Department of Art + Design
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is designed to prepare students for careers as professional artists and designers, and for entry into more advanced degree programs. Our BFA program focuses on the development of skills necessary for successful careers in the arts through learning and developing formal concepts; exposure to a diverse range of media, processes, and technologies; hands-on engagement with theories and histories of art; and opportunity to cultivate personal artistic expression. Our program includes a strong foundation in Drawing, Design, Color Theory and Art History, with a broad range of upper-level courses in graphic and interactive design, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics.
The Department offers the following majors:
The Department also offers two minor programs:
- Studio Art
- Art History
Our faculty, who are practicing professional artists, work closely with students to inspire and help them develop and expand their creative abilities. In addition, students have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from visiting artists, designers, and distinguished alumni. Graduates of our program pursue a wide range of occupations within the arts including print and web design, advertising, marketing, education, art therapy, gallery/museum administration and freelance art and design projects.
The mission of the Department of Art + Design is to prepare talented and dedicated students for professional creative careers by emphasizing critical thinking, creative problem solving, visual literacy, and the creative process. Through a nationally-accredited B.F.A. curriculum, students acquire technical and conceptual tools, obtain a solid foundation of visual literacy and appreciation, and are encouraged to develop as socially and globally-engaged artists. Our faculty members are active and professionally-recognized artists, designers, and scholars, who are dedicated teachers committed to fostering an environment promoting artistic experimentation, diversity of thought, multiculturalism and global awareness. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in internships, field trips, student exhibitions, study abroad programs, and to interact with noted artists and designers both at the university and in other professional settings. The Department and West Chester University are committed to ensuring the personal and professional success of our students and to preparing them to be active and engaged creative professionals both in their field and in society.