Saint Xavier University Department of Art and Design

Art and Design

Art Programs and Requirements

Through the study of art, students acquire a rich understanding of human nature, values, psychology, aesthetics and history. Saint Xavier University's Department of Art and Design fosters a vibrant community of leaders, committed to collaboration and exchange of ideas and skills and instills the desire and ability to continue lifelong learning. Please review the Program Requirements, the Course Descriptions or the Art and Design Information Sheet (PDF) for more detailed information.

Art and Design Major

Prospective Art and Design majors are offered a range of courses that differ by area of specialization. Regardless of which track is eventually selected, each student is encouraged to gain a broad understanding of the history of their field, to acquire the vocabulary and facility for speaking, writing about, understanding and appreciating art, and developing the skills necessary to create artistic statements of their own.

Graphic Design Track

Graphic Design conveys visual information with meaning and significance. Using typography, illustration, symbolism, and photography, graphic designers communicate ideas in visual terms. At Saint Xavier University, development of a design vocabulary, knowledge of design history, theory, technique and practical application, and a philosophy of problem-solving methodologies make up the Graphic Design specialization. Studio projects stimulate creative exploration of concepts in both traditional and contemporary media, including experimental and production work on the computer.

The co-participation in Senior Seminar of Graphic Design and Studio Art students provides a valuable opportunity to discover common denominators in both fine and applied arts that the entire design curriculum promotes.

Art Education Track

Art Educators in the Saint Xavier University Secondary Education program are taught to provide active and imaginative learning strategies for the visual education of students. Through an interdisciplinary Art, Design, and Art History program, future artists/teachers acquire a thorough knowledge of visual art and design concepts, as well as techniques and experiences to bring to their prospective roles as visual art/design educators.

Studio Art Track

The Studio Art Program courses include exposure to contemporary practice, visual culture theory, and historical perspectives for the visual arts. Students majoring in Studio Art develop an area of concentration that will be the focus of their Senior Seminar. This seminar workshop course introduces all students to professional standards and opportunities in the visual art world, provides individual and group critiquing, and allows students to develop their own bodies of visual work.

The Senior Seminar culminates in a Senior Art and Design exhibit in the SXU Gallery. This group-venture calls for original individual work from each student, plus the cooperative effort of designing publicity materials and installing a professional show.

Art History Track

Art History is inextricably linked to many collateral fields of study, including the hands-on studio arts, aesthetics, anthropology, digital and information technologies, literature, foreign languages, history, mass communications, psychology, religious studies, and even science. The Art History track differs from those in Studio Art and Graphic Design in that participation in a gallery exhibition is not required. Instead, an internship with a relevant cultural institution and a one-semester research project is required in the senior year, culminating in a single written paper or equivalent body of work.

Art Minor

Students interested in an art minor are able to chose from a variety of art courses to gain a vast understainding of their chosen area of study. 

Graphic Design Minor

Unlike a studio art minor, which is any 6 art courses, a graphic design minor will have to take 6 specific art courses. This minor will have potential employment benefits to have, so we want to make sure that even minors get the proper training.