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General Info


program strengths
A caring faculty willing to address the individual needs of the students.
Small studio course sizes averaging 12-13 students.
Small academic art course sizes limited to no more than 24 students.
Opportunities for upper level art majors to take independent study credits, thus working with an art faculty member one-on-one.
Art scholarship money for current qualifying art majors.
$1,000 recruitment scholarships to those interested in an art major or minor and who show promise.
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A department that educates the whole person, including the role Christianity plays in our artwork.

program highlights
During alternate Januarys, a month when students on campus take one course in four weeks, the Art Department sponsors tours to Europe. Our travels have taken us to Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and England. Cost for the 10-12 day tours runs around $2,000. The fee includes 4 semester hours of tuition, airfare, bus transportation, hotels, two meals per day, services of a bilingual tour director. It's a great experience and a great deal! To view an interactive map and itinerary of the 2005 tour to Spain, Frane and Italy, click here.

program goals
This program of study is designed to

(1) develop the student’s awareness of the capacity for
visual expression and creative synthesis,
(2) broaden the student’s understanding of how visual
expression and creativity interact with the whole of culture,and
(3) prepare the student for further study or careers which
involve visual expression and creativity.


The Art major is designed to prepare the student to seek further study or employment in a variety of careers which involve visual expression and creative synthesis. Those who are seeking a career in art are offered specific preparation in graphic design, computer imaging, photography, teaching and studio careers in drawing and painting.

All students in the program must participate in a Senior Exhibit at the time they graduate. Students will also be expected to leave one work as a contribution to the permanent collection of the university.

In addition to the art courses listed here, students may take other art courses at Augustana College under the cross-enrollment policy.

In addition to meeting the regular requirements of the university, the student must take 26 credits of core art courses and select a 15 credit concentration within the major. The concentrations are Graphic Design and Fine Arts. Those with a Graphic Design concentration are strongly advised to arrange an internship during their junior or senior year. The student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in courses within the major.