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Art and Design

Art Programs and Requirements

The Art and Design major includes four tracks for students to choose from:

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.

Principally concerned with layout and production in past decades, the graphic designer is now concerned with more socially responsible communication. Student designers must become aware of "speaking" effectively for maximum outreach. The faculty aim to reinforce those traits needed for cooperation between the art and business worlds: communication skills, ethical standards, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness. 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.

Please note that there have been changes made to the Graphic Design Major curriculum.

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.

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 each student to develop his/her own body 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.

Please note that there have been changes made to the Studio Art Major curriculum.

Art History is inextricably linked to many collateral fields of study, including the hands-on studio arts, aesthetics, anthropology, computers, English literature, foreign languages, history, mass communications, psychology, religious studies, and even science.

The Art History track requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. While the total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree remains constant for all undergraduates, each Art History major will want to tailor a supporting program to meet his or her own learning and career interests.

The Art History track differs from those in Studio Art and Graphic Design in that participation in a gallery exhibition is not required. Instead, a two-semester research project is required in the senior year, one that culminates in a single written paper or equivalent body of work. These alternatives include the possibility of curating an exhibition in the SXU Gallery or the creation of a thematically defined Home Page and directory of links for the World Wide Web. And, of course, a substantive research paper is always welcome.

Prospective Art and Design majors are offered a range of courses that differ by area of specialization:

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Graphic Design
  • Studio Art

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.

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 on one’s transcripts so we want to make sure that even minors get the proper training.

Graphic Designer Minor in suggested sequence

  • ART 116 Computer Graphics
  • ART 119 Digital Imagery
  • ART 120 Graphic Design I
  • ART 211 Typography

and two of the following:

  • ART 113 Digital Photography
  • ART 220 Graphic Design II
  • ART 315 Web Site Art & Design
  • ART 322 Advertising in Marketing

Please check Program Requirements for the changes made to the Graphic Design Major curriculum.