Visual Arts Major

Visual arts courses provide you with practical experience in painting, photography, drawing, digital imaging, interface design, book art, figure drawing, modeling and simulation, sculpture, and more. The major will enhance your understanding of art both within the history of culture and as individual human achievement. Lower-level courses emphasize the fundamentals of drawing, color, and form; upper-level courses encourage the students to develop a more individual conceptual approach and style, within the context of historical precedents and traditions.

A major in visual arts prepares you for further training as an artist, teacher, or architect, as well as in related fields such as advertising or design. Department offerings emphasize the analysis and articulation of visual concepts and processes as they relate to a broader education in the humanities and sciences.


  • 12 courses
  • Areas of study include art history, and visual & media studies
  • Hands-on practice: film/video/digital, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture
  • Required: Advanced Visual Practice, Senior Capstone in Visual Arts