Academics

Art History student participating in an academic conference
2D studio student focuses as she paints a canvas
Students working with metals in 3D studio area
 Interbrand representative working with communication design students
 A row of students work on drawings in class
 Saturday Art teacher helps child with art project
 Students hold a large colorful painting against the wall as the director of Hiestand Galleries looks on

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 (formerly known as graphic design)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with concentrations in ceramics, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, or 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)
  • Art Therapy
  • Ceramics 
  • Jewelry Design and Metals
  • Sculpture
  • Communication Design (formerly known as graphic 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).