The department offers three degrees: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), the Bachelor of Arts (BA), and the Bachelor of Science (BS) through extensive course work in fine arts, and art history. The department makes an investment in its students, staffing classrooms with 16 devoted and highly committed full-time faculty members, not graduate teaching assistants. 80 to 100 new art majors are accepted into the program each fall, making the Department of Art one of the Pacific Northwest’s most attractive destinations for undergraduate study in the visual arts.
Students are actively involved in local and national organizations and are encouraged to participate in internship programs. Graduates go on to become successful art therapists, consultants, gallery directors, graphic designers, filmmakers, illustrators, museum directors, painters, photographers (creative, journalistic, studio, and commercial), printmakers, sculptors, and teachers. Many graduates are accepted into the country’s most prestigious graduate school programs.
The department is primarily located in Fairbanks Hall, an historic clapboard building, beautifully situated on the main quad of campus. Facilities include galleries, painting studios, a spacious printmaking studio, design studio, darkroom and sculpture facilities, and state-of-the-art classrooms in several buildings on campus.