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.

The Major

With a BFA degree from Pacific, you will develop the conceptual, perceptual, technical and professional skills necessary to be a practicing artist who thinks critically and historically, communicates effectively, and acts responsibly in our global society. 

The Experience

By performing a variety of outreach services both in the Stockton community and abroad, you will produce a legacy of community awareness and pride. Our students regularly accept graduate appointments and professional positions in their respective fields.

Outstanding Student
Leila Valencia

Painting is Leila Valencia's method of self-expression. She describes why she wanted to study art at Pacific as she paints her statement mural on immigration. 

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 judgments 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.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Studio Art
Studio Art Minor
Studio Art Minor

Add a creative balance to your degree. Learn to draw, paint, design, photograph, sculpt, 3D model, animate, design costumes, craft virtual worlds and exhibits — using contemporary and traditional techniques. Gain an artistic edge that will complement your major, no matter what it is.

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Art History Minor

The art history minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with a series of courses that study the art traditions in world culture. Enjoy broad survey courses that study history from ancient to modern, or take specialty courses that focus on specific time periods, mediums, or movements in art, media, performance and design.

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Department of Art, Media, Performance and Design
209.946.2241

College of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211