Art is more than a four-year program of study at Briar Cliff. It’s the beginning of a lifetime of experiences, growth, ideas, and expression.

Discover your passion.

Begin your artistic development with the foundations of design, art history and theory. Then, move on to a progressive studio experience, tailored to fit your interest as an artist — painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics or any other traditional or non-traditional technique or form.

This curriculum has launched our graduates into successful careers as practicing artists, art teachers, graphic designers, architects, art therapists, art historians and professional photographers.

Display your work.

The Clausen Art Gallery on campus is a live, working exhibit, where you’ll have the chance to display your own artwork in a gallery setting. The gallery has featured student and professional artists from across Siouxland — and beyond!

See the world.

Each year, you’ll have the chance to visit larger museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so take advantage of travel opportunities!

Interested in teaching?

Pick up an art teaching endorsement, and carry your passion for art to the classroom.

Art Program Courses

  • ART 110 - Drawing I
  • ART 111 - Design
  • ART 115 - Art History: Prehistory to Gothic
  • ART 116 - Art History: Renaissance to Modern
  • ART 117 - Art History: Modern
  • ART 120 - Drawing II
  • ART 217 - Reading Seminar
  • ART 225 - Media and Techniques
  • ART 235 - Encounter with Art I
  • ART 250 - Studio I
  • ART 260 - Studio II
  • ART 345 - Encounter With Art II
  • ART 350 - Studio III
  • ART 360 - Studio IV
  • ART 425 - Senior Seminar
  • ART 450 - Studio V
  • ART 460 - Studio VI, Thesis

Additional Program Requirements

Every art major will showcase a special exhibition of their work in the second semester of their senior year. Majors must present to the department a written paper on their thesis work and a digital collection of works from their senior exhibit.

For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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