Creativity and expression...

...coupled with technical know-how are the key elements of a bachelor's degree in art at Pacific. With a solid understanding of art history, students take to the studios, experimenting in a variety of fine art forms according to interest. Minors in photography, graphic arts or art history are available also, toward the goal of preparing students for graduate school, teaching or a career as an artist.

Program Highlights

  • Majors or minors with concentrations emphasizing specific two or three-dimensional artistic work
  • Minor in photography
  • Certification for teaching art at the secondary level
  • Independent and collaborative artistic research and projects
  • Hands-on experience with artistic technologies related to one’s area of interest
  • A double major or minor focusing on graphic arts and media arts


A two semester studio production/ seminar series for studio art majors includes mentored individualized study and culminates in a presentation of an original body of work in gallery, lecture and portfolio formats. Other courses in the broad-based curriculum include study of art forms from around the world, women in art, and explorations in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics. All seniors are required to build a portfolio of work to be presented during spring term of the senior year.

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Jillian Bender, These photographs are my attempt to present people playing in their environment. The images were taken of subjects unknowingly in front of my camera lens. Children can be spontaneous and creative almost anywhere. Adults are a bit more rigid and reserved about their play.

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