Why Study Art at Morningside?

Link creativity to careers. Learn professional standards. Connect the old to the new.

Our program is designed to foster a life-long love of art, joyful self-expression and pursuit of creative problem solving.

At Morningside, you will enjoy small classes; one-on-one advising; instruction, support and guidance from professors who are professional artists; and tailor-made programs that fit your interests and goals. You will have many opportunities to develop and enhance your skills, build a portfolio and exhibit your work.

Morningside’s Eppley Fine Arts Building is one of the region’s finest art and music facilities. Our galleries regularly feature exhibitions by guest artists, faculty and students, as well as original works by well-known artists represented in our permanent contemporary art collection.

Students can choose from four majors within the art program at Morningside College: art teaching, graphic design, photography and studio art. Arts Administration is an interdisciplinary major that combines art and business.

Art teaching prepares students to teach at the elementary and secondary (K-12) level. Students complete this major and education courses for required certification.

Graphic design combines traditional art with digital technology to communicate ideas and messages effectively. Students become adept at publication, signage, package and magazine design; illustration; web, multimedia and interactive design; and animation and digital video production. Recent graduates have found jobs as art directors, in-house corporate graphic designers and magazine editorial designers.

Photography emphasizes problem solving and technical skills, design and digital imaging. Students use fully equipped darkrooms, studios and automatic processing equipment to complete work in black and white and color photography. A computer lab allows students to enhance and print digital images. Photography graduates find work in advertising or as corporate, commercial, industrial, portrait or fine art photographers. Some work as photojournalists and others operate their own studios.

Studio art focuses on drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and illustration. Graduates become active artists, attend graduate school, work in museums or pursue other professional art careers.

Arts administration prepares students for a professional career in managing arts-related companies or organizations. Areas of study include business courses and a focus on music, studio art or photography. Possibilities include managing or working with photo studios and art galleries.