The Wartburg College Art Department has about fifty students majoring in the three areas of art. Some students have two majors, the most popular of these being Art and Communication Design. If you are career-oriented, it is best to remember that your portfolio, not the major listed on your transcript, will get you the job you want. Career oriented or not, to get the most out of your experience at Wartburg you should be working on your portfolio and your skills both in connection with courses and on your own throughout your four years here.

The Art Major is for students interested in studio art. In it you will take a variety of courses in traditional media, with room for specialization in one or two areas. Barbara Fedeler is the professor with the most knowledge of this area, and along with adjunct professors teaches many of the courses in the major.

The Communication Design Major is for students interested in graphic design, interactive design, or information design. Thomas Payne and David Herwaldt are the professors with the most knowledge of this area, and along with adjunct professors teaches many of the courses in this major. The advanced courses in this major are generally flexible to allow for students to pursue their own areas of interest and specialization. Although the computer is used extensively in most of the courses to produce content, students may pursue design for the printed page, for the computer screen (interactive media and the web), or both.

The Art Education Major is for students interested in teaching art in K-12 education. This major is administered by both the Art Department and the Education Department. Barbara Fedeler is the professor you should contact concerning this major.

Students may also get minors in either or both Art and Communication Design.

Advising in the art department is done by Barbara Fedeler, Thomas Payne, and David Herwaldt. Please feel free to make an appointment or stop by if you have any questions pertaining to your college career. It is the belief of the professors that students should plan their own schedules and keep track of their own progress towards graduation. Students should, however, use their advisors as an important resource throughout the year to help them with this planning. Your advisor can help you with many questions – from which courses might be best to suggestions on where you should do your internship. Your advisor can also help with problems you have either in courses or outside of the classroom. We might not be able to help you directly, but we do know where to point you.


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