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To inquire about this program:
Mr. Michael Giles |423.869.7407|

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, studios, galleries, and individual clients are always on the lookout for artists who display outstanding talent, creativity, and style. Talented individuals who have developed a mastery of artistic techniques and marketing skills are likely to have the best job prospects and overall employment of craft and fine artists is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. For more detailed information on the job outlook for those graduating with a degree in Art please see: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook; Art and Design.

Arts in the Gap

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The major program in Art provides students with a foundation in design, drawing, ceramics, and painting, along with elective choices in other media. Students in the program also study art history to understand the visual arts historically and in relation to our contemporary world. In advanced art courses, art students are encouraged to further build and hone their skills as communicators and critical thinkers in a globalized and visual world. Graduating seniors are responsible for producing and documenting an original coherent exhibition of their artwork as a demonstration of their professional development and an expression of their unique creative and artistic voice and vision.

After graduation, Art alumni are poised for careers in art, design, illustration, teaching, animation, and any other industry that requires creative thinkers and makers.

Alumni Spotlight

Jake Troyli, a 2013 graduate of LMU's art program, completed an Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Florida in Tampa and in 2019 was chosen to participate in an intensive nine-week summer residency for emerging visual artists at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. In 2019 Jake's work was exhibited at galleries in Atlanta, Chicago, Florida and Sweden. Learn more about Jake here:

Kayla Swiney, a 2013 graduate of LMU's art program completed her JD (Doctor of Jurisprudence) at LMU's Duncan School of Law in 2017. She is now an associate attorney in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Learn more about Kayla here:

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Art (2 Dimensional): Four-Year Plan (Starting Fall 2024)

Bachelor of Arts in Art (Ceramics): Four-Year Plan (Starting Fall 2024)

Bachelor of Arts in Art, K-12 Education (2D): Four-Year Plan (Starting Fall 2024)

Bachelor of Arts in Art, K-12 Education (Ceramics): Four-Year Plan (Starting Fall 2024)

Art Minor: 18 hours of art coursework including Art Appreciation, Design, Ceramics, Painting, Survey of Art History and an Elective course of the student's choosing.

Pre-Art Therapy Curriculum

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Many prospective Art Therapy students major in Art or Psychology during their undergraduate studies. A strong portfolio of completed artworks and a thorough grounding in visual art is essential to successful admissions at most art therapy programs. At LMU students can follow a carefully designed curriculum developed especially to prepare the student for admission to the program of their choice and ground them in the basic requirements in Visual Art and Psychology. For more information on the career outlook for those interested in pursuing a career in Art Therapy see: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Recreational Therapists. For more information on LMU's Pre-Art Therapy Curriculum please contact program director Michael Giles.

Meet the Faculty

Michael Giles: Design, Painting, Drawing, Photography, and Art Appreciation.

Risa Hricovsky: 3D Design, Sculpture, Ceramic Art, Drawing, and Art Appreciation.