Art in Community
We are a community of artists at Augustana in the Art Department and we have a great tradition in training young artists. We pride ourselves most on being able to listen to you, and we will get to know you well when you come here and study with us. We will provide you with a strong foundation in art and design to go on and do what it is you want to do in your creative career and life pursuits. We will challenge you to develop critical thinking and analytical skills in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. We will provoke your imagination. We know what it is like to try to negotiate and balance life's demands while maintaining your own personal sense of creativity and integrity about trying to live and work imaginatively in this world. We wrestle with and think quite seriously about how art, faith, justice and spirituality can come together. We share with you from our own experiences and studio practices so that you can learn to ask better and deeper questions of yourself about what it means to be human and make art. We work with you individually in your pursuit of your passion and to reveal your own "voice" and expression.
The highest form of learning comes in the applying of knowledge in the making and doing. You can pursue a wide variety of art mediums—sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, design, graphic design, art history, printmaking, pre-architecture and art education. At Augustana, you can spend up to 60 credit hours of your liberal arts degree studying in our new state-of-the-art facility. You will also have opportunities to go abroad to India or paint in Peru for example, or you can visit the great museums of Europe or New York on a Spring Break course. You can study philosophy, languages, history, the sciences and music alongside your studio courses, and engage in community and public art studies in rural and urban contexts. Some students pursue full-time careers in art after graduation while others go into publishing and communications design fields. We have recent graduates enrolled in Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) and Masters of Architecture (M.Arch.) programs across the United States. Our graduates are employed in a range of creative fields, including advertising, architecture, graphic design, photography, studio arts, and teaching.