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Incoming Art + Design Students!


Welcome to CWU! We are excited to call you a Wildcat and have some important information for you. We would be delighted to have you join our amazing department. 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 orientation sessions run through July. You should have received an email explaining how to register for an advising session with our amazing academic advisor Grace Pearsons. Please let us know if you need assistance. We are 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. Check out our 4-year plans for all our degrees in the links at the bottom of this page. 


We have reserved several Art + Design classes for Art + Design majors only including a section of UNIV 101 for first year Art + Design majors. All first year Art + Design majors should be enrolled this Fall in ART 150 – Introduction to Drawing and ART 170 – 2D Design. There are sections of each class reserved just for you. We also have a special section of UNIV 101 for new majors & minors. We want all new majors to be registered in section 027. You must be a declared major to enroll in these classes.


Recommended Fall 2022 classes for new Art + Design students:


ART 150 - Introduction to Drawing – select either section 002 or 003

Monday & Wednesday – 1 – 3:30pm or Tuesday & Thursday – 1 – 3:30pm


ART 170 - Two-Dimensional Design – select either section 001 or 002

Monday & Wednesday – 1 – 3:30pm or Tuesday & Thursday – 1 – 3:30pm


UNIV 101.027 - Transition to CWU (for Art + Design majors/minors only)

Tuesday – 12 – 12:50pm


Work with your academic advisor Grace Pearsons to add two additional General Education classes.


Application for Majors & Minors

Online Application for Majors BA Art and BA Art Education Form

Online Application for Minors Art + Design and Art History Form

All new Art and Design majors begin as a BA in Art major or a BA in Art Education major. The department offers advising for a Studio Art track and a Graphic Design track for the BA in Art.

Students enrolled in the BA in Art may choose to submit an application for entrance into the BFA program during their Junior year (90 credits or more).

Application to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs: 

The application to apply for the BFA degree in Graphic Design will be accepted in October each year.

Deadline: November 1 each year.

Students must have:

1) Junior class standing (90 or more credits)
2) an Art GPA of 3.0 or better
3) have taken at least 5 art classes

In addition, for the BFA in Graphic Design:

Students must have completed ART 170, 172, 225, 274 and 283.
Transfer students may be currently enrolled 274 & 283.
A digital portfolio is required. See the application for details.


The application to apply for the BFA degree in Studio art will be accepted year-round.

Students must have:

1) Junior class standing (90 or more credits)
2) an Art GPA of 3.0 or better
3) have taken at least 5 art classes


The Art Education BA (Visual Art Teaching endorsement) is 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 Certification Program and complete the Secondary Education program offered through the Curriculum, Supervision, and Educational Leadership Department, in order to be recommended for Washington State licensure.

Secondary Education Program Application:

Secondary Education Program Required Courses: Advising sheet

Apply to the Teacher Certification here:

Advising Documents

ADVISING documents with required courses for all Art + Design Degrees and 4 year plans
2021-2022 Catalog

BA Art Studio Art Track

BA Art Graphic Design Track

BA Art Education (Visual Art Teaching endorsement)

BFA Studio Art

BFA Graphic Design




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