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This is where passion meets purpose.

The Department of Art and Design fosters the growth of emerging artists and designers by immersing them in a vibrant, artistic culture on our Arts Campus.
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Fostering artists and designers for professional success.

Art educators, ceramicists, graphic designers, interior designers, metalsmiths, painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, web designers. No matter your art and design interest, we have a program to challenge you to go beyond what you thought possible.

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You need innovative, accomplished professionals as your advisors and mentors.

You’ll study with faculty who are professional artists, designers, and researchers who exhibit and publish regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Broaden your visual experience.

Learning to look and see with intention is essential for all artists and designers. As an art and design major, you’ll attend and participate in our diverse exhibition programing and will see contemporary work by guest artists, faculty, students, and alumni. You will also participate in annual student exhibitions to acquire skills and experience in the professional presentation and exhibition of your creative work in our campus and affiliated exhibition spaces.

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Engaging, impactful exhibitions that enrich the artistic and intellectual community.

Our online gallery features artwork from students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists.

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Uniqueness to each design
“I chose to pursue interior design because so many homes these days look like a copy-and-paste version of your typical ‘cookie-cutter house’ from a magazine. It is crucial to have a personalized space and environment that is unique to the individual that lives in that space and is there every day. My goal is to bring that uniqueness to each design, whether it be the entire house or a specific space.”
Chesni Muncie, B.S. ’21
VPA-Interior Design major student portrait.
I’ve never looked back
“I took a graphic design class in high school, and I was creating these ‘signature banners’ on online forums for people and I just loved creating. I've never looked back or thought twice about what I wanted to do when I went to college.”
Min “Johnny” Kyaw, B.F.A. ’21
VPA Graphic Design major student portrait.
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Real-world Experience

Take advantage of opportunities outside the classroom.

Through the Department of Art and Design, you can gain practical experience through student organizations, internships, student teaching, and study-abroad opportunities.

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Have questions?


Contact the Department of Art and Design at [email protected].