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Areas of Study

Studio Art ~ Visual Communication Design ~ Art History

The Art Department’s flexible course of study helps students develop creative problem-solving processes while mastering key principles and skills in art and design. Emphasizing both theory and studio practice, the program begins with foundations in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, and art history. Upper-division concentration areas include Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, and Video & Animation.

 

  • ART HISTORY
  • CERAMICS
  • DRAWING
  • FOUNDATIONS
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN
  • INTERACTIVE MEDIA
  • PAINTING
  • PRINTMAKING
  • SCULPTURE
  • VIDEO & ANIMATION

Art History

ArtHistory_imagebanner2The art history curriculum at Western Oregon University provides students with the opportunity to study the history of art in a variety of cultural, historical, and critical contexts. In addition to enriching students’ studies of art, courses in art history will help students to be more competitive in applying to graduate art and art history programs, and in entering professional fields related to the history of art (which might include teaching at a college or university, working in a gallery or museum, joining the staff of an auction house, working in the field of visual resource management, becoming an art dealer, conservator, archivist, historic preservationist, tour guide, or art critic).

Ceramics

“Here’s some clay, let’s see what you can do with it!”

That’s the beginning of the Ceramics program at Western Oregon University, where you’ll learn traditional and contemporary methods of making art with clay.

renataNot a pottery program, Ceramics at WOU focuses on clay as a sculptural material – and opens doors to the endless possibilities of form, surfaces and concepts.

Drawing

Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly discover the world.”

-Frederick Franck

KelsieBlachly_001Beginning & Introductory Drawing

First in Beginning Drawing (100-level courses) and then Introductory Drawing (200-level courses), student artists sample a wide range of techniques, focusing primarily on drawing from observation. Topics include still life studies, architectural forms and landscapes, and concentrated study of the human figure, including skeletal and muscular systems.

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The Foundation courses in Art introduce students to the elements and principles of drawing, design, color theory and digital presentation. The application of these concepts, through a variety of media, will enhance both self-expression and communication skills while building technical ability, craft, and a disciplined work ethic.

Graphic Design

GraphicDesign_bannerimage2Graphic design approaches images and type as powerful tools giving shape to ideas. In graphic design courses at WOU, students learn to bring together message, meaning, and form to create memorable communications. They gain a broad range of practical skills, applying typography and design processes to challenging creative projects guided by supportive faculty. Graphic designers must thoughtfully incorporate type and image into visual experiences fueled by the design elements and principles inherent in all art processes.

Interactive Media

Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Print Design, and Video & Animation make up the Visual Communication Design (VCD) program, part of the Art Department at WOU. Students primarily interested in these areas are stongly encouraged to major or minor in Visual Communication Design. Some VCD courses may also be used toward the Art Major. Please visit the Visual Communication Design website for more information.

Art_home_imagebanner2Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Print Design, and Video & Animation make up the Visual Communication Design (VCD) program, part of the Art Department at WOU. Students primarily interested in these areas are stongly encouraged to major or minor in Visual Communication Design. Some VCD courses may also be used toward the Art Major. Please visit the Visual Communication Design website for more information.

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Students of painting begin by working from observation – exploring still life, landscape, the figure, and self-portraiture. This focus on traditional subject matter helps develop a solid base of fundamental skills and techniques that benefit any style or method a painter wishes to pursue.

As students progress through the program, they explore a range of contemporary styles and methods and develop personal conceptual frameworks. Projects in the intermediate level explore a great variety of methods including oil, acrylic, mixed media/collage, and encoustic (wax) painting.

Printmaking

“What is printmaking, anyway?”

Printmaking_imagebanner3That’s a question we hear a lot from new students. If your high school art programs didn’t offer printmaking, you may not have had the opportunity to learn about it until now. Don’t let that stop you from exploring the wide range of printmaking techniques offered at WOU. Printmaking is closely related to drawing and painting, yet printmaking is unique because it allows artists to create multiple originals from an inked matrix (block, plate, or screen). Each hand pulled print is original art, just like a drawing or painting.

Sculpture

Gravity starts here . . .

stud1The Sculpture program offers the resources to support the development of artwork in traditional, contemporary and experimental media, as well as installation, interdisciplinary projects, site-specific, social and community-based work, and other public projects.

The program also includes professional practices to develop future careers and professional opportunities. Students are regularly involved in internships, projects and exhibitions.

Video & Animation

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Students of Video & Animation (Time-Based Media) at Western Oregon University:

    • Apply art and design concepts to creative and practical projects using powerful technologies
    • Gain valuable skills for designing and organizing video and animation projects from start to finish
    • Prepare for a wide range of careers (video communications play an important role in business, entertainment, art, government, and many other fields)
    • Learn strategies for self-directed skill-building to keep gaining new abilities after graduation and for the rest of their lives
    • Communicate with clients to address the unique context and audience of each applied project
    • Produce expressive artworks using cinematography, motion graphics, illustration, and sound

Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Print Design, and Video & Animation make up the Visual Communication Design (VCD) program, part of the Art Department at WOU. Students primarily interested in these areas are strongly encouraged to major or minor in Visual Communication Design. Some VCD courses may also be used toward the Art Major. Please visit the Visual Communication Design website for more information.

 

 

 

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503-838-8000 | or e-mail: art@wou.edu