College of Arts & Sciences

Art Department

Why Art?

Through our curriculum and programs in the visual arts we address our two primary objectives: to help our students to discover their personal creative potential and to help them develop an awareness of lasting cultural traditions.

Discovering your Creative Potential

If you feel most alive when you are making a photo or drawing or sculpting you know why many of our students major in the arts. With a combination of academic courses and creative courses you have a chance to explore the depth and the breadth of your talents in the arts.

Learning from the Past

Some of our students study great artists of the past and present for the sheer joy of it. We encourage our student to learn from the artistic triumphs of the past – to make a new work building on what has been done before.

But Can You Earn a Living in the Arts?

In addition to preparing for graduate and professional work in the arts, our majors have developed careers in a wide range of art-related areas including advertising, commercial photography, gallery and museum work, graphic/web design, interior design, architecture, and teaching from the elementary to the college level.

And while developing the necessary skills to be successful in the field is central to the curriculum, the Art program is also intended to broaden the range of understanding of the arts for each major and minor – engendering students who use those skills in an expressive, creative, and thoughtful manner.