Department of Art, College of Fine and Performing Arts
The Design area of the Department of Art identifies design as the visual communication of ideas. The program utilizes a curriculum that emphasizes the process of problem solving and encourages students to make connections between culture and design, and their role as visual communicators. Students learn to combine personal expression and critical thinking as they create solutions that connect industry to an audience and themselves to the world. A junior portfolio review is held each spring; the portfolio is based on a selection of work from 300-level design classes.
Admission and Declaration Process
Majors must maintain a 2.50 grade point average both overall and in design courses taken at Western. Students falling below the 2.50 average will be placed on probation; failure to bring the cumulative GPA up to 2.50 by the end of two subsequent quarters will result in removal from the major.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.