Established in 1948, the Department of Art and Design includes B.F.A. majors in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Photography, as well as a B.A. major in Art History, and an M.A. in Museum Administration.
Our B.F.A. and B.A. programs offer an intensive art school curriculum within the context of a liberal arts university. Students and faculty work in an environment where the desire to succeed professionally is balanced by the tenets of the Vincentian mission.
We emphasize respect for the individual, service to the needy, human solidarity and adherence to the belief that giving of one’s self makes the world a better place.
St. John’s University has attained the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, held by selective art schools nationwide.
The Illustration program emphasizes technical and narrative proficiency in both traditional and electronic media, with the goal of developing a personal style with professional application in the ever-changing visual arts industry.
The Graphic Design curriculum provides students with the skills for effective and digital work, including interaction design, motion design, and the expanding world of social media platforms.
The Fine Arts program provides students with a conceptually dynamic curriculum that emphasizes both traditional and digital image making techniques. The goal is the development of a professional portfolio that has an individual creative voice.
The Photography program emphasizes the technical proficiency needed to capture and compose professional quality images while providing an environment for conceptual exploration of artistic ideas.
Art History students build skills in observation, analysis, and critical thinking, while exploring and interpreting art and architecture across continents from prehistory to the present.