Areas of Study

Areas of Study

The student who majors in Art may pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in one of the following areas of studio emphasis, while Art History offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Master of Arts (MA) degree.

Art History

Art History provides a humanistic foundation for understanding the visual arts. Emphasis is placed on the social, political, historical and religious contexts of art; analyzing the form and style of artworks is also stressed.


Students working in the Ceramics area are introduced to a range of possibilities in terms of forming and firing technologies.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program prepares students to enter the dynamic arena of digital communication design, leading to an expanding array of professions, such as art and design director, web content developer, and corporate communications manager.


The Painting and Drawing program is engaged in providing the technical and conceptual framework for artists interested in examining content through two-dimensional processes.


The Photography area offers a range of studio courses in darkroom and digital photography that focus on technical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the medium as well as photography theory, history, criticism and contemporary practice.


The Printmaking program seeks to present the creative potential inherent in all the various print media, including intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and relief, as well as non-toxic techniques, new technologies, book arts and alternative presentations, and to help expand definitions of the print.


Through a diversity of materials, philosophies and solutions, Sculpture students are encouraged to mine the boundaries of their potential, challenge the notions of contemporary art and be a creative force in the evolution of our culture.


Students enrolled in the Art and Art History Department, who are also interested in textiles and fiber arts, may also take coursework in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design.