The Department of Art, Media, and Design (AMD) offers a general studio and/or a specialized studio curriculum which identifies and promotes continuing contact with the enduring values of our artistic heritage and the application of these values to the future. The educational aim of the department is to provide, through individualized mentoring, a broad foundation in artistic practice and art culture and history studies. The curriculum emphasizes project-based learning through art making, problem solving, and experimentation in studio courses, and through the development of the student artistic voice.
In the Bachelor of Arts in Art, Media, and Design and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, Media, and Design students choose one out of three concentrations: Graphic Art, Photography and Media Art, and Studio Art. In the Bachelor of Arts in Art, students study a general studio curriculum with no concentration. There are also four minors available to non-majors: Graphic Art, Photography, Studio Art, Drawing. Students can take advantage of the small class sizes and personalized instruction from studio art, photography and media art, and graphic art faculty. Our faculty are visual specialists and practicing artists who analyze, organize, and give form to ideas and information. There are no art portfolio reviews required for admissions or to continue in a program.
Among area universities, the department now boasts two of the finest digital computer studios dedicated solely to studio and media arts. Our newly renovated facility features two darkrooms, two computer digital studios, a teaching exhibition space, wood and metal sculpture studios, and dedicated studios for video, photography, digital imaging, sculpture, printmaking, painting and drawing.