2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Art and Design

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Through the making of art and the study of art history, criticism and aesthetics, the department seeks to:

  • Develop proficiencies in the studio and design arts.
  • Advance visual literacy through the study of art history, art criticism and aesthetics.
  • Promote the cultural, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic life of students and the university.
  • Prepare students for art-related careers or graduate studies.

Tradition of Excellence

The Department of Art and Design considers the visual arts to be an essential means of communicating societal values, images, and identities. The program builds on the university’s liberal arts foundation of Foundational Explorations. Students explore relationships between the art disciplines, and build connections with other academic fields. Studies in traditional, non-traditional, western, and non-western art forms encourage students to develop a broad understanding of the visual arts.

The Department of Art and Design offers three majors - Visual Arts, Art Education, and Graphic Design. In all majors a core of foundation courses lead to advanced studies in the discipline. Independent studies and study abroad programs are available, as well as internships in local museums and art and design-related businesses. The Keller Gallery program includes both professional and student exhibitions. A visiting artist program provides bridges into the professional community of practicing artists. Students also benefit from the university’s proximity to the arts community and prominent art museums, galleries and collections in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Baja California, Mexico.

Career Opportunities

Alumni from the Department of Art and Design have earned advanced degrees from some of the top graduate programs in the country while others have achieved professional careers in art related fields: fine arts, graphic design, web design, publishing, museum and gallery work, arts management, and art education.


David Adey, M.F.A.
Cranbook Academy of Art

J. David Carlson, M.F.A., Chair
Vermont College of Fine Art

Lael Corbin, M.F.A.
San Diego State University

Karah Lain, M.F.A.
Oregon College of Art & Craft

Courtney Mayer, M.F.A.
Washington State University



    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.


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