At Gonzaga University's Art Department, you'll find uncrowded, quiet studios that allow for reflection and exploration. You'll find one-on-one time with experienced professors who know your name and encourage your ideas. You'll also find ample opportunities to investigate different forms of media. The Art Department encourages students to bring the whole of their spiritual, creative, and intellectual experience to the learning process. The Department's curriculum teaches students to discipline, refine, and focus their creative intellect. By exploring the aesthetic limitations and possibilities that exist within the applied rules of composition and design, students hone their skills in creative problem-solving and learn effective visual communication of ideas.
Studio art classes include the areas of ceramics, design, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Students pursuing a degree in the visual arts can investigate a variety of visual experiences through a study of both the studio arts and art history. Gonzaga's Art Department offers a major (39 credits) and a minor (24 credits) in art, which encourage creativity and innovation and emphasize developing the fundamentals of each artistic medium. The Department curriculum also offers a concentration in art history for art majors and a minor in art history (24 credits) for all non-art majors. The art history concentration and minor are a natural gateway into the study of different cultures and societies.They provide students with an enhanced view into other cultures through the lens of art. Some of the department's courses are also offered at Gonzaga-in-Florence.
For teacher certification, students should confer with the School of Education. For students intending to go to graduate school, additional work beyond the minimum major requirements is strongly encouraged