Visual & Performing Arts Majors

Studio Arts

Studio Arts represents the backbone of the art department and is a major factor in all art instruction. Grand View students can earn their Studio Arts degree with an emphasis in drawing and painting. Students gain a strong education in the dynamics of producing art as they focus on creativity and the importance of career objectives in the art professions. Graduates may proceed to a career in fine arts, or they may enter a master’s degree program.

A certificate in Art Thearpy is also offered.  For more information, please go to the Visual and Performing Arts page.

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Courses and Requirements

Departmental Courses in the Core:

  • Introduction to Studio Visual Arts
  • Foundations of Drawing I
  • Principles of Design I
  • Survey of the History of Art I
  • Survey of the History of Art II

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Foundations of Drawing I
  • Foundations of Drawing II
  • Principles of Design I
  • Principles of Design II

Requirements of All Majors:
12 credits of Art History from the following six courses:

  • Survey of the History of Art I
  • Survey of the History of Art II
  • The History of Graphic Design
  • Nineteenth Century Art History
  • Twentieth Century Art History
  • Special Topics in Art History AS NEEDED

Required Course:

  • Senior Seminar

Any 18 Hour Combination of Painting and Drawing Courses:

  • Drawing Problems I
  • Drawing Problems II
  • Painting Techniques I
  • Painting Techniques II
  • Intermediate Painting I
  • Intermediate Painting II
  • Life Drawing I
  • Life Drawing II
  • Independent Study AS NEEDED
  • Advanced Painting I
  • Advanced Painting II
  • Special Topics in Art History AS NEEDED

9 Hours of Art Electives:

  • 3-D Design I
  • 3-D Design II
  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • Typography
  • Business of Graphic Design
  • Bookbinding
  • Vector Graphics
  • Beginning Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Art Therapy
  • Theory and Methods of Art Therapy
  • Art Therapy Fieldwork Seminar
  • Watercolor Painting Techniques I
  • Watercolor Painting Techniques II
  • Intermediate Printmaking
  • Intermediate Graphic Design
  • Digital Imaging
  • Page Layout
  • Advanced Printmaking
  • Independent Study AS NEEDED
  • Internship AS NEEDED
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Basic Flash
  • Advanced Web Design

To see detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

After graduation, Art Department alumni find key jobs in the art profession in a variety of companies, including the following:

• Younkers
• Iowa Health System
• Sticks
• Des Moines Publishing
• Woodsmith
• Relationship Marketing Inc.
• Mercy Hospital Medical Center
• Gasoline Graphics
• Flynn/Wright Inc.
• Meredith Corporation
• Sayles Graphic Design
• The Principal Financial Group
• Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
• Meyocks & Priebe Advertising Inc.
• Competitive Edge Signage & Graphics
• The Vernon Company
• Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
• Type-O-Graphics Two, Inc.
• The Des Moines Register


Students at Grand View have had internships throughout the Greater Des Moines area. A sample of these internship locations includes:

• The Des Moines Register
• Mercy Hospital Medical Center
• State of Iowa Department of Development
• Cityview
• August Home Publishing
• Meredith Corporation
• Iowa Health System
• Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
• PyroGraphics
• Thomas C. Porter & Associates
• Sticks


Students entering Grand View’s art program may apply for art scholarships. Financial aid for each student is personalized regarding academic as well as individual need for assistance. Art professors review incoming student portfolios to determine scholarship awards. A renewable scholarship ranging from $500 - $2,000 is awarded to full-time day students who demonstrate talent in art. 

To qualify, students must:

  • Visit campus.
  • Meet with the Chair of the Art Department.
  • Be recommended by the department.
  • Apply and be accepted for admission.

If you’re interested in a portfolio review, call 515-263-2895 to schedule an interview.

Click HERE for details and application procedures.