FAQ

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Art and Design

FAQ

 

 

Q: Is a portfolio required for admission into the art+design program?

Q: Is there studio space within the department to work on my art projects?

Q: How late can I work in the department?

Q: Can I study abroad?

Q: Are there internship opportunities?

Q: Are there any scholarships available for art+design majors?

Q: How much will my supplies cost during the first year of school?

Q: What kind of computer and/or software will I need?

Q: What arts-related service opportunities are available?

Q: What kind of professional preparation will I receive as an art+design major?

Q: Is a portfolio required for admission into the art+design program?
A: No. The Department of Art+Design welcomes all students, regardless of previous art experience. Instead of requiring a portfolio, we have designed a program of foundational courses all art+design students take at the beginning of their studies.


Q: Is there studio space within the department to work on my art projects?
A: Yes. We encourage students to work in the department in order to benefit from a collaborative environment. All students have the opportunity to apply for a personal studio space each semester. Public classroom and studio space is also available, and design majors have access to our digital design studio, which houses iMacs fully-equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite.


Q: How late can I work in the department?
A: All majors are issued a pass which allows 24-hour access to specific studio and classroom space within the department. Chair and studio faculty permissions are required.


Q: Can I study abroad?
A: Yes! Any off-campus study is a great way to enrich your classroom experiences at AU. Many art+design students have studied in countries such as Italy, France, England and Australia, as well as gone to summer art programs throughout the US. You can also take advantage of AU's Tri-S Program, which offers many short-term cultural and service opportunities.


Q: Are there internship opportunities?
A: All design majors are required to have at least one internship before receiving their degree. Like the study-abroad opportunities, an internship is an extremely valuable experience which will enable you to build upon your current knowledge base and gain practical experience in the workplace. General Studies in Art+Design majors are required to complete a practicum at the conclusion of their studies.


Q: Are there any scholarships available for art+design majors?
A: Yes. Competitive portfolio scholarships are available to majors within the department, starting sophomore year.


Q: How much will my art supplies cost during the first year of school?
A: We want everyone to have the same, high-quality art supplies from the start. Therefore, we have put together a package of supplies for all students beginning their foundation courses. These supplies are the primary tools you will need for your first year as an art+design major. The total price ranges from $500 - $600. After you pass your foundation courses, costs will vary depending upon the courses you take.


Q: What kind of computer and/or software will I need?
A: It is not absolutely necessary to have your own computer. You will have access to public computer labs on campus, and design majors also have access to the department's private design studio. However, if you are a Visual Communications Design major and interested in purchasing your own computer, we do recommend investing in an Apple computer and the Adobe Creative Suite.


Q: What arts-related service opportunities are available?
A: The Department of Art+Design values service to the community as an integral part of our students' academic and spiritual development. Our specific service initiatives have included: a prison ministry offerring inmates the opportunity to draw and art classes for children in the local community.

Many university-wide service groups also exist on campus, including VisionReVision, a campus ministry which organizes arts-related events for the AU community.


Q: What kind of professional preparation will I receive as an art+design major?
A: Art+design students are prepared for professional practice through the entire duration of their studies. This includes the preparation of resumes and professional portfolios, as well as the practice of writing artist statements and studio proposals.

Faculty frequently involve students on their own professional endeavors; they also engage students in collaborative, client-based projects. These experiences bring professional practice within reach of student practice, amplifying students' understanding of professional working environments.

Internships and summer study programs provide students with opportunities to gain firsthand, experiential knowledge particular to their chosen field. Students can also seek general assistance through the University's Career Development Center.