Art (studio, graphic design, art education K-12)

sculpture smallAt Clarke University, the arts have been woven into the university’s history since its earliest days. If you are a driven, creative and free-thinking person dedicated to exploring your own expressive potential, the fine arts major is crafted for you. 

Clarke is one of only two Iowa private colleges to offer a BFA degree. The BFA is a professional degree requiring fine arts studio or graphic design students to take five more courses in the major than the bachelor of arts degree students. BFA studio art majors also mount a solo, two-week exhibition of their senior performance in Quigley Gallery. BFA graphic design students are also required to complete an internship. BFA degree graduates leave Clarke with greater content knowledge, professional experience, and a more comprehensive portfolio.

Emphases of study include all aspects of studio fine art, graphic design, art education and art history. First-year art students take a foundation sequence of art courses before selecting an art emphasis for their studies. Our world is an ever-changing visual and sensory place, so every aspect of the fine art major is growing and in-demand. 


Students interested in studio art pursue either a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) or bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Art, and choose a studio art focus from the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture or ceramics to develop a technical and conceptual expertise within a particular medium. 
Clarke University’s graphic design program leads students to a BFA degree in art with an emphasis in graphic design. The graphic design program prepares graduates to embrace the exciting and challenging profession of creating cutting-edge, innovative print, web and multimedia design solutions for promotional, advertising and business marketing. 
Our art education students achieve a BFA or BA degree in studio art and a K-12 teaching certification. Most graduate with employment secured. 
Clarke students who graduate with a bachelor’s of arts degree in art history are uniquely qualified for entry-level museum jobs and for further graduate study in academic areas such as art history, museum studies and law.
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