International School of Art & Design

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Finlandia University’s International School of Art and Design (ISAD) balances experiences in critical thinking and creative insight with a strong foundation in liberal studies. We emphasize the convergence of technical skill and conceptual innovation.

The program prepares graduates for emerging opportunities in both professional practice and graduate studies, by providing foundations in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and business practices in art and design.


  1. Communication: Communicate of the Elements & Principles of Design within selected medium.
  2. Analytical and Critical Thinking/Creative Insight: Integrate knowledge of basic business practices as they relate to entrepreneurial ventures, exhibition opportunities, and professional presentation & portfolio development.
  3. Analytical and Critical Thinking/Global Perspective: Resource the relevance of history, theory, and criticism, using perspectives and scholarship drawn from the students’ major field and at least one other field.
  4. Personal Perspective/Global Perspective: Measure decisions involving social, environmental, and ethical issues concerning the production and consumption of Art & Design.
  5. Creative Insight:  Assess the possibilities and limitations of materials and processes, including the potential and current uses of existing and developing materials, technologies, and production methods.
  6. Personal Perspective:  Support an attitude of curiosity, determination, and reflection that will persist beyond graduation.

Occupational Outlook

Below is information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment of arts and design occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations, adding about 33,700 new jobs. More workers will be needed to meet the growing demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television, and on smartphones, as well as to help create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and other media platforms. Other arts and design workers are employed in industries that are projected to decline, however, including publishing, manufacturing, and floral shops.

The median annual wage for arts and design occupations was $45,250 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

Learn more about the career out look for art and design occupations at


International School of art and design News

News and Notes from Finlandia's Art and Design school

  • Ceramics Students To Hold Holiday Sale

    This year ceramics students will be holding a holiday sale on December 4-6th.  Students will be selling their work and all proceeds made go to the ceramics fund.

    These funds are used for trips to the annual National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts conference and equipment. In the past fundraisers such as these have also helped in purchasing new pottery wheels, electric and gas kilns, as well as the new ventilation system in the clay and glaze mixing [...]

  • Young Women’s Caucus for Art Hosts Annual Soup and Art Auction

    On Saturday, November 16, the Finlandia University chapter of the Young Women’s Caucus for Art will host their annual fundraiser, the Soup & Art Auction.

    Each year the club members fundraise to go to the National Women’s Art Caucus conference. This year this conference is in Chicago. The first college chapter of this art-oriented national organization, was founded here at Finlandia.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 and will be sold at the door for $12. Student tickets will be [...]

  • Taste of Success Kicks Off New Year with Samantha Schutz (’07)

    Taste of Success Samantha Schutz

    Alumna Samantha Schutz (’07) is set to present on the topic of the value of mentors at the next A Taste of Success on Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Mannerheim Central from 12 to 1 p.m.

    Originally from Ewen, MI, Schutz graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and currently works at OHM Advisors in Hancock as the Business Development Manager. She will be speaking on the value of mentors and how they have shaped her career.

    The event is open to all [...]



Faculty and Staff

Arthur HillAdjunct Instructor, Photography and Drawing, ISADFinlandia Universityarthur.hill@finlandia.edu906-487-7225
Barb HardyDesign InstructorFinlandia
Denise VandevilleDean, International School of Art & Design Associate Professor, Ceramic DesignFinlandia Universitydenise.vandeville@finlandia.edu906-487-7379
Dylan WeilerAssistant Professor of Studio Arts/IntermediaFinlandia
Gini BrewerInt'l School of Art & Design CoordinatorFinlandia 487-7225
Kenyon HansenVisiting ArtistFinlandia Universitykenyon.hansen@finlandia.edu406-438-1248
Lindsey HeidenAdjunct Instructor for Art & DesignFinlandia
Phyllis FredendallProfessor of Fiber and Fashion DesignFinlandia Universityphyllis.fredendall@finlandia.edu906-487-7376
Tom AdolphsAssistant Professor, Graphic DesignFinlandia 487-7375


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