Classes are small (usually ranging from 8–15 students), giving each student the opportunity to develop enriching educational relationships with classmates and professors. The Art & Design department emphasizes the importance of blending the faculty’s professional experience with the students’ understanding of contemporary aesthetics and their development of ambitious studio practice.
Art & Design students will:
- Gain an understanding of the visual arts in relation to culture and history
- Be introduced to historical and contemporary artistic and design practices
- Learn in an environment that fosters critical thinking
- Use facilities that are current with industry standards
- Graphic Design
- Studio Art
The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org).
USF has given me an unforgettable experience. Faculty members have allowed me to grow both intellectually and as a person. Each professor has supported me and my goals, and was more than willing to help me achieve anything I set my mind to. I was pushed and motivated to learn, grow, and become a better person. This incredible support system has surrounded me with an incredible group of colleagues, mentors, and friends.”
What Can You Do With This Degree?
If you’re creative and imaginative, the sky’s the limit with a degree in art and design. The art and design staff at the University of St. Francis has been successful in preparing students for careers as traditional and new media artists, traditional graphic designers, web designers, commercial photographers, fine art photographers, and kindergarten to 12th grade art teachers. With the right complementary courses, those interested in the administrative side of things could plan and organize arts-related events, or work in arts management. There are additional endless opportunities in fields such as media, marketing, communications, public relations, and more.
Grow Through Real-World Experience
Faculty members work with junior and senior students to locate and secure challenging internship opportunities—especially in the graphic design and photography fields. Student also have the opportunity to work with USF’s art gallery director to gain important curatorial and art-preparation skills, or to serve as student workers, who further develop important technical skills such as framing, matting, painting, equipment maintenance, software maintenance and more. In addition, upper level studio art majors have access to work studios that allow them to develop serious work in an environment that prepares the individual for graduate studies or to work in the fine arts industry.