The Department of Art & Design offers students a curriculum that promotes informed creativity, preparing students for careers in the visual arts and lives of artistic inquiry.

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.

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 and Minors

Painting Student in studioSharpen your technical skills and capacity for innovation with our robust roster of classes.

Art & Design Faculty

Ceramics faculty member looking into soda kiln with fireYour professors are engaged, innovative, and active in their fields. They have a lot to teach you!

University Gallery

The gallery is located in the center of the artistic action in Ingram Hall and features 6 shows per year.

The School of Arts and Communication Health & Safety Guidelines

The School of Arts and Communication has established these guidelines for all performances open to external audiences:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start time prior to entry into the performance venue. Those under 12 are excluded.
  • Masks, covering the nose and mouth, are required for audiences throughout the entire performance.

PLU community members (those with a PLU ID) are exempt from showing additional proof of vaccination status since their status has already been submitted and reviewed through PLU channels.

Meet Our Alumni

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


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

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