A discipline-based curriculum developed for progressive expansion of knowledge and skills, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions flourish through diverse and substantive offerings in Visual and Literary Arts. Students with extraordinary talent and commitment in these areas may pursue a Diploma with Distinction in Fine Arts, beginning their arts careers as freshmen and expanding their talents with additional opportunities as upperclassmen. Through both traditional studio classes and technology-based computer courses, Visual Arts students challenge the boundaries of the ordinary. From AP Studio to architecture, a myriad of courses broaden horizons and expressive capacities as they learn to design their futures. Courses in creative writing, journalism and yearbook journalism offer tremendous opportunities for students with a penchant for writing, photography and graphic design. The Literary Arts program has garnered national recognition with an extensive list of awards for The Patriot (newspaper), Pacificus (yearbook) and Pinnacle (literary magazine) publications.
The Visual Art and Design Department inspires students to explore traditional and contemporary applications of two- and three-dimensional media in studio, digital design, and architecture. Through hands-on instruction and research of a diverse history of creatives, our goal is to foster an environment of growth, excellence, and outreach, creating community stewards capable of articulating ideas visually and verbally with confidence.