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.
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 where senior Art & Design students have the opportunity to meet and greet the public. Students 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.
College of Arts & Sciences Hosts Inaugural Faculty Showcase
February 14, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The University Commons area and adjacent classrooms at Sacred Heart University were a hive of activity Feb. 8 as SHU’s College of Arts & Sciences hosted its inaugural CASCon event. The conference showcased the work of 55 faculty members from multiple disciplines. They formed 15 panels to provide presentations that emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of faculty scholarship and reaffirmed the College’s commitment to faculty scholarship and undergraduate research.
New Art Exhibition Swaps Stanzas for Brush Strokes
November 11, 2016
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The current exhibition at Sacred Heart University’s Edgerton Center, "Worlds Imagined: Co-relations Between Art and Poetry," dives headlong into the inspirational relationship between poets and artists. The show was conceived and curated by SHU Associate Professor of Art Nathan Lewis, who had “always been intrigued and inspired by the number of painters inspired by visual poetry, and vice versa, going back as far as Dante and even Homer.” In all, the work of 15 artists and poets, representing nine different countries, will be on exhibit from the show’s opening through the December 16.
Creative Defiance: The Graphic Design of Chaz Maviyane-Davies
September 6, 2016
Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University’s Department of Art & Design will host “Creative Defiance: The Graphic Design of Chaz Maviyane-Davies,” featuring the work from his new book A World of Questions. Maviyane-Davies is considered the world’s foremost graphic designer in the area of supporting human rights. The exhibit will be on display at SHU’s Art & Design Gallery. An opening reception will take place on Wednesday, September 7, from 4-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.