Art and Design

Commitment. Excellence. Creativity.

The Department of Art and Design provides strong training in the professional degree areas, including the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic 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.

The University of Dayton is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

View highlights from the 2018 Celebration of the Arts:


Kicking off the 2018-19 Gallery Season

Fellows: Conversations in Making

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Experiential Learning

Global Art Education

University of Dayton senior Mary Guida blazed a potential new path for art education majors this summer, teaching art classes at a Marianist school in Santiago, Chile, to pilot a proposed global experiential learning program.

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Fine and Performing Arts

Matter and Spirit

University of Dayton educator and artist Suki Kwon will collaborate with North American and Chinese artists this summer on an international art project to explore how Christianity interacts with visual arts in China today.

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Art is ...
What is art? In this video, find out how our students answer this question.
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Celebration of the Arts

This exciting and engaging spring semester event is part of the Annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium and takes place at the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, One West Second Street in Downtown Dayton. View our videos and photos to learn more.

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Arts Immersion Experience

At the University of Dayton, the visual and performing arts link learning across disciplines for all first-year students. See some of the ways that learning is enhanced through the arts.

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Common Academic Program (CAP)

Common Academic Program (CAP) courses offered by the Department of Art and Design feature an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning and creative research.

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Where are they now?
See what our alumni are doing and where they are going.
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Student Excellence

The Department of Art and Design recognizes the scholarly efforts of our majors as they work toward their goals.

Art and Design Scholarships

Four-year scholarships are awarded to first-year, full-time students in any Department of Art and Design program of study.

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Department of Art and Design

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923