The First-Year Core Program is the department’s undergraduate foundations curriculum, a set of common courses taken by first-year students in all majors (Art History, Studio Art, and UTeach Art) that prepares them for continued study in their respective degree programs. Through the program, individual students become a tightknit community of makers and thinkers, learning foundational skills through the exploration of a variety of physical and digital media and processes.
The Art Education program provides innovative training for students seeking careers as arts educators in a variety of venues, from elementary and secondary schools to museums and community-based programs. Art Education plays an ever-expanding role in institutions and communities around the world, providing graduates an increasingly diverse range of professional opportunities.
The Art History program is among the nation’s largest, with over twenty full-time faculty members who are leading scholars in their fields and represent a diversity of critical and methodological outlooks. The program’s expansive scope comprises courses covering a wide range of periods and cultures of art, while areas of special concentration are represented by several active research centers. Interdisciplinary study and collaboration play a vital role in the program.
The Studio Art program is committed to the development of contemporary artists who are not only proficient makers, but also curious and inquisitive observers, critical thinkers, and resourceful self-initiators. Rather than being limited to study in a single discipline, students explore media in and across multiple areas of study, including Painting & Drawing, Photography & Media, Print, Sculpture & Extended Media, and Transmedia (video / performance / digital media).