Art at Augustana

Art at Augustana

We are a community of artists at the Augustana College Department of Art and we have a great tradition of training young artists.

Areas of study within the art major include:

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Pre-architecture
  • Sculpture

We pride ourselves in being able to listen to you, and will get to know you well when you come study with us. We provide a strong foundation in art and design to students so they are able to pursue a creative career. We will challenge students to develop critical thinking and analytical skills in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. We will provoke your imagination. We know what it is like to negotiate and balance life's demands while maintaining one's own personal sense of creativity and integrity. We wrestle with and think quite seriously about how art, faith, justice and spirituality can come together. We share our own experiences and studio practices so that you can learn to ask better and deeper questions of yourself about what it means to be human and make art. We work with students individually in pursuit of their passion and to reveal their own "voice" and expression. 

The highest form of learning comes in the application of knowledge in the making and doing. You can pursue a wide variety of art mediums — sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, design, graphic design, art history, printmaking, pre-architecture and art education. At Augustana, you can spend up to 60 credit hours of your liberal arts degree studying in our new state-of-the-art facility. You will also have the opportunity to go abroad to India, paint in Peru, or visit the great museums of Europe or New York on a spring break course. You can study philosophy, languages, history, the sciences or music alongside your studio courses, and engage in community and public art studies in rural and urban contexts. Some students pursue full-time careers in art after graduation while others go into publishing and communications design fields. We have recent graduates enrolled in Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) and Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.) programs across the United States. Our graduates are employed in a range of creative fields, including advertising, architecture, graphic design, photography, studio arts, and teaching.

Read more about the learning environment in our department.