Hiram College

Art and Design Major

Traditional Undergraduate

Developing Visual Artists for the 21st Century

Whether you’re interested in drawing, painting, photography, film, or design, Hiram’s new Art & Design major will help you explore your passion while challenging you to become a well-rounded creative thinker and visual problem solver. Through a flexible curriculum, intimate class sizes, and close collaboration with their peers and faculty members, students are able to combine creativity with practical skills.

Who are Hiram’s Art and Design students?

Students in Hiram’s Art and Design major are clever and imaginative. They share a calling to visually explore their interests, and express their ideas and unique take on the world. They are inquisitive and eager to find connections among their many passions. Students in Art and Design might also pursue Film Studies, Photography, Performing Arts, or one of the other academic programs that Hiram has to offer.

Abigail Semick

“In Intermediate Painting, my art skills were challenged in ways I had never been pushed before. My professor encouraged me to create pieces out of my comfort zone.”

-Abigail Semick ‘22

Program Overview

All majors begin with taking a core set of design and history courses that develop technical, formal, and conceptual skills. Students then have the opportunity to specialize in one of three pathways: studio artphotography/film, or digital design studies.

Throughout their time at Hiram College, students will compose a portfolio of diverse pieces that express their growth that includes many of the projects they develop. Toward the end of their exploration in these pathways, students immerse themselves in upper level courses that culminate in a capstone experience: the presentation of a technically proficient and conceptually cohesive visual portfolio. Art & Design majors will produce a body of visual work that expresses an original statement on a single idea or concept. This work will demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and an awareness of contemporary issues, art history, ideas from other disciplines, and/or aspects of personal experience. Often, this capstone experience is showcased in the Gelbke Fine Arts Gallery in a Senior Class Exhibition.

Benefits of an Art and Design Degree

Hiram’s Art and Design major is structured to assist students in turning their ideas into realities. They learn how to constructively critique their own work and ideas, merging their thoughts with research, experience, or other circumstances that influence their world. From learning art history to constructing their own masterpiece, students learn how to understand themselves, the artifacts they study, and the complex world around them. As part of a larger liberal arts curriculum, the Art & Design major provides a foundation upon which students can build rewarding careers.Our students aren't just prepared to create: They are ready to interpret and re-design the world around them with an analytical and skillful eye.

  • Gelbke Fine Arts Center

    Art & Design students have the opportunity to work in a private building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Gelbke Fine Arts Center includes a Mac Lab, art gallery, drawing and painting studio, private studio spaces, and ceramics lab.

  • Art Gallery & Shows

    Our students meet with artists from across the country in our Gelbke Art Gallery, learning how to hang shows, produce different varieties of works, and host gallery openings. Each year, we also display the Annual Juried Student Art Show in this gallery.

Student Artwork

Watch the videos and scroll through the gallery below to see some of what our students have been working on this past year.

Christopher Ryan Headshot

Christopher Ryan, M.F.A.

Professor of Art
Gelbke Fine Arts Center Director

Learn more about all of the majors, minors, and opportunities that await you within the School of Arts, Humanities & Culture.