As an Art major at St. Edward’s University, you’ll learn to shift your perspective and push yourself to the edge of your comfort zone.

You’ll develop a core knowledge of design, drawing and art history and explore mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

And the lessons you learn will extend far beyond the subjects you explore. In the Drawing Methods course, for example, you’ll stretch your mind and gain confidence in your artistic abilities by completing perspective-shifting projects — 20 themed drawings in 20 hours; drawing the same object 10 times, filling the whole sheet each time and turning the paper 90 degrees every four minutes — that challenge you to refine your artistic process. And as you work through the projects, you’ll start to trust the process and embrace mistakes, an approach that extends far beyond the art world.

As you advance through the program, you’ll discover your own style and learn to critique your own work. You’ll create interactive installations, ask questions of professional artists who visit campus and study at museums across Texas. The Fine Arts Gallery on campus will become your lab, where you’ll learn exhibition design and installation and have an opportunity to show your own work.

And in Austin — a creative city with a vibrant art scene — you’ll apply what you’re learning. Intern at established galleries, The Contemporary art museum, and the city’s Cultural Arts department, including the airport public art program. And in your spare time, take advantage of the Blanton Museum, dozens of established galleries, the interdisciplinary Fusebox Festival, and the two jam-packed weekends of the East Austin Studio Tour, plus more street murals than you can Instagram in a year.

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Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

Art Major Guide

What do our graduates do?

Art majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • Exhibitor at Austin’s Wally Workman Gallery
  • Project lead at MoonArk, the first museum for the moon, in Paris
  • Associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.
  • MFA student at Columbia University
  • Recipient of the University Graduate Scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan for MFA studies

For more information on the Art major, please contact Hollis Hammonds, chair of the Visual Studies department. The Art major is part of the Department of Visual Studies.

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How to Draw Your Future

An innovative art class teaches students about making marks on paper and their mark in the world.