Art Degree Programs

Premier Art Degree Programs at Marylhurst

Earn your B.A. or B.F.A. in Art

Whether you are seeking a career in an art-related field or want to grow as a professional artist, choose an art degree program in the visual arts that unites studio work with business coursework and internship opportunities.

Be part of a dynamic art community

Marylhurst offers the opportunity to be a part of an inclusive, diverse art community within designated art facilities and two, unique and well-respected art programs. Marylhurst’s premier art degree programs prepare artists for art careers in the Northwest and beyond.

At Marylhurst, learn to hone your creative, leadership and problem solving capabilities as an artist, into transferable skills that will serve any art application, career or community work you choose to pursue.

“Our leaders must operate effectively in a world of ambiguity, unpredictability and complexity…to reach into this unknown the manager/leader requires an aesthetic sensibility honed through aesthetically grounded experience and inquiry.”
(Woodward and Funk 2010)

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Current students working toward their art degree program at Marylhurst

Photo by Jordan VanSise, B.F.A. ’17

Currently showing in the Combat Paper show at the Portland Art Museum

Benefits of the Marylhurst Art Programs

Marylhurst partners with local community colleges to make a direct path to a bachelor’s degree simple.

Marylhurst offers a wide range of scholarships, including funding reserved for art and transfer students, military personnel and Phi Theta Kappa members. In fact, we award (on average) $1 million in scholarships per year.

Most art classes are offered on designated weekday evenings or on the weekends.

B.F.A. students enjoy private studio space in their final year of study.

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Benefit from exposure to industry through internship opportunities with Marylhurst’s nationally recognized art gallery – the Art Gym –  and well-renowned art faculty.

Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Scholarships for Success

PHI THETA KAPPA: Receive up to $15,000

If you’re a member of Phi Theta Kappa (community college honor society), Marylhurst has a scholarship to honor your achievements. Receive up to $5,000 a year for three years (so up to $15,000 total).

PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP: Receive up to $12,000

Have you earned a 3.5 GPA in your undergraduate coursework and completed at least 30 college credits? You may qualify for the President’s Scholarship at Marylhurst. Receive up to $4,000 per year for three years (up to $12,000 total).

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP: Receive up to $9,000

This scholarship recognizes your hard work so far on your path to complete your bachelor’s degree. If you hold a 3.0 GPA and have at least 30 college credits, you may qualify for the Trustee Scholarship at Marylhurst. Receive up to $3,000 per year for three years (up to $9,000 total).

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Cost of the Program

Current undergraduate tuition is $463 per credit. Total credits in the B.F.A. major is 104 for a total major cost of $48,152. The B.A. in Art major is $29,632 for 64 major credits.

Marylhurst Art Program are in the mid-range for cost compared to other similar regional art programs.

Marylhurst University is a little-to-no fee institution. We even have free parking on campus. Financial management options are available.

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Credit for Prior Learning

Save time and money toward your bachelor’s degree by earning college credit for past work experience, including military service.  Earn up to 90 undergraduate credits through Marylhurst’s Credit for Prior Learning program.

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Art Degree Programs Webinar

Listen as admission counselors discuss Marylhurst art programs, offer application advice and share key dates to be aware of. This webinar is intended for those who have considered a career as a professional artist, desire to work in the art industry, or wish to earn an undergraduate art degree on the path to higher education.

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Marylhurst – A Cultural Hub

Art, music and culture are the lifeblood of an applied liberal arts education and Marylhurst is a vibrant community of artists, scholars and social-justice advocates. Through the arts, we’re exposed to new ideas and perspectives – an essential ingredient in developing critical thinkers. We have a long and rich history of embracing the arts at Marylhurst University.

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Get further details about this program through our welcoming Office of Admissions.

  • Now accepting inquiries and applications to start fall term.
  • Classes start September 24
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Blenda Tyvoll - Class of 1999 - B.A. in Art - MarylhurstAs a Marylhurst B.A. in Art alum, Blenda shares how she became one of the “pioneers of online art,” selling 3000+ works on Etsy. Read her advice for up-and-coming artists here.

A beautiful, historic campus

Marylhurst University is located just 10 miles south of downtown Portland and just minutes from the beautiful Willamette River. More than 60 tranquil acres make up our campus with historic buildings built in the 1930s. Come take a tour. Parking is free.

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Inspiring Change Since 1893

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Marylhurst University has a legacy of inspiring change both locally and globally grounded in vision, courage and faith.  Our foundresses – the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary – crossed a continent in 1859 to establish St. Mary’s Academy and later, Marylhurst University, providing access to an exceptional education in our region. In the 1920s, the Sisters fought the KKK in Oregon and won. They built a beautiful university campus that opened in 1930, a year into the Great Depression. They advocated for passing Oregon’s minimum wage law, one of the first in the nation, and succeeded.  This took vision, courage and faith.

Today, this legacy carries forward in our values at Marylhurst. Our faculty and staff are committed to academic excellence rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, providing exceptional graduate programs and degree completion programs to men and women of all faiths and backgrounds. Our students are savvy and self-motivated; they have the courage to go back to school, the faith in each other and themselves to succeed, and the vision to move their careers forward and inspire change in their communities and beyond.

Why Choose Marylhurst

Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)

Professionally focused institution centered on helping you advance your career

Small, discussion style classes with renowned faculty who focus on you – even online

Team-orientated coursework with opportunities to network and form connections

Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus just 10 miles south of Portland

More than 122-year history of academic excellence

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