The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare students to use their artistic abilities to make a difference in society. Our goal is to train and graduate students who are empowered artists, focused on excellence in creative activity, learning, teaching, and who are essential to the continued development of our vibrant culture. The department also maintains the Kimura Gallery and the Arc Gallery that provide opportunities for campus and community members to see the exhibitions of international, national, and local artists. Students are encouraged to engage directly with art in these exhibitions through talks by the artists, curators, and art faculty.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Many Art courses require completion of certain prerequisite Art courses. Non-Art majors who wish to enroll in an Art class without first having completed the recommended prerequisites are free to do so with instructor permission, but may find the classroom experience difficult or unrewarding.
Obtain pre-registration approval from Art faculty for upper-division Art coursework undertaken each semester.