What You'll Study
This flexible program allows students to select courses from a wide variety of studio art and art history offerings. Selecting an area of specialization will introduce you to both traditional and contemporary art media and content. The BA degree allows one to explore their passion in art across a wide range of media and materials.
One of the strengths of the BA degree is its adaptability. Many students who choose to double major select the BA, as it allows ample space to complete courses in a second major. For example, students who intend to go on to graduate school for Art Therapy will often double major in Art and Psychology. Other disciplines that connect well as a double majors for careers are Art with Mass Communications, Art with Business, and Art with Computer Science. Past art majors have completed all of these double majors pairings and have found them to be excellent preparation for their careers goals.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a professional degree and provides a concentrated art experience. Students in the BFA are able to take a greater number of advanced studio courses and seminars within the major. The fact that students in the BFA take more art classes provides more opportunities to develop their portfolios for graduate school or for employment. The BFA allows for greater concentration and exploration in a range of art mediums. The BFA is also the degree desired by many applicants for the MFA after undergraduate school.
The B.F.A. degree has three specializations. Students choose one:
Graphic & On-Line Design
Graphic and Online students take classes covering Product and Package Design, Print Design, Typography, Web and Screen-Based Design, and Branding.
In Two-Dimensional Art students concentrate in Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Digital Art, or Animation/Video Art
In Three-Dimensional Art students explore plastic arts and learn about making work using clay, plaster, wood, and metal.
Non Art students may earn a minor in Art with a flexible selection of art courses
(21-24 credit hrs.).
Art Minor checksheet.
A minor in the history of art is available to majors as well as non-majors. Course selections cover a wide range of Art Historical periods and topics, (18-24 credits hrs.)
- Fine Arts Society Student Club
The Fine Arts Society (FAS) is the student club that most art majors join. It focuses on the visual arts and is one of many on-campus student clubs at LHU. FAS organizes multiple student trips every year to major metropolitan locations to view art and participate in art activities. New York City, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia are popular destinations, but FAS also travels to see museums in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, The Corning Glass Museum and even local trips to artist’s studios and galleries.
- LHU Visiting Artist / Lecture Series
The Art program, in cooperation with the LHU student art club, The Fine Arts Society, brings visiting artists to exhibit their work in the LHU campus art galleries. Information on upcoming artist visits and lectures can be found on this page LHU Visiting Artist / Lecture Series. Visiting artists meet with students, discuss their art and share techniques and ideas.
- Student Studios
Individual workspaces are available to many of our dedicated students. This unique opportunity allows you to make the most of your studio art classes.
- University Art Galleries & Studio Facilities
The John Sloan Fine Arts Center and Bentley Gallery are modern facilities that play an important role in the art department’s outreach to the local and campus communities. Numerous regional and international artists exhibit their work here each year.
LHU’s well-equipped studio spaces allow for painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking, along with a stand-alone sculpture and ceramics facility. The Visual Arts computer lab is ideal for graphic design and for the creation of various forms of digital art.
- Local Art Gallery
The Visual Arts partners with the The Train Station gallery for exhibition opportunities outside the University. The Train Station Gallery is located in the city of Lock Haven and is run by the Clinton County Arts Council.
From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
Many graduates immediately work as professional artists and designers. Employers and design clients include:
- Oprah Winfrey
- Corvette Magazine
- Good Beer Hunting
- CRC Health Group
- Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
In addition, a degree in art provides you with the foundation necessary to enter and succeed in graduate school, opening a potentially greater range of professional career options.
- Study Abroad: Your options for study abroad at LHU are numerous including England, France, Japan, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Mexico to name a few.