Collectively, the Department of Visual Arts faculty, staff, and students advance the conviction that visual culture matters in society and that it matters to make, display, critique, and contextualize the visual arts as academic activities in a university setting.
Faculty at the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Dayton teach the perceptual, practical, and critical skill necessary for the creation and understanding of art and design in a variety of media and contexts.
We teach the history of the applied and fine arts and cultivate the ability to appreciate and articulate their meaning and value. The department emphasizes the highly integrative nature of art and design and their immense cultural and personal importance.
We offer six degrees plans across the arts, including the professional degrees – BFA in Fine Arts, BFA in Photography, BFA in Graphic Design, BFA in Art Education, BA in Art History – as well as the generalist degree, the BA in Visual Arts. Learn more about our degree programs from the links at right.
Visual Arts Foundations
During the first year of study, visual arts foundation courses introduce students to fundamental principles, practices, materials, and vocabulary common to all visual arts disciplines. These courses provide a common background of skill development for all BFA degree programs and the BA in Visual Arts degree. Additionally, they provide an understanding of primary concepts in the visual arts and a basis for critical evaluation. All foundation courses share the objective of preparing students to face the challenges of their specific disciplines.
A common core of foundation courses—Foundation Drawing, Foundation 2-D Design, Foundation 3-D Design, Foundation Photography and two of three Survey of Art courses serve all studio majors. Students in each degree program progress from foundation-level to mid-level to upper-level courses culminating with a cap stone course that requires evidence of their knowledge and skills.
Advancement & Advising within the Degree Programs
Faculty advisors work with students through out their four years of study, guiding them through the Degree Audit process of student advising. Faculty mentor students as they master new skills and develop a deep understanding of the professional qualities of their discipline. In addition to course work and internship opportunities, students exhibit their work on campus and engage in lively critiques of new art during their years at UD. As they progress, students are encouraged to integrate learning across disciplines, culminating in a senior capstone project that displays a distinctive body of personal creative research.