• Students in art class

Creativity is required in any endeavor. As an art major at Fresno Pacific University, you’ll be able to express your creative and artistic interests, while gaining skills that will cross over into many fields. Create a body of work and present it at an art show, or develop the practical skills needed to launch a creative business idea you’re passionate about. In the FPU Art program, you’ll have the flexibility and encouragement to pursue your passion by choosing from three distinct emphases: Graphic Arts, Studio Art and Art Administration. Through our innovative, hands-on program, you’ll learn essential creative skills from top-tier faculty, equipping you for a wide variety of careers.


  • Opportunities to publicly exhibit student work on and off campus
  • Intern at local organizations like the Fresno Art Museum, Arte Americas or the Art of Life Cancer Foundation
  • Art Careers class focuses on entrepreneurship and encourages the creation of student businesses
  • Accessible faculty and small class sizes allow for a personalized education
  • Participate in local art events & activities like field trips to art museums
  • Be a part of the FPU Art Club

Career opportunities

As an art major, your courses will focus on careers in art and design, equipping you with tools to network, find jobs and become an entrepreneur. Within the field of art and design, you'll find diverse careers: from work in galleries and museums, to graphic design, painting, web design, sculpting and much more. Creative thinkers are highly sought after in virtually any career and our program allows flexibility to add a double major or a minor to expand your options. The program also encourages you to take up to three internship units, which count towards your degree. Intern locally with a variety of arts organizations or take your studies overseas with a number of study abroad opportunities.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisite

ART 110Art Appreciation3

Required Courses (18 Units)

ART 140Drawing I3
ART 150Principles of Design3
ART 350History of Western Art I3
ART 355History of Western Art II3
ART 460World Art3

Select one of the following

ART 115Introduction to the Art Industry3
ART 120Painting I3
ART 330Art and Religion3
ART 440Exhibition and Gallery Design3


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

Rebecca McMillen portrait
Rebecca McMillen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Art, Division Chair, Visual and Performing Arts


Chris Janzen, M.F.A.
Chris Janzen, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art