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

Annual Nouwen Lecture Will Feature Talk on Spirituality and Art

February 25, 2015

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University’s 2015 Henri J.M. Nouwen Lecture in Contemporary Spirituality will feature Stephanie McKenzie discussing “Spirituality and Art: Emily Carr and Van Gogh.”McKenzie is a poet, editor and professor at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. This event will take place in the Schine Auditorium on SHU’s Fairfield campus on Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity – it is free and open to the public. Please contact Funda Alp at 203-396-8241 or for further information.

SHU to Present Reimagined Rural Health Care Photo Exhibit

February 19, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University will present a new multimedia show titled “Crossroads: Rural Health Care in America” at its Art & Design Gallery in February. The show, created by SHU’s Art & Design Department, will feature an exhibition of photographs and editorial work by SHU Professor Richard Falco and the screening of a related documentary film, directed by Falco with Joe Alicastro, coordinator of news & broadcasting for SHU’s master’s in communication (MACOMM) program. The exhibit will also feature large-scale text graphics designed by SHU Professor Jonathan Walker that will surround the photography and act almost as a “second voice” to guide viewers. The exhibit will open on Wednesday, February 25, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Monika and Evzen Kocendova Exhibit and Reception

May 2, 2014

Fairfield, CT: Please join us from 4:00–5:30 on Monday, May 5, 2014, for an opening reception honoring Monika and Evzen Kocendova in the Art & Design Gallery at Sacred Heart University.