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Grow your artistic skills, cultivate your personal style and develop a professional portfolio.

Whether your interest lies in 2D and 3D fine art, or digital art and graphic design, you’ll be prepared for a future in the creative arts.

Discover all artistic mediums

All artistic mediums influence and draw inspiration from each other. By studying art at Cal Lutheran, you’ll be able to pursue your main discipline and explore additional forms of art, helping you become a stronger artist.

You can take courses in:

  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Watercolor
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Digital art
  • Design
Create original works in our state-of-the-art facilities

Our two-story, 20,000-square-foot William Rolland Art Center is home to drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and watercolor/design studios — along with lecture classrooms, a cinema screening room, multimedia labs, video production studio and virtual reality space. Filled with beautiful natural light and high beams, a gallery space displaying student work is located at the entrance.

Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship
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Do you have superior skills in the areas of art, music, music production or theatre arts? Incoming first-year and transfer applicants for the fall semester can apply and audition for a scholarship that offers up to full tuition. Learn more

At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts


Visual Arts


College of Arts and Sciences

Next Steps

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The Curriculum

With challenging and relevant courses, outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on learning, the art program will position you to succeed in your chosen career.

Program Details

Find out what it takes to earn a degree in art and explore the courses.

Emphasis Areas

Customize this major to your interests by taking courses in an area of focus:


Gain experience with modern graphics software to build up your creative skills and prepare for professional work in design fields. Many students move onto careers associated with advertising agencies, computer graphics, freelance photography, design studios and book design. You can also prepare for careers in the motion picture and television industries, theater, and animation.

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Highlighted Courses

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ART 280: Design

An introductory study in the visual elements and principles of design and unity of expression. Includes creative exploration in two- and three-dimensional composition.

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ART 342: Art and Psychology

An overview of art history, design, production and aesthetics with an emphasis on psychological theories and current neuroscience research. Child development and family systems are addressed in relation to therapeutic uses of art. Visual thinking and creativity are explored and utilized in the production of self-expressive art works.

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ART 383: Typography for Designers

This class concentrates on the basics of typography, including the history and development of typography. Students will explore the correct use of typographic elements to properly typeset a variety of document types, including a multiple page publication. The use of typography as an expressive and creative component of effective design is also covered.

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ART 435: Advanced Photography

In this class, students learn techniques required for using the camera as a reporting and illustrating tool for print and online media. Types of events include hard news, sports, editorial, as well as using the camera for fine art documentary and narrative photography.

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ART 480: Advanced Digital Art

This course explores a variety of applications and third party software filters to increase artistic expression in the field of digital fine art. Students explore special effects and digital engraving, including drypoint, mezzotint and cross-hatching.

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ART 445: Comiccomm: Globalism, Zeitgeist & Art

Covers the development of comic books/graphic novels from the earliest forms of sequential art through 19th century European, Japanese and Asian comics. The course then concentrates on 20th-21st century comics, bandes dessinees, and manga. Students write and illustrate their own comics: mastering the visual language of comics and manga; drawing figures and settings; and framing action and narrative in sequential format.

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Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

Learning Spaces

Check out the spaces and tools you'll have access to in this major. Explore the entire Cal Lutheran campus with our virtual tour

The Experience

We offer hands-on opportunities that give you the freedom to explore your passion through real-world work and prepare for a fulfilling career.

  • Portfolio Building Opportunities

    Over the course of your studies, you’ll produce a solid body of artwork that will serve as the basis for your professional portfolio, which you’ll assemble in your final year. This portfolio will allow you to present your unique style through pieces connected by theme, technique, subject, or concept — a key selling point for your skills.

  • Local Art Community

    Art history students find Cal Lutheran a perfect area to explore museums and architectural works. Nearby are the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Pacific-Asia Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (L.A.), Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Armand Hammer Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and others.

  • Senior Art Exhibit

    As a senior, you’ll collaborate with your classmates to plan, design, implement, and install an exhibit of your collective artwork at the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. This hands-on experience will utilize the multidisciplinary skills you’ve acquired, making sure you’re fully prepared to enter the professional art world.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to participate in Cal Lutheran-sponsored travel to a variety of international locations, and you can opt to take art and/or art history classes one or two semesters in a study abroad program in countries such as Italy or England.

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As a department assistant in the Visual Arts department, I’ve gotten to work closely with a lot of different professors who are encouraging me to do the best that I can. I came to Cal Lutheran with very low confidence in my work and ability to create and I am leaving knowing that I have the power to determine everything I want to accomplish. If art is something you’re interested in, you should look more into it and see how you can incorporate it into your life.

Emma Johnson '23

Career Paths

In addition to being self-employed artists, our alumni work in movies, television, theater and animation. Those who’ve chosen the design concentration typically begin their careers in graphic design or advertising.

Potential Careers

Art Directors

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.

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Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.

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Special Effects Artists and Animators

Create special effects or animations using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

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Graphic Designers

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

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Set and Exhibit Designers

Design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.

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Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.

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Museum Technicians and Conservators

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

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Web and Digital Interface Designers

Develop and test layouts, interfaces, functionality, and navigation menus to ensure compatibility and usability across browsers or devices. May evaluate web design following web and accessibility standards, and may analyze web metrics. May create graphics used in websites and manage website content and links.

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Looking for more career paths? Search these related areas to discover more options.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

  • Brainforest Digital Animatics
  • California Oil Museum
  • Image Entertainment
  • Mission Renaissance Art Studio
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios

Graduate Schools

Our alumni have pursued advanced degrees at:

  • Academy of Art University
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
  • Gnomon School of Visual Effects
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Millersville University
  • University of Northern Colorado

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. Some occupations listed above may require a related graduate degree.

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