The Department of Art and Design offers the following undergraduate programs:
Students take courses that provide a broad groundwork in the arts and select an area of specialization, choosing from a variety of courses to streamline their skills.
The Graphic Design major prepares students to think creatively about visual communication problems by gaining experience in print design, webpage design, digital imaging, and developing design systems.
The BFA is the professional undergraduate degree that is highly desired by serious students intent on pursuing careers or advanced degrees in the visual arts. Students have the flexibility to choose one of five concentrations that is best suited to their academic and career goals.
The Art History minor prepares students to develop a broad understanding of the meaning and purposes of visual communication while promoting critical engagement and attaining knowledge of historically significant ideas and objects. The study of history, philosophy, and criticism related to art prepares individuals to embark upon a variety of art-related careers.
APU's art minor with concentrations enables students to focus on ceramics, crafts, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.
- Drawing and Painting
Related APU Program
Bachelor of Arts students select one of two concentrations. The studio art concentration—in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, or printmaking—prepares the student for a professional art career. The teaching/art education concentration offers a state-approved, Single-Subject Matter Program providing courses required to enter a California teaching credential program in graduate school. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art offers five concentrations to allow students flexibility in constructing their program. The graphic design major provides a strong background for students who wish to enter the fields of advertising, illustration, other commercially oriented areas, or graduate school.
Internships and Jobs
Azusa Pacific is located in Southern California within driving distance to Los Angeles, offering students access to rich history and contribution to the arts, as well as numerous possibilities for internships and career opportunities. Internships are strongly encouraged for the Studio Art concentration, and required for the Visual Art (BFA) and Graphic Design majors. An internship provides direct practical experience in the various activities involved with each emphasis. You may receive class credit by registering for the course ART 475 Art Internship. Between 90 and 120 hours of on-location internship hours are required to fulfill this assignment. It is essential that the student be directly involved in the work. The employer must be willing to give necessary instructions to the intern. Generally, there will be no pay for the hours of internship work. See the professor of the course ART 475 Art Internship for specific internship forms.