Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department is committed to the ideas and objectives of a liberal arts education as they apply to both interdisciplinary study and practice of the visual arts.


Our program will encourage you to think critically and speak about issues related to arts education and design. You will develop a range of technical skills that can be used to organize materials into objects that express the aesthetic qualities and design concepts that you wish to communicate through your work.

You will be exposed to professional standards in your discipline through course work and internship opportunities in the community. Your energetic involvement in the Visual Arts Department at Stritch will foster a desire for lifelong learning and an active visual participation in your chosen career.

The Visual Art department offers two-degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). The Bachelor of Arts degree has three majors: Art, Art Education with certification K-12 grade, and Digital Media. A concentration is available in Photography or Interdisciplinary Studio Art for the BA in Art and BA in Digital Media. In addition we offer a comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Graphic Design. 

Following your completion of the visual arts core you must speak with your art department advisor to identify your curriculum B.A./B.F.A portfolio review. The purpose of the portfolio review is to provide feedback and guidance for all art department undergraduate majors. All students enrolled in a B.A. or B.F.A undergraduate major in the Visual Arts Department must participate in the portfolio review. A faculty committee from the Visual Arts Department will conduct a portfolio review as needed each fall semester. The portfolio must consist of artwork completed in the students previous three semesters of study at Cardinal Stritch University. In addition, the student must present an advising report of completed coursework and a statement of intent regarding the anticipated major in the department. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 9 credits of department coursework in the Art Department at Cardinal Stritch University before participating in the portfolio review process.