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The School of Art offers rigorous training in Art, Art History and Arts Management. The study of the arts is set within a larger liberal arts education, which encourages students to approach art from multiple perspectives, and their art is rooted in contemporary discourses on art and history. State-of-the-art facilities and engaged professors embolden students to develop and realize their visions. We attract an array of regional and national artists and scholars to campus to help students discuss, critique and cultivate their work. Through strong partnerships with local museums and galleries, students create advertising campaigns, participate in exhibitions and pursue rewarding internships.

Students in the School of Art participate in a dynamic and collaborative program focused on exploring, creating and analyzing art and its practices. We offer concentrations in art history, digital art, graphic design, painting, photography and printmaking, while also encouraging students to work across varying media. The interdisciplinary Arts Management program is housed at the School of Art. Small class sizes foster close relationships with students and professors, and together, students’ vision becomes art.

Program Objectives

BACHELOR OF ARTS AND BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN ART

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a strong level of technical proficiency within their chosen medium.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to think conceptually within a visual medium.
  3. Develop a strong, cohesive portfolio.
  4. Develop the ability to communicate clearly in writing (artist statement).
  5. Demonstrate evidence of historical/contemporary contextual awareness.
  6. Demonstrate evidence of professionalism (through, resume development, presentations, awards, and/or portfolio presentation).

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ART HISTORY

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of major monuments and artists in their specific cultural-historical context and apply that knowledge to specific art historical problems (e.g., what makes a work of art meaningful or worthy of study).
  2. Demonstrate sound research, intellectual analysis of source material, critical thinking, and effective writing and speaking skills.

Degree Options

Art, B.A.

Provides students the chance to study art with an emphases in the studio areas of sculpture, graphic design, painting, photography, digital media, and printmaking.

Art, B.F.A.

Enables students to enter professional careers in art and to find their place in contemporary artistic practice.

Art History, B.A.

Offers the student general knowledge about art through the ages and the critical skills to interpret it.

Art Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about art are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Art History Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about art history are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.