Mission

The Department of Visual Arts promotes rigorous and innovative teaching and research in the fine arts, design and art history, specializing in print, electronic and digital media. Our program equips our students with the historical knowledge, theoretical acumen, and technical skills necessary to succeed as professional artists and designers. We guide students to comprehend the relevance and potency of visual communication and educate them to think and communicate critically and independently about modern visual culture. Faculty are committed to mentor and inspire students to realize their creative potential and apply their expertise to socially beneficial ends.

Outcomes

Creativity
Our visual arts and design curriculum strengthens and deepens students’ core foundational skills and techniques so they may acquire the necessary discipline for their creative practice. We encourage inventive thinking and develop students’ abilities to imaginatively implement their creative ideas using print, time-based, electronic and digital media, and installation.

Collaboration
As students participate in group activities and practice teamwork on projects, they learn to recognize the value of working in cooperation with others and come to realize that the creative process is not always solely individual, but often results from a collective vision.

Community
Through internships and independent study, students learn to bring newly acquired skills and creative practices from the studio to address issues and concerns of campus, local, and world communities.

Critical Thinking
Through conceptual problem solving and by studying the history of visual arts and design, students learn to shed preconceptions, become intellectually curious, and develop independent critical and thinking skills.

Professionalism
Faculty mentor their students through independent studies, portfolio preparation, lectures, critiques, and academic advisement. Faculty mentorship enhances students’ aspiration for career paths in the visual arts and design, while preparing them to compete for positions in the job market or for placement in prestigious graduate programs nationally and internationally.