Program options

DEPARTMENT OF ART

The art program offers five areas of study leading to four areas of specialization: art education, art therapy, ecclesiastical art, graphic design and studio art. The art education program prepares students to teach art at the elementary and/or secondary levels and equips them to be leaders in the classroom, in the congregation and in the community. Concordia offers a B.S.E.D.* and a B.F.A. in art education. The art therapy program prepares students seeking to apply to graduate school in art therapy and provides a quality foundation for students to use the creative process to help people of all ages improve their health and emotional well-being. Concordia offers a B.A. in art therapy. The ecclesiastical art program provides training in artistic craft with a theological foundation. Coursework involves study in art and theology. The department offers a B.A. in ecclesiastical art. The graphic design program prepares students for a career or further study in the field of graphic design involving skills in conceptualization, visualization, communication, layout, illustration, typography, and digital imaging. Concordia offers a B.A. and a B.F.A. in graphic design. The studio art program prepares students seeking to apply to graduate school in studio art and provides a quality foundation for students pursuing careers as fine artists or in related fields such as museum work or post-secondary teaching. Concordia offers a B.A. and a B.F.A. in studio art.

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

*See Bachelor of Science in Education for requirements.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Majors

Art (Studio)
Arts Administration
Art Education
Art Therapy                
Graphic Design

Minors

Art
Art History
Ecclesiastical Arts
Graphic Design

BACHELOR OF ARTS         

Art (Studio) 

Total Hours: 54

Art Therapy 

Total Hours: 71

Graphic Design 

Art 223 Watercolor (3)
Art 235 Basic Digital Photography (3)                        
Art 243 Ceramics (3)                                                    
Art 315 Printmaking (3)                                                
Art 325 Painting (3)                                                      
Art 345 Sculpture (3)                                                    
Art 425 Collage and Mixed Media (3)                        

Total Hours: 65    

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS

Concordia University offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in studio art, K–12 education, and  graphic design or illustration. The B.F.A. is the preferred undergraduate degree for those intending to enter professions in art and design. Its emphasis is on the development of skills, concepts and sensibilities essential to professional artists and designers. The purpose of the program is to prepare professional artists and designers, whether in the role of commercial artist, studio artist or art teacher. Whether as creators, scholars or teachers, they must have technical competence, knowledge of art history, an understanding of artistic style, and insight into the role of art and design in peoples’ lives.

In order to enter the BFA program in art education or studio art, a student must complete the foundations sequence of the art curriculum with a minimum GPA of 2.67 and must pass a portfolio review. Students who desire the Lutheran Teacher Diploma must also include the required coursework for that endorsement.

A. Foundations (21 hrs)

B. Art History and Theory (12 hrs)

C. Art Theory (6 hrs)*

  • Art 370 Studies in Art (repeated three times)              6

*BFA graphic design majors are not required to take these six hours.

D. Major: Choose one of the following majors:                                         

Studio Art 

Total Hours: 76    

Graphic Design

  • Art 190 Intro Graphic Design 3
  • Art 195 History Graphic Design  2
  • Art 280 Typography 3
  • Art 303 Layout and Design 3
  • Art 320 Digital Drawing 3
  • Art 351 Illustration I: Focus on Retail Illustration 3
  • Art 352 Illustration II: Focus on Editorial Illustration  3
  • Art 365 Intro to Interactive Design 3
  • Art 403 Advanced Layout & Design 3
  • Art 407 Advanced Graphic Design 3
  • Art 451 Illustration III: Global Conscns./World Iss. 3
  • Art 452 Illustration IV: Focus on Series Illustration 3
  • Art 489 Portfolio 2
  • Art 490 Senior Design Studio 3
  • Art 499 Honors (Senior Show) 1
  • Three courses from: 9

Art 223 Watercolor (3)                          
Art 235 Basic Digital Photography (3)
Art 243 Ceramics (3)
Art 315 Printmaking (3)
Art 325 Painting (3)
Art 345 Sculpture (3)
Art 425 Collage and Mixed Media (3)

Total Hours: 81

Art Education

  • Art 190 Intro Graphic Design 3
  • Art 223 Watercolor 3              
  • Art 235 Basic Digital Photography 3
  • Art 243 Ceramics 3
  • Art 301 Methods of Art Education 2
  • Art 315 Printmaking 3
  • Art 325 Painting 3
  • Art 345 Sculpture 3
  • Art 425 Collage and Mixed Media 3
  • Art 489 Portfolio 2
  • Art 499 Honors (Senior Show) 1              
  • Advanced study in one studio area 6
  • Art electives (to bring major to a total of 75 hrs)           

Total Hours: 75*    

*The BFA in art education also requires the Professional Education and Secondary Education Sequence courses listed under the Bachelor of Science in Education Programs and including student teaching at elementary and secondary levels. Students who desire the Lutheran Teaching Diploma must also meet those requirements as listed under the Bachelor of Science in Education Programs. 

MINORS

Art 

Art 271 Art History I (3)
Art 272 Art History II (3)
Art 273 Art History III (3)

Total Hours: 21

Art History 

Total Hours: 19

Ecclesiastical Art – Studio Emphasis 

  • Art 145 Digital Imaging 3
  • Art 161 Visual Studies 1
  • Art 203 Two-Dimensional Design 3
  • Art 205 Three-Dimensional Design 3
  • Theo 252 Interpretation of the Gospels 3
  • Art 260 Christian Faith & Architecture 3
  • Art 375 Ecclesiastical Art Studio 3
  • Art 376 Ecclesiastical Practicum (on site) 1
  • Art 377 Ecclesiastical Art Internship (off site) 1

Total Hours: 21

Ecclesiastical Art – Theoretical Emphasis 

  • Art 161 Visual Studies 1
  • Art 260 Christian Faith in Art and Architecture 3
  • Art 271 Art History I 3
  • Art 272 Art History II 3
  • Art 273 Art History III 3
  • Theo 252 Interpretation of the Gospels 3
  • Art 375 Ecclesiastical Art Studio 3
  • Art 376 Ecclesiastical Practicum (on site) 1
  • Art 377 Ecclesiastical Art Internship (off site) 1

Total Hours: 21

Graphic Design 

Total Hours: 21