The Bachelor of Arts in Art + Design develops skills in three concentrations: Design, Fine Art and Art History.

Selected courses in design, studio art and art history develop competencies for graduate school or careers in arts administration, marketing, art therapy, or education.

Core courses common to both programs lay a strong foundation for upper level work in both BFA and BA degree programs and provides the opportunity for students to easily move from the BA into the BFA program within the first two years to timely graduation.

As an additional opportunity, the New Mind Design Student Design Agency gives Art + Design majors the opportunity to work in a design agency under the guidance of faculty mentors. Statistics show that most designers and artists will freelance at some point in their careers, so this experiential learning experience will develop entrepreneurship and professionalism.

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Core courses common to both programs lay a strong foundation for upper level work in both BFA and BA degree programs and provides the opportunity for students to easily move from the BA into the BFA program within the first two years to timely graduation.

As an additional opportunity, the New Mind Design Student Design Agency gives Art + Design majors the opportunity to work in a design agency under the guidance of faculty mentors. Statistics show that most designers and artists will freelance at some point in their careers, so this experiential learning experience will develop entrepreneurship and professionalism.

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What do students learn to do?


Choose from three Art and Design concentrations.

The B.A. in Art + Design offers concentrations in Fine Art, Design and Art History.

Design


Illustration work by George PinedaDesign is a creative process that integrates art and technology to communicate ideas and information. You will create dynamic solutions in graphic design, illustration, 3D modeling, rendering, 3D printing, product design and other fabrication processes. Up to date industry professional design software will prepare you for careers in the design field. Project based assignments and required internships make sure you will be ready to meet the challenge of the 21st century marketplace. Art directors in graphic, product, and visual communications design studios stress the importance of a strong art background for success in these fields.

Fine Art


Fine Art is at the heart of creative expression. Fine artists have historically been pioneers for innovations in the fields of design, entertainment, even STEM areas. You will acquire skills in traditional fine art techniques like drawing, painting, clay, traditional and new media. A required thesis project and portfolio will prepare you for the next step to further your career for graduate programs in art therapy, art education, and art administration.

Art History


Alternative Self-Portrait Project By Robert Rauschenberg

Art History develops your aesthetic literacy through study of cultural history. You can explore American and world cultures through the study of their art, architecture and design. It is interdisciplinary: incorporating the fields of philosophy, history, political science, literature, and sociology. You will not only learn about the art and architecture of the past, but consider the art of today within its cultural context — your life and the art and design that surrounds you. The B.A. in art history will prepare you for gallery entrepreneur careers, educators and consultants. Students can further pursue graduate school in Art History and licensed programs that specialize in conservation or consultant.


Career Opportunities

ESU Art + Design majors have earned positions including:

  • Marketing and Graphic Design Specialist at Aria Systems
  • Graphic Designer at SDI TDI Erdi
  • Graphic Designer at Internet Inspirations
  • Senior Designer at Fathom Creative
  • Senior Graphic Desiger at Stream Companies
  • Graphic Desinger at Event Strategy Group
  • Screen Print Operator at Stitch Graphics, Inc
  • Marketing Director at Pocono Mountain Harley-Davidson
  • Designer & Illustrator at AppSumo
  • Graphic Design Professor at the University of Utah
  • Art Supervisor at Fishawack Health
  • Co-Founder at Revcarto
  • Senior Experience Designer at Think Company
  • Lead Designer at The Graphix Spot

Hands-on Learning

Art + Design courses give students a variety of hands-on service learning opportunities.

Every 200+ level course in the Graphic Design program contains at least one service-learning element. To name a few, students have worked with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Downtown East Stroudsburg, Tick Research Lab of PA, Future Defense Software Enterprises, Drone Surgeon, and Street2Feet.


Innovative Faculty

The highly qualified and accomplished Art + Design faculty are committed to student success.


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Contact Us

For more information about the Art + Design department, please contact the department chair, Darlene Farris-Labar (570) 422-3813 or dfarris@esu.edu.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Fine & Performing Arts Center
Phone:
(570) 422-3695
Fax:
(570) 422-3008 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair and Gallery Director
Name
Darlene Farris-Labar
Phone:
(570) 422-3813