Academics

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Academics

We believe that research, creative practice, and teaching are intrinsically linked. Our commitment to artmaking and design as an ongoing practice is central to all levels of our teaching, from the introduction of a nonmajor through the graduate program. Students have the opportunity to work with talented faculty members on projects and gain skills and insights on all aspects of design The academic and creative knowledge generated by the School of Art + Design is disseminated in a rich variety of forms including books, articles, and exhibitions.

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Undergraduate Programs in the School of Art + Design

The School of Art + Design offers a range of undergraduate degree options within the Department of Art and the Department of Product Design.

Students can pursue bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) degrees. Both allow serious study in the discipline and encourage liberal arts breadth and interdisciplinary connections. The BA and BS programs, distinguished by the choice of language or math/computer science requirements respectively, are often the best path for students interested in double majoring.

The bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree is a studio intensive, professional major, requiring a larger proportion of studio courses within the program. The BFA in Art offers concentrations in ceramics, painting and drawing, sculpture, fibers, printmaking, photography, jewelry and metalsmithing. Admission to the BFA program is highly selective.

Minors are an opportunity to study art in a more limited way, secondary to one’s major study area.

 

Graduate Programs in the School of Art + Design

There are two graduate degree programs within the School of Art + Design.

The master of fine arts in the Art Department is a three-year interdisciplinary program focused on rigorous studio investigation, critical discourse, and conceptual development.

A two-year program based in Portland, the master of science in Sports Product Design in the Department of Product Design is an interdisciplinary program focusing on innovation methods, design for the athlete, product sustainability, and sports product marketing and branding.

Art and Design Academic Residential Community
Art + Design Residential Community

This community is open to students interested in making art, viewing art, or creating original, inventive designs.

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Explore Art + Design Courses for Nonmajors

Try out some courses open to all UO students to help you decide whether a major in the School of Art + Design is right for you.

 


 

The Student Experience

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Brittany Lang (BS ’16, product design), Associate Professor Susan Sokolowski, and product design student Austin Christianson discuss materials for a design.

The School of Art + Design is a robust creative community offering an innovative curriculum. We are committed to excellence, open inquiry, and the substantial contributions and potential of creative practice. Situated within the unique environment of the Pacific Northwest, the School of Art + Design values individuality, interdisciplinarity, and the power and specificity of place.

 

Enrich Your Academic Experience

Engaged Faculty

The School of Art + Design is distinguished by the compelling work of our faculty and their contributions to new ideas and practices in their respective fields. Some of our work focuses on solving problems and other work generates questions and experiences. The Art + Design faculty are exhibiting, installing, doing residencies and commissions, securing grants and awards, lecturing and publishing across the nation and internationally.

 

Faculty Research

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Studio Learning

Design thinking is a fundamental element in the creative process and studio instruction provides students with opportunities to develop this skill. A studio is a unique classroom experience where designers and artists can work with materials and tools to solve design problems in a workshop environment.

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Brittany Lang (BS ’16, product design), Associate Professor Susan Sokolowski, and product design student Austin Christianson discuss materials for a design.

 


 

Career Services

We provide the skills and mentorship needed for our students to tackle complex global challenges and positively affect the people, communities, and environments around them. Our Student Services Hub provides a robust set of tools and trainings to empower our students to take strategic steps toward their professional careers.

Student Services Hub