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Visual Arts

Flexible Opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts emphasizes a broad arts and sciences education with supportive studies in art, photography, design and art history. Students receive a breadth of exploration in their coursework.

  • 60%

    of coursework gives students the opportunity to minor or double major, developing interdisciplinary learning opportunities

  • 100%

    of students complete visual portfolios for graduation


    accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

A High-Quality Education

  • Horvath Student Juried Exhibition
  • Professional Experience
  • Annual New York City Trip
  • Every March we take the opportunity to recognize outstanding student achievement. Professional artists are invited to jury the show and select awardees.

    Visual arts majors are invited to share their work outside of the University and across the Dayton community through the department's Index Gallery, student run pop-up exhibitions and the annual regional student exhibition at the The Contemporary Dayton.

    Learn More

    Every year students travel to New York City to visit galleries and museums and to explore the work of professional artists.


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about visual art? 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