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Art
College of Arts and Humanities
Art Education
College of Arts and Humanities
Film Studies
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Graphic Design
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Studio Art
College of Arts and Humanities
Art
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2665
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/art/ba-art
Description

Turn your passion for art into a profession. At CWU, art students push their creative boundaries and gain the practical tools necessary to begin a successful career in the art world.

Opportunities

Students in CWU’s art department can study a wide range of mediums including: ceramics; drawing; graphic design; jewelry and metalsmithing; painting; photography; sculpture; and wood design.

Why this program?

Art students work closely with award-winning artists, designers, painters, and other gifted instructors who can help bring their work to the next level.

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Art Education
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Art
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2662
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

Description

Become an art teacher. The BA in Art Education satisfies the endorsement for visual arts in Washington state. This comprehensive visual-art program qualifies students to teach art at elementary or secondary levels.  

 

Opportunities

Students with an Art Education degree are able to get an endorsement in visual art teaching, leading to outstanding employment opportunities, and they will be qualified to teach art in the K-12 school system across Washington. 

 

Why this program?

The Art Education degree is a multidisciplinary offering between the Department of Art+Design and the Teacher Preparation Program and Secondary Education major offered through the Department of Curriculum, Supervision and Educational Leadership. The degree focuses on engaging with artistic inquiry and teacher education in a variety of settings including K-12, communities, and museums.  

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Film Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Department of Communication
509-963-1055
film@cwu.edu

Department Website: https://www.cwu.edu/film
Description

CWU Film Studies majors learn to view film as an art form, a personal or cultural expression, and as a commercial endeavor.

Opportunities

In addition to following their creative muses, students in the CWU Film Studies program develop and hone their technical, analytical, research, and writing skills as they learn to produce and critique films and videos.

Why this program?

You get to make movies. How cool is that?

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Graphic Design
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2665
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

Description

The study of graphic arts is about conveying emotion or information, or telling a story—but using images and design as well as words. Graphic artists learn critical thinking as well as the fundamentals of design, style, typography, illustration, and sequential art.

Opportunities

Students learn how to create an effective design through the exploration of digital and print media. As part of the graphic design program, students complete a summer internship with a professional design agency or company, and learn by doing it themselves.

Why this program?

• According to BurningGlass.com, a national graphic market analysis organization, 91% of employers prefer a job candidate to have a degree. • CWU’s graphic arts program ranks in the top 10% among graphic arts programs in the U.S. (and #1 in Washington), according to the web site, Graphic Schools.com.

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Studio Art
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Department Contact:

Gregg Schlanger
509-963-2665
gregg.schlanger@cwu.edu

Description

You have the talent and the passion. Let us help you turn it into a profession. Our studio areas include ceramics, painting and drawing, metalsmithing, photography, sculpture, and wood design. You’ll have access to specialized studios, designed to foster your growth as an artist, no matter what your medium.

Opportunities

Your fine arts degree can be a foundation for a broad range of career directions, from teaching to management to media and advertising. Your training in art can be a gateway to a variety of careers, from video game illustrator to jewelry designer to forensic artist.

Why this program?

Our students work closely with award-winning, professional artists from their very first class. The department hosts Gallery 231, one of the state’s first and only galleries devoted solely to student artwork.

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Why Art+Design at CWU?

Students in CWU’s Department of Art+Design have access to specialized studios, designed to foster their growth as an artist, no matter what the medium.

Studio areas include: ceramics; drawing; graphic design; jewelry and metalsmithing; painting; photography; sculpture; film and wood design.

Art students work closely with award-winning, professional artists.

CWU art's internationally acclaimed professors are affiliated with the best design studios in the region.

Graduates of Central Art find jobs as teachers, graphic artists, designers, commercial artists, photographers, drafters, video game illustrators, art directors, jewelry designers, and forensic artists.

Your fine arts degree can be a foundation for a broad range of career directions, from teaching to management to media and advertising. Your training in art can be a gateway to a variety of careers, from video game illustrator to jewelry designer to forensic artist.

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Pursue your passion for creativity at CWU. Choose a degree in art. Be sure to connect with us.

Specializations

Central Washington University has a lot to offer students interested in a visual art degree. CWU offers BA and BFA degrees in studio art and graphic design. Students can choose from the following specializations:

Experience art at CWU.

Points of Pride

Central Washington University houses one of the state's first and only galleries devoted solely to student artwork, Gallery 231.

Central art students have served in a wide variety of internships at Electric Pen, Foundation 9 Entertainment, Girvin Design, Henry Art Gallery, Jayray, Museum of Glass, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle International Film Festival.

Central Washington University professor David Bieloh amassed five awards from the 2017 Graphis LogoDesign 9 International Competition. His talents continue to be recognized on the international level—having also won seven design awards at the Summit International Competitions.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.

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