Department Summary

The Department of Art and Design is uniquely structured to provide opportunities to develop as a professional artist, art historian or communication design professional.

Realize your artistic and professional potential in a supportive environment that stimulates creative inquiry while fostering discipline. Classes are small and students are mentored by caring and engaged fulltime faculty who are committed to teaching and professional development. The small campus and accessible studio spaces encourage a collaborative and free-flowing exchange of ideas among students, faculty and frequent visiting artists and scholars.

Opportunities include a professional Lecture Series, student clubs and organizations, Study Abroad opportunities. The department maintains strong ties to the professional community and assists students in making connections with employers, galleries, graduate programs and other avenues for professional advancement.

Undergraduate programs

The Department of Art and Design serves as the academic home for approximately 120 art majors and approximately 50 art Minors in areas that include:

  • Art History
  • Art Education
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

There are three degree programs in studio art at Bradley University: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

The BA and BS degree programs have the same studio art requirements. The difference between the two programs is in the University requirements. The BA degree has a foreign language requirement of 2 years in upper level courses, and the BS degree requires 6 additional science or math credit hours beyond those in the Bradley Core Curriculum. Both programs require 58 credit hours in Art. The BFA program is a studio-intensive program, requiring 27 more credits in Art (for a total of 85) but does not have the additional language or science classes.

No portfolio is required for freshman admission for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree program in any of the studio areas. Students electing to apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program must submit a portfolio for admission to this program, usually in their sophomore or Junior year.

Undergraduate scholarships

Undergraduate scholarships of varying amounts are available to both incoming freshmen and upperclassmen. These are based on talent and applications including a portfolio may be submitted by December 1.  

Typical freshman schedule of classes


  • Art 101 – Drawing
  • Art 105 – Two Dimensional Design
  • Art 140 – Survey of Art History
  • Art 220 – Professional Lecture Series
  • IM 113 – Introduction to Interactive Media
  • 3 hours of Bradley Core Curriculum


  • Art 102 – Drawing II
  • Art 106 – Three-Dimensional Design
  • Art 142 – Survey of Art History
  • Art 221 – Professional Lecture Series
  • 6 hours of Bradley Core Curriculum 

Laptop Requirement and Technology

All incoming Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts freshmen and transfer students are required to have an Apple® MacBook Pro laptop computer. Wireless Internet service is available in all buildings across campus. Printing services are available in the Global Communications Center and in the Library. The college has many well-equipped labs and classrooms, many available 24/7 to students via a secure swipe-card access. 

Graduate programs

Students in the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts programs in Studio Arts are eligible for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships and the Caterpillar Scholars program.


The Department of Art and Design occupies the Heuser Art Center, a 33,000 square foot facility with fully equipped studios and a gallery space. The facility is home to a ceramic studio with high and low fire kilns, a sculpture room with its own bronze foundry, and graduate and undergraduate painting, printmaking, book arts and photography studios. Graphic Design classes are taught in the Caterpillar Center for Global Communications Building that offers a print service bureau making available large format printing and equipment checkout for such items as digital cameras and graphics tablets.