Comprehensive arts education in a supportive environment

Pacific's broad-based professional art program is intended to provide you with options in the art field and provides strong foundational and interdisciplinary education so you can develop a professional-level portfolio.

Our program helps you develop esthetic knowledge, perceptual awareness and creative problem solving skills. The goal is that when you graduate, you will be a practicing artist or designer who thinks critically and historically, communicates effectively and acts responsibly in our global society.

Please see the General Catalog for coursework.

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If you are willing to engage in a rigorous undergraduate program that provides preparation for professional life through internships, graduate studies or entry-level opportunities, Pacific's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree is made for you.

You Will Learn:

Solve communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and user testing, and evaluation of outcomes.

Describe and respond to the audiences and contexts, which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural, and social human factors that shape design decisions.

Create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, color theory and its applications, symbolic representation, typography, drawing, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful messages in two and three dimensions.

Independently select and use appropriate art and design-related tools and technology to create, reproduce, and distribute coherent and meaningful visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include, but are not limited to, drawing, illustration, photography, offset printing, time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).

Independently, interactively as well as collaboratively engage in art/design professional practices to effectively organize and manage art/design projects  in studio, entrepreneurial and corporate setting.

Form and defend value judgements about art and design including communicating key concepts, visual approaches and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to projects and practice.

Apply history, current issues, processes, and directions in the art and graphic design field to projects.

Apply ethical reasoning to create sustainable, and socially and environmentally responsible art and design solutions.

Outstanding Student
Emilie Jenkins

Graphic design major Emilie Jenkins spent part of her summer interning for a firm in Ireland. She describes her project and explains how Pacific helped her with this opportunity.

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Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design

Jeannette Powell Art Center
College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211