Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Art & Design. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Art with concentrations in studio art, photography & video, and graphic design.
The department also provides students from other disciplines the option of minoring in art history, studio art, or photography & video, as well as a variety of highly popular General Education courses focusing on the arts that support the university’s learning objectives.
Whether it is the design and creation of a painting, sculpture, drawing, photograph, typography, or computer-generated imaging, or the study and critical analysis of a great work of art, our curriculum sparks the imagination and sustains lifelong support as students move on to engage in art and design opportunities world-wide.
Our diverse faculty includes prestigious artists, researchers and educators who produce, exhibit, and publish their work on a regular basis. They are recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in their fields and many have received Distinguished Teaching Awards. Together we have developed curriculum that fosters critical thinking and collaborative learning experiences. Our alumni regularly go on to win awards, receive graduate degrees, and work for major institutions and industries.
The College of Liberal Arts emphasizes the importance of the study of human experience and expression within a polytechnic learning environment, and to that end, the Art & Design Department facilitates collaboration while nurturing the individual student’s imagination. Class size is small, affording considerable one-on-one interaction. A look at the curriculum reveals that all Art & Design students take a variety of classes in studio art, photography & video, graphic design, and art history. This common foundation, together with the university’s well-rounded General Education requirements, thoroughly prepares our students for study in their selected discipline.
Our department hosts the University Art Gallery and offers a Visual Resource Center and an Art & Design Resource Center. It also offers a number of art specific clubs for students to engage with. While Art & Design facilities are mostly closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these continue to function virtually. Please browse our website and take an online tour of the department to learn more about our wonderful faculty, staff, and students.
Dr. James P. Werner, Department Chair