Marylhurst University Art program

Marylhurst University Art program

Marylhurst University Art programs

Now accepting students for summer 2016. Classes start June 20. Marylhurst admits students each quarter.

Bachelor of Art (B.A.) in Art

Marylhurst B.A. in Art majors take a number of elective general education courses while focusing their studies in the visual arts. Your required coursework will provide a solid foundation in professional art business practices, the history of art in western civilization, and teach the skills and concepts to produce and engage in critical art discussion.

Through our faculty, professional artists themselves, you will be introduced to art dealers, art critics, museum curators and other art professionals who make up the regional art network.

Specialized Curriculum
Most students transfer in their lower-division, general education credits and complete their major requirements at Marylhurst. Required coursework within the art major makeup 84 credits:

  • Art core courses (54 credits)
    Courses provide you with cross-disciplinary exposure to varying art forms including drawing and photography. You will study basic, color and three-dimensional design, learn the fundamentals of digital art and acquire a deep knowledge of art history. The curriculum will orient you to the visual art community through discussions, field trips and presentations by some of the Northwest's most respected industry professionals.
  • Art major electives (30 credits)
    The art major elective courses provide you with studio art experience throughout your degree program.

Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.) in Art

The BFA in Art program will prepare you for a hands-on career in art. Study includes not only studio practice, but the context of history and thought that informs the making of art. Two-thirds of the credits required to complete the BFA come from art courses, including a fourth-year pre-professional thesis project. Concentrations within the curriculum (painting, drawing, photography and sculpture) are designed to match contemporary professional practice.

Students with a BFA in Art will be able to:

  1. Produce artworks in the area of concentration that reflects a clear understanding of the concepts, concerns and techniques of the contemporary artist.
  2. Critically discuss their artwork and the art of others.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of the history of art and art theory in Western civilization.
  4. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of professional business practices in art.

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Preparing you for success

Art degree leads to rewarding career

Our B.F.A. graduates who complete a significant amount of studio work in their program are prepared to work as studio artists and develop careers through regular exhibitions in commercial galleries, public or private commissions and consultation work. Those B.A. in Art graduates who alternatively incorporate business coursework and internships in their degree plan, find themselves prepared for careers in galleries and museums as an art dealer, art critic or museum curator.

Designed for students with multiple priorities

Marylhurst students are working professionals, parents or military personnel who are all juggling multiple priorities in addition to being students. Our courses are designed to meet their needs. We offer daytime, evening, weekend and online courses, and we even have an annual schedule of classes so our students can plan their coursework a year in advance.

Transfer credit accepted
You may be closer to earning your bachelor's than you think. Marylhurst is one of the leaders in the nation working with transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions.

$6000 Scholarship for Phi Theta Kappa members
Marylhurst offers Phi Theta Kappa (community college honors society members) a renewable annual scholarship of up to $6000 for those pursuing their bachelor's degree with us.  This is a renewable scholarship, which means you receive the amount each year you are enrolled at Marylhurst.  The only qualification to receive the scholarship is that you are a Phi Theta Kappa member.  If that's you, connect with our Office of Admissions at or call 503.699.6268 to learn more.

Admission requirements for this program

  • Minimum GPA of 2.25 and successful academic progress in all college and university coursework OR a minimum high school GPA of 2.50 or average GED score of 500.
  • A high school diploma or GED or 45-quarter college credits from a regionally accredited college.

The Marylhurst advantage

Regionally accreditedRegionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Marylhurst's beautiful campusMarylhurst's beautiful campus is conveniently located just 10 minutes south of Portland (and we even have free parking).

Convenient and accessible Small class sizes with experienced, world-class faculty who provide individual attention to students.

Credit for prior learningCredit for prior learning. Receive credit for documented learning (like job experience), reduce the time to finish your degree, and decrease the cost of a bachelor's degree.

Marylhurst University is a small, private, nonprofit liberal arts and business school in Oregon. We have been serving the Northwest for more than 122 years with exceptional education programs.

> 15+ bachelor's degree programs
> 12 master's programs
> 300+ courses
> 1200+ students

Now it's your turn. Start the evaluation process by requesting more information about these programs. Our admissions counselors offer free transfer credit evaluation!


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