Bachelors (BA) in Art & Design


The art major offers a 48- to 52-semester-hour course of study in which students concentrate in studio and/or commercial applications encompassing a wide variety of media. Graduates pursue careers in education, graphic design, interior design, fashion design, communications, ministry and the visual arts. Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

The Art and Design Department prepares students to live extraordinary lives of personal fulfillment and professional contributions by offering majors and minors in visual art and design disciplines. There are several avenues in which to pursue your creativity and passions in the arts. As an undergraduate art major, you will be given strong foundational skills and instruction in your specific area of interest. Along with our core art classes, George Fox offers concentrations in studio arts and graphic, interior and fashion design. The art and design faculty believe that skills can be taught and they can be learned. They believe that the most important skills for the art and design student, and any artist, must transcend the newest technologies, media and processes. The criteria of art and design within society and academia has changed from the role of highly aesthetic to design as a part of everyday life as innovation, and as a means to solve problems.

Faculty
The versatile faculty is made up of artists and designers who actively produce and exhibit their creative work − artists who are leaders in their various fields of discipline. They love to teach because they love what they teach. Our faculty is equipped to motivate, inspire and nurture; they become true mentors to their students. The faculty of the Department of Art and Design believe it is necessary for students to become leaders rather than followers, to become the next generation of gifted creative artists and designers and to become art professionals in the ever-growing number of contemporary art and art-related careers.

More information about the art major can be found on the art major admissions page.

Art and Design: Studio Arts Concentration

Art majors concentrating in studio arts can specialize in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, mixed media or printmaking. We also feature a ceramics and sculpture facility that allows students to explore pottery and various sculpture mediums. Seniors have the opportunity to set up their own studio space in the art annex, and there is access to an anagama kiln where students get to practice the ancient process of wood-firing ceramics. Our art major students also have opportunities to work with distinguished guest artists from the Northwest and around the country.

Art Core (15 hours)
ARTS 101 Basic Design 2-D 3
ARTS 102 Basic Design 3-D 3
ARTS 111 Drawing I 3
ARTS 217 Art History Survey from 1450 3
ARTS 460 Art and Christ 3
Good Standing Requirement all art and design students must complete the four following requirements annualy before class registration each spring.
  • Art museum visit (minimum of one per year)
  • First Thursday or First Friday visit each semester (minimum of two visits per year)
  • Art-related community service (minimum of one per year)
  • Submit artworks for juried George Fox art student exhibition
In addition, complete two additional from either the first list or from the list below:
  • Guest lecture(s)
  • Art-related community events
  • Design-related community events: grand openings or open houses (optional for interior and graphic design majors)
  • Professional association events (required for interior and graphic design majors)
Junior Portfolio Review – Submit portfolio and collateral for faculty review.
Senior Portfolio Review – Specific requirement listed under each concentration
Studio Arts (33 hours)
Studio Arts Core (18 hours)
ARTS 112 Drawing II 3
ARTS 216 Art History Survey to 1450 3
ARTS 355 Topics in Art History 3
ARTS 382 Twentieth-Century Art 3
ARTS 384 Contemporary Art Forms 3
ARTS 491 Senior Thesis I 1.5
ARTS 492 Senior Thesis II 1.5

Electives
Students must choose 15 semester hours from ARTS (General Art) or ARTD (Design) courses (must include courses from three separate studio disciplines).

Senior Thesis Exhibition

Art and Design: Design Concentrations (GIFT – Graphic, Interiors, Fashion for Today)

These concentrations feature a unique interdisciplinary approach to design preparation, involving studio work as well as academic investigation. The core of the curriculum integrates theory, design, and technology, adhering to the highest industry standards. Classes emphasize application over theory and help you to develop a strong portfolio to launch your career.

Art Core (15 hours)
ARTS 101 Basic Design 2-D 3
ARTS 102 Basic Design 3-D 3
ARTS 111 Drawing I 3
ARTS 217 Art History Survey from 1450 3
ARTS 460 Art and Christ 3
Good Standing Requirement all art and design students must complete the four following requirements annualy before class registration each spring.
  • Art museum visit (minimum of one per year)
  • First Thursday or First Friday visit each semester (minimum of two visits per year)
  • Art-related community service (minimum of one per year)
  • Submit artworks for juried George Fox art student exhibition
In addition, complete two additional from either the first list or from the list below:
  • Guest lecture(s)
  • Art-related community events
  • Design-related community events: grand openings or open houses (optional for interior and graphic design majors)
  • Professional association events (required for interior and graphic design majors)
Junior Portfolio Review – Submit portfolio and collateral for faculty review.
Senior Portfolio Review – Specific requirement listed under each concentration
Students must choose one of the following three concentrations:
Graphic Design (37 hours)

The Graphic Design concentration provides professional education within a Christian liberal arts environment. Students learn the craft and technology of graphic design. They will also learn the vocabulary, visual perception, methods, and processes that are directed toward specialized courses in print design, advertising, computer graphics, illustration, web design, package design and special topic courses. Students will address current design issues and problems.

Design Core (19 hours)
ARTD 100 Project Management and Design 3
ARTD 210 Creative Suite 3
ARTD 307 Color Theory for Designers 3
ARTD 310 Design Foundations 3
ARTD 311 Architectural Graphics 3
ARTD 491 Professional Development 2
ARTD 492 Portfolio Development 2

Graphic Design Core (18 hours)
ARTS 112 Drawing II 3
ARTD 350 Typography 3
ARTD 360 Illustration 3
ARTD 363 History of Visual Communications 3
ARTD 450 3D Modeling: Maya 3
ARTD 460 Marketplace Graphics 3

Senior Portfolio and Culmination Presentation

Graphic Design Professional Designation (15 hours)
ARTD 417 The Business of Design 3
ARTD 431 CAD for Interiors 3
ARTD 451 Motion Graphics: Flash/AfterEffects 3
CMCO 250 Digital Multimedia Production 3

Choose one course from the list below:
ARTD 415 Professional Design Collaboration 3
ARTD 475 Design Internship 3

Suggested Optional Electives for Graphic Design
ARTS 201 Beginning Painting 3
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography 3
ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking 3
ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography 3
BUSN 110 Introduction to Business 3
MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG 420 Marketing Communications 3
MKTG 450 Marketing Research and Decision Making 3
Interior Design (37 hours)

The Interior Design concentration features the analysis and design to meet clients’ needs in living and working environments that are both functionally efficient and aesthetically satisfying. This perspective integrates function and aesthetics into the design process and the generation of design solutions for residential, commercial, hospitality, institutional and educational environments. Technical skill-building and studio coursework will offer you opportunities to gain understanding of the elements and principles of residential and commercial design, manual and computer-based skills, written, visual, and oral communication skills, and be informed of industry certification exams and registration.

Design Core (19 hours)
ARTD 100 Project Management and Design 3
ARTD 210 Creative Suite 3
ARTD 307 Color Theory for Designers 3
ARTD 310 Design Foundations 3
ARTD 311 Architectural Graphics 3
ARTD 491 Professional Development 2
ARTD 492 Portfolio Development 2

Interior and Fashion Requirements (9 hours)
ARTD 230 Sewn Products Development 3
ARTD 300 History of Architecture and Apparel 3
ARTD 303 Textiles Foundations 3

Interior Design Core (9 hours)
ARTD 330 Interior Foundations 3
ARTD 430 Informed Interior Design 3
ARTD 431 CAD for Interiors 3

Senior Portfolio and Culmination Presentation

Interior Design Professional Designation (12 hours)
ARTD 415 Professional Design Collaboration 3
ARTD 417 The Business of Design 3
ARTD 440 Kitchen and Bath Design 3
ARTD 475 Design Internship 3

Strongly Encouraged Electives for Interior and Fashion Design Concentrations
ARTS 112 Drawing II 3
ARTS 201 Beginning Painting 3
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography 3
ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking 3
ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography 3
BUSN 110 Introduction to Business 3
MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG 420 Marketing Communications 3
MKTG 450 Marketing Research and Decision Making 3
Fashion Design (37 hours)

The Fashion Design concentration is to prepare the student to acquire the values, knowledge, and skills necessary to be proactive in the areas of human development, consumer economics/management, and clothing/textiles. Students in fashion design acquire a thorough background in the business aspects of the industry, developing competencies in fashion theory; development and marketing of fashion goods; merchandising for apparel manufacturing; retail operations, management and buying; fashion forecasting and promotion.

Design Core (19 hours)
ARTD 100 Project Management and Design 3
ARTD 210 Creative Suite 3
ARTD 307 Color Theory for Designers 3
ARTD 310 Design Foundations 3
ARTD 311 Architectural Graphics 3
ARTD 491 Professional Development 2
ARTD 492 Portfolio Development 2

Interior and Fashion Requirements (9 hours)
ARTD 230 Sewn Products Development 3
ARTD 300 History of Architecture and Apparel 3
ARTD 303 Textiles Foundations 3

Fashion Design Core (9 hours)
3
ARTD 280 Apparel: From Concept to Consumer 3
ARTD 370 Fashion Sketching & Technical Drawing 3
ARTD 470 Pattern Development 3

Senior Portfolio and Culmination Presentation

Fashion Design Professional Designation (12 hours)
ARTD 472 CAD for Apparel 3
ARTD 473 Apparel Product Innovations 3
ARTD 475 Design Internship 3

Choose one course from the list below:
ARTD 415 Professional Design Collaboration 3
ARTD 417 The Business of Design 3

Strongly Encouraged Electives for Interior and Fashion Design Concentrations
ARTS 112 Drawing II 3
ARTS 201 Beginning Painting 3
ARTS 230 Beginning Photography 3
ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking 3
ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting 3
ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography 3
BUSN 110 Introduction to Business 3
MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing 3
MKTG 420 Marketing Communications 3
MKTG 450 Marketing Research and Decision Making 3
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