The Department of Art & Design and the School of Arts and Communication are regretfully postponing several upcoming Art & Design events, including an opening reception and gallery exhibition. Staff and faculty are working together to see if these events can be rescheduled later in the spring. Updates for all School of Arts and Communication programs and departments can be found here:

Department of Art & Design

The Department of Art & Design offers students a curriculum that promotes informed creativity, preparing students not just for careers in the visual arts, but for lives of artistic inquiry.

Students pursue their studies of art in one of three majors: a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art; a Bachelor of Arts in Art History; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in specific studio areas–our BFA is the only program of its kind among private liberal arts universities in the Northwest!

Our classes are small, with individualized instruction from a faculty of professionally active artists and scholars who are also gifted and dedicated teachers. Classes in Art & Design focus on developing students’ skills in a variety of media. We encourage self-reliance, curiosity, dedication to craft, historical awareness, and critical thinking.

With this strong foundation, our graduates enter a variety of careers. Many become independent artists, while others are professionals in print and web design, art education, publishing, and other fields. Still others take post-graduate studio positions or pursue graduate school in studio art, art history, or education. Whatever their career path, students in PLU’s Department of Art & Design graduate with the skills needed to make their mark on the world.

Majors & Minors

Sharpen your technical skills and capacity for innovation with our robust roster of classes.

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Your professors are engaged, innovative, and active in their fields.

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University Gallery

PLU's University Gallery is located in the center of the artistic action in Ingram Hall.

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Renewable scholarship awards ranging from $1,000-$7,500 are available for incoming/first-year PLU students.


Our alumni go on to do incredible and diverse projects. Click through to see some of their recent work and portfolios.