Westmont College

Westmont College

Westmont College westmont logo
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,200

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Students Enrolled: 70 declared major and minors; many more enrolled in art courses
Graduates per Year: 20 majors in studio art or art history


  • Westmont College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Full-time Faculty
Scott Anderson, M.F.A.
Lisa DeBoer, Ph.D.
Judy L. Larson, Ph.D.
Nathan Huff, M.F.A.
Meagan Stirling, M.F.A.

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Brad Elliott, B.A.
Deanna Pini, M.F.A.
Chris Rupp, M.F.A.
Marie Schoeff, M.F.A.
Katie Curry, B.A.
Cory Steffen, B.A.

Degrees Offered
B.A. in Art
B.A. in Art History

Studio Art, Art History


General Studio track or Art Education track. Studio courses available in ceramics, computer graphics, design, drawing, interpretive crafts, painting, printmaking, photography (including film photography), and sculpture.

Studio Art, Art History

Art & Design Program Highlights

  • Combined studio and art history departments provide a rich dialogue in which theory and creative production inform each other.
  • Studio majors create a Sophomore Project and participate in the Senior Exhibition, which provide benchmarks of their development as artists and markers on a path toward art making beyond college.
  • The core curriculum provides a strong foundation and a breadth of experience, preparing students for future pursuits. The department is a vital part of the larger liberal arts curriculum at Westmont.
  • Students have opportunity to explore Santa Barbara’s active arts scene, and to explore the art city of Los Angeles through field trips each semester.
  • Westmont professors are active in their fields and lead by example. Studio professors regularly exhibit in galleries and do professional design and illustration work. Art history professors publish their research in catalogues and scholarly books.
  • Art scholarships are available for new and returning art students.

Other Art-Related Programs

  • The Westmont Museum of Art brings excellent exhibitions, lectures, and other programming right to Westmont’s campus.
  • Internships are available for course credit and provide invaluable experience. Past internships have included artist assistantships, art education with at risk youth, and work at local galleries and museums ranging from conservation to research to art sales.
  • Westmont students are encouraged to develop a global perspective by studying off campus. Studio-intensive programs specifically for art students include semesters in Italy in such regions as Orvieto, Florence, and Cortona. Art majors and minors can also earn general education credits in programs in San Francisco, Thailand, Istanbul, and many other places around the globe.