Bachelor of Arts in Art

About the Art, BA

Join a dynamic and vibrant community of artists in the Art, BA at CWU. From painting to sculpture, graphic design to photography, our classes are designed to inspire and cultivate your creative potential, while also providing the background for the importance, cultural significance, and history of art.

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Why Study Art at CWU?

In the Art, BA at CWU, you'll have the freedom to explore different artistic mediums, experiment with techniques, and find out what kind of artist you want to be.

With opportunities to collaborate with fellow students, engage in group critiques, participate in exhibitions, and connect with visiting artists and professionals, our supportive community will provide you with inspiration and motivation to help you thrive as an artist. 

Where is this program offered?  

How much does this program cost?  

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU. 

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Careers and Opportunities  

Graduates can explore opportunities in fields such as art administration, art conservation, art journalism, art consulting, art entrepreneurship, and more.  

  • Professional Artist: With a solid foundation in artistic skills, creativity, and critical thinking, you can pursue careers as professional artists in various mediums, such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital media, and more.  
  • Art Educator: With a teaching certificate, you can pursue careers as art educators in K-12 schools, or without one, you can work in community art programs. 
  • Museum or Gallery Professional: Consider working in museums, galleries, or cultural institutions as a curator, exhibit designer, registrar, or art handler.


Community Outreach 

Art and Design Professor Gregg Schlanger has created a host of community public art projects, including for North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington, the city of Memphis, Tennessee, the city of Providence, Rhode Island, and a public library in Owensboro, Kentucky. 

Undergraduate Exhibition 

The Department of Art and Design sponsors an annual Juried Undergraduate Student Art and Design Exhibition, a showcase for outstanding undergraduate student artwork. Students display their best art and design projects, with the winners recognized for excellence during a public event.

Additional Program Information

  • Art and Design Program Eligibility

    All new Art and Design majors can select from any of the degree programs. To continue in the BFA degree programs (Graphic Design or Studio Art) you will: 

    • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Art and Design classes. 
    • Present to the faculty a portfolio of work during a Junior year review. 
  • BFA or BA? 

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree that focuses on intensive work. The BFA provides an in-depth program of study in Graphic Design or Studio Art while also allowing for some experimentation in several arts media. 


    The Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA) is a liberal arts degree that focuses on the study of art, design, and art history. The BA allows for a second major, a minor or various courses in different departments.

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Department of Art + Design

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