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Art + Design

College of Arts and Humanities


Welcome to CWU! We are excited to call you a Wildcat and I have some important information for you. As a new Art + Design student at Central we have a lot of information to help you transition to Central this Fall. We believe we have a lot to offer a wide variety of students through our BA and BFA degrees in the areas of Studio Art, Graphic Design and Art Education.

Advising and orientations have all moved online this summer. I am here to assist you in becoming a major, to help you get enrolled in the right classes this fall and answer any questions you might have about our program. It is highly recommended that all Art + Design majors begin taking art classes in their first quarter. We will meet in a Zoom meeting soon.

We have reserved several Art and Design classes for our majors only including a section of UNIV 101 for first year A+D majors only. I will work with you as you create your course schedule. You will need to declare your major right away to get into these select courses. Declare your Art + Design Major today at this webpage.

You can find all of our advising forms including our recommended schedule for First Year Art + Design majors, descriptions of all our degree programs, four-year plans and a general education worksheet at this link

I will be hosting several group Zoom advising sessions through July. There are sessions for First Year Students (students with less than 45 transfer credits) and Transfer Students (students with 45 or more transfer credits). Calendar sign up link is below.

The steps you need to take:

  • If you haven't already, accept your offer of admissions.
  • Submit any final transcripts for transfer credits and DTAs.
  • First Year Students must complete Central 101, your orientation and transition portal.
  • Transfer Students must complete the Central 301, the orientation and transition portal for transfer students.
  • Sign up for an advising session with me! Follow the link below.
  • Register for Fall classes.

Please follow this link and sign up for one of the small group advising Zoom sessions. Once you are registered on my calendar I will send you the Zoom information.

First Year Student Calendar:

Transfer Student Calendar:

The remaining dates that are available are:

First Year Students at 10am. Transfer Students at 11am.

Wednesday, August 12

Monday, August 17

Thursday, August 20

Monday, August 24

Thursday, August 27

Monday, August 31


Please declare your Art + Design Major today at this website. 


Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I look forward to meeting you. Welcome!


Gregg Schlanger, Chair

Department of Art + Design
Central Washington University

Choosing the right college and creative environment to pursue a visual arts education is a difficult task. We are excited that as a creative and motivated person you have decided to attend Central Washington University and join us in the Department of Art + Design. During your time at Central you will work with faculty members who are professional artists and designs as well as scholars in their field. The Art + Design faculty are recognized for their work regionally, nationally and internationally. We are successful practicing artists and designers and are passionate about interacting with creative students such as you.

The degrees we offer are as follows:

B.A. in Art, B.A. in Visual Art Teaching (Art Education), B.F.A in Studio Art, B.F.A in Graphic Design

Our studio areas include: Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood Design.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts or BFA, which requires 110 credits, provides more breadth and depth in art than the Bachelor of Arts or BA, which requires 75 credits. The BFA is considered the degree for professional preparation in the arts. The BA degree is considered a Liberal Arts degree and provides a solid art foundation for a career that may include the combination of another area of interest or as preparation for graduate study in a related area. We offer a studio or graphic design track with the BA degree.

The Visual Art Teaching BA satisfies the endorsement for visual arts. A comprehensive visual-art program that qualifies students to teach art at either the elementary or secondary levels in regular or self-contained classrooms. Students taking this major are required to apply to the Teacher Preparation Program and complete the Secondary Education major offered through the Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership Department, in order to be recommended for Washington State licensure.

The Department of Art + Design is located in Randall Hall, a two-story, 82,000 square foot building designed for visual art instruction. Within the confines of the building are large specialized facilities for our various studio arts, design and visual art teaching courses. Over 200 CWU undergraduates are currently majoring or minoring in the visual arts. With 9 full-time (and several part-time) art faculty we are able to keep the student/teacher ratio low allowing for greater personal attention in the studio environment.

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery offers the campus of Central Washington University and the community at large the opportunity to view and experience art and design first hand. The Gallery's exhibitions and related outreach programs (such as workshops, artist lectures, and interpretive programs) are designed to support the Department's educational objectives as well as to enhance, engage, and challenge the viewer’s knowledge and understanding of art.


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