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Department of Art

Department of Art

Located in state-of-the-art facilities in the historic riverfront area of the vibrant city of Columbus, the Department of Art offers rigorous programs of study that guide students toward becoming creative professionals in their field in Studio Art, Art Education, Graphic Design, Animation, or Art History. Students in Studio Art choose a focus in Book Arts and Printmaking, Ceramics, Narrative Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Sculpture and Expanded Media, Animation, or Graphic Design. Visiting artists and scholars are regularly in residence and lead workshops or teach courses in topics related to their artistic and scholarly work. Everything that is offered in the Department -- a rich selection of courses, exhibitions, in-depth critiques, workshops and lectures – is orchestrated to expose our gifted students to an incredibly rich array of different perspectives and creates an intense environment designed to foster future, successful careers for our graduates. The Department has earned full professional accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Register for CSU‘s Summer Arts Academy

Join us June 7-18 for our Summer Arts Academy, a two-week program of college-level art classes on CSU’s vibrant RiverPark campus. Hosted by CSU‘s Department of Arts and taught by outstanding creative professionals, our Summer Arts Academy offers young artists a hands-on college experience in a supportive, motivating atmosphere. Working closely with faculty mentors, students will be encouraged to challenge themselves as they investigate and experiment with a variety of materials, techniques, and concepts to produce their most creative work to date. Learn more or register today.

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Funding Future Artists

Friends of Art Funding Future Artist Benefit - April 22-24, 2021

Funding Future Artists is the scholarship fund established by the Friends of Art (FOA) at Columbus State University. Our inaugural benefit exhibition will feature 100 works of art donated by CSU community artists. Each $300 ticket grants the ticket holder one work of art. Our fundraising goal is to provide three full-tuition scholarships to talented students from across the globe!

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"I feel lucky to attend CSU and to be a part of the Art Department. The access to facilities is phenomenal and allows for further exploration of projects and associated materials. You can cultivate an experience that allows for the exploration of topics that you are interested in, in a medium you love."

- Ainsley Steeves

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"My experience with the Department of Art at CSU has been no less than amazing. While studying here, I have gained more knowledge, encouragement, and opportunities than imaginable. I have grown closer to my peers, my professors, and my love of art since being a part of this department."

- Cierra Fountain