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Majors & Minors

Department of Art & Design

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) are recognized professional degrees in the arts. Departmental degree tracks include the BFA in Art Education, Graphic Design, Graphic Design/Marketing, and Studio Art. Studio Art emphases include: General Studio, Digital Art and Photography, Sculpture, and Ceramics, and Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. The BA Degree is offered in Art History. Art Department Minors include: Art, Art History, Arts in Media and Photography.


Undergraduates begin their study in courses that expand their understanding of visual forms and the creative process and develop important artistic and visual communication skills. Majors are offered in art education, art history, ceramics, and sculpture; digital art and photography; general studio; graphic design; and painting, drawing and printmaking. Department of Art and Design majors complete the UMD Liberal Education program, which helps students enhance communications skills, offers experience in various modes of inquiry and develops their skills as global citizens. Art and Design BFA students also complete selected departmental courses in areas outside their major. Study of the history of art is an integral core of all departmental majors, and interdisciplinary course offerings are available as well. Students in the department are assigned an academic advisor; together, they plan the student's program in preparation for program entry portfolio reviews, and monitor progress towards the degree.