Western Oregon University’s Art & Design program thrives on small class sizes, personalized support, and individual attention. Together we build the skills and creative thinking that guide a life of communication and expression.
This is a caring and welcoming community where fine art and visual communication are interconnected. Whether you’re just beginning college, transferring from another school, or coming back after some time away, our program is designed for you.
Nearly all Art & Design classes are scheduled to meet in-person beginning Fall 2021.
We regularly offer courses in:
We currently offer two degrees:
The main difference between the BA and BFA is the total number of credits in the major. Most students earn the BA degree. Those seeking a more extensive education in art & design choose the BFA, which includes additional coursework in art history, upper division electives, and a critique-based seminar.
Both degree paths blend hands-on studio work with key knowledge of context. The program is broad and flexible, but also allows for specialization. It’s well-suited to serve as a four-year experience, or as a continuation of community college studies.
As a student, you’ll first build a solid base in design fundamentals and art history. Then, you’ll explore a wide variety of ideas and techniques. Next, you’ll choose your favorite topics and skills to study in-depth. And finally, you’ll cap your experience with valuable professional preparation.
In the past, we offered an Art major, and a separate Visual Communication Design major. Now, both options are combined into the Art & Design major. This way, each individual student can choose the classes they want most — fine art, visual communication design, or a mix of both.
This is a recent change. The information in the videos about Art and Visual Communication Design on this page is still relevant. Except now you don’t have to choose one or the other — you can have it all! We’ll post an updated video here soon.
503-838-8340 | e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Monmouth Campus Location: Campbell Hall (CH105)
Office Open Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm, during August contact the creative arts division office 503-838-8461.