Department of Art


photo_workWhat types of applied learning opportunities do you have available?
All seniors exhibit their works in a gallery show before they graduate. Art Education majors complete student teaching requirements in area elementary, middle or high schools.

All Graphic Design majors complete internships at businesses, design firms, advertising agencies and organizations to gain practical experience in their field before they graduate. Internships offered in the student’s final year, advance the educational process by extending the curriculum into the business world. Students have the opportunity to pursue internships on-campus, locally, regionally, and nationally. The following list contains just a few of the internship experiences our students have completed and that local businesses and organizations have employed interns at:

  • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
  • C3 Creative Concepts International
  • Callahan Creek Marketing Agency
  • Discover The Phoenix Region Magazine
  • EmpowerU Campus
  • NPG
  • Pipeline Productions
  • Saint Joseph Museums
  • Salva-O’Renick
  • Stormfront Productions
  • Toms Shoes (Creative)

What special facilities does the Western Art Department have?
The Art Department contains painting, ceramic, photography, sculpture and printmaking studios, along with a foundry and an art gallery and a small art library. Two Mac labs are dedicated to Digital Animation and Graphic Design, and both labs are equipped with: 25 Mac Pro computers, 18 iMac computers, screens ranging from 27″ to 17″, 3 CINTIQ monitors, and Wacom tablets. 

What software is installed in the Mac labs?
The Mac lab computers include the latest design software: Autodesk Maya, Adobe Creative Cloud Collection (After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash and more), Mudbox, Pftrack, Final Cut Pro X, UNITY game engine, V-Ray, and Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. We also have 3 Microtec large bed scanners and 5 Epson large format printers.

Does your department offer any study abroad opportunities?
Yes. Every other year, the Art Department offers a travel and study abroad trip to Europe to study art and art history. The past two trips have been three-week trips, where students spent two weeks in Rome and one week in Florence.

Do students and faculty work together on research projects?
Yes. Students and faculty often work together either one-on-one or in small groups on research projects. Recent projects include Flux Variation on Cone 10 Oxidation/Reduction Glazes, Research into the Development of Color in Cone 9/10 Oxidation Reduction Glazes, and Exploration and Replication of Salt-Firing Methodology by Early Midwest Potters.