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Art + Art History + Design

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206-543-0970
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The School of Art + Art History + Design engages and educates students in the essential and cutting edge issues of visual history and literacy, the creative process and visual communication, and innovative and socially responsible design. We work closely with leaders in the arts and business communities to ensure that our students understand the role that this education will play in their future success as professionals and global citizens.

 Undergraduate Programs


Art + Art History + Design

104 Art Building
206-543-0646
uaskart@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Major: Art


Program Overview

The Art Program offers undergraduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Visual Art, Painting & Drawing, Photomedia, 3D4M: Ceramics, Glass, and Sculpture. Our faculty are top educators in their fields as well as professional artists, scholars, and designers. They exhibit, publish, lecture nationally and internationally, and are active in many professional organizations. They frequently collaborate with arts organizations and businesses, forging strong community relationships with innovative outcomes. Students are recognized for their creative achievements and academic merit through many scholarships, awards, exhibitions, and public presentations. They graduate with the confidence and critical problem solving skills needed to participate in a wide range of personal, professional and creative pursuits.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art
Admission Requirements
  1. Minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA
  2. 5 credits college-level art with a minimum 2.5 grade
  3. Art does not accept postbaccalaureate applicants.

How to Declare a Major in Art

  1. Current UW Students/Freshmen: After completing any 100-or 200-level ART class in the School of Art, Art History, and Design, meet with an academic adviser (room 104 Art) to declare the major.
  2. Transfer Students: Complete any 5-credit introductory art class with a minimum 2.5 grade prior to transferring to UW. During initial orientation and advising appointment, meet with an academic adviser (room 104 Art) to declare the major.

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art


Credential Overview

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree may choose courses which progress through a structured curriculum in Painting + Drawing, or choose to gain skills in a variety of media (interdisciplinary Visual Arts), which can then be synthesized into a coherent approach to visual expression. Students develop a deep understanding of historical and contemporary issues related to artistic practice, art history and visual culture, while benefiting from broad study across diverse learning communities at the University of Washington. Bachelor of Arts students are prepared for a range of career paths in the creative arts through experiential learning.

Completion Requirements

70 credits

  1. Core courses (40 credits)
    1. 15 credits introductory art classes: ART 101, ART 140, ART 190, ART 191, ART 233, ART 240, ART 245, ART 246, ART 253, ART 260, ART 272, ART 280, ART 285, ART 290, ART 292
    2. 10 credits from ART 400, ART 440, ART 453, ART 494
    3. 15 credits art history to include one 300-level class from an approved list.
  2. Concentrations (tracks) (30 credits)
    1. Interdisciplinary Visual Art: 5-credit additional introductory ART class; 20 credits from ART 300, ART 301, ART 302, ART 303, ART 333, ART 345, ART 350, ART 353, ART 355, ART 360, ART 365, ART 372, ART 390, ART 392, ART 393, ART 395; 5 credits from the following: ART 400, ART 450, ART 453, ART 457, ART 458, ART 485, ART 490, ART 492, or ART 496
    2. Painting and Drawing: ART 290 or ART 292; ART 390, ART 392; ART 393; ART 490; ART 492 or ART 494
    3. Photomedia: ART 240, ART 300, ART 301, ART 302, ART 303, ART 440
    4. Three-Dimensional Forum: 5 credits additional introductory art classes; 20 credits from ART 333, ART 353, ART 372; and ART 453
  3. Minimum 35 credits taken in 300/400 level courses
  4. Minimum 40 credits of ART-prefixed courses taken in residence through the UW

 Program of Study: Major: Art History


Program Overview

Art History is the study of art and visual culture as instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression that operate in many arenas of history, tradition and the contemporary environment. The faculty in this department are engaged in the study of a broad geographical, temporal, and ethnic range of cultures, alert to the variety of ways in which visual artifacts are used to express and convey the diverse values of society.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History
Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen and transfer students may declare the major by meeting with an academic adviser (room 104 ART) on or after their orientation/registration date.

Currently enrolled University students must present a minimum 2.50 GPA and meet with an academic adviser (room 104 ART) any time during the quarter.

Art History does not accept postbaccalaureate applicants.

 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History


Credential Overview

Art History is the study of art and visual culture as instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression that operate in many arenas of history, tradition and the contemporary environment. The faculty in this department are engaged in the study of a broad geographical, temporal, and ethnic range of cultures, alert to the variety of ways in which visual artifacts are used to express and convey the diverse values of society.

Completion Requirements

60 credits

  1. 10 credits from ART H 200, ART H 201, ART H 202, ART H 203, ART H 204, ART H 206, ART H 209, ART H 212, ART H 214, ART H 220, ART H 233, ART H 270, ART H 272, ART H273, ART H 290
  2. 20 credits from ART H 309, ART H 310, ART H 311, ART H 312, ART H 314, ART H 333, ART H 361, ART H 373, ART H 380, ART H 381, ART H 390, ART H 391
  3. 20 credits from ART H 400, ART H 412, ART H 413, ART H 414, ART H 435, ART H 471, ART H 473, ART H 484, ART H 488, ART H 491, ART H 492, ART H 494
  4. 10 credits from ART H electives to include any ART H courses listed above or other courses with an ART H prefix (10 credits)

 Program of Study: Major: Design


Program Overview

The Division of Design educates and trains designers to create and develop concepts that optimize the function, value, and appearance of communications, products and systems for the benefit of both industry and society. Within the Division of Design, there are three majors: Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design.

This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Bachelor of Design degree with a major in Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Design degree with a major in Interaction Design
  • Bachelor of Design degree with a major in Visual Communication Design
Admission Requirements

3.00 minimum GPA

For currently enrolled students

Admission to Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design: DESIGN 166. Students receiving a minimum 3.7 grade in DESIGN 166 are admitted. Students below a minimum 3.7 grade may apply to the design program via the design workshop in June. For details on the design workshop, see department website.

For transfer students

Admission to Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and Visual Communication Design: DESIGN 166 (see admission requirements for currently enrolled students) or the equivalent of DESIGN 166 at their previous school. Students apply for admission to the UW, and attend the design workshop in June. Transfer students should meet with a School of Art adviser prior to applying to the UW to discuss the design workshop and selection process. See program guides at department website for specific information.

Admission Policy for Postbaccalaureate Applicants: Postbaccalaureate study in studio art is limited; admission requirements vary within each major. See information concerning specific postbaccalaureate admissions online at department website.

 Bachelor of Design degree with a major in Industrial Design


Credential Overview

The Industrial Design program at the University of Washington, one of several undergraduate programs in the School of Art, has evolved over the past forty years. It is a professional program aimed primarily at industrial design practice in the corporate and institutional innovation sector where new technologies lead to the development of new forms of products, processes, and service from a human-centered design perspective. The ID course of undergraduate study is an intensive program emphasizing the development of form that is derived from patterns of use, requirements for function, constraints imposed by industrial manufacturing and aesthetics driven by social context. Key aspects in this view on design are understanding the interactions between people and technology. Students are trained to identify design challenges and to envision promising strategies for design responses, communication, documentation, and organizational skills to conduct the design process from project brief to design implementation.

Completion Requirements

89-93 credits

  1. Successful completion of design admission selection process
  2. 76-78 credits from DESIGN 206, DESIGN 207, DESIGN 208, DESIGN 209, DESIGN 210, DESIGN 211, DESIGN 316, DESIGN 317, DESIGN 318, DESIGN 319, DESIGN 322, DESIGN 324, DESIGN 445, DESIGN 446, DESIGN 485, DESIGN 486
  3. 3-5 credits from DESIGN 325, DESIGN 326, DESIGN 373, DESIGN 374, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 400, DESIGN 467, DESIGN 483, DESIGN 488
  4. 10 credits of art history

 Bachelor of Design degree with a major in Interaction Design


Credential Overview

Interaction Designers define the structure and behavior of interactive products and services. Interaction Designers create compelling relationships between people and the interactive systems they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances; Interaction Designers lay the groundwork for intangible experiences. The need for interaction designers for the development of new interactive products, systems and services has increased exponentially in recent years in virtually all industries. Interactive systems are present in many areas in everyday life where people coordinate tasks and engage in activities in collaboration with others, facilitated through technology. Examples range from mobile phones to computer software, from GPS systems for cars or navigation in the open ocean, and information systems that support the work of expert practitioners in technology-driven domains such as aviation, medicine, and process control.

Completion Requirements

87-93 credits

  1. Successful completion of design admission selection process
  2. 61-63 credits from DESIGN 206, DESIGN 207, DESIGN 208, DESIGN 209, DESIGN 210, DESIGN 215, DESIGN 371, DESIGN 372, DESIGN 383, DESIGN 481, DESIGN 483, DESIGN 485, DESIGN 486
  3. 16-20 credits from DESIGN 325, DESIGN 326, DESIGN 373, DESIGN 374, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 400, DESIGN 467, DESIGN 488
  4. 10 credits of art history

 Bachelor of Design degree with a major in Visual Communication Design


Credential Overview

The Visual Communication Design program educates and trains designers for the communication needs of industry and society. Emphasis is placed on the conception, creation, planning and realization of visual solutions to complex problems in contemporary culture. Students integrate methodology, prototyping, aesthetics, human factors, technology, materials, context and audience to develop strategies and solutions that give form to print, screen and the built environment. Faculty emphasize the objectives of design rather than the process of production, and encourage innovative visual ideas that inform, interpret, instruct or persuade the intended user across the spectrum of application.

Completion Requirements

89-93 credits

  1. Successful completion of design admission selection process.
  2. 76-78 credits from DESIGN 207, DESIGN 208, DESIGN 209, DESIGN 210, DESIGN 214, DESIGN 368; DESIGN 369, DESIGN 370, DESIGN 371, DESIGN 372, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 466; DESIGN 478, DESIGN 485, DESIGN 486
  3. 3-5 credits from DESIGN 325, DESIGN 326, DESIGN 373, DESIGN 374, DESIGN 376, DESIGN 400, DESIGN 467, DESIGN 483, DESIGN 488
  4. 10 credits of art history

 Program of Study: Minor: Art History


Program Overview

Art History is the study of art and visual culture as instruments of knowledge and methods of human expression that operate in many arenas of history, tradition and the contemporary environment. The faculty in this department are engaged in the study of a broad geographical, temporal, and ethnic range of cultures, alert to the variety of ways in which visual artifacts are used to express and convey the diverse values of society.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Minor in Art History

 Minor in Art History


Completion Requirements

30 credits

  1. 30 credits of art history courses, of which 15 must be upper-division.
  2. Minimum 2.0 grade in each course applied to the minor.
  3. Minimum 15 credits completed through the UW.
Additional Information

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes:
    • Practiced problem-finding and problem-solving skills
    • Expertise in visual literacy
    • Polished presentation and communication skills
    • Collaboration and leadership experience
    • Research methods and ability to complete resulting projects
    • Motivated for and by critical feedback
    • Ability to network, create, and engage in community
  • Study Abroad: Refer to department website for more information.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Refer to department website for more information.
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). Available for Art History and for the Bachelor of Arts in Art.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Refer to department website for more information.
  • Department Scholarships: Refer to department website for more information.

 Graduate Programs


Art + Art History + Design

gradart@uw.edu

 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Art History)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Art History)
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Art History: Textual Studies)
Admission Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Art History)


Completion Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Art History: Textual Studies)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Arts (Art History)


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Arts (Art History)
  • Master Of Arts (Art History) (non-thesis)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Arts (Art History)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Arts (Art History) (non-thesis)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Design


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Design
  • Master Of Design (Industrial Design)
  • Master Of Design (Interaction Design)
  • Master Of Design (Visual Communication Design)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Design


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Design (Industrial Design)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Design (Interaction Design)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Design (Visual Communication Design)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Fine Arts


This program of study leads to the following credentials:
  • Master Of Fine Arts
  • Master Of Fine Arts (Painting And Drawing)
  • Master Of Fine Arts (Photomedia)
  • Master Of Fine Arts (Three Dimensional Forum)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Fine Arts


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Fine Arts (Painting And Drawing)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Fine Arts (Photomedia)


Completion Requirements

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 Master Of Fine Arts (Three Dimensional Forum)


Completion Requirements

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