Department of Art & Design

Ship Art

Welcome to the webpages of the Art & Design Department!

Undergraduate Students

Shippensburg University Art & Design Department is a place of learning, personal growth, and artistic development. Our students come from a cross-section of the United States and the world. Some are already serious artists who have known for a long time that they would pursue a career in the visual arts, but for others, art is a discovery they have made recently. Some of our students are intent on earning lots of money in their artistic futures, while others are purely romantic in their love of the visual arts.

While at Shippensburg, our students are provided with a strong foundation in the visual arts, and are offered opportunities to focus in a studio area like: ceramics, drawing, digital art, graphic design, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Some Art & Design students will pursue art education certification, and still others will dive into art history. Along with art courses, our students can also pursue other academic interests and organize those courses into a minor. Students choose from a wide variety of general education courses to fulfill their graduation requirements.

We hope you will join our family . . . and begin your higher education in Art & Design at Ship!

Graduate Students

Graduate art studio courses are offered each summer through the K-12 Educators Institute. Click here to see summer graduate courses.


Art & Design Faculty are members of the: National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Art Educators Association (NAEA), Pennsylvania Art Educators Association (PAEA), and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

News & Events

Department Trips

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

  • Every semester

New York City Art Galleries and Museums 

  • Twice a semester, a day trip
  • Three day trip, each semester 

Special Events

Spring Break 2017 - ROME, ITALY

Spring Break Trips Include: 

  • Round trip airfare
  • Local coach to hotel and airport
  • Double occupancy, tourist-class hotel
  • Continental breakfast in the hotel

SU students earn one art credit as part of this program.
Note: SU students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, retirees of SU, and the community-at-large are all welcome to join this trip.