The Department of Art & Design offers Artistic Achievement Awards for incoming PLU students. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are due February 14, 2020.Read More
The University Gallery
Join us for artist exhibitions and opening receptions. The gallery hosts four exhibitions a year.More Information
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.