Visual Art, B.A.

Program Overview

Do you have an internal force driving you to create or perform? Do you love to challenge norms and conventions, finding new ways of expressing your ideas and vision? If so, consider a degree in visual art.

By majoring in visual art at PLNU, you will be joining one of the most respected studio art programs in San Diego, as well as an inclusive community of artists and performers who consistently challenge one another to improve in their respective crafts. Here you will work under accomplished and knowledgeable professors who showcase their own work regularly in notable art museums and galleries.

Your program and experience will be tailored to your medium, goals, and interests, to best prepare you for the vocation to which you are called. This method has been highly successful, with the number of PLNU graduates going on to MFA programs exceeding the national average. Furthermore, 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.

We believe creativity thrives in community — and we are blessed to live in one with rich sources of art. Therefore, you will have multiple opportunities to collaborate with other artists in community arts events, visit local and regional museums and galleries, and exhibit your own work. You can even take advantage of our Euroterm, where you will either spend a semester in Europe studying the work of Old Masters, or explore contemporary art through the lens of the world-famous Venice Biennial and Documenta in a faculty-led summer session. Finally, the experiential learning continues with an internship that will help hone your professional skills through practical application.


  • Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
  • Sculpture and Installation
  • Photography
  • Art History
  • Visual, Performance Art/Communications and Interactive Media
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G. James Daichendt, Ed.D.

For Daichendt, what it means to be human involves creativity, an impulse seen and experienced clearly in art. And according to him, the most exciting and meaningful movement in the art world today is street art, an area he has studied extensively.

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Are you ready to take the next step to begin your PLNU journey? Whether you’re a high school senior, college transfer student, or international student, find out what we’re looking for in our applicants and how you can apply.

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If you are considering transferring to PLNU to join our visual art program, check out our community college articulation agreement to see how your classes will transfer. 

To view an example of our major requirements for a Visual Art, B.A. with a sculpture concentration, check out our advising guide

Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

With the huge demand for individuals with artistic training and the versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in visual art from PLNU, the careers available to you are seemingly endless. PLNU visual art alumni have started their own businesses and held various positions at arts organizations such as the Lux Art Institute, Contemporary Museum of Art, The New Children’s Museum, and many more. PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that intersects your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art can lead to the following careers:

  • Art History
  • Curation
  • Art Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Gallery Professional
  • Videography
  • Stage and Film Art
  • 3-D Fabrication
  • Photography
  • Performance Art
  • Exhibiting Artist at Museums/Galleries
  • Public Artist
  • Entrepreneurship
Street Painting

The Restorative Power of Street Art

While graffiti is steeped in writing and includes markings of an individual or a group, street art merges together the principles of design and art.

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