Art & Design Department
  • Develop your skills in an environment of possibilities.

    Art Education
  • Pursue a career in areas such as painting, sculpture, pottery or illustration.

    Fine Art
  • Our lab courses explore identity design, branding, motion design and more.

    Graphic Design
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    Get started on a career path to residential, commercial, specialty design and more.

    Interior Design


We rely on personable and skilled faculty who are dedicated to providing a solid training in art and design with a Christian perspective. Join talented students from all over the world in an environment that thrives on creativity. With the hours our students often spend working together in the studio, they will grow close to their classmates and have the opportunity to form friendships, make memories and build a prestigious portfolio. Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful artists or designers in the profession of their choosing.

Our students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to become successful artists.

We offer a selection of specific majors that focus on painting, three-dimensional work, graphic design, interior design, and art education. In areas where we do not offer a specific degree, you have the flexibility to build a portfolio that targets many other niches in the art market, such as art therapy, illustration, art history, drawing, printmaking and photography.

Whether students intend to pursue graduate school or begin their career right away, undergraduate studies at Harding’s Department of Art & Design will prepare them for the next step.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Art & Design at Harding University is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, creative, and engaged professionals deeply rooted in Christian values. A dedicated, student-focused faculty, who strive to embody these same qualities through a Christ-centered approach to creative expression, scholarship, mentoring, teaching and service, carries out this mission.


Foster within students a global perspective of art and design excellence defined by compassionate, Christ-like service to others.

Promote within the academic setting, lifelong intellectual growth through the pursuit of progressive, innovative and sustainable understanding of art, design, technology, information and research.

Inspire and provide a culture of creativity and critically diverse thinking grounded in the framework of fine arts, pure design and applied design principles.

Mentor and infuse Christ-like professional behavior in art and design practices and procedures, ethics and integrity, business relationships and work excellence.

Stimulate a passion for the visual arts and design professions through active engagement in professional communities and relationships, and exposure to art and design diversity.


Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) is a 50-hour degree, designed to provide the students with a strong foundation in the visual arts. The degree is comprised of a 34-hour core of art classes, including drawing, design, color theory, painting, art history, three-dimensional media, and visual aesthetics. During their capstone Senior Seminar, the students prepare their portfolios and Senior Shows. The 34-hour core is complemented with 16 hours of art electives, where students may concentrate in a specific area, or take courses covering a broad range of media and/or art history. Students may also pursue undergraduate, or graduate, teacher licensure.

Course descriptions and requirements are found in the HU Catalog.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Department of Art & Design offers three Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees. All three share a 34-hour core of art classes, including drawing, design, color theory, painting, art history, three-dimensional media, and visual aesthetics. During the capstone Senior Seminar, which is part of the art core, the students prepare their portfolios and senior shows. The 34-hour art core provides the foundation for a concentration in one of three specialized areas; Graphic Design (78 hours), Painting (75 hours), or Three-dimensional (76 hours). In order to prepare for the challenging job market and/or pursue graduate study, the BFA degrees are designed for students desiring more in-depth academic experiences in their chosen areas.

Course descriptions and requirements can be found in the HU Catalog.

Sample schedule for Graphic Design pdf

Note that it is merely a suggested schedule intended to help students construct their own schedules. Courses may close or become full, requiring an adjustment to what a student may register for in any given semester.


The Art Minor (18 hours) is available for a variety of students’ needs, including those with a passion for visual art, but who also find themselves attracted to another major. The Art Minor provides the students with a studio drawing class and a design class where they gain fundamental drawing skills and a working knowledge of the language of art. The Art Minor includes 12 additional elective hours in art, selected from a wide range of studio and art history courses.

The Art History Minor (18 hours) is available for students who want to dig deeper and understand more about how works of art and design are situated in the historical narrative. This is a great minor for English and History majors and, with some careful advising, can further strengthen the art history knowledge of art majors, as well. 

The Graphic Design Minor (21 hours) is available for students who desire the skills of a graphic designer, but are pursuing a major in another discipline. The Graphic Design Minor provides students with two drawing classes, a two-dimensional design class, four graphic design classes, and an additional graphic design or color theory class. With these courses, the student will be comfortable working on graphic design projects, or communicating with professional graphic designers.

Course descriptions and requirements can be found in the HU Catalog.


Information and Guidelines

The Harding University Department of Art & Design has new student scholarships that range from $600-$1,000 per year. Students must meet the criteria listed below to be eligible for one of the scholarships. The scholarship could be awarded up to four semesters if the student continues to meet the GPA requirement. A GPA of 3.0 in Art & Design courses must be maintained to continue the scholarship. All students with the required GPA may then apply for a scholarship Sophomore year that would apply for junior and senior year. All criteria in one PDF file must be received by the art office by the first Friday in April. Email the PDF file to

Scholarship Criteria

  1. Declared art & design major at Harding University.
  2. Completed scholarship application.
  3. Copy of high school or college transcript.
  4. Letter of intent. “Why are you applying for this scholarship?”
  5. Contact information for two references (at least one teacher). 
  6. Digital portfolio of work. See tips listed below.

Portfolio Contents

  1. High quality digital images of recent work in one PDF file.
  2. Minimum 10 works / maximum 20 works. Quality over quantity is suggested.
  3. Provide title of the piece, medium, size of the artwork, and the date of completion.
  4. Images should be captured in high resolution with good lighting. Use a photo editing app or software to edit cropping, lighting and alignment.
  5. All work to be considered for the portfolio needs to be presented digitally.

For more information and specific details on fine art, graphic design and interior design portfolio submissions, view the application document. If you send your portfolio by mail, please wrap it securely in a reusable carton. We will either return it to you by mail, or if you desire, we will hold it for you to pick up.

If we can be of any assistance to you, please let us know. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.