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:

The graphic design concentration educates students in 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.

Interior designers know that our surroundings influence both our productivity and our relaxation. This concentration prepares students for careers in interior design, housing and home planning, kitchen and bath design, home furnishings and more.

Art majors concentrating in studio arts can specialize in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, mixed media or printmaking. 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.

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.

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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
  • 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.