Overview

Seeing the Bigger Picture

It has always been a function of art to provide us with visions that illuminate the past and inspire our futures. Artists show us the world as we’ve not seen it before, making the familiar strange, distinguishing that which was undifferentiated, illuminating the dark, and re-enchanting that which has lost meaning.

An Accomplished Faculty

The School of Art is among the largest and most comprehensive art schools in the region. Our faculty members are accomplished working professionals—artists, designers, and scholars—who represent a diverse range of approaches and areas of expertise. Yet, they share a commitment to developing the vision and understanding that their students will need to succeed in a world of accelerating cultural change and technological innovation.

An Exceptional Student Experience

Students in our programs learn to work independently as well as collaboratively, and they develop a vocabulary with which to critique and discuss their own work and that of their peers. They learn how to be critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and well-rounded communicators. Through coursework in the studio art and design disciplines, art history and contemporary art theory, as well as the liberal arts and sciences, students foster the skills, understanding, and philosophical frameworks necessary to make their art and design practices relevant to historical and contemporary issues.

From this artistic, technical, and conceptual base, students will confidently pursue further study in graduate school or launch careers as independent studio artists or professional practitioners in fields ranging from film and video to computer graphics, game design, web and interactive design, typography, print and editorial design, information design, digital imaging, packaging, and environmental design, identity design and branding. Our students are equipped to be creatively inspired and thoughtfully analytical in addressing issues of value and meaning in their work and their lives.