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Programs in Art

Explore contemporary art practices and legacies of the past to inspire vital new perspectives.

Empowering you to approach art from multiple perspectives and create work rooted in contemporary discourse, our expansive programs investigate the world of visual and art history while exploring concept development, technique, and innovative practices.

Our cross-disciplinary curriculum engages you in art history, digital art, graphic design, painting, photography, and printmaking, encouraging work in various media. Attracting an array of regional and national artists and scholars to campus, TU students can discuss, critique, and cultivate their work while building meaningful networks. We foster a collaborative, creative spirit amongst faculty and peers to help you realize your artistic vision.

12 Average Class Size

100% Success Rate For TU Art Majors

100% Success Rate For TU Art History Majors

$50K Annual Median Pay for Fine Artists

Professional Opportunities

Our dynamic curricular offerings place emphasis on theoretical grounding, deep inquiry, and self-expression. Via strong partnerships with local museums and galleries, students create advertising campaigns, participate in exhibitions, and pursue rewarding internships. Career opportunities for art graduates are found in exciting and creative areas such as education, arts and cultural institutions, public relations, and advertising. TU’s alumni employers include Nike, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Job opportunities for art graduates:

  • Graphic designer
  • Art director
  • Multimedia artist
  • Animator
  • Art gallery associate

Job opportunities for art history graduates:

  • Curator
  • Arts organizations manager
  • Arts education
  • Researcher
  • Public relations
  • Foreign affairs

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the school

    The School of Art, Design & Art History provides a stimulating and intimate environment for practicing, understanding, and advancing the visual arts.

    School of Art, Design & Art History