If you have a passion for art and design, you’ll feel right at home at George Fox University. We offer instruction in painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, design, digital art and many other media – all within a Christian art college where professors know you by name.
As an art and design major at George Fox, you will get the chance to develop your artistic gifts and find a curriculum that cultivates that talent and prepares you for your chosen path – whether you plan to pursue a career as a practicing artist, designer or, after graduate work, as an educator at the secondary or college levels. Choose from three concentrations – graphic design, interior design or studio art – or opt for an interdisciplinary major that combines art with another field of study.
Choose from three concentrations:
Our graphic design and interactive media concentration produces creative, informed, visually astute designers able to grow within a continually evolving, dynamic profession. The program supports the creative process with a broad and carefully sequenced curriculum emphasizing the fundamentals of design through concept development, sketching, prototyping, image making, typography, digital technology, interactive media and web design.
The program places an emphasis on developing technicians who are proficient in the software and programs required in the industry, balanced by versatile, visual thinking. All of our applied design faculty are working professionals with active individual practices and specializations in a variety of industry disciplines, including art direction, print publication, web design and application development, branding and identity systems, and new media.
The concentration shares a foundational curriculum with traditional studio and applied design. These courses in basic design, color theory, and drawing, as well as design foundations, provide the language and building blocks to launch students into a focus in visual communication. We emphasize cross-disciplinary exploration in media such as photography, film studies, animation and traditional print media to generate designers with research-based and market-influenced practices.
Highlights of courses in the graphic design concentration include web design, typography, branding and identity systems, marketplace graphics, and Creative Suite. If you love type and text, enjoy visual problem solving on and off the computer, and think you might like interacting with clients, you should consider graphic design.
Students with a concentration in graphic design will be prepared for careers as a/an:
- Graphic designer
- Art director
- Creative director
- Package designer
- Freelance designer
- Web designer
- Environmental graphic designer
- Graphic design teacher
- Application design and development specialist
Our interior design program educates students to become creative and responsible interior designers for residential and commercial buildings. Our faculty have built the program through an emphasis on problem solving in applied design studios. With a focus on spatial design and space planning complimented by the application of surface decoration, our students learn to design spaces for living, working, business, health and recreation. As the courses progress, students are challenged by design problems that increase in size and complexity, and develop an understanding of the influence of sustainable building and reuse on human health, well-being and performance.
The concentration shares a foundational curriculum with the studio and applied design areas of our program, therefore exposing students to an interdisciplinary, integrated curriculum that stresses the broad intellectual development needed for a robust design practice, whether as a team member of a larger design firm or a freelance practitioner.
Courses include Auto CAD for Interior Design, Project Management, History of Architecture, Kitchen and Bath Design, Surface and Textile Design, Informed Interior Design (instruction in building codes and requirements) and others. If you love exploring materials, find yourself interested in architecture, arranging space and considering how people engage with their environment, you should consider interior design.
Students with a concentration in interior design will be prepared for careers as a/an:
- Interior designer
- Space planner
- CAD drafter
- Design firm assistant
- Materials acquisition specialist
- Design showroom consultant
- Textile design consultant
- Professional real estate stager
- Facilities management
- Home furnishings buyer
Our fine art studio concentration fosters the development of collaborative, resourceful and creative makers who work in a research-based practice informed by contemporary and historical art and culture. We work in a variety of two-, three- and four-dimensional media including, but not limited to, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and lens-based media, print media and utilitarian ceramics.
We place an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving and risk-taking throughout the program, encouraging students to develop the confidence to experiment and the self-reliance to become courageous life-long learners. Instruction in technical competencies and skills of the studio practice are partnered with conceptual strengthening projects and polished off with professional and business practice capstone work to send our emergent practitioners out equipped for a life of successful creating and earning.
Course highlights in the studio concentration include Mixed Media, Introduction to Painting, Traditional Print Media, Ceramics, Color Theory, Traditional Darkroom Photography, Senior Thesis and Exhibition, and a variety of art history classes available to majors, minors and all studio and applied design concentration students: Art and Christ, Contemporary Art Forms, Native American Art, African Art History, and Women in Art. The senior year for studio artists culminates in a solo or group exhibition. If you love looking at and making objects and images, want to live and work in creative spaces, and find yourself constantly exploring materials, you may want to consider studying studio art.
Also offered is 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 (video).
Students with a concentration in studio art will be prepared for careers as a/an:
- Exhibiting fine artist
- Artist in residence
- Artist’s representative
- Arts administrator
- Fine arts instructor
- Curator of exhibitions or collections
- Archival specialist
- Art restorer/conservator
- Architectural model maker
- Display designer
- Exhibit designer
- Gallery director
- Mold maker
- Textile/surface designer
- Mural artist
- Public commissions artist
- Studio potter
- Ceramic tile designer
- Art therapist (requires additional post grad education)
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