Gain real-world experiences as you learn new digital tools, design thinking, hands-on activities and more in preparation for the most creative careers.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Art + Design is a professional program designed to prepare you for fields such as graphic design, animation, fine arts, 3D printing, digital/traditional illustration, advertising, virtual reality, industrial design, arts administration, and more.

The B.F.A. Integrated Art + Design option is designed to include courses in disciplines such as communications, science, theater, computer science, psychology or business management to further develop you industry standard technical and professional skills. Project based assignments and required internships make sure you will be ready to meet the challenge of the 21st century marketplace.

Consultation with advisers in all areas of interest will allow you to create a program tailored just for you in one of three concentrations: Graphic Design, Fine and New Media Art, and Product Design.

All About Integrated Art and Design at ESU

The B.F.A. Integrated Art + Design option is designed to include courses in disciplines such as communications, science, theater, computer science, psychology or business management to further develop you industry standard technical and professional skills. Project based assignments and required internships make sure you will be ready to meet the challenge of the 21st century marketplace.

Consultation with advisers in all areas of interest will allow you to create a program tailored just for you in one of three concentrations: Graphic Design, Fine and New Media Art, and Product Design.

All About Integrated Art and Design at ESU

What do students learn to do?


Choose from three Integrated Art and Design concentrations.

Concentrations are designed to provide a thorough focus and pathway towards your career. With the same foundation-level classes, students branch off and take classes that are more specific to either Graphic Design, Product Design and Fine and New Media Art.

As an integrated art program, students will also have an opportunity to select three courses outside the major that may provide additional skills and knowledge.

Graphic Design


The Graphic Design concentration will provide students the necessary industry standard digital, design and creative instruction. Graphic Design majors will automatically be a part of New Mind Design, the only Student Design Agency within the Pennsylvania State School System. You will have an opportunity to become a member of the Art + Design Department's American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Chapter which further connects students to opportunities and resources in the areas of Graphic Design.

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.

The Graphic Design concentration will provide students the necessary industry standard digital, design and creative instruction. Graphic Design majors will automatically be a part of New Mind Design, the only Student Design Agency within the Pennsylvania State School System. You will have an opportunity to become a member of the Art + Design Department's American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Chapter which further connects students to opportunities and resources in the areas of Graphic Design.

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.

Product Design


person using a tablet to draw with a graphic design appThe Product Design concentration at East Stroudsburg University is a unique program for Art + Design in the Pennsylvania State School System. Students are prepared for employment as product and Industrial designers. You will gain skills in design thinking, prototyping, 3D printing, digital rendering and be trained in using computer aided software such as SolidWorks and Rhino 3D. You will develop professional relationships with clients to develop 3D prototypes and other product designs. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, critical thinking, concept development, research methodologies, and technology. You will have the opportunity to become a professional member of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Fine and New Media Art


The Fine and New Media Art concentration embraces all media whether traditional or digital. You will have an opportunity to package together with your area of interest that will provide you the best pathway towards a successful creative career.

Artists have historically been pioneers for innovations in the fields of design, entertainment, even STEM areas. You will have an opportunity to develop skills in traditional fine art techniques like drawing, painting, clay, and other sculptural media. Your own unique vision may incorporate digital/electronic media, 3D printing, or performance art and your faculty will provide strong advising and mentorship. A required thesis project, individual website, and portfolio will prepare you for the next step, whether it’s graduate school, exhibiting artist, animation, virtual reality, medical 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D modeling, and more.

New Media Art refers to artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, sound art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art, and art as biotechnology. East Stroudsburg University is the only Art + Design Department in the Pennsylvania State School System with a 3D Printing Lab that has been designated as a Stratasys 3D Printing SuperLab.

The 3D Printing Lab includes top printers in the world such as the Stratasys J750 Full-color multi-material 3D printing and the Desktop Metal 3D Printer. Students will also acquire skills in laser cutting, and CNC Operations.

The Fine and New Media Art concentration embraces all media whether traditional or digital. You will have an opportunity to package together with your area of interest that will provide you the best pathway towards a successful creative career.

Artists have historically been pioneers for innovations in the fields of design, entertainment, even STEM areas. You will have an opportunity to develop skills in traditional fine art techniques like drawing, painting, clay, and other sculptural media. Your own unique vision may incorporate digital/electronic media, 3D printing, or performance art and your faculty will provide strong advising and mentorship. A required thesis project, individual website, and portfolio will prepare you for the next step, whether it’s graduate school, exhibiting artist, animation, virtual reality, medical 3D printing, additive manufacturing, 3D modeling, and more.

New Media Art refers to artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, sound art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art, and art as biotechnology. East Stroudsburg University is the only Art + Design Department in the Pennsylvania State School System with a 3D Printing Lab that has been designated as a Stratasys 3D Printing SuperLab.

The 3D Printing Lab includes top printers in the world such as the Stratasys J750 Full-color multi-material 3D printing and the Desktop Metal 3D Printer. Students will also acquire skills in laser cutting, and CNC Operations.


Career Opportunities

ESU Integrated Art and Design majors have earned positions such as:

  • 3D Printing and Marketing at Mantis 3D Printing
  • Senior Graphic Designer at Careignal Designs
  • Creative Director at Game Face Wipes
  • Marketing Coordinator at Celerity Integrated Services, Inc
  • Assistant Graphic Designer at Laural Home
  • Specialist at SHI International Corp
  • Creative Graphic Designer at FOCO
  • Advertising Operations Associate at The Walt Disney Company
  • Additional Alumni Positions
    • Lead Designer at The Graphix Spot
    • Marketing Coordinator at Celerity Integrated Services, Inc
    • Graphic Desinger at Event Strategy Group
    • Senior Graphic Desiger at Stream Companies
    • Assistant Graphic Designer at Laural Home
    • Specialist at SHI International Corp
    • Designer & Illustrator at AppSumo
    • Creative Graphic Designer at FOCO
    • Graphic Designer at SDI TDI Erdi
    • Screen Print Operator at Stitch Graphics, Inc
    • Marketing and Graphic Design Specilisist at Aria Systems
    • Graphic Designer at Internet Inspirations
    • Advertising Operations Associate at The Walt Disney Company
    • Graphic Design Professor at the University of Utah
    • Art Supervisor at Fishawack Health

Hands-on Learning

Studio courses provide students an opportunity for hands-on learning and mentorship by knowable faculty scholars in the Arts. From digitally designing and hand crafting prototypes in product design and illustration, students will gain skills, discipline and an eye for refinement.

Internship Program

New Mind Design, our student design agency is our in-house internship. We also offer other university-related internships at University Relations and the Graphics Center. The Innovation Center has many businesses that have offered many internships for design students.

Over 50 (and growing) internship sites outside of the university are local businesses and design agencies. Students are frequently hired upon completion of their internship.

Many Art + Design internship affiliations are available for both B.A. and B.F.A. Art + Design Degrees. B.F.A. students may find more specific internships in the area of Graphic Design and Product Design.


Specialized Facilities

  • Large, well equipped painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramic studios.
  • Graphic Design Studio with Mac computers loaded with industry standard design software. Cintiqs drawing tablets, wide format printer, vinyl cutter and more.
  • State-of-the-art 3D printing/additive manufacturing lab with 3D printers for metal 3D printing, PolyJet, PLA, ABS, TPU and more. a range of 3D scanners, and a high-end computer lab with the latest digital design and fabrication software.
  • The Product/Industrial Design Studio is equipped with a CNC, 3x4 foot 80W laser cutter, a brainstorming wall for design-thinking, workshop tools, laptops (64 RAM with High-quality graphics card) with professional industry standard software for rendering, animation, CAD and generative design.
  • The Madelon Powers Art Gallery, located within the Fine & Performing Arts Center, features an ongoing series of exhibitions by professional artists and students in a 1,000 square foot exhibition space with two-story high ceilings.
  • New Mind Design Student Design Agency where you will work on design solutions for real world clients.
Students have the opportunity to work on specialized projects such as 3D Metal printer and laser cutters. A laser cutter produced the lanters that our students and faculty are building here.  Pictured in the background is the G3D SuperLab's Metal 3D printer.
  • Large, well equipped painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramic studios.
  • Graphic Design Studio with Mac computers loaded with industry standard design software. Cintiqs drawing tablets, wide format printer, vinyl cutter and more.
  • State-of-the-art 3D printing/additive manufacturing lab with 3D printers for metal 3D printing, PolyJet, PLA, ABS, TPU and more. a range of 3D scanners, and a high-end computer lab with the latest digital design and fabrication software.
  • The Product/Industrial Design Studio is equipped with a CNC, 3x4 foot 80W laser cutter, a brainstorming wall for design-thinking, workshop tools, laptops (64 RAM with High-quality graphics card) with professional industry standard software for rendering, animation, CAD and generative design.
  • The Madelon Powers Art Gallery, located within the Fine & Performing Arts Center, features an ongoing series of exhibitions by professional artists and students in a 1,000 square foot exhibition space with two-story high ceilings.
  • New Mind Design Student Design Agency where you will work on design solutions for real world clients.
Students have the opportunity to work on specialized projects such as 3D Metal printer and laser cutters. A laser cutter produced the lanters that our students and faculty are building here.  Pictured in the background is the G3D SuperLab's Metal 3D printer.

Innovative Faculty

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


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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