Studio Arts & Arts Administration Major (BA)

Are you drawn to beauty and are eager to understand your creative side through the context of God as our Creator? Maybe you’ve wondered if a career in the art world was possible. We’re here to tell you that it is!

There are careers to be had in art! The industry is growing across the nation and our alumni are thriving as professional painters, running educational programs, curating galleries, installing exhibitions, and, best of all, getting paid to do what they love!

In short, if you love looking at and creating objects and images, want to live and work in creative spaces, and find yourself constantly exploring materials, you should consider studying studio art.

Where Can a Career in Art Take You?

Our major prepares you for a wide range of possible career paths in the industry. As a studio arts major, you will …

of art and design students complete an internship in their field before they graduate

Collaborate with Fellow Creators

Our studio arts major 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- and three-dimensional media including, but not limited to, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and lens-based media, print media, and utilitarian ceramics.

Creative Thinking and Technical Precision

We place an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and risk-taking throughout the program, encouraging you to develop the confidence to experiment and the self-reliance to become a courageous life-long learner.

Instruction in technical competencies and skills of the studio practice is 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.

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Why Study Studio Arts at George Fox?

students working in the ceramics studio

What will I Study?

  • Printmaking
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Glass work
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Lehman Pekkola

Lehman Pekkola

Class of 2017, Visual Artist, Pic-Time LTD

My time at George Fox allowed for transcendence to take place – a transcendence that I hadn’t anticipated would take form, a transcendence that changed my entire perspective toward relationship, toward art, toward faith, toward the world. George Fox’s professors and peers allowed space and opportunities for me to become a better human being, which is something I’ll forever be grateful for.

What’s after George Fox

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment as a craft or fine artist is expected to grow 6 percent between 2016 and 2026, and roles for multimedia artists are growing at 8 percent.

The Portland metro area is well-known for its thriving arts community, bringing in millions of dollars annually and supporting a significant population of artists. As the world moves more visual, the role of the "traditional artist" has shifted and organizations of all types have been creating opportunities for artists.

Our students have received full-ride scholarships to grad school, and we boast a large number of alumni who are supporting themselves with their practice.

  • Lecturer of Art and Design, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Arts and Public Programming Director, Chehalem Cultural Center
  • K-12 Art Teacher, Black Forest Academy
  • Lead Photographer, The Pair Visuals
  • Education Coordinator, Chehalem Cultural Center
  • Director of University Studio Maker Space, Corban University
  • Studio Technician, Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Program Liaison, Grunewalk Guild Art and Faith Community
  • Service Coordinator, Pic-Time
  • Art and Fashion Director, Benjamin Holtrop, Inc.
  • Art Teacher, Rock Creek Middle School
  • Kent State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Oregon State University
  • Tyler School of Art at Temple University
  • University of Madison, Wisconsin
  • University of New Mexico
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Iowa
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • Washington State University
  • Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education (art education)

100% of art and design students at George Fox complete an internship in their field before they graduate. Here's where some of our student interned during the 2023-24 school year:

  • Mackenzie Inc.
  • A&E Design
  • Amy Troute Inspired Interior Design
  • Hill Devine Design
  • Lindye Galloway Interiors
  • RJ Smith Construction
  • Kelly Frampton Interior Design
  • Portland Pickles Baseball
  • SE Calvary Chapel
  • Sign On
  • Philadelphia Dream Center
  • Blue Trout Gallery
  • Exhibiting fine artist
  • Freelance artist or illustrator
  • 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)