About the School of Art

The School of Art (SoA) is a comprehensive learning environment that promotes creative and innovative practice in the study of Art, Art History, and Design.

With nearly 900 undergraduate and graduate students, we are one of the largest majors in the University of Washington College of Arts & Sciences. Beyond the classrooms and studios, our students have ample opportunity to showcase their work and research in symposia and exhibitions, and they are consistently recognized for their many achievements. In 2012, one student was awarded the Dean’s Medal, two were honored with a Timeless Award, and 125 students were included on the Dean’s List of Scholars.

More than forty faculty educate students in the SoA, complemented by an array of visiting artists, scholars, and designers who provide new perspectives and energy to the School. The faculty are leaders in their respective fields and are actively engaged with their research at the local, national, and international level. An average of 200 students earn degrees from the SoA each year, and our alumni have made significant contributions in a wide range of careers.

The SoA has comprehensive facilities in three locations—Art Building, Sand Point, CMA/3D4M—that includes numerous classrooms, studios and fabrication shops, three galleries, the Art Library, multiple computer labs, and an in-house café that donates profits to scholarships.

Experiences outside the traditional classroom are also encouraged through internships, study abroad, and partnerships with the Henry Art Gallery and the Seattle Art Museum. Study abroad opportunities offered by the SoA include programs in Italy, Spain, Japan, England, and the Netherlands.


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