Art & Design Department

Areas of Study

Art Education

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Harding's art education program is designed to prepare art teachers for licensing to teach P-12. The program is based on a 36-hour art core composed of art studio, art history, art education and visual aesthetics courses. We are committed to a strong foundation in design plus elective courses in a variety of media to prepare strong art teachers.

There a several paths a student might choose in order to get to liscensure. We encourage you to visit with John Keller, Ph.D. for more information on the best course of action.

Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as an art education major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the art education advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

Retention, Graduation and Job Placements

Our graduates are successfully teaching in schools all across Arkansas and many other states.

Fine Art

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The fine arts program is designed to develop the student of art into a professional working artist or designer. With the degree, depending on the student's area of emphasis, the student may pursue a career in areas such as painting, sculpture, pottery or illustration.

The student's education is founded on a wide range of study, including studio drawing, painting, art history, visual aesthetics, design and color theory. Elective courses may be selected from areas including printmaking, ceramics, weaving, computer graphics, watercolor and art history. Two of our bachelor of fine arts degrees, one in three-dimensional work and the other in painting, afford the students opportunity to do advanced preparation for their career or graduate school.

Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as a fine arts major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the fine arts advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

 

Graphic Design

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Our graphic design program strongly emphasizes tomorrow's professional environment. Students prepare through challenging class projects, internships and participation in organizations like Red Brick Studios, a student-run graphic design firm. 

Our bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design is a broad area professional degree that includes  courses such as: 2D design, color theory, typography, photography, illustration, printmaking, visual Aesthetics, history of graphic design and various course choices from the department of communication and College of Business. 

The four graphic design lab courses explore: identity design, packaging, branding, motion design, and conceptual exploration, as well as, mastery of the Adobe Creative Suite. Our computer lab allows students to experience the newest Mac operating systems and Adobe software. Scanners, printers and a check-out system for SLR cameras are also provided.


Helpful Tips

Computer LabThe Department of Art and Design's computer lab consists of iMac computers with the latest software and programs. The majority of design firms and ad agencies do their creative work on Apple computers.

If you have a computer it is not necessary to purchase another one. If you are thinking about buying a computer, wait until your sophomore or junior year, that way your computer won't be "old" when you leave school. If you just can't wait then buy the fastest CPU with as much RAM memory you can afford.

 

We use current versions of Adobe Software (Creative Suite). There are discounts online that save students up to 80% off retail prices.

Another important tip to help you prepare for a major in graphic design: buy a sketch book and sketch from life as much as you can. Drawing skills are invaluable in design. It will help you in developing creative concepts.

Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as a graphic design major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the graphic design advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. We have a sample schedule (pdf) available as a PDF download that can be of help as you are planning your semesters, though it is just a suggestion. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

Careers in Graphic Design

Graphic design encompasses a variety of career and employment opportunities. Branding, packaging design, environmental graphics, advertising, web design, design for the music industry, publication and editorial design are just a sampling of job possibilities available to graphic designers. Below are links with additional information concerning job outlook, interior design practice, income, and career stages.


Retention, Graduation and Job Placement

Approximately 100 Graphic Design majors.

Harding's Graphic Design program has the reputation of being one of the top programs in our region.

Our graduates work in advertising agencies, design studios, in-house design, interactive design and in churches

Students consistently do well in design competitions such as the Brass Ring Awards.

Students have placed in the Dallas Society of Visual Communications Student Competition.

Harding has an active AIGA student group. To find out more about AIGA visit www.aiga.org

Bureau of Labor Statistics facts on Graphic Designers

Interior Design

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We are an Interior Design program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) with a balanced approach to the artistic and technical aspects of Interior Design. The philosophy of the interior design program at HU is to provide students with an education in design that builds fundamental skills, imparts comprehensive knowledge, and gives opportunities to implement these skills and knowledge through the creative and relevant interior design project experiences. Students are encouraged to develop an attitude of service toward others and sensitivity to the impact of design on the environment.


HU Interior Design students continue to receive awards from design competitions in multiple categories: residential, healthcare, commercial design, etc. Additionally, the Harding ASID student chapter actively engages in service and community projects and was recognized as the 2009 ASID South Central Chapter of the Year.

Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as an interior design major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the interior design advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

 

Careers in Interior Design

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Interior design encompasses a variety of career and employment opportunities. Residential design can include remodeling, new construction, model homes, apartments and condominiums. Commercial design specialties expand to include office, healthcare, institutional, educational, as well as, hotels,restaurants, spas, and retail environments. Many designers are employed by architecture and interior design firms, furniture and home furnishing stores, or specialized design firms such as yachts and private plane design. Below are links with additional information concerning job outlook, interior design practice, income, and career stages.

Retention, Graduation and Job placement

Job Placement: 60% of the students that graduated in May and August of 2013 were employed by January 2014.

Graduation Rates: Of the students who entered upper level courses, 90% of the class of 2013 graduated in four years.

Retention/Attrition: 94% of students enrolled during the spring 2014 semester will be returning to the program in the fall of 2014. This is a 6% attrition rate.

Graduate school: No students have applied to graduate school in the last two years.

For More Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers in Interior Design 

American Society of Interior Design

International Interior Design Association

National Council of Interior Design Qualification

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Interior Design Educators Council