Department of Art & Design




As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Wayne State College Department of Art and Design provides students the opportunity to pursue bachelor's degrees with concentrations in K-12 art education, graphic design, and studio art.  All art students share a common core of classes with specialized instruction in each major area. The department prides itself on the reputation of the K-12 art education program, which provides innovation and leadership throughout the region. Employment opportunities for our graduates are outstanding, and the program enjoys a job placement rate of nearly 100 percent.


The graphic design program utilizes the latest software to provide students with extensive training on the use of the computer as a design and production tool. A strong foundation in art and design, along with an emphasis on computer graphics, web design, animation and interactive media prepares our students for success. Graduates enjoy excellent opportunities for employment in a broad range of graphic design areas. Our graduates have secured positions both regionally and nationally.


The studio art program is designed to lay the groundwork for those students who plan to ultimately pursue graduate work, work as practicing artists or pursue work in other art-related fields. Students are exposed to a broad range of studio experiences and work to acquire the skills and problem-solving ability necessary for these endeavors.  All of our graduating studio art majors who have applied for acceptance into graduate school have received teaching assistantships to pursue their Master of Fine Arts degrees at major research universities across the nation.


Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Wayne State College hosts an annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition where selected sculpture(s) are granted an honorarium of $1,500 for a 12-month outdoor exhibit at Wayne State College. Find our more about the Sixth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Competition for 2015.


Campus Art Collection

The Wayne State College campus contains over 300 works of art. The collection includes works by Paul Cezanne, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Kathe Kollwitz, and many other artists acclaimed locally, nationally, and throughout the world! Find out more about the Campus Art Collection.



Art and Design Faculty  | see list

The Art and Design faculty is comprised of practicing professional artists and scholars who bring a wide range of artistic diversity to the program. They are committed to sharing with students their expertise and enthusiasm in order to develop the individual talents of every student. Small class sizes enable faculty to give personal attention to students both in and out of the classroom.  If you are interested in art as a field of study or career choice, please contact Pearl Hansen Chair, Wayne State College Department of Art and Design, via e-mail or at (402) 375-7131.



The Department of Art & Design is dedicated to developing and expanding students’ intellectual, aesthetic and creative development through its commitment to high standards and quality programs in Art Education, Graphic Design, and Studio Art. A strong foundation in design and drawing fundamentals is combined with a broad range of studio experiences, art history, exhibitions and visiting artists to provide students the opportunity to acquire the skills, problem-solving ability, self-awareness, and aesthetic growth necessary to pursue careers or advanced study in their respective fields.



The undergraduate goals of the Department of Art and Design are: 1.) To prepare art majors at the baccalaureate level for the pursuit of careers in K-12 art education, graphic design and studio art. 2.) To provide students with knowledge about the use of traditional and new technologies, materials, and techniques related to visual arts. 3.) To provide rich cultural and aesthetic visual experiences which contribute to the college, community and the society at large. 4.) To prepare art students for graduate school in K-12 art education, graphic design and studio art programs.


Art and Design Related Links

Campus Art Collection

Facilities & Visiting Artists

Cultural Events Calendar

Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Scholarships &
Financial Aid

Nordstrand Art Gallery

Student Work

Faculty Work

Special Events

--NATA Conferecne

Sept. 20-21, 2013


Student Survival Guide

Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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