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Since the beginning of time, the desire to create a visual vocabulary has been as innate in every society as the desire to acquire a system of spoken symbols.

Through visual arts courses students learn to use a variety of art media, techniques and processes to communicate concepts, ideas and visual documentations. They are encouraged to develop an understanding of the relationship among art forms, their artwork and the artwork of others. They are able to relate these understandings about the historical and cultural context of art to situations in contemporary life. They are expected to develop a broad and in-depth understanding of the meaning and impact of visual arts and the visual world in which they live.

Studying art provides a basis for problem solving and critical thinking, which extends to a creative awareness and abilities that can coincide to all disciplines in school and to life in general.

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Arts- Four Year Plan (PDF)

Faculty highlights

The LMU art faculty has comprehensive backgrounds in both the two-dimensional and three-dimensional areas. Professor Brandon Lutterman areas of expertise include functional and sculptural ceramics, three-dimensional design, sculpture, drawing, painting and art appreciation, while Professor Michael Giles is experienced in design, painting, drawing, photography, and art appreciation.

Special Features

The capstone course for the art major is ART 497, in which the student completes a research project and develops a senior exhibition.

Course Information

The major program in art provides students with a foundation in design, drawing,and painting with experiences in a choice of other media. Students in the program also study art history to understand the visual arts in context with relation to history and cultures. Graduating seniors are responsible for producing and documenting an exhibition of their work for the learning experience and as a service to the community.

Curriculum Information

ART 105 Design I: 2-d 3 credit hours
ART 110 Drawing I 3
ART 205 Drawing II: 3-d 3
ART 210 Drawing II 3
ART 220 Painting I 3
ART 310 Drawing III 3
ART 320 Painting II 3
ART 381 Survey of Art History I 3
ART 382 Survey of Art History II 3
ART 497 Senior Seminar and Exhibit 2
    29 hours for the core
Select three courses from the following (at least one must be 400-level):
ART 230 Photography I
ART 240 Ceramics I
ART 270 Fibers
ART 343 Intermediate/Advanced Ceramics II/III
ART 350 Printmaking
ART 360 Jewelry Design and Metals I
ART 395
ART 400
Special Topic in Art
Appalachian Art
ART 410
Drawing IV
ART 423
ART 471
Painting III, IV
Art and the Child
ART 472 Art and the Adolescent
ART 495 Special Topics in Art
TotalĀ  38 hours

Career Opportunities

Art department alumni can be found
  • Pursuing advanced degrees in art, architecture andĀ art administration
  • Teaching in public schools
  • Running local businesses
  • Working as professional artists

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

The Art Club is a student-run organization.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Lillian Ralston Scholarship, nominated by the department and determined by the Awards Committee, is given to a rising sophomore, junior or senior.