Department of Art & Visual Studies


By pursuing an art major at Whittier College, you will find yourself in the midst of one of the most vital art centers in the world: Los Angeles.

Whether learning traditional art making skills like painting and sculpture or studying the cultural impact of visual media, students majoring in art at Whittier College will gain the visual literacy necessary to be active participants in our shared visual culture. 

The major offers students four unique ways to study art:

Studio Art

This track emphasizes the concepts, materials, methods, and forms most commonly found in the making of contemporary art. 

Art History and Visual Culture

This track studies the making, circulation, and reception of images across time and cultures.

The Balanced Curriculum

This track offers balanced insight into both studio art and art history and visual culture and is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in K12 education.

Digital Art & Design

This track focuses on the commercial application of visual art and design principles in the production of creative content for various media platforms. 

Department of Art & Visual Studies
Wardman Art Center
562.464.4551 (fax)