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Art and Design

Engage the societal role of art.

People have been exploring ideas and expressing their thoughts and feelings by producing art throughout history. By studying art history, you will learn how art embodies and reflects cultural, economic, gender, political, religious and social dynamics.

  • 100%

    of our majors take a selection of studio courses to give them direct experience with the making of art

  • 100%

    of students complete a language requirement


    accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

A High-Quality Education

Core Program Jonathan Riess Undergraduate Art History Colloquium Experiential Learning

All first year students are enrolled in the innovative, interdisciplinary Core Program integrating the beginning of their art history studies with a signature humanities-based program.

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Our majors are encouraged to present papers at this regional colloquium that brings together faculty and students from regional colleges and universities

Our students pursue internships with the Dayton Art Institute, the Contemporary Dayton and other local arts organizations. Our faculty work closely with students in securing internship opportunities at museums and galleries in Ohio and across the nation.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about art history? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-3237. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Dean's Summer Fellowship

Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

Celebration of the Arts

The Celebration of the Arts is held each spring in conjunction with the annual Stander Symposium.

Experiential Learning

Real-World Experience

Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


Department of Art and Design

Fitz Hall, Room 250
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923


student-to-faculty ratio for art and design majors