The Department of Art offers a Bachelors of Art degree with courses in the areas of painting, sculpture, digital media, printmaking, video, art theory, photography, and graphic design. Students enter the program with an intensive foundations program which focuses on the fundamentals of composition in both two and thee-dimensional applications. Upon completing the foundations courses, students are encouraged to experiment and expose themselves to all of the various media offered by the department. Students are expected to develop a strong artistic voice based upon an understanding of contemporary art-critical practices as well as an in-depth understanding of the technical skills needed to create compelling contemporary art.
In addition, there are numerous opportunities for students in the program to extend their involvement in the major and in the arts. Internship programs are available, as well as opportunities to work in the Herman Maril Gallery, the department's student-run gallery. These students have the opportunity to organize and curate exhibitions of the work of other students in the department.
The Department of Art Honors Program is offered to a select number of upper-level undergraduate Studio Art majors. This competitive program allows students the chance to work in private studios, partake in the Honors Seminar and participate in the Honors Thesis Exhibition during their senior year.
Numerous awards and fellowships are available for students in the major as well. These awards range from the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship, which awards full in-state tuition for one academic year, to the John Dorsey Prize for Outstanding Curatorial Practice, which awards the winner with a budget to be used for the curation, promotion and exhibition of a dedicated show in the Herman Maril Gallery.
Areas of Concentration
For an outline of major requirements click here.
For a current list of courses offered on a semester-by-semester basis, visit: testudo.umd.edu
The Honors Program
For information on the Department of Art Honors program, inluding application form, click here
Awards and Fellowships
For a list of all awards and fellowships offered to undergraduate art majors, click here.