Department of Art

An art student and a professor examining a plant for a portrait.

The Department of Art prepares students for the real-world practice of visual art and scholarship. We unite the disciplines of fine art, design and emerging practices with art history and visual theory to equip students with an interdisciplinary approach to investigating and creating the visual world. Students become proactive members of the arts community, gain professional experiences to build their portfolio and professional resume and build life-long networks with faculty, staff, visiting artists and their peers.

Experiential Learning

Our department’s experiential learning programs provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills outside of the university setting.

  • Put your learning into practice with performing an internship at a professional studio, gallery or arts organization
  • Engage with the emerging field of Bio-Art in our new Coalesce hybrid studio-laboratory facility
  • Solve real-world design problems for area nonprofits in our socially-engaged design studio
  • Broaden your cultural understanding through a study abroad or exchange program
  • Pursue an independent study on an issue or topic that sparks your curiosity, while provided one-on-one mentorship by a faculty member


Our faculty and staff work closely with students to integrate their academic and artistic practices into specialized career tracks. Faculty provide ongoing feedback and professional training to support students to meet and exceed artistic specializations within their chosen field. From curatorial management to producing artistic works, independent art to small business ownership, you'll be ready for whatever path you choose.


  • BA in Art History
  • BA in Studio Art
  • BFA in Fine Art
  • MFA in Studio Art
  • MA in Critical Museum Studies
  • MA in Art and Design for Social Impact
  • MA in Visual Studies
  • PhD in Visual Studies


  • Minor in Studio Art
  • Minor in Art History