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The fundamental subject of the major in art is visual literacy - a heightened sense of what we see, how we see and how we communicate visually. Vision is an infinitely rich source of information, pleasure and inspiration and a powerful channel of expression. Work in visual art is both creative and critical—about seeing, thinking, feeling and doing, and about knowing, understanding and communicating.

Major in art - student working in studio

The department of art offers introductory and advanced study in the theory and practice of the art, offering courses in these areas:

  • Art history and theory
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography and videography
  • Sculpture
  • Web and graphic design

All students, regardless of their major, are welcome in these courses as visual art is for and about everyone.

The Major in Art is a Hands-on Experience

Studio courses provide hands on experience for students. Concepts and skills are understood and mastered by putting them into practice. Emphasizing critical as well as technical skills, studio courses teach students how to move from existing skills, ideas and viewpoints to new ones. Students work in a number of different media, acquiring a high level of competency and discovering their own unique interests and points of view. Written assignments and research supporting work in the studio are integral elements of the art major. Field trips and visiting artist events support effective and in-depth learning.

Analyze and Study Art History

A major in art includes art history courses that explore the visual arts from prehistory to the present. Study in art history combines the critical methodologies of history with the visual, physical and aesthetic qualities of art and architecture. The study of art history provides images and ideas through which all visual information can be understood. For all students, art history is an excellent means of considering history and society from a visual and cultural perspective.