Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
School of Arts and Sciences
Westminster’s art program provides many avenues for artistic exploration, development of creativity and innovation, and refined expression of ideas. By studying the fundamentals and historical contexts of art, you’ll learn to produce engaging contemporary art, hone your imagination, and develop your ability to communicate creatively.
Who It's For
Art is for everyone. Whether you’re still exploring your artistic capabilities or ready to jump headfirst into a particular area of specialization, the art program is designed to help you expand your technical and creative capacity.
- On average, our studio classes are capped at 10–14 students, which means you’ll get lots of one-on-one attention and mentoring from your professors.
- Traditional methods and cutting-edge technology exist side-by-side. You’ll learn the fundamental history of each medium, while being challenged to innovate using a myriad of digital tools and technologies.
- A wide variety of special-topics courses—including Experimental Photography, Landscape Painting, Primitive Pottery, Printmaking, and Earthworks of the American West—allow you to explore new areas to round out your studies.
About the Program
The art program is designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to produce original, compelling works of art. You’ll study a variety of techniques, including drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics as you learn to employ your imagination and express your ideas creatively. Your professors will challenge you to take creative risks as you explore your passions both in the classroom and in focused studio hours.
Art students may use a variety of campus facilities to build skills and complete projects. Additionally, art faculty provide tips for helpful student resources and suggestions for extracurricular opportunities you may want to explore.
What You'll Learn
- Be exposed to and gain experience in a wide variety of fine art disciplines and ideas
- Learn and develop the skills required to produce artwork of technical quality
- Develop the sensitivity, understanding, and insight to produce artwork that is personally meaningful and creatively expressive
- Develop the ability to write and speak articulately about their own and other’s artwork
- Learn skills needed for preparing, publicizing, and hanging art exhibits
- Learn to produce materials for professional presentation of their art for the purposes of gaining acceptance into exhibits, finding gallery representation, applying for grants, seeking publication, and applying for graduate school
Plan of Study
As a first-year student, you’ll take intro-level classes in the area of your interest, sharpening your skills in ceramic sculpture, composition and design, drawing, painting, photography, or digital imaging. As you move through the program, you’ll choose an area of concentration, focusing on your medium of choice. You’ll gain important context for your work through art history classes and practice your craft in one of our dedicated studios as a part of the Art program. At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll have the opportunity to choose one of 2 degree tracks: bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts.
Bachelor of Arts
The BA degree offers flexibility that encourages you to explore a broader field of art topics through upper-division elective credits. This plan of study prepares you for a career as a professional artist—or in any other field that uses your artistic talents in creative and innovative ways. It’s also a great option if you want to double major.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The BFA is designed to give you an intensive education in one of four areas of concentration: ceramics, painting and drawing, photography and digital media, or studio arts. As a BFA student, you’ll work closely with your peers and faculty mentors to develop a cohesive, focused portfolio you can use for work as a professional artist or as a candidate for graduate studies in the arts.
Liberal Education Courses
Paint, Perception, and Alchemy
This course covers fundamental techniques, materials, vocabulary, and modes of communication inherent to the art of painting. You’ll study the terms and techniques pertaining to the creation and critique of painting, as well as the presentation and storage of finished works. You’ll also be challenged to analyze and understand works of art through both historical and contemporary lenses.
Trace the history of land-based, environmental, and ecological art and the major concepts, concerns, and trends that surround them. You’ll examine important art from these disciplines and develop a proposal for making environmental art of your own.
As an art student, you’ll graduate with sharp artistic capabilities, and the ability to interpret the world through a variety of historical and cultural frameworks. You’ll be able to use these skills in a career as a professional artist, in graduate school, or any other field that allows you to think creatively and find innovative approaches to your work.
Tuition and Aid
There's No Better Investment Than You
Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.
With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.
You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.
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