Art Major (M)

Addressing the whole student - body, mind and spirit, the purposes of the Art Program are 1) to nourish the senses (particularly the visual and tactile) in order to make the student more perceptive and visually responsive to life experiences and visual phenomena; 2) to cultivate the mind to design and solve problems through manipulating media in search of elegant, aesthetic and technically proficient solutions; and 3) to encourage and support Christian faith and practice by exploring the intersection of the visual arts and Christianity and leading the student through digital processes that translate intangible substance (concepts and emotions) into tangible material. It is a purpose of the Concordia University Program in Art to produce graduates who, as people of faith, are diligent, reflective, compassionate, highly skilled, visually articulate, and successful in their lives and in their vocations.

The Art major consists of 40 credit hours of course work including a wide variety of studio courses, and courses in art history, aesthetics, and portfolio preparation. Art majors experiment with a variety of materials and techniques to encourage artistic and cognitive growth while mastering media as means of personal expression. In addition to the 45-credit Liberal Arts core requirements and required courses listed below, all Art majors are encouraged to complete requirements for a minor. An Animation minor is strongly recommended to help students develop the skills they will need to channel their talents into a successful career. Program requirements include purchase of a Mac laptop (available at reduced prices via

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Describe relationships that exist between the visual arts and the Christian faith;
  • Formulate and creatively solve visual problems.
  • Communicate effectively in a range of media.
  • Apply appropriate historical knowledge in the creation, description and analysis of works of visual art. Art and design are viewed as technical, spiritual/philosophical, and social endeavors.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility relative to observational drawing, composition, and the manipulation of visual arts media, including appropriate computer/digital applications.
  • Evaluate personal art work and the art work of others.
  • Selflessly share gifts and skills with others through teaching, community activities, and volunteerism.
  • Prepare documents/artifacts and practice strategies to seek employment or to advance in a chosen field.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements40
Minor: Required - A minor in Business or Marketing is strongly recommended.
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
GD 111Graphic Design II3
or GD 110 Graphic Design I
ART 1112-D Composition3
ART 145Drawing for Art Majors3
ART 2103-D Design3
ART 246Color & Media Dynamics3
ART 285Art History I3
ART 286Art History II3
ART 381Aesthetics3
ART 450Senior Portfolio/Exhibition1
Select from both lists 2D or 3D a total of 5 courses 115
2D Course List
Digital Photography I
Darkroom Photography I
Printmaking Studio I
Photography II
Drawing II:Assorted Media
Painting I
Art in Italy
ART 29X Applied Design
History of Design 2
Drawing III
Painting II: Watercolor
History of Photography 2
ART XXX Special Topics in Art
3D Course List
Ceramics I
Advanced Ceramics
Sculpture I
Sculpture II
ART 29X Applied Design
3-D Modelling
ART XXX Special Topics in Art
Any other 200-300 level studio courses
Total Hours40

 Only 1 non-studio course may be included.


 Non-studio course.