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7.5:1
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
81%
of students receive some form of institutional or Federal financial assistance

Programs

Art History

Art History

Develop a deep understanding of creativity as a cultural and social force and place art and design in a cross-cultural, global framework.
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Collaborative Design

Become an invaluable change agent who can leverage the power of design to meet the evolving needs of businesses and nonprofit organizations.
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Digital Art and Design

Create cutting-edge experiences with animation, video, 3D art, interaction design, visual development, and sound design delivered through web, VR, and AR as well as digital and physical games.
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Drawing

Sharpen your critical thinking and creative problem solving skills and develop a heightened awareness of the union of technical, formal, and conceptual components
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Fashion Studies

Pursue a career in the fashion industry through immersive experiences that cultivate critical thinking and design skills while broadening your understanding of fashion retailing, sustainability, and presentation.
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Graphic Design

Join an integrative learning environment where traditional design fundamentals evolve into powerful tools for communication, problem-solving, and creative strategizing.
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Illustration

Become an aesthetically grounded and professionally versatile illustrator who is proficient in both traditional and emerging media.  
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Interior Design

Be empowered to use design thinking and creative problem solving to explore the function, aesthetic appeal, sustainability, and user experience of interior environments.
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Life Sciences and Pre-Medical Illustration

Get started on a unique pathway toward a high-demand career with the potential to change lives, improve health, and enhance medical education and health care.
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Painting

Immerse yourself in the medium’s rich history and vast expressive possibilities to move beyond mastery of basic techniques and traditional genres into a style and voice that is uniquely yours.
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Photography

Blend fine art and commerical approaches to pursue expressive possibilities through a thoughtful balance of concept and technique, and emerge positioned to succeed in a wide variety of photography careers.   
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Product Design

Create objects that respond to human need, challenge convention, and elevate the lived experience.
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Sculpture and Functional Art

Work with metal, wood, clay, plastic, and mixed and multi-media forms to investigate and express original ideas, becoming a versatile maker who discovers new ways of shaping space and engaging senses.
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Discover where your creativity can take you. 
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Master of Architecture

Our unique curriculum blends studio and immersion, research, and praxis to engage you in a deep exploration of the discipline that considers innovation, sustainability, and context as equally as aesthetics.
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Master of Arts in Design

Broaden your understanding of design’s impact on culture and community through collaborative online learning experiences and research-driven coursework.
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Master of Fine Arts Painting

The MFA Painting program fosters emergent research, innovation, civic awareness, and intellectual growth to encourage the pursuit of individual or collaborative creative goals and outcomes.
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Advanced Studies in Design and Innovation Management Certificate

For business and creative professionals who want to get an edge in the marketplace.
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Certificate in Visual and Critical Studies  

Advance your research, your practice, and your career and help meet the growing need for critical analysis and cultural synthesis in today's highly visual world. 
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Learn More About Our Graduate Programs

Take your creativity to the next level. 
 

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Events

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Monday, Jan 30
That's Not How You Play! - Works by MFA Painting Candidate Sean Allen
Stop by Gallery 602 and see MFA Painting candidate Sean Allen’s exhibition That’s Not How You Play! The exhibition will be on display from January 30 through February 16.ABOUT THE ARTISTSean...
Painting of a white dog in foreground standing on wood floor with floating sharks and planes in the background.
Thursday, Feb 2
Focus on Faculty: Diane Zeeuw Sabbatical Exhibition
ABOUT THE FOCUS ON FACULTY: SABBATICAL EXHIBITION SERIES Sabbaticals are essential for faculty to pursue research, develop new bodies of work, or deepen and enrich their teaching practice. In addition,...
cursive handwriting layered in both vertical and horizontal lines. Some areas are layered and have graphite smudges.
Thursday, Feb 2
Focus on Faculty: Danielle Wyckoff Sabbatical Exhibition
ABOUT THE FOCUS ON FACULTY: SABBATICAL EXHIBITION SERIES Sabbaticals are essential for faculty to pursue research, develop new bodies of work, or deepen and enrich their teaching practice. In addition,...
White Text read FOCUS ON FACULTY. Two images. Image one: white dog in foreground stands on wood floor. sharks and planes float in the background. Image two: layered, hand-written cursive text in vertical and horizontal lines
Thursday, Feb 2
Focus on Faculty: Sabbatical Reception
Please join us to celebrate the recent sabbatical work of Professor Diane Zeeuw and Associate Professor Danielle Wyckoff.ABOUT THE FOCUS ON FACULTY: SABBATICAL EXHIBITION SERIES Sabbaticals are essential...
Image one: Faculty member Danielle Wycoff, white female, smiling alongside image of her studio work, handwritten cursive lettering in both vertical and horizontal lines.
Wednesday, Feb 8
FOCUS ON FACULTY | Gallery Talk with Danielle Wyckoff
Join us in the Alluvium Gallery to discuss Associate Professor Danielle Wyckoff's recent sabbatical work and hear about what inspires her practice and what drives her to create.ABOUT THE FOCUS ON...
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