Put Your Creative Passions to Work
Explore art in an inspired, vibrant community. Combine your education with preparation for professional excellence.
Earn Your Degree in Art & Design at Sacred Heart University
The Art & Design program prepares students to become artists and designers who are knowledgeable, educated, compassionate, responsive to social and civic obligations, and able to respond to an ever-changing world.
The professionally active faculty and ideal location, both near New York City and within the world-class design community of Fairfield County, Connecticut, provide students with unprecedented support and inspiration. Internships and a career-launching Senior Portfolio Night give students the experience and connections to find continued success in art.
Art & Design Programs
The Major in Art & Design is offered in four concentrations:
Students can also earn their minor in Art & Design in one of three concentrations:
- Graphic Design
- Studio Art
The Art & Design Department has a very active internship program working with nationally-recognized companies from Fairfield to New York City, and students have also completed 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. A complete list of the companies we have worked with in our internship program appears on our internship page.
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 where senior Art & Design students have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, show their portfolios and conduct interviews.
The Department of Art & Design invites several hundred people from the university, the public, and the professional community to the event. 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.
Art Students Accepted into Los Angeles Illustration Society’s Exhibits
January 8, 2018
The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (SILA) has accepted the works of four Sacred Heart University art and design students for inclusion in two exhibits, SILA West 56 Gallery Exhibit and SILA West 56 Online Exhibit.
Marie Saporito Art Exhibition
November 14, 2017
Marie Saporito Art Exhibition: Metamorphosis on November 16, 2017 in the Art & Design Gallery at Sacred Heart University from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Perception of Spanish Art in America: A History of Changes
October 20, 2017
Maria Dolores Jimenez Blanco is a distinguished Spanish art historian whose main field of interest is the relationship between art and politics in 20th century Spain. Since 1995, she has been a faculty member in the Department of Art History III (Contemporary) at Complutense University of Madrid. She is currently the New York University King Juan Carlos Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization for fall 2017.