Art and Design (BFA, BA)

Program Overview

The Department of Art and Design offers a BA and a BFA degree. It provides a creative environment for academic excellence in the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and photography. The curriculum offers a strong foundation in the creation, history, and theory of the visual arts and design, preparing students for professional careers and graduate studies. Majors and minors receive rigorous training and individualized attention by faculty who are committed to teaching excellence in traditional practices, expanded media, and trans-disciplinary approaches to art, through contemporary curriculum that emphasizes experimentation, problem solving and collaboration. The Department of Art and Design also provides experiences for the liberal arts students who wish to explore studio practices through elective courses.

Department regularly hosts guest lectures, workshops and exhibitions by preeminent artists and designers.

Degrees Offered

  • BFA in Art and Design: Drawing
  • BFA in Art and Design: Graphic Design
  • BFA in Art and Design: Painting
  • BFA in Art and Design: Printmaking
  • BFA in Art and Design: Sculpture
  • BA in Art and Design

Concentrations/Tracks

  • BA in Art and Design: Drawing
  • BA in Art and Design: Graphic Design
  • BA in Art and Design: Painting
  • BA in Art and Design: Photography
  • BA in Art and Design: Printmaking
  • BA in Art and Design: Sculpture

Internships, research opportunities and more

Art internships range from the local to national level. Students are encouraged to gain experience and exposure to not only artistic styles but other opportunities and entrepreneurship.

Coursework

Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

A fine arts major hones your ability to communicate effectively, both visually and through writing. Additionally, it draws upon relevant work skills such as problem solving, self-direction and analysis. Possible careers include:

  • advertising designer
  • animator
  • architect
  • art buyer
  • art curator
  • art director
  • art educator
  • art therapist
  • arts administrator
  • book designer
  • cartoonist
  • computer animator
  • computer graphics
  • craftsperson
  • cultural affairs director
  • environmental designer
  • exhibit designer
  • freelance artist
  • gallery assistant
  • gallery director/owner
  • illustrator
  • imaging artist
  • interpretive artisan
  • layout artist
  • metalsmith
  • model maker
  • multimedia designer
  • museum curator
  • outreach coordinator
  • painter
  • photo lab manager
  • photographer
  • printmaker
  • production artist
  • sculptor
  • visual effects designer

For more information, visit the Art and Design website.