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.
Engaged. Creative. Art & Design.
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.
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.
Common Academic Program (CAP) courses offered by the Department of Art and Design feature an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning and creative research.
The Department of Art and Design recognizes the scholarly efforts of our majors as they work toward their goals.
Four-year scholarships are awarded to first-year, full-time students in any Department of Art and Design program of study.
Q: Where do you find yourself when searching for a deeper connection to a place and a broader understanding of the arts?
A: At the Intersections: a Journal of the Department of Art and Design.