Art major/minor

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  • Bluffton’s art major is designed to help you develop your creative vision and skills by giving you the tools and teaching you the methods necessary to become a successful artist. Take courses in watercolor, graphic design, figure drawing, sculpture, ceramics and more. 

    As a first year student, you will take fundamental courses in design and drawing. As a senior, special courses will prepare you for life after graduation. You will create a professional web portfolio, develop an artist statement, build an impressive resume and mount an exhibition of personal work.

 At Bluffton you will...

  • Experience a professional and engaging faculty who are also working artists with published pieces.
  • Create in large studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture courses.
  • Use cutting edge technology  including large-format printers and scanners, 3D printers and scanners, laser etching and cutting, computerized routers, DSLR cameras and iMac workstations. 
  • Travel to and learn about the culture of art in large cities like New York and Chicago through Art Now Seminars. 
  • Attend monthly artist receptions and exhibitions in Grace Albrecht Gallery, Bluffton University's own gallery. 

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Students who took ceramics in fall 2016 not only created bowls, plates and vases during the semester, they built a kiln to fire their pieces in. The project was based on plans originally drawn up by Gregg Luginbuhl, a professor of art at Bluffton before his retirement in 2014. Luginbuhl passed away in 2016.

“I think it is part of Gregg’s legacy here at Bluffton. Gregg started that kiln; he just wasn’t able to complete it. So we completed it for him.”
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The art major can be completed in three years by dedicated and ambitious students.

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A Four-year plan is provided as a course selection guideline leading to completion of an art major.

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