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About Us

The George Fox University Art & Design Department's greatest strength lies in its versatility. Students from our program go on to work commercially, create their own freelance and studio practices, manage and promote arts-based organizations and pursue graduate studies. While here, they have the opportunity to take coursework broadly throughout the curriculum, learning to work with traditional art tools as well as digital and interactive media.

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Art & Design Students Find Work

Job opportunities in all areas of visual craft, art, and design are growing nationally between 8% and 13%, and in the area of web and interaction design at 38.7%. Our programs are taught by professionals, include internship and apprenticeship opportunities, have been built in consultation with the industry, and are structured to offer students exposure to the methods, techniques, and outputs that will be expected of them as they seek out their first year employment. Even better, all industries are on the lookout for creative thinkers, problem solvers, and ideators—a skillset that is deeply embedded in the practice of art & design.

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Be Part of a Creative Community

With classes commonly running at 14 students to 1 Faculty, you will be known and personally cared for. While our program is highly professional, we also pride ourselves on treating one another like family, offering support to one another in all areas of life. We hold several events throughout the year including art retreat, gallery openings, workshops, excursions into Portland, and awards that provide an opportunity to get to know one another and celebrate life within our creative family.

 

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Paying for Your Studies

College is a significant investment, and its not unusual to worry about paying for your education while you study art. Besides Money Magazine recognizing George Fox as a Best Value, our students also can take advantage of the department's many work study positions, First Fridays and events throughout Newberg where students sell their work, and local businesses that seek to hire our students. At the college, course supplies are included as part of your course fees which means they qualify for coverage from scholarships, and there are a number of scholarships that we offer every year specifically for students who commit to studying art & design. To get started, you should consider participating in our Scholarship Weekend.

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Founded on Faith

Your spiritual and personal growth is a high priority. While our campus welcomes a wide range of viewpoints, every professor embraces a Christian worldview. Rooted in Quaker ethics, our faith demands that we find ways to serve the world broadly through the work that we do. Throughout your studies, you will be challenged to consider the ways your worldview and work as a creative professional might align to enrich your faith as well as the lives of your community, region, and world.