The Department of Art consists of four integrated academic areas: studio art, graphic design, art education, and art history. Introductory courses in design, drawing, and art history prepare students for entry into their chosen area of study within the art and art education programs. All art courses are designed to help students develop technical and conceptual skills, establish a foundation for critical thinking, and fulfill their creative potential. In order to enhance their understanding of the visual arts, all art students complete a sequence of art history courses. An internship program offers junior and senior art students the opportunity to work in professional settings at design studios, museums, and galleries. Ultimately, the goal of the art program is to prepare each student to become a contributing member of the art profession, the community, and society as a whole.
The art and art education programs serve to help students define their own artistic goals and inform them of career fields or graduate study. Upon completion of their studies at USI, many art majors have been accepted into graduate programs at prestigious institutions throughout the country. The art faculty takes pride in the accomplishments of its graduates who have achieved success as graphic designers, artists, elementary to university-level teachers, museum and gallery personnel, and art historians.