Art Major Areas of Concentration

Art History Major

The Art Department at Westmont helps both art history and studio students discover and develop their creativity and become attentive to the power of the visual arts in our world. Students are challenged to understand the visual arts as a dynamic, powerful domain of human culture, and to engage the art world with imagination, integrity and initiative.

 

Art History Major Requirements

The Studio Art Track emphasizes broad-based exploration in multiple media, including areas such as painting, sculpture, ceramics and others, requiring exposure to digital and physical 2-D, 3-D and 4-D practice. 

 

Both Studio and Graphic Arts tracks emphasize acquisition of skills, conceptual sophistication, and vocational imagination. They carry the same commitment to the liberal arts and can serve students well in future career paths.

 

Studio Art Major Requirements

 

The Graphic Arts Track puts more emphasis on 2-D skills developed in both digital and physical environments, including areas such as graphic design, screen printing and illustration.

 

Both Studio and Graphic Arts tracks emphasize acquisition of skills, conceptual sophistication, and vocational imagination. They carry the same commitment to the liberal arts and can serve students well in future career paths.

 

Graphic Arts Requirements

 

Two of the following: (8)

ART 021 Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic (4)

ART 022 Art History: Renaissance to Modern (4)

ART 023 Introduction to World Art (4)

IS 123, 126, or 128 Europe Semester (4)

  Four of the following: (16)

ART 124 Italian Renaissance Art (4)

ART 125 Northern Renaissance Art (4)

ART 126 Art of Early Modern Europe (4)

ART 127 Nineteenth Century Art (4)

ART 128 Modern and Contemporary Art (4)

ART 129 Special Topics in the History of Art (4)

ART 131 Theory and Criticism in the Arts (4)

ART 132 Museum Studies (4)

ART 133 Art, Theology and Worship (4)

ART 134 Land Into Landscape: The Anthroposcenic Imagination (4)

  Required Basic Core: 13 units

ART 010 2-D Design (4)

ART 015 Drawing I (4)

ART 093 Sophomore Project (1) 

  One of the following: (4)

ART 021 Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic (4)

ART 022 Art History: Renaissance to Modern (4)

ART 023 Introduction to World Art (4)

ART 124 Italian Renaissance Art (4)

ART 128 Modern and Contemporary Art (4)

IS 123, 126, or 128 Europe Semester (4)

  Elective Courses: (at least 12 units)

ART 001 Principles of Art (4)

ART 029 Studio Art Topics (4)

ART 040 Ceramics I (4)

ART 045 Photography I (4)

ART 050 Painting I (4)

ART 065 Digital Tools (4)

ART 070 3-D Sculptural Explorations (4)

ART 111 4-D Intermedia (4)

ART 115 Figure Drawing (4)

ART 140 Ceramics II (4)

ART 145 Photography II (4)

ART 150 Painting II (4)

ART 151 Illustration (4)

ART 161 Intaglio/Relief Printmaking (4)

ART 162 Screen Printing (4)

ART 163 Typography (4)

ART 165 Digital Painting (4)

ART 167 Publication Design (4)

ART 180 Art for Children (4)

Career Paths

  • Graphic design
  • Gallery-centered fine art
  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Gallery management
  • Museum education
  • Museum curator
  • Arts Ministry

See career paths for graduates who majored or minored in art at Westmont.

See career paths for graduates who majored or minored in art history at Westmont.

Art Scholarships and Awards

The Art Department has several scholarship opportunities for incoming and continuing art students. Departmental awards for outstanding students are available to those who demonstrate excellence and promise in studio art and art history.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must...

  • be admitted to Westmont College
  • be actively considering majoring in studio art or art history
  • submit the required application materials online

Continuing Students

To be eligible for a scholarship, an applicant must...

  • be a declared studio art or art history major
  • submit the required application materials online 

Applications will only be accepted online and are due by March 1st.

 
  • Apply for a Studio Art Scholarship 
  • Apply for an Art History Scholarship

The Art Department is fortunate to have scholarships to award on a competitive basis, including five named, endowed, scholarships.
 
  • Dorothy Westra Scholarship (offered on a rotating basis to a female student in the Art, Music, and Theatre Arts Departments)
  • Richard Reed Armstrong Scholarship (endowed scholarship for Presidential or Provost Scholars)
  • Steve and Denise Adams Scholarship
  • Wes Nishimura Memorial Scholarship
  • Susan D. Savage and Dennis M. Savage Art Scholarship
Current Events

Art Alumni

Abigail McBride '96 Immediately launching her studio career after graduation, Abigail has been painting full time ever since. She has achieved national recognition as a Cape School Colorist, American Impressionist plein air painter and portrait artist. She is in high demand as a teacher, juror of events and gallery artist. She exhibits primarily on the East Coast in fine art galleries and museums.

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Robin Eley '01 Upon graduating, Robin returned to his native Adelaide, Australia, where he founded a successful multimedia/concept design firm. But a desire to paint led him to study at the Illustration Academy, where he learned the skills to become a successful and highly in-demand illustrator. He then morphed his career a third time when he decided to pursue a gallery career, and his three one-man shows to date have been complete sellouts.

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Cheyenne Ellis '01 Cheyenne pursued further training in photography post-Westmont at the Brooks Institute and went on to apprentice under the famed photographer Irving Penn in New York for two years. A fashion lifestyle photographer, Cheyenne has worked for clients ranging from Banana Republic, Gap, Target and People Magazine.

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Benjamin Rollins Caldwell (2005) Ben has become one of the most acclaimed designers working in avant-garde furniture today. His work has been profiled in such publications as Town, Dwell, and The Robb Report, among others. His “Binary Chair” was prominently featured in the marketing materials for Lady Gaga’s ArtPop album tour.

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Isaac Steiner '05 Starting at a small design studio after graduating, Isaac eventually moved to Chicago to focus on product design for complex enterprise ecosystems. He now partners with engineers and business leaders using design to build new services used by millions everyday. "Westmont taught me to care about the context of a craft in how people perceive art. Although I now focus on people's behavior, context is always first and foremost."

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Katie King Rumford '06 Katie earned her MFA in graphic design in 2012 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After stints working at MetaDesign and Ammunition Group, she now freelances as a graphic designer in New York City.

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Gloria Tebelman '07 One of our first graduates to work in typography and graphic design for her Senior Exhibition work, Gloria received an MFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2010. She returned to her native San Diego to work as an associate art director for San Diego Magazine, and is currently a Senior Designer for Reader’s Digest in New York City.

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Joel Daniel Phillips '11 Adept at both drawing and graphic design, Joel’s semester spent at Westmont in San Francisco led to a design job offer from the architectural firm where he interned. Moving to the Bay Area upon graduation, Joel spent his free time drawing the homeless centered around his living space. These large-scale photorealist drawings caught the attention of a local gallery, and now Joel is making his living as a full-time fine artist.

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Betsy Freeman (2016) Since graduating from Westmont, Betsy has worked as a graphic designer in San Francisco. In addition to her freelance practice, Betsy has designed for Quardio (San Francisco) and currently works for Raised Real. Betsy comments that her years at Westmont not only “gave me strong problem solving skills that helped me see beyond the perceived confines of my title to achieve much bigger goals for my company, and therefore to excel quickly into leadership roles," but also “helped me develop a sense that success is much more than my salary or status, which gives me confidence to freely pursue the opportunities God has put before me, free of fear or self-doubt.”

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