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Art & Design

The Art and Design major allows students to focus on graphic design and digital art in the Art Department. Students can major or minor in Art & Design, and the program offers several areas of concentration.

  • MAT Preparation for Art Teachers
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • MA Preparation for Art Therapists
  • Video & Animation
  • Interactive & Digital Media
  • Art History
  • Printmaking
Prospective Students

Considering making WOU your next step? Find out what WOU can offer you by checking out our facilities and faculty, and imagine your future by seeing what our students have acheived at school and as alumni.

Current Students

Looking for fun things to do as an Art Student? Need to look up something in the Department Handbook? Looking for that form your advisor said to print out? Need your advisor’s email or office number? Head here!

Community Members

Our students eventual goal is to impact their communities with their work. Find out how you can get involved and enjoy their work.

From Wednesday November 25, 2020 – Monday January 4, 2021, the creative arts buildings will be closed to visitors. If you need assistance please contact us! 

Creative Arts Division:

David Janowiak, Division Chair,, 503-838-8310

Remote office hours: M-F 9-10 am, MWF 12:30-3:30, TR 12:30-2:00

Julia Fruit, Program CoordinatorCreative Arts Dept. and Music,, 503-838-8461

Laura Killip, Office Specialist—Art/Theatre & Dance Dept.,, 503-838-8462

Art & Design Students

The Art Department’s flexible course of study helps students develop creative problem-solving processes while mastering key principles and skills in art and design. Emphasizing both theory and studio practice, the program begins with foundations in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, and art history. Upper-division concentration areas include Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, and Video & Animation.

The Art & Design program fosters critical and creative thinking, skill-building, and visual literacy. Through images and text, students learn to combine message, meaning, and form to create memorable experiences and communicate effectively. Visual communication design is vital in every aspect of society, from industry and commerce, to community organizations and government, to art and self-expression. 

In WOU’s small classes, students work closely with faculty in a supportive, rigorous environment to gain creative and practical design skills in multiple media. Courses emphasize effective learning, collaboration, and technological expertise. Projects engage design challenges using a multitude of materials – brochures, packaging, posters, websites, apps for portable devices, exhibition displays, video, animation, and more. 

Students can elect to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree majoring in Art or Visual Communication Design. The department also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art, as well as minors in Art, Visual Communication Design, and Art History.

A&D Majors in action


Art Department

503-838-8340 | or e-mail: | Location: Campbell Hall (CH105)