What will I learn?

Gonzaga’s Art Department allows students to investigate a variety of visual experiences through a study of both the studio arts and art history. In studio art courses students explore the creative processes involved in producing original works of art. These courses include the areas of ceramics, design, photography, creative film making, drawing, painting, and printmaking. They are designed to encourage creativity and innovation and emphasize developing the fundamentals of each artistic medium. Art appreciation and art history courses emphasize the role of the artist in society and help students develop a greater sense of the importance of art’s cultural context.

Gonzaga’s Art curriculum teaches students to discipline, refine, and focus their creative intellect while bringing their spiritual, creative, and intellectual experiences to the learning process. By exploring the aesthetic limitations and possibilities that exist within the applied rules of composition and design, students hone their skills in creative problem-solving and learn effective visual communication of ideas

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art is a professional degree in the fine arts intended to provide art majors with greater technical expertise and conceptual proficiency in studio art. It gives students a much more competitive edge when entering the job market for positions in design or media production, applying to graduate programs in the visual arts, or pursuing a career as a practicing fine artist. B.F.A. students graduate with a more polished and extensive portfolio of work and are given the opportunity to showcase their art in a solo or two-person exhibition during their senior year. Gonzaga is one of only two private, liberal arts institutions in the Pacific Northwest to offer a B.F.A. in Art.


Ultimately, the best assessment of the program is student success beyond Gonzaga. Students have been accepted at major graduate programs throughout the United States. As a result of their education in the Art Department at Gonzaga, a large number of former students work as individual artists, teach at colleges and universities, work in galleries and museums, and work in applied art fields. Please visit for profiles of some of our alumni.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$48,990.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected July, December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1; Spring: December 7

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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