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Department of Art and Design

Develop your passion and career with a degree in art education, graphic design, or studio art.

About the Department

The Department of Art and Design is housed in the Studio Arts Building, located just north of the library, and includes a state-of-the-art Mac lab for graphic design, and spacious studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, and ceramics. 

As a student here, you’ll learn traditional and new technologies, materials, and techniques. You'll combine design and drawing fundamentals with a broad range of studio experiences, art history, exhibitions, and visiting artists, while acquiring the skills, problem-solving ability, self-awareness, and growth necessary to pursue careers or advanced study in your field.

The rich visual experiences we create contribute to the college and our communities. Our goals are to prepare you for life after Wayne State, whether that be teaching in the classroom or pursuing a career in the creative field.

We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

“Through Wayne State, I am learning skills that I will need for the career that I want, as well as improving my talent by learning new techniques. I like being in the graphic design program because it is fun, creative, energetic, and comfortable. I am surrounded by alike minds.”

 

Andrew Gelbart

Major - Graphic Design
Hometown - Omaha, Neb.

 

Art and Design Degree Programs

Choose from our art and design programs, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor from the Department of Art and Design. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Art (Studio)              
Art Education (K-12)              
Art: Advanced Studio              
Graphic Design              
Interdisciplinary Studies              

“Make a difference! Be creative! We know and love art and design, and we want you to be successful as an artist, graphic designer, or art educator. Here you'll get one-on-one attention, lots of opportunities to get involved in and out of class, and individual guidance from professors who make classes fun, exciting, and worthwhile. Take advantage of our amazing studios — graphic design, sculpture, drawing, painting, printmaking, design, and ceramics. Develop your passion and your career!”

 

Josh Piersanti, M.F.A.

Department Chair
Professor of Graphic Design

 

 

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, and more.

Art Shows and Exhibitions

Shows and Exhibits

  • Senior art exhibit – As a senior, you’ll get the chance to share your artwork on campus at the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery
  • Juried student exhibit – This art show takes place at the end of each spring semester, where your work is reviewed, judged, and prizes awarded.
  • Visiting Artist Program – Regionally or nationally recognized artists display their work in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery in media that build upon art and design courses.
  • ArtsWalk
Art Student Activities

Opportunities

  • Art sales – At the end of the semester, you will have the opportunity to sell your own artwork. You’ll be involved in organizing, advertising, scheduling, and handling all art sales.
  • Trips, workshops, and more – Visit galleries, museums, and graphic design firms. Participate in visiting artist workshops and critiques, help with Art Day festivities, and help promote art to youth through the high school outreach program.
  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA) - Art education majors can develop classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Internships

Before graduating with a degree in studio art or graphic design, students should complete an internship, or clinical practice (student teaching) if you’re an education major. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Art and Design Scholarships

In addition to having the region's most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for art students.

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