The Art and Design Media program strengthens your intellectual curiosity and critical thinking ability through hands-on classes taught by scholars and artists. The program develops your foundational skills in traditional art media, as well as your proficiency in the latest technological media.
One of the program’s most valuable components is its year-long concentration seminar experience through which you choose a focus—ranging from traditional arts such as painting and ceramics, to video production—and make connections between your personal experience and art, science, social science, and the environment. The program culminates in an exhibition of your own creative work.
Through the program’s intensive focus on the arts and also on the ways in which the arts impact so many other disciplines, you gain a strong understanding of the creative processes and their expressive capabilities.
If you are majoring in a discipline offered by another academic department, you may minor in Art after securing the permission of the Creative and Fine Arts department chair. The minor provides you with an introduction to studio art in both traditional and contemporary practice, and positions you to apply your art expertise to the work you do in your primary discipline.
Whether you are planning a career in the arts, or in another discipline in which an innovative application of the arts is essential, the Art and Design Media program provides you with the skills to succeed.
In addition to being a professional artist, you might go on to be a visual arts teacher, employee at a community arts organization, graphic designer, new media content designer, or art professional in a corporation, educational institution, or other organization.
We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or department chair for specific criteria and requirements.