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 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 foundation 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.
Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.
Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.
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The course covers fundamental principles and elements of design in relation to line, color, composition, space, value, and visual observation, and how these relate to the fields of art and design in general. An emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary learning, collaborative projects, and incorporate historical, cultural, and global points of view.
A basic-foundation course which includes a disciplined study in the fundamentals of drawing such as nature studies, perspective, exercises in coordination of hand and eye.
The exploration of three-dimensional materials for maximum effectiveness in expressive design. Experimentation with clay, plaster, wood, stone, canvas, wire screening, metal, found objects. A basic understanding of major, fundamental methods: casting and carving.
This course is an introduction to photographic methods, form, and content, with an emphasis on the digital photographic process and the “darkroom” of Photoshop. Students will learn how to use the camera, Photoshop, and printers to create original artwork. Through the duration of this course, we will look at photography as a medium and critically examine this form of art and the implications of digital technologies that have emerged to affect the photographic image.
The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Art, check out the Academic Catalog:
National Association of Schools of Art & Design Accreditation
The University of New Haven has achieved the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) accreditation. This mark of excellence designates the University's B.A. in Art and B.F.A. programs in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interior Design as nationally accredited programs.
Founded in 1944, NASAD is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 360 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.Learn More
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Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.
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We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.