Our program is unique to Stritch because we focus on the principles of art integration. You will have hands-on learning experiences that will develop a marketable skillset for your future career in the arts, or other fields such as advertising and design. Professionally experienced faculty will participate in the mentoring process of your artistic journey at Stritch.
Visual Arts Jobs
Creative careers allow windows of opportunities for students to take their talents in any direction.
Your major in visual arts is at home in both traditional studio art and digital media. The interdisciplinary nature of this major encourages you to explore key areas of your creative work in drawing, painting, digital design and photography, sculpture and ceramic art. Choose a double major or minor in another area that best fits your career objectives. Several options are available and include business, communication art, computer science, psychology, theater or other programs of interest.
The Digital Arts concentration is for students who want a focus on visual communication through art and digital design (e.g., computer graphics, photography, time based media, and web design). Communicating ideas in the workplace, in the classroom, or online demands clarity, precision, efficiency, visual impact, and an awareness of diverse audiences.
The Studio Arts Integration Concentration will expand your artistic skills through 2D and 3D studio art courses and introduce strategies for creating arts-rich, culturally responsive work environments. Our program will encourage you to think critically and speak about issues related to arts integration and education.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
Liberal Arts Core
The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS: 12 credits
Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
Social Tensions (3 cr.)
The American Experience (3 cr.)
Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)
Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
Arts integrated curriculum, strategies and experiences
According to the Kennedy Center’s comprehensive definition of arts integration, it is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.
Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
Source: The Kennedy Center
The goal of the Linda D'Aquisto Cultural Diversity Museum Project is to provide Undergraduate teacher candidates the opportunity to 'seek first to understand, then be understood' as they work together to bring their collective cultural backgrounds to life for local elementary students.
This is my favorite time of the year, and it has to do with that point of energy where there’s an initial excitement, and then it gets to be work. Students begin to realize there’s a lot of decisions, and that’s my favorite part because it’s a struggle. That’s what art often is. It’s often part of the story too. Stories aren’t easy to tell.
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.