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 workshops for individuals at more of a hobbyist level.


  • Art and Architecture History (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Art Education [Visual Arts Licensure Program] (Bachelor of Science)
  • Communication Design- formerly known as graphic design (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
  • Fashion (Co-Major) No specific degree is designated for this co-major. Students select another major at Miami (receiving the degree designation of that major) and choose Fashion (Co-Major) as a second major.
  • Studio Art with concentrations in ceramics, metals, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

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


  • 2D Fine Arts (painting, photography, printmaking)
  • Art and Architecture History
  • Art Therapy
  • Ceramics
  • Communication Design (formerly known as graphic design)-The Communication Design minor is currently suspended. Please contact the Department of Art to discuss options.
  • Fashion
  • Jewelry Design and Metals
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Graduate Studies

  • Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art: ceramics, jewelry design and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking and sculpture
  • Master of Fine Arts in Experience Design (xdMFA)
  • Graduate Certificate for Professional Development (GCPD): Post-Baccalaureate in Advanced Studio Art

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