Art & Design Department
We rely on personable and skilled faculty who are dedicated to providing a solid training in art and design with a Christian perspective. Join talented students from all over the world in an environment that thrives on creativity. With the hours our students often spend working together in the studio, they will grow close to their classmates and have the opportunity to form friendships, make memories and build a prestigious portfolio. Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful artists or designers in the profession of their choosing.
Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful artists.
We offer a selection of specific majors that focus on painting, three-dimensional work, graphic design, interior design, and art education. In areas where we do not offer a specific degree, you have the flexibility to build a portfolio that targets many other niches in the art market, such as art therapy, illustration, art history, drawing, printmaking and photography.
Whether students intend to pursue graduate school or begin their career right away, undergraduate studies at Harding’s Department of Art & Design will prepare them for the next step.
The mission of the Department of Art & Design at Harding University is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, creative, and engaged professionals deeply rooted in Christian values. A dedicated, student-focused faculty, who strive to embody these same qualities through a Christ-centered approach to creative expression, scholarship, mentoring, teaching and service, carries out this mission.
Foster within students a global perspective of art and design excellence defined by compassionate, Christ-like service to others.
Promote within the academic setting, lifelong intellectual growth through the pursuit of progressive, innovative and sustainable understanding of art, design, technology, information and research.
Inspire and provide a culture of creativity and critically diverse thinking grounded in the framework of fine arts, pure design and applied design principles.
Mentor and infuse Christ-like professional behavior in art and design practices and procedures, ethics and integrity, business relationships and work excellence.
Stimulate a passion for the visual arts and design professions through active engagement in professional communities and relationships, and exposure to art and design diversity.
Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a 50-hour degree, designed to provide the students with a strong foundation in the visual arts. The degree is comprised of a 34-hour core of art classes, including drawing, design, color theory, painting, art history, three-dimensional media, and visual aesthetics. During their capstone Senior Seminar, the students prepare their portfolios and Senior Shows. The 34-hour core is complemented with 16 hours of art electives, where students may concentrate in a specific area, or take courses covering a broad range of media and/or art history. Students may also pursue undergraduate, or graduate, teacher licensure.
Course descriptions and requirements are found in the HU Catalog.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Department of Art & Design offers three Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees. All three share a 34-hour core of art classes, including drawing, design, color theory, painting, art history, three-dimensional media, and visual aesthetics. During the capstone Senior Seminar, which is part of the art core, the students prepare their portfolios and senior shows. The 34-hour art core provides the foundation for a concentration in one of three specialized areas; Graphic Design (78 hours), Painting (75 hours), or Three-dimensional (76 hours). In order to prepare for the challenging job market and/or pursue graduate study, the BFA degrees are designed for students desiring more in-depth academic experiences in their chosen areas.
Course descriptions and requirements can be found in the HU Catalog.
Note that it is merely a suggested schedule intended to help students construct their own schedules. Courses may close or become full, requiring an adjustment to what a student may register for in any given semester.
The Art Minor (18 hours) is available for a variety of students’ needs, including those with a passion for visual art, but who also find themselves attracted to another major. The Art Minor provides the students with a studio drawing class and a design class where they gain fundamental drawing skills and a working knowledge of the language of art. The Art Minor includes 12 additional elective hours in art, selected from a wide range of studio and art history courses.
The Art History Minor (18 hours) is available for students who want to dig deeper and understand more about how works of art and design are situated in the historical narrative. This is a great minor for English and History majors and, with some careful advising, can further strengthen the art history knowledge of art majors, as well.
The Graphic Design Minor (21 hours) is available for students who desire the skills of a graphic designer, but are pursuing a major in another discipline. The Graphic Design Minor provides students with two drawing classes, a two-dimensional design class, four graphic design classes, and an additional graphic design or color theory class. With these courses, the student will be comfortable working on graphic design projects, or communicating with professional graphic designers.
Course descriptions and requirements can be found in the HU Catalog.
Information and Guidelines
The Harding University Department of Art & Design has scholarships that range from $600-$1,000 per year. Students must meet the criteria listed below to be eligible for one of the scholarships. A complete and timely application is important. All applications must be received no later than April 15. Scholarship winners will be notified as soon as possible, usually within a month of the deadline.
- You must be a declared art major and show financial need. Do this by way of personal letter to the chair of the Department of Art & Design.
- Send an unofficial copy of your high school or college transcript.
- Submit a letter of recommendation from one of your art teachers.
- Submit a portfolio (as outlined below) of your best work.
- Get everything to us between March 1 and April 15. Mail correspondence to the address below.
All submitted work should be original. Meaning, it should be done from observation of real life, from photographs that you have taken, or from your imagination. Original work better represents your abilities than work that has been copied from published photographs or another's art. When assigning scholarships considerable weight is given to originality. You may email digital images of work. The images should be captured in high resolution with good lighting. Use a photo editing app or software to edit cropping, lighting and alignment. Make sure to include the medium, size and title of work in a list. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Include between six and twelve pieces, depending on size and quality.
- We suggest that you include a self-portrait, preferably from a mirror.
- All submitted work should be clearly marked with your name. Enclose a sheet that has your name, address, and phone number as well as a listing of all of your submitted pieces.
- A variety of media (pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor, oil or acrylic paintings, etc.) needs to be included. Some of the work should be in color. Please send photographs of three-dimensional work rather than the actual pieces. If you choose to submit a portfolio of photographs of your work, rather than the originals, be sure the photographs are good quality.
If you send your portfolio by mail, please wrap it securely in a reusable carton. We will either return it to you by mail, or if you desire, we will hold it for you to pick up.
If we can be of any assistance to you, please let us know. Our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.