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Welcome to the Department of Visual ArtsThe Department of Visual Arts provides quality education in the areas of art education, art history, fine art studio, graphic design, photography, and visual arts. 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.
The Department of Visual Arts is committed to providing a sound visual arts education within the broader context of liberal arts learning.
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 the areas above 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.
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
- 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.
Opportunities & ActivitiesVisual Arts majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance the learning experience.
Research & ScholarshipThe research and scholarly efforts of our faculty ensure that our students are educated in a vibrant and engaged environment.
Faculty & StaffThe faculty and staff of the Department of Visual Arts invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.
Gallery 249, as part of the educational mission of the Department of Visual Arts, serves to highlight the work of students, faculty, and invited professional artists. Through the display of their art we challenge our students and other viewers to not only appreciate the visual aspects of the work but also to address the conceptual ideas presented and to strive to understand the contexts in which they appear.
The One and the Many
September 27 through October 31
Artists from across the country, including Isabel Avila, Juan-Si Gonzalez, Merve Kayan and Zeynep Dadak, Issa Randall, and Sheryl Oring, present work that examines notions of human dignity from multiple perspectives. The art asks: Are human rights pre-political or are they artifacts of laws and institutions? Do they belong only to individuals or also to groups? How can we re-vision and de-center human rights to more broadly address the human condition for both the self and the community?
Reception: October 2, 5-7 pm, with artists' talk at 6 pm
Reception for Human Rights Conference: October 5, 5-7 pm
Please contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Department of Visual Arts
University of Dayton
College Park Center, Room 250
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2923