First… a bit of history.
Initially known as the Department of Drawing and Painting when located in Santa Clara, education in the visual arts at Pacific has grown considerably and more comprehensively since those early days in the 1800’s. Since the 1897/98 school year in San Jose, a diploma in Arts has been offered. The curriculum has evolved from one focusing on ornamental art, instrumental music, drawing, painting and literary art to one supporting BFA degree programs in both Studio Art and also in Graphic Design as well as minor degree options for both since the mid-1980’s. Each of these now includes a solid grounding in a foundation of courses, which includes design and color, art history and areas of studio concentration ranging from ceramics, printmaking and photography to time-based media, drawing, illustration and computer design among others. These degree programs are collectively administered within the Jeanette Powell Art Center and nationally accredited since 1982 by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design). The Reynolds Gallery has been the Department’s prime venue for showcasing student and faculty as well as visiting regional and nationally juried and invitational exhibitions. Significant changes in the physical location of the Department have occurred several times since the University moved to Stockton in 1924. First housed in Knowles Hall, then Hand Hall before ROTC Quonset buildings on the Central campus. Corrugated metal-sided Quonsets, where the present-day DeRosa Student Center now stands, were home from1955 until fall 2000. Re-design of the former Delta College Industrial Arts buildings (and later Pacific Shipping and Receiving facility) has dramatically transformed the way in which students and faculty create and explore the ever-evolving world of Art on campus.
click on the link below to download a powerpoint presentation of today’s Department of Art and Graphic Design at Pacific