The Department of Art, Art History, and Design is dedicated to the creation and historical study of the visual arts through its undergraduate and graduate degree programs in studio art, art education, art history, and apparel and textile design. Students are encouraged to develop aesthetic and conceptual awareness, perceptual and creative problem–solving skills, and informed judgment in a learning environment that values the development of personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection.
Through its many activities including student exhibitions, visiting artist and scholar lecture series, and outreach events, Art, Art History, and Design is a hallmark of engaged and active learning. An incubator of creativity and innovation, the visual arts contribute significantly to the cultural life of our community, inspire a stewardship of our built and natural environment, internationalize our perspective on issues, broaden our framework of understanding, and build our capacity to think beyond convention.
We offer degrees in Apparel & Textile Design, Art Education, Art History & Visual Culture, and Studio Art to approximately 600 undergraduate majors. Additionally, we offer Master of Fine Arts degrees in ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking, and sculpture.
The apparel and textile design program focuses creative design that reflects an innovative and holistic approach to analysis and integration of knowledge.
In art education, students prepare to become visual–arts teachers by engaging in studio production and studying aesthetics, theory, and art history.
In art history and visual culture, students study the history of contemporary and traditional art forms across a range of cultures.
In studio art students explore and create using the language of two– and three–dimensional form, space, and time in various media and technologies. Areas of concentration include: ceramics, electronic art & intermedia, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
The Master of Fine Art degree program is a three-year program that culminates in a thesis exhibition in the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Designed as an intimate and intensive program, MFA candidates develop a mature body of work in one of five studio-art disciplines – ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.