Mar 05, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Art & Design

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Department of Art and Design
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6705

Degree programs offered by the Department of Art and Design provide comprehensive training for the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Art in eight concentrations including Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Imaging and Photography, Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture, Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

Minors in Art History or Art and Design are also available; the Art and Design minor includes ceramics, drawing, imaging and photography, Metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture and is available to students seeking degrees outside the Department of Art and Design, or to add an emphasis to their existing concentration.

The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Courses are offered on campus, with some distance and hybrid course offerings.

Department of Art and Design Full-Time Faculty:

Peter Bella, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design                                                     
M.F.A. Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design                              
M.S. Professional Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
B.F.A Graphic Design, Rochester Institute of Technology
Laurel Campbell, Associate Professor, Art Education                                              
Ed.D. Art Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign                     
M.A.  Art Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.F.A. Metals, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Steven J. Cody, Assistant Professor, Art History                                                     
PhD Art History - University of Maryland, College Park                                       
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
Suining Ding, Professor, Interior Design                                                                    
Ph.D. Architectural Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia                              
M.A. Interior Design, The Ohio State University
B.A. Architecture, Southeast University
James Gabbard, Continuing Lecturer, Photography                                                 
B.A. English, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne                          
Christopher Ganz, Associate Professor, Printmaking/Drawing                               
M.F.A. Printmaking, Indiana University-Bloomington                                           
B.F.A. Printmaking, University of Missouri-Columbia                                     
Seth Green, Assistant Professor, Ceramics                                                               
M.F.A. Ceramics, University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL)                                  
B.A. Art: Emphasis in Ceramics/ Sculpture                                       
Dana Goodman, Professor, Sculpture                                                                         
M.F.A. Ceramics, Ohio University                                                                   
M.A. Art History, Ohio University
B.F.A. Sculpture, University of Iowa
John Hrehov, Chair, Professor, Painting/Drawing                                                    
M.F.A. Painting, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign                                 
B.F.A. Painting, Cleveland Institute of Art                                                   
Andres Montenegro, Associate Professor, Computer Modeling
M.F.A. Digital Arts, University of Oregon                                                                   
M.A. Universidad de Playa Ancha                                                                      
B.A. Universidad de Chile                                                                    
John Motz, Director VCD, Continuing Lecturer, Graphic Design                             
B.F.A Graphic Design, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne          
Audrey Ushenko, Professor, Painting/Drawing                                                         
Ph.D. Art History, Northwestern University                                                  
M.A. Art History, Northwestern University
B.A. Indiana University-Bloomington
Jessy Vachon, Continuing Lecturer, Graphic Design
M.F.A. Web Design & New Media, Academy of Art University                                     
B.F.A. Computer Art, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
James Williams, Continuing Lecturer, Foundations Coordinator                             
M.F.A Book Arts, University of Alabama                                                             
B.A. English, Hunter College


Residence Requirements  At least 33 credit hours, including art methods courses, must be completed on the PFW campus. For the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, registration in and completion of at least 33 credits of resident course credit at the 200 level or above, including at least 15 credits at the 300 level or above, in courses applicable to the major.

Transfer and Returning Student Credit  All studio and art history courses transferred from another institution or former PFW art programs must be evaluated by appropriate faculty in the Department of Art and Design before they may be applied to a major in the department.  See Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review below. Students transferring credits to pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts B.F.A. degree, must pass a portfolio review to be admitted into the B.F.A. program.

Transfer and Returning Student Credit Review  - Courses in art that have been transferred to PFW from another institution or former PFW art programs will not be credited to an incoming or returning Fine Arts major unless they have been reviewed by the Department of Art and Design faculty.  For a review of transferred studio credit, the student should provide the viewer with a portfolio consisting of representative work in each area (e.g. painting, sculpture, etc.) for which the transfer credit is desired.  The portfolio should include both studies and finished work and be as encompassing as possible. Course descriptions from the previous university are also helpful in evaluating course equivalency.


Each spring semester the Department of Art and Design offers scholarships to art and design majors.  The awards are based on both artistic merit and the student’s contribution to the Department of Art and Design.

Special Academic Regulations


Credit by Self-Acquired Competency is at the discretion of the department, and evaluated on an individual basis.

Enrollment Policy - Students who are not progressing toward completion of degree requirements, including students who have graduated but wish to continue a program of study, will be reclassified as non-degree seeking. Course registration for these students will not be processed until the final week before the beginning of each semester.

Independent Study - Independent study courses may be available for students with class standing of junior or senior. Independent study can be arranged with the appropriate faculty member on the basis of a viable course of study, a reasonable load for the instructor, and space availability. Priority will be given to degree-seeking students and to classes with regularly scheduled meetings.

Course Audit - The Department of Art and Design does not allow students to audit any Art and Design classes due to space and equipment limitations, along with safety concerns.

Repeat limits - All 400-level studio courses may be repeated up to a maximum of 18 credits. No courses may be repeated in Graphic Design or Imaging and Photography concentrations.

Self-Paced Courses - Independent study classes are sometimes available and at the discretion of both the course instructor and chair of the department.

Dismissal and Readmission

If you are on probation and do not correct academic deficiencies during your next semester of enrollment, you will be dismissed from the Art and Design program.

If you are dismissed from the theatre program, you may seek readmission under the university guidelines specified in Regulations   of this Catalog.

Time Limit

You must complete the degree requirements specified in the Catalog in effect at the time you were regularly admitted to the university. However, to ensure that you will be professionally competitive with other members of your graduating class, you may be required to satisfy the degree requirements specified in the most current Catalog if you have not completed all requirements for your degree within seven years from the date of your admission.

Degree Requirements

You may not use a single course to fulfill more than one Department of Art and Design requirement.

Department Handbook

Detailed information regarding requirements, policies, and practices of the department is included in an Art and Design student handbook available in the department office. All Art and Design majors must comply with the requirements specified in the handbook.

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