Art

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art provides a broad liberal education with an emphasis in interdisciplinary studio art and design. In addition, this major enables the student to select (with department advising) a minor area of study which best fits with their career objectives.


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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 Art department at Stritch will foster a desire for lifelong learning and an active visual participation in your chosen career.

The faculty are working artists, designers, photographers and educators who will guide and prepare students for a variety of careers in the visual arts and design profession.


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Program Format

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 two majors: Art and Art Education with certification in K-12. A concentration is available in Photography or Interdisciplinary Studio Art for the BA in Art. 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.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of 18 credits can be transferred to a B.A. degree or 36 credits toward a B.F.A. at the discretion of the department upon transcript and portfolio review.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains  credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish  articulation agreements.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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