society. It is a rigorous program emphasizing the design process, context, conceptualization, and innovative problem solving. Design curriculum includes the study of type, image, and message. Human-Centered Design research methods, history, theory, criticism, and the use of appropriate tools and technology inform design for visual communication systems in print, screen-based, and built environments.

Concentrations

  • Advertising
  • Art and Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Illustration

Points of Distinction

  • Graphic design professors who are practicing professionals in their field
  • Small class sizes where you develop close supportive relationships with your peers and faculty
  • Opportunities to work on projects in interdisciplinary learning teams
  • Learn Human-Centered Design resesarch methods to create innovative outcomes
  • Opportunities to work on projects involving “design for social good
  • Love Gallery Exhibitions
  • Senior Capstone Portfolio Review with leading industry professionals
  • Required internships
  • Office of Strengths and Vocations offers career preparation, mentoring, and alumni networking events
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) student club
  • Opportunities to tour local design studios and printers
  • AIGA San Diego Events | Unite, Portfolio Review
  • Proximity to local and regional museums
  • Many opportunities for paid on-campus graphic design-related jobs
  • PLNU Student Publications | The Point, student-run newspaper | The Mariner, yearbook | Driftwoodcreative arts journal

Related Careers/Fields

  • Branding and Corporate Identity
  • Editorial Design (magazines, newspapers, publications)
  • Web Design
  • Environmental Graphics 
  • Exhibition Design
  • Interface Design
  • Film Title Design
  • Broadcast Graphics
  • Information Design
  • Typeface Design
  • Annual Report Production
  • Package Design
  • Production Management
  • Book Design
  • Prepress and Printing
  • Digital Output Management

Graphic Design Course Catalog


Art Education

PLNU is one of a select number of colleges and universities in California whose art education program is accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Completion of the art education major/art subject matter program prepares you to enter a credentialed program to teach visual arts in K-12 classrooms. 

Art education graduates follow their undergraduate major by earning a teaching credential or license. Some have pursued their credential programs in the PLNU School of Education, while others return to their home states to complete the licensing process.

With the help of PLNU’s passionate art professors, you will learn first-hand how to become a secondary art teacher, while drawing on your strengths and insights as an emerging artist.

Concentrations

  • Visual Art
  • Graphic Design

Points of Distinction

  • Faculty director involved in local, state, and national advising boards in art education
  • Small class sizes where you develop close supportive relationships with your peers and faculty
  • Student teaching experiences in charter and traditional classrooms
  • Office of Strengths and Vocations offers career preparation, mentoring, and alumni networking events
  • Ten-year community partnership with South Bay Union School District
  • School partnerships with at-risk students
  • Proximity to local and regional museums

Related Careers / Fields

  • Art Education in Public, Private or Charter Schools
  • Art Education in Museums
  • Art Education and For-Profit Business
  • Art Education and Nonprofit Business
  • Art Therapy

Art Education Course Catalog

 

Minors

Advising Sheets

Art Education Major Cover Sheet [PDF]
Art Education Major Advising Guide [PDF]

Graphic Design Major Cover Sheet [PDF]
Graphic Design Major Advising Guide [PDF]

Visual Art Cover Sheet [PDF]
Visual Art Advising Guide [PDF]