Department of Art & Design
Playing a vital role in the regions cultural climate.
The Department of Art & Design aims to be a premiere fine art, craft, and design department in the state and surrounding region by offering comprehensive study that prepares both undergraduate and graduate students for careers in art-related fields.
Through a curriculum based in hands-on studio experience and academic seminars, Art & Design students cultivate critical thinking and visual literacy in a range of traditional art disciplines.
Along with studies in art history, theory, and printmaking, majors work within these areas of emphasis:
- Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Programs & Degrees
The Bachelor degree programs in Visual Arts prepare students for graduate study in the visual arts; for professional practice as working artists and educators; as well as for occupations in museums, galleries and other arts institutions.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design is a professional undergraduate degree program; and is an excellent choice for those who aspire to work as graphic designers.
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Visual Arts is a studio-oriented program that prepares its graduates for professional practice as working artists, educators and arts administrators.
Opportunities in Art & Design
Majors and non-majors alike can take advantage of opportunities provided by the Department of Art & Design like:
- Internship with the UND Art Collections.
- Exposure to art and design professionals through the Department's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program.
- Study Abroad in Italy through the Department's connection with the Florence School of Fine Arts.
The Art & Design Department provides opportunities for both the potential professional practitioner and the appreciator to study in the various disciplines and media of the visual arts. The broad categories are: two-dimensional (drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and graphic design), three-dimensional (ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing), art history, and art education. A core of study in the foundations of the visual arts is followed by the development of skills and technical knowledge in the various media. These are prerequisite to the ultimate objective of nurturing growth in conceptual ability and creative production. The Art & Design Department’s faculty are highly qualified and dedicated teachers, who are also seriously committed to professional productivity in their respective art disciplines.
The University of North Dakota is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).