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Commercial Art major at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Tom Douglas
Department Chair
(417) 328-1955
tdouglas@sbuniv.edu

Visit the Department of Art website for more information.

 

Design delivers a visual message.

The Commercial Art major is designed for individuals wanting to pursue a career in graphic design or digital imaging. The commercial art industry is a competitive market but the opportunities are virtually endless. Graphic designers serve the world in virtually all industries.

The SBU Advantage

  • Students participate in the Annual Art Exhibit that displays outstanding works to the community.
  • All seniors are required to participate in a personal or group exhibition displaying their work.
  • Small class sizes provide for one-on-one learning.

Engaged Learning

Students are given hands-on practice during class in the department’s graphic design studio, drawing studio, painting studio, and sculpture/ceramics studio.

Course Information

Art Core courses total 46 hours and include art history and a variety of art techniques, from drawing to printmaking. The Commercial Art degree requires an additional 12 hours of Commercial Art Core requirements — Graphic Design Production, Graphic Design Concepts, Graphic Design Portfolio I, and Digital Imaging Concepts — as well as a concentration in Graphic Design or Digital Imaging.

The Graphic Design concentration is an additional 12 hours that includes a computer application class, senior project, portfolio, and a practicum or internship related to graphic design.

The Digital Imaging concentration is an additional 12 hours that includes a photography class, senior project, portfolio, and practicum or internship related to digital imaging.

Scholarships

Performance scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding ability in art. They are available to current SBU art majors, high school seniors and transfer students who are declaring art as their major.

Two private scholarships are available for art majors, The Dunnegan Scholarship and the Earl & Gloria Shell and Sharon Shell Garrison Scholarship.

All art scholarships require a portfolio review. A portfolio should consist of no less than 10 to 15 examples of quality work, with 5 to 10 examples being in one area of emphasis (drawing, painting, etc.), and no more than 20 works. Digital portfolios on a CD or DVD are preferred, but portfolios containing original pieces of art are also accepted. Any actual original work that is not “fixed” should have a cover sheet to protect it from being smudged. A portfolio containing traditional photographs of works is also acceptable.

Scholarships will be awarded upon faculty review.

Internship Opportunities

Previous students have undertaken internships with studio photographers, corporations, campus marketing and communications, and hospitals.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from our program hold jobs as teachers, graphic artists, photographers, and design directors, plus a student may go on to graduate school to pursue the M.F.A. degree.

Special Features

Commercial Art Core:

  • ART 3043 Graphic Design Production
    • Graphic design course to be concerned primarily with pre-press issues and topics, graphic design production and finishing methods, publication matters, and basic time-based media development.
  • ART 3703 Graphic Design Concepts
    • Intermediate-level graphic design course to be concerned primarily with related inter-media projects ranging from traditional print designs, to simple packaging, and basic visual presentation development.
  • ART 3713 Graphic Design Portfolio I
    • Advanced team-oriented graphic design course to be concerned primarily with professional issues and topics in visual communication design. Work development for the course will necessarily build upon both conceptual and pragmatic understandings developed in Graph Design Production and Graphic Design Concepts. All projects assigned will involve design studio-business issues and topics.
  • ART 3723 Digital Imaging Concepts
    • Concentrated study of image-based visual communication concepts and studio techniques.

Commercial Art Concentration (choose one or both):

Graphi Design Concentration:

  • ART 4003 Computer Application/Commercial Art
    • Selected problems for the advanced graphic design student.
  • ART 4703 Graphic Design Senior Project
    • Advanced-level graphic design studio course developed to display advanced student achievement. Work developed for the course will build upon both conceptual and pragmatic understandings developed in Graphic Design Production, Graphic Design Concepts, and Graphic Design Portfolio. The course will consist of two major parts: Each student will propose and develop an approved, in-depth professional quality visual communication concept. In addition, each student will develop and provide a profession-oriented portfolio for exit review.
  • ART 4713 Graphic Design Portfolio II
    • Advanced graphic design course to be concerned primarily with professional issues and topics in visual communication design. Work developed for the course will necessarily build upon both conceptual and practical understandings developed in Graphic Design Production, Graphic Design Concepts, and Graphic Design Portfolio I. All projects assigned will involve design studio-business issues and topics.

Choose one of the following:

  • ART 4963 Practicum in Commercial Art
  • ART 4983 Internship in Commercial Art

Plus an additional six hours of general electives.

All students in the commercial art program must complete:

  • 46 - hour Art Core
  • 12 - hour Commercial Art Core
  • a minimum of one 12 - hour Commercial Art Concentration in graphic design or digital imaging
  • a practicum and internship workplaces must be specifically related to the students' area of concentration