Art Major

Studying art opens doors. It impacts how you look at the world and its visual beauty. It provides a creative outlet that can be personalized. And it connects history, design, culture, and more into a major that can be profitable and fulfilling. As an art student, you’ll be able to work in well-equipped studios in the company of committed faculty who are there to help you create and learn. Additional lectures and workshops provided by exhibiting artists will complement your studio and classroom experiences.

Artists like you contribute to the richness of our society through various mediums. Here at Parkside, you can major in art or choose it as a minor, plus certificates are available in art history, design, and museum studies. You’ll receive a background in the visual arts, along with experience in two- and three-dimensional studies, art history, and visual culture.

Learn more about the Art Department.

To gain increased experience in studio art areas, you may select a concentration. All three concentrations consist of an additional art history course, the exhibition capstone, and an additional 12 credits of studio course work related to the chosen concentration. 

Studio Art Concentration
(19 credits)
Three Dimensional Studio Art Concentration (19 credits)
Interdisciplinary Concentration (19 credits)
Education (34 credits)

Parkside proudly houses three modern art galleries in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Here, you will derive inspiration as you display work alongside leading artists from the around the world. Lectures and workshops provided by exhibiting artists complement your studio and classroom experience.

The major prepares you for graduate studies and careers that require skills in creative problem solving, sophisticated visual communication, and independent thinking.

Some specific titles include studio artist, art conservator, arts administrator, architect, freelance artist, graphic designer, production designer, package designer, web designer, animator, illustrator, typographer, art historian, museum or gallery professional, and art educator in public and private schools.

Art Club is the campus student organization that encourages a variety of student-directed events including a visiting artist series and an annual juried student exhibit to foster a greater awareness and participation in the visual arts. Learn more about Student Organizations.


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