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Welcome to the Department of Visual Arts

The Department of Visual Arts provides strong training in the professional degree areas, including the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Fine Arts, Photography, Graphics Design, and Art Education.  We also offer the Bachelor of Arts in Art History and the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts. Our primary purpose is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in these disciplines.  To accomplish this purpose, emphasis is placed on the production of intensive studio-based arts research, on the development of critical evaluative skills, and the practice of excellent oral and written communication abilities.

Our students develop research within new and state-of-the art studios that include expansive technologies for graphic design, printmaking, ceramics, wood and metal installation work, painting, illustration, digital and darkroom photography.  Most importantly, our faculty members are committed to offering individualized instruction, academic advising and professional mentoring.  Devoted solely to undergraduate learning, we offer small faculty-to-student ratios (1:12) that ensure high-quality contact with instructors.  Our instructors are leaders in their professional fields, all committed to excellence in research and in teaching.

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Academic Programs

The Department of Visual Arts is committed to providing a sound visual arts education within the broader context of liberal arts learning. We strive to provide the best art and design programs in the Midwest and across the country through the following programs:

The Bachelor of Art in art history provides familiarity with Western and non-Western traditions. Students learn to appreciate the role of visual arts in our lives.

The Bachelor of Arts in visual arts is a flexible, broad liberal arts program with supportive studies from all areas of visual arts.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in art education offers theoretical knowledge and direct experience in the studio arts, crafts, photography, graphic design and art history.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine arts demands a commitment to creating images that identify and critique society, working toward the preservation and advancement of culture.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design prepares the student to channel knowledge and creativity toward inventive and effective design solutions.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography teaches technical skills while furthering the development of aesthetic understanding of the transformative effects of photography.

The department also offers minors in each of these areas and we collaborate with other departments across the University for two interdisciplinary minors: the College's Arts Administration minor and the School of Engineering's Integrated Arts and Technology minor.

All students, after their first year of Foundation-level coursework, undergo a review of scholarship that supports their advancement in technical and conceptual skills and in reasoning and acquisition of knowledge.  Coursework in the second and third years builds depth of experience, integration of knowledge and professional development.  All students, in their Senior Capstone courses, create visual portfolios they can present to potential employers or to graduate programs for advanced study.

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Careers

At the University of Dayton, art and design faculty are dedicated to mentoring students in preparation for the job market. Students within the Department of Visual Arts explore a range of vocations within corporate and non-profit organizations. Students are encouraged to undertake Internships with local arts organizations, design firms and professional groups. Our Arts Administration minor builds a broad range of skills for young arts professionals. 

Department of Visual Arts alums enjoy success after college and are employed across the nation and within the Midwest at design firms, photography studios, galleries and academic institutions. Recent alums are now employed within the following careers:

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

For more information on careers in art, we also invite you to visit the websites of the associations and societies listed at right.

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Opportunities & Activities

Visual Arts majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance the learning experience.
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Research & Scholarship

The research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment.
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Faculty & Staff

The Department cultivates high standards for creativity, craft, conceptual understanding, critical analysis, historical scholarship, and pedagogy. Central to these pursuits are the artistic practice and scholarly research of faculty, the dedication of support staff to the department's educational objectives, and engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship. The Department of Visual Arts is a thriving learning community grounded in the Marianist tradition of educating the whole person.  It is fully integrated with the College and the University and contributes significantly to our institutional commitment to excellence.

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Contact Us

Please contact us for more information about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Visual Arts
University of Dayton
College Park Center, Room 250
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2923

Phone: 937-229-3237
Fax: 937-229-3943

Excellence & Innovation in Higher Education.

The University of Dayton is ranked as a top-tier national university and one of the best Catholic universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's"America's Best Colleges" issue. The Princeton Review's 2013 edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" lists the University of Dayton as one of the top institutions for undergraduate education in the country. The Department of Visual Arts strives to provide the best art and design programs in the Midwest and across the country.

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Visiting Artist: Krzysztof Wodiczko

Krzysztof WodiczkoThe Department of Visual Arts supports an active Visiting Artist series, including a visit by Krysztof Wodiczko on February 25, 2014. This presentation is a part of the UD Speaker Series.

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