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Department of Art and Design

Express Yourself

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

With exciting Art and Design concentrations, innovative courses and collaborations, and boundless imagination, you are free to dream here. The faculty are passionate to see you become more than you can imagine, and are dedicated to the holistic education that only a liberal arts university can provide. With internships, publication opportunities and other professional skill-building opportunities incorporated into the curriculum, you will be well prepared for the best possible start to a fulfilling career. Opportunities in art and design are growing rapidly. Give your dreams wings at KWU. 

It is the mission of the KWU Department of Art and Design to develop the student’s understanding of, and ability in, the visual arts while helping him or her grow as a responsible member of society.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the KWU art and design department to develop academic excellence in the visual arts through the practice of a chosen discipline, the awareness of contemporary and historical motivation, both personal and spiritual, and opportunities to grow as responsible members of society.


Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Art or Design should be able to:

• Be professional within their concentration

• Have a strong portfolio of work

• Demonstrate an awareness of art’s impact throughout history and cultures.

Major Options

  • Art
  • Design

Art Major Concentrations

Design Major Concentrations

Minor Option

Why Study Art and Design at KWU? Strong ties to the vibrant local arts community! 

Kansas Wesleyan University plays an integral part of a robust arts community in Salina. Students are hired as interns or to design special projects for local businesses and organizations. For example, Salina Arts & Humanities utilizes the talents of graphic design students to create the marketing collateral for its annual Smoky Hill River Festival, and KWU Photography students and alumni are hired as festival photographers. 

In addition to KWU’s strong ties in the arts community, students receive studio arts supplies, which are already included into tuition costs. KWU’s diverse faculty as well as its dedicated studios and laboratories offer student’s a chance to receive hands-on learning and experience.

The Gallery

Kansas Wesleyan houses its own art gallery in Sams Hall of Fine Arts. The Gallery hosts exhibits featuring the work of local and regional artists as well as artwork produced by KWU students. The Gallery hosts Salina's First Thursday Art Rush receptions for exhibiting artists, giving the campus and Salina community an opportunity to meet the artists. 

Objectives for studies in Art and Design

  • Student should be professional in processes within their concentration. 
  • Student should have a strong portfolio of work. 
  • Student should be able to demonstrate an awareness of arts impact throughout history and cultures.

What can I do with a degree in Art?

An art degree opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities and provides a solid foundation for post-graduate study. Whether you choose to create art or teach art history, art majors work for museums and galleries, art foundations, auction houses, in conservation and preservation, film and television, government agencies, industry, publishing, retailing, visual resources and writing. Jobs such as grant administrator, corporate curator, art appraiser and architectural conservationist blend and showcase the interests and expertise of today's art majors. Art graduates have gone on to further study and careers not only in art and architecture, but also in medicine, law and business.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (785) 833-4305.


Opportunities to Express Yourself
Hands-On Learning

We love our Salina community, and we want to show you why. Our partners in this arts-friendly city consistently offer our students internships, opportunities to work on a myriad of projects, and possibilities that are simply impossible elsewhere. Our community partners are able to utilize high-quality students to help with worthwhile causes, and our students end up with professional, published work for their graduating portfolio. Everyone wins!