Areas of Study

Areas of Study

The School of Art, Art History & Design offers majors in Art (BA, BFA, MFA), Art History (BA, MA), and Graphic Design (BA, BFA).

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. The Art History major is offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Master of Arts (MA).

Graphic Design

The School or Art, Art History & Design is pleased to offer a BA and BFA in Graphic Desgin. The Graphic Design program prepares students to enter the dynamic arena of digital communication design, leading to an expanding array of professions, such as creative director, art director, brand identity developer, interface designer, web content developer, corporate communications manager, and data visualization. The Graphic Design major will be offered as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). We also offer the MFA in Art with a graphic design emphasis.

Studio Art

We offer a BA, BFA, and MFA in Art. Art majors may emphasize in one of the following studio art programs, or create an interdisciplinary studio art program with the assistance of their faculty adviser:


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


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.