Art majors at Pacific University are encouraged to find creative solutions through innovation, experimentation and exploration in a wide range of specialty areas. The Art Department takes a comprehensive approach, covering education in studio arts as well as art history while preparing students for both a professional and personal future in the arts.
- Choose from majors or minors with concentrations emphasizing specific two- or three-dimensional artistic work
- Minor in photography
- Earn certification for teaching art at the secondary level
- Complete independent and collaborative artistic research and projects
- Gain hands-on experience with artistic technologies related to your area of interest
- Double major or minor with a focus 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.
Students in the Art Department at Pacific University are learning more than technical skills; they are preparing themselves for lifelong learning with a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Many art students pursue graduate school. Some pursue business opportunities, such as starting art galleries and working in design firms. Others still become professional photographers or teach art. Our graduates are professional artists and photographers, landscape designers, illustrators, teachers, gallery directors and art therapists.