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 includes 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.

“I feel pretty strongly about a liberal arts education. I think the opportunity it provides you to become a critical thinker, and the opportunity it provides you to gain a wide variety of experiences, is really important."

— Heidi Nielsen '96, COO Brink Communications

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Pacific University art major graduate Heidi Neilsen '96

Major in Fine Arts or Design

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.

Explore Our Art and Design Studios

Pacific University’s art and design studios are a hidden gem on campus. As an art major or minor, you’ll learn how to use tools like 3D printers, laser cutter/engravers, CNC routers and a full suite of woodshop tools. In the 2D studio, you’ll have access to plenty of space for painting and drawing, a printmaking a photo studio with a new Conrad intaglio press and silkscreens, a digital photo lab, and a traditional darkroom.

Art & Design Careers

Our graduates are professional artists and photographers, landscape designers, illustrators, teachers, gallery directors and art therapists. Many art students pursue graduate school while others pursue business opportunities, such as starting art galleries and working in design firms.

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The Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art is proud to present intermezzi, an exhibit by Cori Crumrine from March 14, to April 14. Crumrine is a ceramic artist who creates small-scale, abstract culinary forms using white stoneware and Procreate illustrator.  

Tatyana Ostapenko makes contemporary history paintings that record the daily lives of people who don’t usually make it into official historical records. Attend a virtual opening reception at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. View the exhibit at the Cawein Gallery from Monday, Feb. 7 until Friday, March 4.

Sabrina Spurlock '20 curated the performance art piece Here's My Mom. She's Dead, created by Portland artist Wiley, also known as Kayla Wiley ’17.