Art History student participating in an academic conference Art History student participating in an academic conference.
Student painting on a canvas 2D Studio students have a focused curriculum within a liberal arts education.
Students working in 3D studio area The 3D studio areas have dedicated traditional and technology facilities.
Interbrand representative working with Design Students Graphic Design students work with professional designers in several courses.
A row of students work on drawings in class All Art students participate in drawing classes.
Saturday Art teacher helps child with art project Art Education student working with a child as part of the Saturday Art Program.
Students hold an artwork against the wall as the director of Hiestand Galleries looks on Preparing a student exhibition in Hiestand Galleries


The Department of Art's special responsibility is to promote the arts and prepare students at various levels, depending on their intent and level of focus. We offer everything from intense graduate work and professional undergraduate majors to individual sprint courses and non-degree courses for individuals at more of a hobbyist level.

The Department of Art offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art and Architecture History
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with concentrations in ceramics, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture
  • Bachelor of Science in Art Education (Visual Arts Licensure Program)

Teacher certification requirements may also be incorporated with the BFA degree.

We also offer the following minors:

  • Art and Architecture History
  • 2D Media Studies (painting, photography, printmaking)
  • Ceramics 
  • Jewelry Design and Metals
  • Sculpture
  • Communication Design
  • Photography

At the level of graduate study, we offer:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: ceramics, jewelry design and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking and sculpture
  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in Experience Design 

In addition, we offer international programs that focus specifically on art and design-related topics.

The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).