Common Career Paths

  • Studio artist
  • Interior design
  • Arts administration
  • Art education
  • Commercial photography
  • Graphic design and marketing
  • Publishing
  • Arts ministry
  • Museum/gallery curator
  • Art therapy
  • Art restoration
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 college environment 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:

Graphic Design

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 Design

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.

Studio Arts

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 information about the art & design major at George Fox University or apply now 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

Job Outlook

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

What we offer …

  • Small classes

    Our small classes allow students to benefit from frequent one-to-one mentoring. The university’s 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio allows for plenty of personal attention.

  • Broad curriculum

    Students take a liberal-arts curriculum that helps broaden perspectives and contributes to an appreciation and understanding of all aspects of society. All classes are taught from a Christian worldview where faith is integrated with learning.

  • Faculty expertise

    Each faculty member is a trained professional artist in his or her field of expertise, bringing wisdom and experience on both local and national scales. Our professors care about you as an individual and enjoy mentoring visual artists who value creativity, innovation, conviction, and historical perspective.

  • Quality facilities

    George Fox is home to two art galleries, the Roger and Mildred Minthorne Gallery and the Donald H. Lindgren Gallery, which host several shows each year.

  • External outings

    You’ll have access to the Portland Art Museum and numerous art galleries in the Portland area. Faculty members regularly take students to downtown Portland to explore the current art scene. Newberg is also home to regular art events, and a number of students have exhibited in local galleries.

  • Global opportunities

    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students participate in an international experience. The university ranks among the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges in study-abroad participation.

  • 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 highest among Christian colleges in the country.