About the Department of Art

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The Department of Art offers many areas of emphasis for students, including art history, book & publicatoin arts, ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography and videography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students may work in a specific area of specialization or explore a range of practices in a variety of media.

Art History

University students take courses ranging over periods and topics focused primarily on Western art, including Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern and Contemporary eras.

Book & Publication Arts

This program focuses on artist books, book art, and contemporary artistic publishing practices. It emphasizes a mixed media approach that embraces the book as a naturally interdisciplinary space for artistic exploration.


The ceramics program challenges students to understand and define their place in the work through an art-making experience with an emphasis on contemporary sculpture.

Digital Media

The digital media program focuses on experimental applications of emerging technology, and developing visual and conceptual strategies for interdisciplinary artmaking.


The drawing area provides a solid foundation in the basics of drawing and a strong emphasis on developing a personal voice by expanding the conventions of drawing.


Painting courses develop students' ideas by exploring different painting techniques and media through demonstration, investigation and experimentation.

Photography and Videography

The photography program pursues an evolving curriculum that embraces the digital era of photography, but it remains true to its roots of students painting words with light.


The printmaking program is geared toward interdisciplinary uses of print media in contemporary art and cultural dialogue.


The sculpture program provides the knowledge in the tools, techniques and formal principles underlying the production of sculpture in contemporary practice.