Arts & Humanities


Program Opportunities

  • Major in Art
    • Graphic Design Concentration
    • Community Arts Organization Concentration
    • Studio Art Concentration
    • Art History Concentration
  • Minor in Art
  • Major in Art Education


Majors and minors in the arts await you at Manchester, where you’ll find opportunities to stretch your mind and canvas in MU studios and abroad. Involvement in the visual arts is supported by faculty who care about helping students develop their talents fully and to use art as a successful medium of communication and expression.

As an art major, you can choose from four concentrations to hone your talents and turn your creative passion into a meaningful career:

Graphic Design Concentration
Graphic designers create visual concepts to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports. (From U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Major in art with a graphic design concentration and you’ll take courses that start with Basic Design, and include Graphic Design courses, Figure Drawing, Art and Life, and Art History, supplemented by electives in art and other related departments.

Community Arts Organization Concentration
Are you interested in furthering or strengthening the perception of the arts and humanities within your community, or organizing events or programs that help others to maximize their creative potential? Learn how art can be part of the solution to building community locally and globally, and how you can make an impact, whether in a leadership role or a creative one.

Studio Art Concentration
Studio art is the concentration for those who would like to make their future in the creation of art works. Also known as fine art, studio art focuses on hands-on coursework and, with foundational requirements in Basic Design, Figure Drawing, Art and Life, and Art History, this concentration is designed to be driven by electives so that the artist can explore different media – painting, ceramics, photography, textiles, weaving or sculpture – or concentrate on one that feeds their passion.

Students interested in Pre-art Therapy should combine a studio art concentration with a second major or minor in psychology, choosing courses that will satisfy the requirements for a graduate level program in art therapy. A master’s degree is necessary for a career in art therapy.

Art History Concentration
Major in art with a concentration in art history and you’ll learn how art was shaped through the ages, from prehistoric to contemporary, and the impact it’s had on civilizations throughout the course of time. Know how to identify artists by the styles and techniques represented in their works, and learn how each artistic movement evolved and was influenced by the events surrounding it in history.

With an art history concentration, you’ll develop the knowledge and the eye for a career as an archivist, curator, museum educator, journalist, art critic or art appraiser. If you plan to teach art, the art history concentration also provides an important foundation.

With an emphasis on art history, other courses in the concentration include Basic Design, Figure Drawing, Art and Life, and electives in art and other related departments.

Careers for an Art Degree

  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Drafter
  • Fashion Artist
  • Filmmaker
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Landscape Architect
  • Makeup Artist
  • Photographer
  • Video Game Designer
  • 147 Careers for an Art Major

Program Highlights

  • Manchester’s campus abounds with gallery and display spaces, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show your work.
  • If your future is teaching art, you’ll major in all-grade education with a concentration in the visual arts, which includes a combined curriculum of education and art classes and classroom teaching experiences each semester. Graduates successfully complete licensure programs to work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • You’ll have opportunities for internships, both local and abroad, and you’ll also learn by talking with visiting artists and other art professionals to better understand art careers and how your art fits into the world.
  • The Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture gives Manchester students experience in an urban setting, working and learning in Chicago for a semester. Open to students in all majors, the opportunity is well-utilized by art students.

Why Manchester?

Manchester’s art program is flexible, letting you choose electives to fully customize your major to align with your career path. And in Manchester’s liberal arts curriculum, you can integrate art with another area of interest to create a specialty in your chosen field. For example:

  • Major in Art and minor in Business Management to open your own graphic design business.
  • Major in Art and minor in Psychology to prepare for graduate study in art therapy.
  • Double major in Art and History to enter the field of Museum Studies.

Whatever your career path, you’ll grow your talents and develop close relationships with your fellow art majors and faculty who encourage and support you and will become your mentors. At Manchester, you’ll find all the opportunities you need to succeed, coupled with close, personal attention that you won’t find at a bigger college.

Some Examples of Student Success

  • Felicia Nichols ’14 Houston is a design services specialist at Indiana IEP Resource Center, an organization that works through the Indiana Department of Education and provides support to schools across the state to improve teaching and learning.
  • Alison DeNeve ’11 received significant scholarships for the highly competitive Master of Art Education program at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. At Manchester, she studied in Italy for January session and found her niche in photography.
  • Austin Blomeke ’10 earned a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Ball State University in May 2013. At Manchester, Austin combined his passions for art and environmental studies, netting a special summer grant to build a large-scale model of the Middle Eel River Watershed for the North Manchester Center for History. Now, he’s a site design intern for Schmidt Associates in Indianapolis.
  • Krystal Poe ’08 is a community arts organizer and former president of the Lakeland Art Association in northern Indiana. At Manchester, she engaged her art and French majors in a semester of study in Strasbourg, France.