The curriculum in the visual arts is designed to provide the first-year art student with a foundation level of studies that will introduce them to concepts and issues in art. A lecture course and studio courses that include beginning drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, and an introduction to time-based media, serve as an introduction to visual expression aimed at revealing fundamental concepts underlying all visual arts. Students will explore seeing and invention, develop skills, and work with basic principles of art and design to become familiar with the vocabulary and methodology of visual thinking. The concept underlying this approach is to open their minds and eyes and provide a stimulating overview before specialization.

Classes vary considerably in their size. Most introductory studio classes have approximately 20–25 students. Advanced undergraduate classes and classes that have highly specialized technical needs have approximately 15–20 students. Our Foundation-level lecture course, Encountering Comtemporary Art (Art 2000), regularly has 80–100 students. Undergraduate and graduate seminars usually have approximately 20–30 students. Most of our graduate-level teaching is done on an individual studies basis, and sometimes faculty will meet with multiple graduate students as a group.

Complete listing of Art classes [pdf].

For a schedule of classes offered during a particular semester, visit the Office of the Registrar's website