Immerse yourself in a world of boundless creativity.

The Art Department at Westfield State University is dedicated to fostering a community of visionary artists, designers, and innovators eager to explore the various dimensions of visual communication and cultural expression. Our dynamic range of art majors and art minors will ignite your passion and refine your skills for a vibrant career in the visual arts.

Portfolio Review

In addition to submitting a completed application for admission to the Art Department, all prospective art majors must submit a digital art portfolio for review by department faculty to be considered for admission to our art programs. 

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  • 7

    art major concentrations and 5 art minor options

  • Art

    internship opportunities on- and off-campus

  • Study

    abroad across the U.S. or around the world

Expert guidance from compassionate creatives.

The Art Department is led by master’s-educated faculty who are professional practitioners in their fields of study. With small classes and personalized mentorship, you’ll learn from their unique perspectives as you develop your own point of view as an artist. The one-on-one support you’ll receive will help you increase your understanding of art, polish your technical skills, and grow as a creative professional. 

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Get student support from start to finish.

Experience comprehensive support at the Center for Student Success and Engagement. Whether you're navigating the college transition, seeking academic advice, honing study strategies, or accessing various resources, our dedicated programs are ready to assist you.

Join our vibrant community of artists. 

As an art major or art minor, you’ll be welcomed into our thriving collective of creatives. Explore your artistic voice in the RIDE Center, on-campus graphic design lab, and painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, design, and printmaking studios. Our talented professors provide applied learning experiences through trips to regional museums and galleries, while also facilitating presentations and workshops with visiting artists. Throughout your studies, you’ll receive the inspiration and mentorship you need to thrive in your professional pursuits as an artist. 

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Contact Us

Please reach out with any questions you have about the Art Department. We are happy to connect with you one-on-one.

David Shapleigh, Chair of Westfield State University’s Art Department, smiles while posing for a portrait photo.

Contact us

David Shapleigh
Chair – Art Department 
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