This major prepares students to transfer to institutions offering specialized fine arts majors and related fields. Students develop skills in the production of various art forms and in proper use of tools, equipment and materials.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Possible programs students could transfer into at a four-year institution include the following: Studio Art (e.g., painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics); Art Education; Art Therapy; Studio Assistant; Art History; Graphic Design; Industrial Design.
Individuals interested in transfer should contact the four-year institutions early in their majors to plan course selection effectively.
Penn College has state-of-the-art facilities with an abundance of current computer technology for training in design and production. Along with computer skills we feel it is important to continue to educate students to use their hands in disciplines such as design, drawing, painting, and photography. This process provides a tactual and perceptive approach to visual problem solving. Using traditional media provides direct and physical engagement; the process requires a necessary interval for the development of concept, image, techniques, and evaluation.
Students become involved in a process that nurtures creativity and stimulates conceptual performance. The freshman, foundation year focuses on developing students’ visual thinking and hand skills. In subsequent years, students concentrate on applied art courses directed toward design and production in many media.
The art faculty encourage students in the objective pursuit of excellence. Individualized critiques provide structure for the creative process and are essential to the ultimate quality of the artwork.
Students are encouraged to attend exhibitions and artists’ talks as part of their education. The Department and College promote exhibitions at the resident gallery.
Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses with an ART and PHO course designator to receive credit for their completion. Students earning a 'D' or below must retake courses in which they are deficient before those courses can be considered as meeting the prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course, after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major in which the course is required.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Advertising Art/Studio Art/Graphic Design Advisory Committee
- Mr. Mark Anderman, President/Owner, The Wild Studio
- Sister Alma Mary Anderson, CSC, Professor, Graphic Design, Indiana State University
- Ms. Nancy A Ciolek, Chairperson, Graphic Design Dept., Rochester Institute of Technology
- Mr. Ric Jones, Creative Director, MoJo Active
- Mr. Dan Rowland, President/Owner/Director, Rowland Creative
- Mr. John Saal, '00, Principal, Untuck Design Studio
- Mr. Ryan Starr, '00, Senior Designer, Universal Health Services
- Ms. Marjaneh Talebi, Director, Graphic Design Program, Harrisburg Area Community College
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.