Gonzaga's Art Department allows students to investigate a variety of visual experiences through a study of both the studio arts and art history and offers a Bachelor of Arts in Art. Studio courses allow the student to explore the creative processes involved in the production of original works. Art appreciation, Art survey and Art history coursework emphasizes the role of the artist in society as well as developing a greater sense of historical context.

The department is located in the Jundt Art Center and Museum. The heart of the center is a beautiful studio complex for ceramics, design, drawing, painting and printmaking. A theatre-style lecture hall provides space for art history, visiting artist lectures, and video/film presentations. The Jundt Art Museum provides collection, storage and exhibit areas for Gonzaga University's permanent art collection and changing exhibits of local, regional, national, and international artwork. The museum also maintains a print study room for student, faculty and community use and provides a lounge overlooking the Spokane River for art receptions and related activities.

The Art major will:

Effectively discuss and demonstrate the elements of design. Demonstrate successful use of traditional basic drawing techniques.
Demonstrate competency in the proper use of studio equipment. Be fully aware of safe use of all departmental chemistry, in ceramics, printmaking and painting.
Fully discuss and demonstrate all of the traditional forming methods common to ceramics. Fully demonstrate one or more techniques common to the printmaker's art.
Be able to discuss and demonstrate the techniques of oil painting. Be able to discuss and demonstrate the traditional, western techniques of both linear and atmospheric perspective.
Show a competent, fundamental understanding of art history from prehistory to the present day.

Produce a competent body of work in one or more studio areas.

Further instruction is offered at the Gonzaga University program in Florence, Italy. In Florence, students may work in one or more studio areas of drawing, design, sculpture and painting and have access to additional classes in art history.

The department reserves the right to retain selected art work done by its students in fulfillment of course requirements.

B.A. Major in Art: 39 Credits

Lower Division Courses

  • VART 101 - Drawing I,  3 credits
  • VART 112  -  Design,  3 credits
  • VART 141  -  Ceramics I,  3 credits
  • VART 190  -  Art Survey,  3 credits
  • VART 191  -  Art Survey,  3 credits
  • VART 201  -  Drawing II,  3 credits
  • VART 221  -  Painting I,  3 credits

Upper Division Courses

  • VART 350 or 351 (one course),  3 credits
  • VART 385  -  Figure Drawing I,  3 credits
  • VART 394, 395 or 396 (two courses),  6 credits
  • VART Electives,  3 credits
  • VART 499  -  Senior Exhibit,  3 credits

Minor in Art: 24 credits

Lower Division Courses

  • VART 101  -  Drawing I,  3 credits
  • VART 112  -  Design,  3 credits
  • VART Elective,  3 credits

Upper Division Courses

  • VART 394, 395 or 396 (one course),  3 credits 
  • VART Elective,  12 credits