To be a successful artist or designer, you will need to be adaptive. You will need to be curious. You will need to write, research, explore and invent. For this reason, you will take courses in art and design history, writing, literature, philosophy, business, social science, physical science and math. These courses will unite thinking and making. Every aspect of Liberal Arts can be taken back to the studio.
Art & Design History
Makers need to learn about the context of making. Our art and design history courses move beyond the lecture format to integrate studio skills within a historical context. Our history curriculum situates student work among work from a long line of artists and designers, from the distant past to today. In this way, art and design history is about what students are making today, and what they will be making tomorrow.
Business, Math & Entrepreneurship
Our courses in finance, math, marketing, design management, and entrepreneurship help students develop an understanding of organizations and allow them to explore creative entrepreneurship. Students can also pursue a minor in Business. Through these courses students learn about quantitative reasoning and business concepts, and develop entrepreneurial skills to help artists and designers grow successfully in their creative careers.
Science & Social Science
From anatomy to anthropology and in our art therapy minor, science plays a key role in the practices and everyday lives of artists and designers. Our instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of a range of physical, psychological and social sciences—and lead your exploration of advanced topics that can further expand your critical and cultural awareness of this world and your role in it.
Writing, Literature & Philosophy
The Writing, Literature & Philosophy department offers courses in writing, and we feature minors in creative writing and copywriting. Our literature courses situate discussions in ethical contexts and help artists and designers think about storytelling. Our philosophy courses inspire students to ask questions. Poetry. Drama. Narrative. Communication. Thinking—about thinking. That is what we do.
For English Language Learners:
Our ESL instructors are dedicated to preparing English language learners to participate in the conversations and written communication of the studio classroom and creative workplace with an art- and design-focused language curriculum.