Art (Studio)

Art majors and minors 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
  • Complete independent and collaborative artistic research and projects
  • Gain hands-on experience with artistic technologies related to your area of interest
  • Connect your passions and interests with a double major or minor
  • Experience the artwork of regionally and nationally recognized artists who exhibit in the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of the Arts on the Forest Grove Campus and who conduct workshops through the Pacific Art Experiment
  • Display your work as you complete a capstone and participate in student art exhibits
  • Cross register with the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts or the Northwest College of Art & Design


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.

Art Department

The art program at Pacific University is part of the Art Department, which also offers a major and minor in art history and a minor in photography.