The Visual Arts department provides both disciplinary focus and an environment for interdisciplinary exploration, as well as access to the rich intellectual resources of a major research institution. This breadth enables students to graduate with the skills and thinking necessary for careers in today’s diverse and changing art world. BFA, BA, and MFA degrees in Visual Arts are offered with undergraduate concentrations in Design, Drawing, Media, Painting, Photography, Print, and Sculpture. Proximity to New York and Philadelphia gives students access to a faculty of renowned professional artists and designers, prestigious museums and galleries, visiting artists and critics, and profoundly affects the exchange of ideas within the Visual Arts department. Visual Arts graduates become professional artists and designers, and work in creative environments such as museums, galleries, schools, and universities and industries including film, television and advertising.
As one alum puts it: “everything you think you know is going to be tested and refuted.”
Professional designers come to campus to critique student work in the Visual Arts portfolio review process.
“I like the thought of throwing an idea out into a group of eager students and hashing through it every [few] weeks,” Kara Walker says. Walker has been named Tepper Chair of Visual Arts. Read more here.
The MFA program is named toArtinfo's "10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck"