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Department of Art

Art, Art Education and Art History Courses


The Department of Art offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum in Studio Arts, Art History, and Art Education.

A graduate curriculum is also offered in Art Education.

Course Descriptions

  • Art (BA)
  • Art Education (BSED, MEd & M.A.T.)
  • Art History (BA)
  • Studio Art (BFA)

Selected Topics Courses

Check the upcoming academic schedules for Selected Topics Courses!

Visiting artists, scholars, and Department of Art faculty add value and depth to the curriculum through Selected Topics courses in Studio Art, Digital Arts and Design, and Art History. Some of these courses may be offered only once. New courses are continually being developed.

Recent Special Topics

  • Aesthetics of Japan
  • Ancient Maya Art and Architecture
  • Angels and Demons: Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy and Spain
  • Art and Activism
  • Artist's Books
  • The Art of Film
  • Contemporary African Art and the Art of the African Diaspora
  • Design and Marketing for Artists
  • Documentary Photography and Film
  • Expanded Media
  • Gallery Management & Curatorial Practices
  • The Graphic Novel
  • Japan: Art of Textiles
  • Material Studies
  • Mary Magdalene in Western Art and Culture
  • Memory & Mapping
  • Natural Illustration
  • Narrative Illustration in Japan
  • Photography in New York
  • Process and Invention
  • Realism to Impressionism
  • Scientific Illustration Callaway Gardens
  • Site Specific Sculpture

Study Art Abroad

Study AbroadIn keeping with CSU's emphasis on international study, the Department of Art offers courses and travel scholarships each year for students wishing to enrich their education with an international experience. Department of Art faculty members regularly offer summer experiences in Japan and Italy, and periodically offer courses in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. All courses are offered through the Center for International Education. Our department consistently ranks as one of CSU's highest in student participation in study-abroad programs.

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The Italy program offers students the opportunity to study art and art history in one of the most beloved and vibrant arts centers of the world, Florence. Students also travel to Venice for the Venice Biennale, one of the largest international art exhibitions. The biennale offers world class art set in the unforgettable “floating city.”


The Japan program offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and art. Students travel to Kyoto, the country's center of art and culture, as well as Tokyo, Japan's vibrant center of commerce. In Kiryu, students connect with our close friends in Columbus' sister city. Courses offered have included textiles, ceramics, and printmaking.