Accounting program major

Commercial Art

SBU's commercial art major is the largest major within the department of art and will expose you to a variety of art forms with an emphasis on graphic design and art technology.

The commercial art industry is competitive but full of opportunities. SBU commercial art and graphic design major alumni are serving as graphic designers in many different industries such as marketing, design and directing, studio photography, teaching and more.

9:1
Student to Faculty
ratio

(Benefit from small class sizes with a 9:1 student:faculty ratio, enabling you to receive individualized instruction and guidance.)

SBU students

the sbu advantage

  • Choose either a graphic design or a digital imaging (photography emphasis) concentration for more focused career preparation.
  • Work with real-world clients on a regular basis completing projects that help build your professional portfolio.
  • Small class sizes mean you benefit from personalized instruction and guidance and can build lifelong friendships with your classmates and instructors.
  • Learn from commercial art faculty who have more than 20 years of professional experience in the field.

Faith Integration

SBU's Department of Art is intentional about the integration of Christian faith and academic discipline. You will learn how faith influences how we see the world and how art provides a platform by which we can communicate our faith and worldview. Faith discussions are woven into course material. For example, art history courses examine the impact of Christian history on famous and influential art pieces.

Additionally, you will learn how you can use your God-given artistic abilities to make a difference. At SBU, you will have the opportunity to incorporate art with missions and will be challenged to consider how faith influences art.

The professors are experienced and used the most relevant software that is being used in the field. I continue to use many of the photoshop techniques that I was taught in my graphic design class. The graphic design world is very competitive, and I believe my professors challenged us to go above and beyond the required task in order to create a habit of doing quality work.

Perry Misloski '13, Design and Social Media Manager for Harriman-Jewell Series
Perry Misloski, Commercial Art alum
Grant Cochran

Grant Cochran, Instructor
Dawn Katzer

Dawn Katzer, Instructor
David Platter

David Platter, Department Chair

driskill art gallery

The University Gallery provides students with hands-on opportunities in curating exhibits, hanging shows and displaying their own work. Additionally, the Driskill Art Gallery hosts regional artists throughout each academic year.

art club

Join the SBU Art Club to interact with other art students and participate in extracurricular activities which will enhance your art education.

scholarships

You may submit an art portfolio to apply for an art performance scholarship.

Additionally, there are several privately funded art department scholarships for which you may apply, including the Dunnegan Scholarship and the Earl & Gloria Shell and Sharon Shell Garrison Scholarship.

commercial art: graphic design Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

ART 1103 Design 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 1203 Drawing I 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
ART 1013 Introduction to Art 3
ART 2023 Sculpture I 3
ART 2703 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

ART 2203 Drawing II 3
ART 2013 Ceramics I 3
ART 2803 Art History I 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

ART 2033 Painting I 3
ART 2003 Photography I 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ART 2813 Art History II 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

ART 3033 Painting II 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science  4
ART 3703 Graphic Design Concepts 3
ART 3713 Graphic Design Portfolio I 3
ART 4003 Computer Application/Commercial Art 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 3103 Printmaking 3
  Cultural Studies Elective 2
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
ART 3043 Graphic Design Production 3
ART 3723 Digital Imaging Concepts 3
ART 4713 Graphic Design Portfolio II 3
Total hours 17
 

Senior

Fall Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
ART 4703 Graphic Design Senior Project 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 4001 Senior Seminar 1
ART 4963 Practicum in Commercial Art or  
ART 4983 Internship in Commercial Art 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Commercial Art: Graphic Design Plan

commercial art: digital imaging Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

ART 1103 Design 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 1203 Drawing I 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
ART 1013 Introduction to Art 3
ART 2023 Sculpture I 3
ART 2703 Introduction to Graphic Design 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

ART 2203 Drawing II 3
ART 2013 Ceramics I 3
ART 2803 Art History I 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

ART 2033 Painting I 3
ART 2003 Photography I 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
ART 2813 Art History II 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
Total hours 16
 

Junior

Fall Semester

ART 3033 Painting II 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
ART 3703 Graphic Design Concepts 3
ART 3713 Graphic Design Portfolio I 3
ART 3323 Photography II 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 3103 Printmaking 3
  Cultural Studies Elective 2
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
ART 3043 Graphic Design Production 3
ART 3723 Digital Imaging Concepts 3
ART 4963 Practicum in Commercial Art or  
ART 4983 Internship in Commercial Art 3
Total hours 17
 

Senior

Fall Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
ART 4313 Photography Portfolio 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ART 4001 Senior Seminar 1
ART 4303 Photography Senior Project 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 16

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Commercial Art: Digital Imaging Plan