About Lamar University
Lamar University is located in Beaumont, Texas, which is only about an hour's drive from the metropolis and artistic center of Houston. Beaumont maintains that artistic tradition with a number of museums and galleries. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas offers exhibitions and enrichments for those interested in nineteenth through twenty-first century American paintings, sculpture, graphics, drawings, decorative arts, and photography. The Beaumont Art League features the Brown and Scurlock Galleries, as well as a large studio and a main office/sales gallery where artists may display a selection of work for up to three months. The Dishman Art Museum, located on the Lamar University campus itself, is a modern facility, displaying an extensive permanent collection and special showings. The Art Studio, Inc. offers works in clay, drawing, painting, photography, and artisan crafts. The Stark Museum of Art houses an extensive collection of American Western art and artifacts. Beaumont offers a wide variety of shopping, including art supply stores, and art-themed boutiques and shops. Dining choices are extensive and cover worldwide cuisines. Nearby Houston is home to a wide range of art museums and galleries, including the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Lawndale Art Center, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, and the gallery at Rice University. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is an artisans-in-residence center where artists create objects in fiber, metal, glass, clay, and wood. But there are even more artistic offerings in Houston. The Menil Collection houses the world-famous collection of decorative arts and glass. The Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 53,000 artworks, from antiquity to today, and also offers one of the most comprehensive photography collections in the United States. The Blaffer Gallery, located at the University of Houston, emphasizes twentieth-century art. Houston also offers two gallery clusters, one on Montrose Street (the Barbara Davis Gallery is featured), and the Colquitt galleries in the Upper Kirby District. The latter offers the New Gallery and the Fleury, John Cleary, Dean Day, and Hooks-Epstein galleries within easy walking distance of one another. Art cafes are plentiful in these and other areas around the city.
Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College, and attained university status via the Texas Legislature in 1983. By this time the institution had grown to significantly, with a student body of 15,000.
Lamar University offers the BFA and BS in graphic design. The program provides students with the opportunity to focus on design as a method for visual communication. Students are encouraged to express their conceptual talents within a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes typography, logo design, brand identity, motion graphics, animation, Web design, and portfolio development. The computer lab is cross platform, providing students with the opportunity to utilize both PC and Mac based equipment. The lab focuses on Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, and Lightwave 3D. Students are required to develop and maintain electronic and traditional portfolios of their work. Local, regional, state, and national field trips are included as curriculum enrichment. Study abroad and internships are available to students as well.
Lamar University offers financial assistance from various programs comprised of federal, state, and institutional funds. The programs include grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office early in order to meet important deadlines for aid. Enrolled students are provided with academic, career, and personal counseling at no additional charge. Lamar University is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCC).