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.
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Creative Arts Division:
David Janowiak, Division Chair, email@example.com, 503-838-8310
Remote office hours: M-F 9-10 am, MWF 12:30-3:30, TR 12:30-2:00
Julia Fruit, Program Coordinator—Creative Arts Dept. and Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-838-8461
Laura Killip, Office Specialist—Art/Theatre & Dance Dept., email@example.com, 503-838-8462
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.