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

 

Art and Design Academic Residential Community
Art + Design Residential Community

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

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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 Department of Art 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.

Explore Art + Design Courses for Nonmajors

Nearly one third of incoming UO students are undecided about a major, so you are not alone if you're still exploring the many possibilities. Check 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.

 

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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.

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