I love to take students abroad and help them learn new things, such as how to navigate the Paris Metro or the London Tube. I encourage them to experience a sense of awe in unexpected places.
Maybe you are career driven and know exactly what you want to do with your art degree. Great! Clarke is the place for you. Or, maybe you don’t quite know what to do with your interest in art. Clarke is the place for you, too. All art students take the same foundations courses in the first year of study. These courses will ground you in contemporary practice in drawing, design, digital skills, 3D structures, and art history and guide you as you discover yourself.
The studio art program includes coursework in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and ceramics. You choose a studio emphasis in one of these areas to develop both a technical expertise and a personal creative voice. You will often work one-on-one with a professor in an advanced course so your instruction is individualized and rivals that of an art or graduate school program.
Clarke offers bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of fine arts (BFA) studio degrees. What is the difference in the studio degrees? The bachelor of arts degree requires 48 credits in art. With this option, students can double major or minor in a complementary area like communication or business, or complete K-12 art education certification. The bachelor of fine arts degree is a professional degree with over 60 credits in art. A professional and critical atmosphere encourages students to extend their artistic involvement beyond studio exercises into juried exhibitions, internships, independent study, and travel.
Admission to Clarke University
In addition to an application to Clarke, high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores, freshman applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 examples of their work.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Program in Pictures
My ultimate goal is that, through developing their artist selves, students will become self-aware, empathetic, and have a clearer realization of who they aspire to become, as well as their relationship to their world.
Approaching course content with excitement adds to an energetic atmosphere. Through my dedication and accomplishments, students are inspired to find their artistic voice.
I believe that teaching graphic designs as a process-oriented activity helps students to develop life-long skills of thinking and tinkering; to establish habits that become practice; and to develop a process that maintains creative curiosity across disciplines and technologies.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
When I first came to Clarke, I was shy and introverted. The professors encouraged me to go beyond the classroom to visit local exhibits and galleries, as well as submit my work to various shows.
I received my BFA in studio art and went on to achieve my MFA at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and now I am a visiting professor of art at Clarke. I’ve come full circle.
I was part of the Clarke Art Slam Team for the Voices from the Warehouse Art Slam competition. I learned a lot about working to make a collaborative piece of art and also how to manage time and paint with an audience watching.
Amount in renewable Fine Arts Talent Awards given yearly.
The senior capstone includes a professional, solo, two-week gallery exhibit.
February 1 is the deadline for priority application to studio art program.