Wayne State College
WSC Art and Design College Department

Wayne State College Art and Design Department

Develop your passion and career with our college art programs in graphic design, studio art, or art education.

Department of Art and Design

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 the graphic design degree program. Other spacious studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, pottery, and ceramics serve students in the studio art degree program and art education degree program

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).

Nationally Ranked Programs

Wayne State is nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Best Graphic Design Degree 2023 - Intelligent.com

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 9 in the U.S.

Best Graphic Design Degree Program, 2023


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Recognized for Excellence

Best Colleges of Distinction, 2022-23

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Most Affordable Graphic Design Degree

No. 5 in the U.S.

Most Affordable Graphic Design Degree, 2020-21

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Bibiana Luevano

"Academically, the art program is strong with the professors that we have. They’re the backbone to how much we learn. We have some great professors that have had so much experience. The best part of this program is the social interaction that we have in the studio. We just all come together, and we have fun. We visit from room to room, help critique each other’s work, so it’s so social and you get to make a lot of friends. I got it pretty good here!"


Bibiana Luevano

Major - Graphic Design
Hometown - Grand Island, 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
Animation and Motion Graphics       Explore       
Art (Studio Art) Explore      Explore       
Art Education (PK-12) Explore             
Art History       Explore       
Art: Advanced Studio       Explore       
Graphic Design Explore      Explore       
Interdisciplinary Studies Explore    Explore  Explore       
Photography       Explore       
Web and Mobile App Design and Development       Explore       

Outside the Classroom

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

college art shows

Art 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
college art and design activities

Opportunities for Art Majors

  • 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 Teacher 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.
internships for college art majors

Art and Design Internships

Before graduating with your college art degree, you should complete an internship, or student teaching if you’re an art education major. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished professionals that have been recognized as experts in their fields. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in art and design degree programs.