Careers in Art and Design

Overview of the SU Art & Design Department

The SU Department of Art and Design is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. We are preparing our students for professional careers in art, design, and art education. We provide an atmosphere which supports and challenges intellectual curiosity, while developing professional studio skills.

The department utilizes a variety of educational activities and experiences beyond the classroom to support and enhance art content. Internships at regional or local businesses, art galleries, and art museums, provide practical experience. Trips to nationally and internationally recognized art galleries and art museums in Washington, D.C. and in New York City support professional growth in studio art, and give context to the study of art history. Opportunities in study abroad bring the larger world to the feet of the student interested in experiencing first hand a global perspective.

The Department of Art and Design prepares students for the many occupations that include artists, designers and educators. Graduates of the program are employed in careers ranging from graphic design to art teachers to entrepreneurs of large and small enterprises.

Faculty reviews of senior work guides the student's individual growth and progress toward completing a senior exhibition. Resume development, and the supporting materials, as well as a presentation portfolio of professional studio work greatly assists students in future employment interviews, and in applying to a Master of Fine Art or other graduate programs.

The Huber Art Center has over 180,000 square feet of studios, a lecture classroom, two art galleries, critique and multipurpose rooms, and spaces for photographing art work and assembling professional presentations. Studios include professional facilities in Art Education, Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

The Bachelor of Arts degree (or B.A.) is a flexible liberal arts degree. It allows the student to determine the focus and the breath of their program. Degree electives can be used for concentrating in the studio arts, identifying a minor in one of thirty four other departments on campus, or taking a diversity of courses based on personal interest. Certification to teach grades K-12 can be earned as part of this degree.