Instruction in a variety of studio art classes is available at Valparaiso University. Courses include drawing, design, figure drawing, beginning and advanced painting, landscape painting, photography, graphic design, watercolor, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

Studio courses are limited to 18 students so that each student has maximum room in which to work, direct access to all equipment, and a great deal of individualized attention from faculty.

Art history course work exposes students to the artwork of cultures from the ancient world to the present. Students learn how to read the artists’ visual language and explore how the art reflects the culture and values of the artist.

Resources

The collection of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University is a wonderful resource, and students have the opportunity to study it as well as the special exhibitions of art that come to the Brauer Museum each year.

 

Ceramics courses introduce students to clay as an artistic medium and include instruction in coil, slab, and wheel.
Academic Programs

The study of ceramics can be counted toward an art major (30 credits) and is required for students completing the studio arts major (45 credits).

Resources

The ceramics studio is located in the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts.

Courses
  • ART 151, Ceramics, covers basic ceramic processes, including wheel throwing, hand building, and coiling. The class also includes a field trip.
  • ART 152, Ceramics: Advanced Studies, includes advanced problems in clay construction and glaze formation with opportunities for specialization. The class also includes a field trip.

Students interested in ceramics may also be interested in ART 251, Sculpture, and ART 252, Sculpture: Advanced Studies. Sculpture class builds on three-dimensional work in the first-year course called Introduction to Design. Students sculpt in clay, plaster, wood, and cement as well as work in additive, constructive, and subtractive techniques.

Drawing is a foundational skill for learning to see the world as it truly is. Beginning drawing course work investigates several subjects, techniques and media, including still life, figure, linear perspective, pencil, charcoal, and ink wash. Advanced drawing stresses the nude human figure.
Academic Programs

Coursework in drawing is required for the studio art minor, the art major (30 credits), the studio arts major (45 credits), and the digital media arts major (45 credits).

Recent Courses
  • ART 121 Drawing
  • ART 227 Figure Drawing
Additional Resources

Each year, Valpo’s Draw-a-Thon brings together the campus community for a day of drawing and creative exploration. Learn more »

The graphic design program at Valparaiso University offers solid training and preparation for the contemporary design field. The art department offers traditional course work in typography, corporate identity, page layout, poster and package design. Students acquire a broad knowledge of the various design disciplines the profession has to offer.
Academic Programs

Course work in graphic design can count toward the art minor and the art major (30 credits). Graphic design course work is required for the digital media arts major.

Resources

Valparaiso University has committed itself to design by offering some of the best hardware and software tools available in college art programs. The computer lab is equipped with 18 computers, dual large-format monitors, high-resolution flatbed scanners, laser printers, in-house wide-format printing capabilities, and a complete line of creative software such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Maya animation software, and Carrara Studio.

Recent Courses
  • ART 132, Introduction to Design and Digital Media
  • ART 230, Graphic Design I
  • ART 330, Graphic Design II
Extracurricular Opportunities

Graphic design students often find on-campus jobs designing for the University’s various publications.

Travel Opportunities

Students may also be interested in participating in the Chicago Arts Program during one semester of the junior or senior year. This program offers students the opportunity to fulfill an internship in Chicago with a number of design opportunities.

Valparaiso University offers course work in digital animation, digital design, multimedia arts and web design, and digital media art.
Academic Programs

Course work in digital media can count toward the art minor and the art major (30 credits). Digital media course work is required for the digital media arts major.

Resources

Valparaiso University has committed itself to digital media by offering some of the best hardware and software tools available in college art programs. The computer lab is equipped with 18 computers, dual large-format monitors, high-resolution flatbed scanners, laser printers, in-house wide-format printing capabilities, and a complete line of creative software such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Maya animation software, and Carrara Studio.

Recent Courses
  • ART 132, Introduction to Design and Digital Media
  • ART 299, Multi-Media and Web Design
  • ART 324, Digital Video Art
  • ART 387, Motion Graphics
Travel Opportunities

Students may also be interested in participating in the Chicago Arts Program during one semester of the junior or senior year. This program offers students the opportunity to fulfill an internship in Chicago with a number of design opportunities.

Museum Studies course work introduces students to the history and practices of museums, with a focus on Valparaiso University’s nationally recognized Brauer Museum of Art.
Academic Programs

A course in museum studies is required for the art Major (30 credits) and is typically incorporated for students who are pursuing an independent major in art history.

Course work

ART 210, Museum Studies, includes class discussion of assigned and provided texts, exposure to careers in art museums, discussions with professionals in the field, and exposure to the many aspects of museum operations. Hands-on projects enable students to learn about the following functions in a museum:

  • Directorial: planning a calendar of exhibitions, marketing the museum to the public, managing museum accounts, and working with donors
  • Curatorial: selecting objects for purchase for a museum collection, choosing themes for exhibitions, generating accompanying text for wall labels, and conducting public educational programs
  • Registrarial: maintaining a collection, completing condition reports, arranging for the transporting of objects, and accessioning new objects into a collection
  • Preparatorial: using archival materials for framing and storing collection objects, installing objects in museum galleries, and handling collection objects safely in gallery and storage settings
Internship Opportunities

The Brauer Museum of Art provides students with the opportunity to work more closely with museum staff members and experience in more depth some of the projects and activities introduced in the classroom. Students should approach the museum director individually to arrange for internships. Limited opportunities are available each semester.

Through independent and collaborative work, students begin to develop a body of work that reflects their own interests as painters and is informed by an awareness of art history and contemporary art trends.

Academic Programs

Course work in painting is required for the art major (30 credits), and the studio arts major (45 credits).

Recent Courses
  • ART 221, Painting
  • ART 222, Painting II

The introduction to painting course includes sessions on painting materials, techniques, and color theory. Students learn to construct and analyze painting by working predominantly from observation but also with figure and abstraction. The advanced painting course focuses on meaning and content in student work.

Valpo’s photography program is fully equipped for teaching black-and-white and color photography as well as digital photography and electronic image making. By graduation, a student who concentrated in photography will have built a portfolio that is suitable for applying to a number of positions in the photographic industry. Students also will be prepared to pursue the master of fine arts degree in graduate programs around the country.

Academic Programs

Course work in photography is required for the studio art minor, art major (30 credits) and the digital media arts major (45 credits).

Resources

The Strimbu Gallery of Photography is located adjacent to the photo lab and features the work of regional photographic artists in addition to that of the University’s photography students. Students are also strongly encouraged to exhibit in local galleries and to apply for juried art exhibitions.

Courses
  • ART 162, Photography I
  • ART 163, Introduction to Digital Photography
  • ART 262/562, Advanced Black and White Photography
  • ART 263/563, Advanced Digital Photography

Additional courses have covered alternative processes, photojournalism, and special topics in photography.

Additional Opportunities

Students concentrating in photography as art majors may be interested in participating in the Chicago Arts Program during one semester of the junior or senior year. This program offers students the opportunity to fulfill an internship in Chicago with a number of professional photographers.

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