Art & Design

Major, Minor

Unleash your creativity through innovation, experimentation and exploration in a wide range of specialty areas.

Students gain hands-on experience with artistic technologies as they complete independent and collaborative artistic research and projects.

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. The art program culminates in a presentation of an original body of work in gallery, lecture and portfolio formats as a senior capstone.

Students majoring in art & design can choose between two tracks, fine arts or design. The Fine Arts track explores personal expression and interpretation to investigate aesthetic boundaries and to develop concepts relevant in today’s world. The Design track connects creative thinking to pragmatic execution. The designer works as a problem-solver to create innovative solutions to complex problems. The program also offers a minor in Art & Design.

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Digital photo of 4 dogs

Pacific University is proud to present The Future of Creativity: Regional High School Art Show online at the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art. The virtual art show displays exceptional artwork from students attending high schools in and around Washington County.

Fern and log painting

Artist Nancy Helmsworth displays a series of paintings — much of it inspired by walks through Forest Park during the COVID-19 lock-down of Spring 2020 — in a virtual exhibit Within the Forest: Nurse Logs presented by Pacific University’s Katherine Cawein Gallery of Art.

Ceramics students begin fundraiser for youth homeless charity.

Pacific University ceramics students have created a fundraiser to support a local charity, HomePlate Youth. Please consider supporting this event by Nov. 17.