Art is about experimenting with media, ideas, and experiences to produce new ways of reflecting upon the world around us. Our mission in the Department of Art and Design is to support the development of your practice by encouraging critical visual thinking as we help you gain proficiency in technical skills through creative research and process. Connecting to histories of art and cultures and cultivating connections to the creative communities that surround us will further enhance your development.
Develop the skills to become a professional artist.
The University of New Haven's Art program offers you professional art training within the context of a top-tier comprehensive university, enriched by the resources of a liberal arts education. The department places a particular emphasis on the history and context of art and design, weaving contemporary visual culture together with the world around us. You’ll develop your critical thinking skills early — in foundations classes that lend themselves to producing work that is both technically proficient and challenges conventional ideas of art. A low student-to-faculty ratio, paired with faculty mentorship, guidance, and independent study opportunities, promote an atmosphere of exploration, communication, and artistic growth.
Learn from accomplished artists.
Our faculty is accomplished, exhibiting and in collections both locally and internationally. With a broad expertise that includes drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and 3D animation, each instructor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the studio.
Draw inspiration from your surroundings.
New Haven offers a great selection of art galleries and museums as well as close proximity to New York and Boston, a context that allows further experiential education opportunities. Here on campus, the department's facilities are geared toward the 21st century, including computer labs and 3D printers, in addition to traditional workspaces for drawing, painting, and sculpture.