The Art Department at Marietta College provides opportunities for the study and creating artwork for all students, regardless of their major or field of interest. Whether you intend to major in Studio Art or Graphic Design, or simply wish for awareness and ability of the visual arts to be an important part of your collegiate years, the department has opportunities for you.

Essential Skills

Beyond disciplinary expertise, an Art or Graphic Design degree, firmly grounded within Marietta College’s Liberal Arts curriculum, fosters:

  • Conceptual and non-linear thinking
  • Problem-solving and leadership abilities
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills
  • Intercultural sensitivity and diversity awareness
  • Collegiality and interpersonal skills

Get a job.

Right Brain Rising: Why Employers Hire Art & Graphic Design Majors

More than ever, today’s employers seek to hire inventive leaders, creative problem solvers, and empathetic entrepreneurs over the “knowledge worker,” a narrowly trained expert.

“That the last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person…computer programmers, who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But…the future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning-makers…These people…will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

-Daniel H. Pink,
Author of "A Whole New Mind"


Talent Scholarship

The Marietta College Art Department provides opportunities to prepare students for lifelong learning in the professional fields of graphic design, museum and gallery work, illustration, art therapy, as well as graduate school. Students also learn problem-solving skills for many contemporary career choices outside of art and design.

The Marietta College Art Department offers a merit-based scholarship for outstanding, incoming freshman applying to the Studio Art and Graphic Design programs. The scholarship amount is variable, from $500 to $3500 annually, and is selected from personal interviews consisting of a portfolio review and an on-site practical demonstration.

Portfolios will be initially submitted digitally for review. Selected applicants for Studio Art and Graphic Design will be invited for a personal interview and drawing session to take place during February.

Apply for Talent Scholarship

Complete the form here and it will inform you on how to submit portfolio examples.

Your digital portfolio must include images of the following items: 
  1. Using only pencil or charcoal, create the following drawings:   
    • a landscape   
    • an interior  
    • self-portrait (use a mirror, not a photo)  
  2. Submit 8-10 additional pieces of artwork, including drawings, paintings, photographs, designs, and/or three-dimensional work.  
Digital Files

Each portfolio piece must be documented with a high-quality photograph or digital file.

  • Save files in the “High Quality” jpeg format.
  • Name digital files with your Last Name, First Initial and File Number: (“LastFirst_01.jpg”).
  • Include a Work ID Sheet with your name at the top of the page.  The ID must include the following for each portfolio piece: Digital File Name, Title of the Artwork, Medium and Dimensions.


For any questions, contact Sara Alway-Rosenstock at