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College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Art History Department

The Art & Art History Department offers an array of educational experiences for visual artists and art historians. The department features dynamic programs in art history, studio art, digital art and design, and photography. Coursework is taught by a talented and dedicated group of faculty who maintain an active exhibition and publication record with a national reputation. Our students have opportunities to work with guest artists and visiting scholars as well as participate in a lively exhibition series in three on-campus galleries.

Degrees offered:
Art History: BA, minor
Digital Design: BA
Photography: BFA
Studio Art: minor
Visual Art: BA
Interdisciplinary Arts: Visual Art emphasis (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts: Photography emphasis (BA)

News and Events

Zachary Burns (BFA photo '13) received 2016 GAP funding for Candid, a series of images taken from the point of view of the cans that he has collected. find out more here.

Meet Seattle University Visual Artist in Residence Dawn Cerny here.

McMillen Assistantships Support Student Artists: Designed for student artists majoring in digital design, photography, and studio art, the Robert B. McMillen Foundation grant supports paid assistantships for students to work with professional artists. Read the article and watch the video here.

Student Profile: Heidi Franz '17, participated in her first bicycle race while studying abroad in Austria. A year later she received the women's overall national title in cycling for Division 2 schools. Although she enjoys bicycling and competing, Heidi Franz is focused on her documentary photography. Read the article here.

Alumni Profile: Lindsey Wasson '13, Staff Photographer, Seattle Times. Read the article here.

Professor Naomi Kasumi discusses her art installation at Soji-ji Temple. Read the article and watch the video here.