Programs of Study

At CVAD, we seek to inspire the creative spirit; instill a love of learning and drive for excellence. We also nurture your natural gifts and talents into vital professional skills and share our enduring passion to challenge the “what is” with the “what if.”

The College of Visual Arts and Design is considered one of the best and most comprehensive visual arts schools in the nation. Our programs include a nationally ranked graduate fine arts program, a graphic design program ranked first in the Southwest and the state’s only Ph.D. in art education.

As one of the nation’s most comprehensive visual arts schools, CVAD offers 16 undergraduate and 13 graduate degree programs, a graduate certificate program and concentrations in areas ranging from Art History to Communication Design to Photography, including eight programs with minor fields of study. Through effective teaching, CVAD faculty help students achieve excellence in their individual, artistic, and career goals. After a recent building renovation and expansion, CVAD's new 238,000-square-foot complex sets a new standard for state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and scholarship in studio art, design, art education, art history and interdisciplinary art and design studies.

Here at CVAD, it is our mission to challenge students to complete difficult assignments, take ownership of what they create, and give back to their creative communities by producing and sharing their best work. Learning to think and work in these ways has also helped CVAD graduates secure and sustain careers in their respective disciplines for the past half-century, and continues through today.

B.A.: Bachelor of Art | B.F.A.: Bachelor of Fine Arts | GAC: Graduate Academic Certificate
M.A.: Master of Arts | M.F.A.: Master of Fine Art | Ph.D.: Doctor of Philosophy | : Entry Review Required

Non-degree-granting Programs

Foundations Program

Art Museum Education: Graduate Academic Certificate

Degree-granting Programs

Key: Name of the degree: name of the concentration in the degree, if applicable — degree levels available

Art Education — B.F.A. ▲ | M.A. | Ph.D.

Art History — B.A. | M.A.

Communication Design: Graphic Design — B.F.A.▲

Communication Design: User-Experience Design — B.F.A.▲

Design: Interaction Design — M.A.

Fashion Design — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Interior Design — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies — B.A.

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies,
Arts Management — B.A.

Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies,
Design Management — B.A.

 

Studio Art: Ceramics — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Studio Art: Drawing and Painting — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Studio Art: Metalsmithing and Jewelry — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Studio Art: New Media Art — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Studio Art: Photography — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Studio Art: Printmaking — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.

Studio Art: Sculpture — B.F.A.▲ | M.F.A.