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1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg PA 17257
(717) 477-1151

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Huber Art Center 209
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA
(717) 477-1530


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Art and Design

Shippensburg University offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art and a BA in art with education certification, K-12. Our undergraduate art program provides students with a comprehensive curriculum. Students will have many opportunities to showcase their work nationally and regionally.

Art at Ship

The Art and Design Department is located in a state-of-the-art center for the studio arts. Our facilities include large spacious studios, computer and technology labs, for art education, art history, ceramics, digital fine art, drawing, graphic design, painting, and sculpture. The sculpture and ceramics facilities also include tremendous roofed outdoor work areas devoted to innovative firing, welding, casting, and carving techniques. The Kauffman Gallery presents a diversity of artists with nine major visual art exhibits annually. Ship art faculty and students exhibit their work along with nationally and regionally recognized artists.

Students in the BA art program can chose to focus in art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, and sculpture. Students may also elect to study at the Art Institute (Ai), with eight locations nationwide, or attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York during their junior-year. By choosing to spend your junior year at one of these institutes, you can concentrate on photography/multimedia, visual communication, computer animation/multimedia, and interior, graphic, industrial, fashion, advertising, textiles/surface, or accessories design.

Art majors have the opportunity to visit art museums and art galleries in New York City and Washington, D.C., on a regular basis. The art faculty also offers study abroad courses. These include a yearly trip to a major European city during Spring Break.

All of our faculty have received national recognition for their studio art. Professors have Master of Fine Art degrees (MFA), the terminal studio art degree, or a PhD in art history or art education.

Our graphic design program is fitted with labs containing the latest technology. New courses in graphic & digital design can enhance students’ employment potential and provide a wide range of expanding opportunities.

We furnish and maintain our Art studios for undergraduate degree students with the finest equipment and tools. Class sizes are small, which translates into more individualized instruction. Our low student to faculty ratio also means we can provide a student-focused curriculum unlike bigger PA art undergraduate programs. This can lead to greater educational and artistic opportunities.

Want to find out more? Schedule a tour of the department. Ask questions. We’re eager to help.

Art Admission and Degree Requirements

Students interested in becoming an art or art education major must complete an admission portfolio requirement. For information and an introduction to the portfolio and application process, please go to www.ship.edu/Art/Prospective_Students/.

All art majors take several foundation courses to develop manual skills and to acquire conceptual knowledge about visual art:

  • Basic Drawing
  • Drawing II
  • Color and Two Dimensional Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Art Appreciation

Additionally, students are required to take two art history courses, which together cover art from the Gothic period to the contemporary postmodern art forms. Following the required art courses, you may elect courses in studio art and in art history, which are of personal interest. Studio areas include:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Some art majors pursue a minor as part of their degree. Art education students take education courses, in addition to the foundation art studio courses.

Careers in Art

Skilled artists find job options in virtually every field where goods or services are present. Occupations in art include art education, graphic designer, gallery director, and illustrator. A skilled artist can also find employment as a:

  • Web designer
  • Videographer
  • Animator
  • Ceramicist
  • Illustrator
  • Product designer
  • Make-up artist
  • Lighting designer
  • Special effects artist

For the artist producing works of fine arts, practicing his or her craft is of first and foremost importance. Fine artists too find art-related positions that complement their studio production. Some fine artists pursue graduate programs in art and then a position as a university art professor, an art critic, a conservator or restorer, an art therapist, or another art occupation. Other fine artists continue to make their artwork, exhibit it in galleries, museums, in other types of exhibitions, and may apply for grant funding.

Artists are in constant demand for their creativity, certification in art, and manual skills. Artists who are skilled, productive, and inventive will find jobs in, or related to, their field of study. More recently, computer skills have increased the career options for artists. Adaptability and versatility are two very important qualities to beginning a successful career in art.

Art Internships

Internships are vital to the success of an art major. They help students gain valuable experience they need to land an entry-level position. The department maintains a current file of internship positions, and faculty work closely with each student to locate a suitable placement.

Recent interns have served with such organizations as the Pennsylvania Preservation Commission, Pennsylvania State Museum, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, Md.), Ingersoll-Rand Co., Beidel Printing House, Well Vissor, Inc. and Comcast (Philadelphia).

Experience is vital to securing an entry-level position.

Student Organizations

Student organizations provide such experience. All students are welcome to participate in the Student Art League, which is involved in a variety of art related activities. The Visivo group produces an annual arts magazine, where students learn all aspects of magazine production. Art education students are involved in the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA).