Quad entrance to Art Building; used on About page
About the School

Welcome to the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design.

Uniquely poised on the Pacific Rim in vibrant and beautiful Seattle, the school is a cultural cornerstone at one of the world’s leading public research universities. Our distinguished international faculty are actively engaged in innovative research and inspired teaching. Their work is complemented by an array of visiting artists, scholars, and designers who provide additional perspectives for students.

We have seven hundred majors pursuing degrees from the bachelor’s to doctoral level with another 10,000 students from across campus enrolled in our classes. Housed in three buildings, the school boasts four galleries, supports ambitious visiting lecturer and artist programs, and enjoys active engagement with members of the university community like the Burke Museum, the premier museum of natural and cultural history in the Pacific Northwest, and the Henry Art Gallery, the region’s leading museum for contemporary art.

Our students are inspired to learn through rigorous curriculum, enriching study abroad programs, and prestigious internships. They have won Dean’s Medals, International Sculpture Center awards, the amazing Bonderman Travel Fellowship, and Fulbright grants. We also take great pride in our alumni and their ability to strengthen and advance the future of art, art history and design, as well as the many ways they contribute to society at large.

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art


Complete information is available by following the Advising link in the bar above.

Division of Art

Interdisciplinary Visual Arts – BA
Painting + Drawing – BFA, MFA
Photomedia – BFA, MFA
3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture – BFA, MFA

Division of Art History

BA (major or minor)
MA (thesis or non-thesis tracks)

Division of Design

Industrial Design – BDes, MDes
Visual Communication Design – BDes, MDes
Interaction Design – BDes, MDes