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Art & Design at WOU

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.

The Art & Design course schedule for 2021 – 2022 includes options for in-person, online, and hybrid classes.

Areas of study

We regularly offer courses in:

  • Graphic design
  • Drawing & illustration
  • Video & animation
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Art history
  • Digital images & photography
  • Web design
  • Print design
  • Other special topics

Degrees in Art & Design

We currently offer two degrees:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art & Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art & Design

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.

Art + Visual Communication Design = Art & Design

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.

Minors in Art & Design

WOU students majoring in other departments can opt for a Minor in Art & Design or a Minor in Art History. There’s also a Minor in Art History for Art & Design Majors.


Art Department

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

Art Department Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Or contact the Creative Arts Division Office: 503-838-8461