Art & Design

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Jonathan Walker, MFA
Associate Professor

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The newly completed Visual and Performing Arts area is the new face for the main campus
of Sacred Heart University, demonstrating the university’s commitment to the arts.


Real world training set within a liberal arts-based curriculum is the mission of the Department of Art & Design at Sacred Heart University. The Art & Design major and minor programs are offered with concentrated studies in Graphic Design, Illustration, Studio Art and General Art for Education. The department supports the overall mission of the University by developing designers who, in addition to being fully prepared to take their place in the professional world of Art & Design, are knowledgeable, educated, compassionate, responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to an ever-changing world. Along with the most up-to-date digital design facilities and a commitment to art and design as it exists today and in the near future, the Art & Design programs develop designers and artists who are critical thinkers and contributing members of society, their communities, and their professions.

Ideally situated within the vast design, art, and cultural resources of the metropolitan New York City area, with access to the country's richest base of design, marketing, art, and advertising firms within the world-class digital design community of Fairfield County, Connecticut, the Department of Art & Design is committed to combining education for life with preparation for professional excellence. Combined with a professionally active faculty, an extensive professional internship program, and exemplary support from the University, the Department of Art & Design offers an unmatched opportunity to prepare students for the transition from the classroom to the visual arts workplace.

Art & Design Programs

The Major in Art & Design is offered in four concentrations:

The Minor in Art & Design is offered in Graphic Design, Illustration and Studio Art.

An Associate's Degree is also offered.


The Art & Design Department has a very active internship program working with nationally-recognized companies from Fairfield to New York City. We have even had students complete internships in Europe. We work to see that every qualified student earns a professional internship by their senior year, with some students beginning internships as juniors. These internships usually entail about ten hours of work every week with outstanding companies with whom we have developed professional relationships. A more complete list of the companies we have worked with in our internship program appears on our internship page, but a few of the highlights are Hearst Magazines International, WWE, MTV, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, the NHL, CBS Sports, Sikorsky Aircraft, Catapult Marketing, Connecticut Cottage & Gardens Magazine, Ryan Partnership, Graystone Advertising, Trilegiant/Affinion, and GE Capital. They represent some of the largest and most respected companies in their fields. In addition, we are working with ESPN in order to develop a formal internship program. We continuously work to see these continue to grow.

Senior Portfolio Night

Senior Portfolio Night is the highlight of the academic career for every Graphic Designer and Illustrator at Sacred Heart University. It is a formal event at which senior Art & Design students will have the opportunity to meet and greet the public. Students will also have numerous opportunities to show people their portfolios and conduct both real and practice interviews.

The Department of Art & Design invites several hundred people to the event from the university, the public, and the professional community. Students do not know who most of the guests are, nor is anyone identified in any manner. Each person who asks to see a student’s portfolio is treated as a possible professional contact and networking experience. Invited guests include the leading design, advertising, and marketing companies in Fairfield County, home to some of the most prestigious companies of this type in the nation.

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Latest News

SHU Team Collaborates on Body-Image Research Published in Journal of American College Health

June 30, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its May issue, the Journal of American College Health has published a paper authored by a team of Sacred Heart University professors and personnel, including a chart of body types that could change the way body-image studies are conducted.

Seven Faculty Members Awarded Tenure

June 2, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s faculty was celebrated recently at the University’s annual Faculty Reception. During the ceremony, University Provost Laura Niesen de Abruna announced that seven faculty members have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees. They are Kwamie Dunbar of Oxford, Anna Greer of Bridgeport, Dawn Melzer of Trumbull, Heather Miller-Kuhanek of Southington, Patrick Morris of Norwalk, Christopher Kelly of Hamden and Mary Treschitta of Fairfield.

Professor Nathan Lewis Receives National Acclaim in Huffington Post

April 6, 2015

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Professor Nathan Lewis, MFA opened his solo exhibition at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery in Stamford on March 14. His work, exhibited both nationally and abroad, has appeared in publications including the Boston Globe, the New York Press and the New York Times. Now his paintings, which dealer Fernando Luis Alvarez says are "endowed with an intense sense of intellectual curiosity," have drawn the acclaim of the Huffington Post, which interviews Nathan on his background and the ideas behind his work.