Welcome to the Department of Art at Central Washington University. 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 and Graphic Design. The degrees offered are as follows:
Our studio areas include: Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Wood Design. All First Year students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts major. There is a studio and graphic design track depending on your interest. Entrance into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program is by portfolio application during the Fall quarter of your junior year.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts or BFA, which requires 105 - 107 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 provides a solid art foundation for a career that may include the combination of another area of interest, minor or major.
The Department of Art 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 10 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. Our faculty are working artists; they are vibrant in the classroom and current in their professional fields.
The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery offers the campus of Central Washington University and the community at large the opportunity to view and experience art 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.
The mission of the Department of Art is to awaken the critical, creative, and analytical potential of our students through the teaching and practice of the visual arts.