Our art and design programs offer state-of-the-art facilities where you take hands-on courses with small class sizes and direct interaction with experienced faculty.
Art Studio Track
Art studio majors at Saint Mary’s are provided exposure to a wide range of media and develop the critical and conceptual skills needed to realize a personal artistic vision and enrich cultural awareness.
Art studio majors, while immersed both historically and conceptually, examine the purpose, function, and aesthetics of the chosen art form within the larger scheme of the art world. Students learn requirements of a professional career in art and are guided in the building of a professional portfolio including a résumé, an artist statement, and a showcase portfolio.
Graphic Design Track
The digital graphic design major at Saint Mary’s is intended for students wishing to pursue a career in visual communications, graphic design, publishing, web design, and motion design.
Since most of the information we receive today is visual in nature, the digital graphic design student is trained to communicate effectively in the visual world.
Areas of study for the digital graphic design major include typography, photo processes, illustration, web design, motion design, and all of the computer applications necessary to realize these areas such as Adobe Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.
Art majors might pursue careers as architects, art dealers, art directors, craft artists, curators, fine artists, graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, marketing and public relations managers, recreational therapists, web designers, and elementary, middle, and high school teachers.
High School Preparation
Art History; Computer Applications; Computer/Graphic Arts; Drafting; Geometry; Photography; Studio Art; Web Design; World History
Enhance Your Experience
A minor in art at Saint Mary’s can be customized, so what you learn is up to you. Whether it's drawing, Italian art and culture, or graphic design, we have courses to fit the interests and skill sets of almost any student. The ability to take courses that suit your interests or your future career make a minor in art a great pairing with a variety of majors.