Welcome from the Chair

Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the Art & Design Department, which offers a BFA with concentrations in studio art, photography and video, and graphic design.  The department also provides students from other disciplines the option of minoring in art history, studio art, or photography, 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.  Accordingly, our faculty constantly produces, exhibits, and publishes work in national and international venues.  Five faculty members have received Distinguished Teaching Awards, given as the result of rigorous evaluation by a university committee of their peers.  The department also boasts alumni who have gone 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 and 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.

Please browse our website and take an online tour of the department to learn more about our wonderful faculty, staff, and students.  Don’t miss the information on our Visual Resource Center, Art & Design Resource Center, and the University Art Gallery.  You are also welcome to pay us a visit.

- Giancarlo Fiorenza, Chair



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