Portfolio Review:

If you've requested admission to the Art Major on your application form, applicants must successfully pass a portfolio review by the Art Department’s faculty.

The Art Department

The visual arts programs at Westfield State University incorporates a curriculum consistent with C.A.A. guidelines through the exploration of traditional and emerging mediums. The Art Department offers a BA in Art with areas of concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Art History, Visual Arts Education Licensure (Prek-8 and 5-12), Art Therapy Preparation, and Fine Arts, comprised of Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The Department also offers five minors in Art History, Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Animation.  In addition to these undgraduate programs, the department offers a Post-BaccalaureateTeacher Visual Art Licensure Program in Prek-8 and 5-12.  Each concentration's and minor's objectives are to develop technical knowledge and expertise appropriate to each discipline.  All concentrations share a common Art Major foundation program that lead into the concentration specializations in the final two years of study. This foundation program is of critical significance as it provides each student a comprehensive background in color, form, structure and design.  Additionally, our students have the opportunity to participate in professional internships, capstone and thesis classes, the Graphic Design and Fine Arts Clubs, the creation of the department's DART journal, the Theta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Pi, and the Annual Student Art Exhibition.  The Art Department's Mission Statement and Department Outcomes reflect these ideas and concepts.

The art studios in The Catherine Dower Center for Performing and Fine Arts are open to all art majors, minors and students that are taking art classes for all of their studio-related projects.  All courses are open to the university’s students who meet the proper prerequisites of each class. The professors at Westfield State encourages student experimentation and independence of thought in a creative environment.  Due to our comfortable studio and lecture class size, you'll have the advantage of working one on one with these professors who are professional practitioners in their fields of study.  Trips to regional museums and galleries are a regular part of the department’s art classes along with presentations and workshops with regional and national visiting artist.

Contact us

David Shapleigh
Chair - Art Department
Dower, 108

Faculty Spotlight

George Ramirez has been working as a professional graphic designer since 1998. He is an alumn of the Urban Education program and Art Department, continuing his dedication to the University as Assistant Professor of Animation and Graphic Design. Professor Ramirez believes that anyone can teach the mechanics of their specialty, but being a professor is a fully engaging experience. He appreciates the process of creative expression and customization, as opposed to the assemblage of widgets typically seen in graphic design pedagogy. In today’s industry, one must have a working knowledge of all facets of design, so he brings digital and 3D technology into his curriculums and professional practices

George Ramirez