Art & Design majors study at George Fox, a top Christian college

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
Watch a video

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
  • Sculptor
  • Architectural model maker
  • Framer
  • Display designer
  • Exhibit designer
  • Gallery director
  • Illustrator 
  • Mold maker
  • Welder
  • Textile/surface designer
  • Mural artist
  • Public commissions artist
  • Studio potter
  • Ceramic tile designer
  • Art therapist (requires additional post grad education)

Request more information about the art & design major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Art majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

There has never been a better time to be an artist. The Internet and digital communications have made this the most visual time in the history of humankind. Artists are trained to be creative problem-solvers, and in an increasing global marketplace, there is no more valuable commodity. Our art alumni have been highly successful in placement as teachers at all levels; they are sought after as designers in the commercial world; they are actively engaged in a wide variety of ministries; and they have been extremely successful in admission to graduate schools.

  • Disney
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Bank of America
  • VSA Associates, Chicago
  • Landor & Associates
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Impact Printing
  • Clark & Company
  • The Climb
  • Pivot Group
  • Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Copper River Design
  • Harvest House Publishing
  • Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Tigard and Sherwood Public Schools
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • The Pivot Group
  • Bank of America
  • Nike
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Code Monkeys, Web & Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Hannah Anderson
  • Asterix Creative
  • Nordstrom
  • Anthropologie
  • Contemporary Craft Museum
  • Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Iridio, Photographic Services
  • Climax Industries
  • University of New Mexico
  • California College of Art
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Loyola College
  • University of Idaho
  • Pacific NW College of Art
  • Burren College of Art, Ireland
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Portland State University

Student Experiences

Ryan Littrell ('05)

“One thing I loved about learning design at George Fox was the push from professors to get involved with real-world design problems. Applying what I was learning in class to real-world projects made the teaching come alive and helped me to understand everything from design principles to the business methods needed to make a happy client.”

- Ryan Littrell ('05)

 Megan Clark ('06)

“The best preparation I had at George Fox was working with real clients. We went through the entire creative process together, with real people to answer our questions and offer truthful feedback to our solutions.”

- Megan Clark ('06)

Points of Distinction

  • Learn from accomplished faculty with more than 300 years of combined professional experience
  • Take advantage of our visiting artist program. We offer one of the most active and robust visiting artist programs in the Council for Christian Colleges & Unviersities, including a Monday night Art Talk program that brings in professional artists from all over the nation who represesent every possible media and profession in the art and design world.
  • Experience a diversity of emphases, approaches and media
  • Faith is fully integrated in all areas of study
  • Experience a family-inspired focus on authentic and committed community
  • All faculty are practicing professional artists and designers

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.