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Art and Design

Commitment. Excellence. Creativity.

We provide strong training in the professional degree areas, including the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Design and Art Education. We also offer the Bachelor of Arts in Art History and the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts. Our primary purpose is to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in these disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the production of intensive studio-based arts research, on the development of critical evaluative skills, and the practice of excellent oral and written communication abilities.

Our students develop research in state-of-the art studios that include expansive technologies for graphic design, printmaking, ceramics, wood and metal installation work, painting, illustration, digital and darkroom photography. Most importantly, our faculty members are committed to offering individualized instruction, academic advising and professional mentoring. Devoted solely to undergraduate learning, we offer small faculty-to-student ratios (1:12) that ensure high-quality contact with instructors. Our instructors are leaders in their professional fields, all committed to excellence in research and in teaching.

The University of Dayton is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

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Faculty and Staff

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Research and Scholarship

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Our faculty are dedicated to mentoring students, preparing them for the job market. Students explore a range of vocations within corporate and non-profit organizations and are encouraged to undertake Internships with local arts organizations, design firms and professional groups. 

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Opportunities and Activities

Our students can take advantage of several curricular and extra-curricular activities which help enrich their learning and creativity in the visual arts.

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Student Resources
Find links to resources for current students.
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Contact Us

Please contact us for more information about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Academic Excellence

In this video, learn about arts degrees at the University of Dayton. Hear from students majoring in Music, Art and Design, and Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology.

Academic Excellence

In this video, learn about arts degrees at the University of Dayton. Hear from students majoring in Music, Art and Design, and Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology.

Fine and Performing Arts

Excellence in Artistic Scholarship

University of Dayton assistant professor of photography Glenna Jennings has been recognized with a Culture Works grant, Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juror's Choice Award. Department of Art and Design Chair Judith L. Huacuja said the honors signal Jennings’ “excellence in artistic scholarship.”

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Arts Immersion Experience

At the University of Dayton, the visual and performing arts link learning across disciplines for all first-year students. See some of the ways that learning is enhanced through the arts.

Common Academic Program (CAP)

Common Academic Program (CAP) courses offered by the Department of Art and Design feature an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning and creative research.

Where are they now?
See what our alumni are doing and where they are going.
Student Excellence

The Department of Art and Design recognizes the scholarly efforts of our majors as they work toward their goals.

Art and Design Scholarships

Four-year scholarships are awarded to first-year, full-time students in any Department of Art and Design program of study.