At the center of ad campaigns both in print and on screen is an art director with expertise as an artist and graphic designer. There is a major need in both the commercial and educational art worlds for graphic designers. Spring Arbor University’s graphic design program within the Department of Art & Design has answered that call.
Why should you choose SAU’s art program?
The art program at SAU offers the student a unique developmental combination of technical skills relative to the various media with emphasis on personal creativity and style. This combination begins in the introductory studio courses and is completed in the individualized structure of ART 415: Advanced 2-D and 3-D Design and ART 470: Art Seminar.
Facilities for the major are housed in the 8,100-square foot Ogle Art Center, which contains classrooms and a state-of-the-art computer lab, along with traditional studios for drawing, sculpture and painting, a darkroom, complete woodshop and kiln area. The Ganton Art Gallery is one of the largest single-space galleries in Michigan and displays revolving exhibits of graduating majors, semester art shows and professional artists.
In the first year of the program, students take ART 160: Introduction to Art. This course provides insights by professionals in various art fields, and explains the academic and experiential requirements to pursue a job in their area. During the sophomore and junior years of the programs, art students meet one on one with department faculty to discuss their progress and and possible careers. The art major culminates in individual senior shows, in which students showcase their best pieces in the Ganton Art Gallery. These shows center around the student’s area of concentration and are held throughout each semester.
Another strength of the program is juried competitions at the end of each semester, exposing students to critiques from visiting artists and showcasing their best works to the community. Students in the major are also expected to participate in the annual Michigan Small College Art Competition held every spring. Art scholarships are available through portfolio review and also are awarded at annual semester competitions.