Art and Design

Media is at the forefront of our modern world.

The digital age has increased the public’s demand for visual communication, art, and creative expression.

In fact there is no better time to pursue a career-focused art major. Students will learn the realities of a career in the arts; build a professional portfolio, résumé, and artist’s statement; and network with artists working across industries.

The Saint Mary’s art majors introduce students to a wide range of media and help them develop the critical and conceptual skills they need to realize their personal artistic vision. Core coursework focuses on design fundamentals, major figures and movements in art history, the primary uses of visual arts in society, and art critique. Students learn to think creatively and critically and are given freedom to explore mediums and collaborations.

The department emphasizes hands-on experience. Students will apply classroom theories to real-world projects, hear from guest speakers, engage in service-learning projects, tour businesses, and conduct informational interviews with illustrators, photographers, videographers, and web designers. Most students pursue one or more internships throughout the program. The department maintains relationships with a wide range of agencies, publishers, corporations, and nonprofit organizations and encourages students to meet with the Office of Career Services and Internships early and often.

Students spend much of their time at work in the studios. Contemporary facilities and ample workspace enhance the learning experience. The department has a design lab, equipped with iMacs and professional scanners and printers and expansive studios. A professional on-campus gallery hosts two student exhibitions per year and is used by classes to present student work. Many art majors are members of the Art Club, which organizes nationwide museum and gallery tours. Study abroad opportunities are also available to bring the history and artwork to life.