Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Art and Design offers the following undergraduate programs:

Bachelor’s Degrees

Art Major
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.
  • Studio Art
  • Teaching/Art Education
Graphic Design Major
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.
Visual Art Major
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 nine concentrations that is best suited to their academic and career goals.
  • Animation
  • Ceramics
  • Crafts
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Photography
  • New Genre Art Forms
  • Sculpture


Art History Minor
The Art History minor prepares students to critically engage and obtain knowledge of art history, philosophy, and criticism.
Art Minor (with concentrations)
APU's art minor with concentrations enables students to focus on ceramics, crafts, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture.
  • Ceramics
  • Crafts
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Graphic Design Minor
Azusa Pacific's Graphic Design minor prepares students to develop creative thinking about visual communication.

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts students select one of two concentrations. The studio art concentration—in animation, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, new genre art forms, 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 nine 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.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.