The visual arts program at Newman University is an exciting place for exploration, learning and experimentation. Our bachelor of arts degree allows students to create individualized learning programs. Our focus is not on one expected outcome, but on a process that allows you to shape your art in effective and unexpected ways. You will be encouraged to question, define and think about art and your role as creative individuals.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Bachelor of Arts in ArtMinor in Art

Prominent Careers

A degree in art prepares you to work in a variety of areas, including:

Art manufacturing industry
Community art programs
Gallery exhibition

You can also work as a professional artist in:

Graphic Design

More Information

A college education in the visual arts at Newman University equips you with an understanding of methods and techniques while expanding your ability to visualize and imagine. The curriculum provides a broad exposure to historical perspectives, the principles of design and a diversity of media.

Using a studio approach to course study in the visual arts, art majors gain the requisite conceptual and technical skills that encompass the basis of the visual language. With the academic home for the visual arts located within the liberal arts curriculum, art majors benefit from the entire liberal arts faculty in their study of art.

Through this broad grounding, students are trained to give artistic expression to the complexity of human experience and to utilize their unique perspective to comment upon and contribute to the betterment of their communities.

Training in technique, exposure to historical perspectives and principles of design, and grounding in diverse media enables Newman visual arts students to develop the heightened sense of aesthetic awareness needed in today’s art and design professions. Emphasis is placed on nurturing the individual voice as it finds its way within the techniques of the specific artistic discipline.


All college art majors are required to take a core set of art classes along with classes within the emphasis. The Art Program strives to weave the seven areas of emphasis together to show how the arts are interconnected. Students will be guided through the journey by professional, practicing artists who have a passion for visual communication. The program of study includes studio practices, critiques, mentoring, and internships which equip students to go forward and become leaders in their fields.

Graduation requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 124 credit hours for graduation. Upon completion of the general education requirements, the bachelor of arts degree includes a total of 60 to 63 hours. Please consult the Newman University Catalog for specific class selections and further details.

Fine arts scholarships

Newman University also offers up to $5,000 in scholarships for qualified students interested in studying the visual arts, including graphic design. For more information or to set up a scholarship interview and portfolio review, please call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.

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Additional education

A major in art can be enhanced by a minor or double major in a variety of subject choices. These include journalism, psychology, business, marketing, education, Spanish and computer technology.