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Commercial Art major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Tom Douglas
Department Chair
(417) 328-1955
tdouglas@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Art website for more information.

 

Design delivers a visual message.

The Commercial Art major is designed for individuals wanting to pursue a career in graphic design or digital imaging. The commercial art industry is a competitive market but the opportunities are virtually endless. Graphic designers serve the world in virtually all industries.

The SBU Advantage

  • Students participate in the Annual Art Exhibit that displays outstanding works to the community.
  • All seniors are required to participate in a personal or group exhibition displaying their work.
  • Small class sizes provide for one-on-one learning.

Engaged Learning

Students are given hands-on practice during class in the department’s graphic design studio, drawing studio, painting studio, and sculpture/ceramics studio.

Course Information

Art Core courses total 46 hours and include art history and a variety of art techniques, from drawing to printmaking. The Commercial Art degree requires an additional 12 hours of Commercial Art Core requirements — Graphic Design Production, Graphic Design Concepts, Graphic Design Portfolio I, and Digital Imaging Concepts — as well as a concentration in Graphic Design or Digital Imaging.

The Graphic Design concentration is an additional 12 hours that includes a computer application class, senior project, portfolio, and a practicum or internship related to graphic design.

The Digital Imaging concentration is an additional 12 hours that includes a photography class, senior project, portfolio, and practicum or internship related to digital imaging.

Scholarships

Performance scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding ability in art. They are available to current SBU art majors, high school seniors and transfer students who are declaring art as their major.

Two private scholarships are available for art majors, The Dunnegan Scholarship and the Earl & Gloria Shell and Sharon Shell Garrison Scholarship.

All art scholarships require a portfolio review. A portfolio should consist of no less than 10 to 15 examples of quality work, with 5 to 10 examples being in one area of emphasis (drawing, painting, etc.), and no more than 20 works. Digital portfolios on a CD or DVD are preferred, but portfolios containing original pieces of art are also accepted. Any actual original work that is not “fixed” should have a cover sheet to protect it from being smudged. A portfolio containing traditional photographs of works is also acceptable.

Scholarships will be awarded upon faculty review.

Internship Opportunities

Previous students have undertaken internships with studio photographers, corporations, campus marketing and communications, and hospitals.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from our program hold jobs as teachers, graphic artists, photographers, and design directors, plus a student may go on to graduate school to pursue the M.F.A. degree.

Special Features

  • Art exhibits: All art majors are required to keep a portfolio of their work and present a comprehensive exhibit of work approved by the department during their senior year.
  • Driskill Gallery: The Driskill Gallery is the department’s gallery where faculty, students, and visiting artists’ work may be displayed.

    Degree Requirements

    ART 1103 Design
    An introduction to basic two-dimensional visual design through the use of traditional materials and tools to investigate line, shape, value, texture and color with an emphasis on spatial relationships.
    ART 1203 Drawing I
    An introduction to traditional drawing through an understanding of basic principles of composition, proportion and perspective. Emphasis on representational drawing, drawing methods and drawing tools and materials.
    ART 2003 Photography I
    An introduction to the use of camera technique and photograph processing. Emphasis on creative photographic composition, editing, critique and presentation of printed work.
    ART 2013 Ceramics I
    An introduction to basic clay production techniques including hand-building, wheel-throwing and basic glazing applications.
    ART 2023 Scultpure I
    An introduction to basic three-dimensional design, principles, concepts and production techniques.
    ART 2033 Painting I
    An introduction to basic water-based painting on canvas with an emphasis on representational, painterly composition.
    ART 2203 Drawing II
    An intermediate drawing course through creative use of, and experimentation with, a variety of drawing media.
    ART 2703 Introduction to Graphic Design
    Introduction-level course to be concerned primarily with basic issues and topics in graphic design. The course will introduce vector-based, paint-based, and layout-capable software applications through studio lecture, in-class exercises, and a variety of project assignments.
    ART 2803 Art History I
    Illustrated study of architecture, painting, sculpture and applied arts from prehistoric times to the Italian Renaissance.
    ART 2813 Art History II
    Illustrated study of architecture, painting, sculpture and applied arts from 14th through 20th century.
    ART 3033 Painting II
    An intermediate exploration of painting with an emphasis on creative approaches to imagery, content and technique.
    ART 3103 Printmaking
    A course concerned primarily with commercial printing and/or traditional printmaking issues and topics.
    ART 4001 Senior Seminar
    This course is designed to facilitate preparation and presentation of the Senior Show. It should be taken in the last semester of coursework for both General Art and Commercial Art majors. Art Education majors cannot take this course the semester of student teaching; generally, it should be taken the semester before student teaching. A portion of this class will also be used to facilitate student preparation and departmental assessment of the Senior Portfolio Review prior to the Senior Show or Exit Exhibition.
    6 hours of Upper-Level ART Studio Electives
    Choose one of the following:
    ART 3813 Fibers
    An introduction to the knowledge of various fibers and their use.
    ART 3003 Life Drawing
    An advanced drawing course with a concentration on the representation of the human figure.

    Commercial Art Core:

    ART 3043 Graphic Design Production
    Graphic design course to be concerned primarily with pre-press issues and topics, graphic design production and finishing methods, publication matters, and basic time-based media development.
    ART 3703 Graphic Design Concepts
    Intermediate-level graphic design course to be concerned primarily with related inter-media projects ranging from traditional print designs, to simple packaging, and basic visual presentation development.
    ART 3713 Graphic Design Portfolio I
    Advanced team-oriented graphic design course to be concerned primarily with professional issues and topics in visual communication design. Work development for the course will necessarily build upon both conceptual and pragmatic understandings developed in Graph Design Production and Graphic Design Concepts. All projects assigned will involve design studio-business issues and topics.
    ART 3723 Digital Imaging Concepts
    Concentrated study of image-based visual communication concepts and studio techniques.

    Commercial Art Concentration (choose one or both):

    Graphic Design Concentration:
    ART 4003 Computer Application/Commercial Art
    Selected problems for the advanced graphic design student.
    ART 4703 Graphic Design Senior Project
    Advanced-level graphic design studio course developed to display advanced student achievement. Work developed for the course will build upon both conceptual and pragmatic understandings developed in Graphic Design Production, Graphic Design Concepts, and Graphic Design Portfolio. The course will consist of two major parts: Each student will propose and develop an approved, in-depth professional quality visual communication concept. In addition, each student will develop and provide a profession-oriented portfolio for exit review.
    ART 4713 Graphic Design Portfolio II
    Advanced graphic design course to be concerned primarily with professional issues and topics in visual communication design. Work developed for the course will necessarily build upon both conceptual and practical understandings developed in Graphic Design Production, Graphic Design Concepts, and Graphic Design Portfolio I. All projects assigned will involve design studio-business issues and topics.

    Choose one of the following:

    ART 4963 Practicum (related to graphic design)
    ART 4983 Internship (related to graphic design)
    Digital Imaging Concentration:
    ART 3323 Photography II
    An intermediate exploration of photography with an emphasis on commercial approaches to imagery, content and technique. Must have access to a DSLR camera approved by the instructor.
    ART 4303 Photography Senior Project
    Advanced-level imaging course developed to display advanced student achievement. Work developed for the course will build upon previous coursework in digital imaging. The course will consist of two major parts: Each student will propose and develop an approved, in-depth professional quality visual communication concept. In addition, each student will develop and provide a profession-oriented portfolio for exit review.
    ART 4313 Photography Portfolio
    Advanced-level digital imaging course to be concerned primarily with professional issues and topics in visual communication design. Work developed for the course will necessarily build upon both conceptual and practical understandings developed in previous coursework. All projects assigned will involve studio-business issues and topics. Emphasis on individual portfolio development.

    Choose one of the following:

    ART 4963 Practicum (related to digital imaging)
    ART 4983 Internship (related to digital imaging)

    Plus an additional 6 hours of general electives.

    All students in the commercial art program must complete:

    • 46-hour Art Core
    • 12-hour Commercial Art Core
    • A minimum of one 12-hour Commercial Art Concentration in graphic design or digital imaging
    • A practicum or internship (workplaces must be specifically related to the student's area of concentration)