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Our campus is an art student's natural habitat

You'll take classes in our Digital Media Center, which features the latest computer and printing technology in a comfortable space to critique and discuss your work with fellow students. You'll also enjoy ready access to spacious painting and drawing studios, digital photo labs, a black and white darkroom, a sculpture woodshop, a ceramics studio, and a printmaking studio — all with great natural light. The O'Connor Art Gallery, steps away from our classrooms and studios in Lewis Hall, exhibits the work of contemporary artists of national renown who will introduce you to innovative movements, strategies and techniques. It is also the site of the art department's annual juried student show and senior thesis exhibitions.

The Graphic Design/Art major offers two concentrations: Graphic Design and Painting. You’ll take courses like Sculpture, Ceramics, Drawing, Design Applications, Painting, Color Photography and Global Art History as you fulfill the requirements of the common art core. These classes focus on the study of art, while advanced classes delve into Graphic Design or Painting in greater depth.

You can apply for grant funding to support your creative work. The university awards funding on a competitive basis that enables students to complete original research or creative work or travel to academic and professional conferences across the U.S. It's all part of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Investigations Program (URSCI), a distinctly Dominican initiative. URSCI also will give you a chance to present your work at a campus expo in April.

Students who wish to teach art to elementary or high school students can combine their major with the Secondary and K-12 Education program. Offered by the School of Education, the program includes a full semester of clinical practice, split between an elementary school and a middle or secondary school.

Millejie Ponte

Graphic Design Graduate

“I enjoyed all my classes, even the most challenging ones. My professors have a real passion for teaching, and I love getting to know them and my fellow students so well. I feel so lucky to be able to pursue what I love to do.”

Alyssa Davis

Painting and Drawing Graduate

“I went to Florence for a month to study drawing and literature. On the weekends we traveled all over Italy, to places like Venice, Rome and Pompeii. It was just an amazing experience.”