Department of Art & Design

We are living in a revolutionary era of opportunity for the creative individual. As our world grows smaller and more interconnected, and more of our daily interactions move online, the global need for skilled visual communicators has grown accordingly. This gap provides a unique experience for artists and designers — positioning you to create solutions to real-world problems through human-centered design and give voice to critical concerns through your art.

The PLNU Department of Art & Design will challenge you to create original works of art, engage in art history and research, and develop the critical thinking and aesthetic skills that will help you become the courageous visual communicator you were called to be. Build close relationships with other students and faculty in an inclusive and supportive environment, as you work together to discover ways to create art or design for a positive social impact.

Art & Design Expansion Project

Keller Art Building Image
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Jim Daichendt Headshot
Channin Fulton in the desert next to Seven Magic Mountains, by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.
Student draws a portrait of an eye.
86% of art & design grads have a job in their chosen field within one year

Opportunities for Engagement

Developing into a creative individual inspired and guided by purpose doesn't happen in isolation — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From class trips to national museums and galleries and student-run clubs to professional internships, networking events, a semester in Europe, and more, the Department of Art & Design offers a diversity of opportunities for meaningful engagement with big questions.


Our faculty members serve as teachers, mentors, scholars, and practicing professionals in their discipline. They are committed to guiding you through a rigorous and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas, analyze complex and difficult questions, and evaluate competing claims, our faculty will provide you with access to an environment devoted to a meaningful exchange of ideas. An education at PLNU is both transformative and deeply impactful.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Art & Design or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!

Allyson Ledsam
Department Assistant
(619) 849-2396

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