The future of Art and Design
The Department of Art and Design offers cutting-edge programs preparing students for
the creative paths of tomorrow. Our students work with a variety of media as they
build robust interdisciplinary competencies essential for today’s creative economy.
Department courses include filmmaking, animation, theatre, digital and visual storytelling,
printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture.
We invite you to join our student body, learn through high-impact, hands-on experiences,
and become part of a growing arts community.
Art & Design
Mission & Values
The Department of Art and Design provides integrative instruction in creative disciplines
through hands-on approaches to skill development, research, readings, exhibitions,
and screenings. Entry-level courses introduce traditional methods and emerging technologies
following current methodologies for the inclusion of interdisciplinary coursework
and diverse programs. These courses serve as a foundation for the advancement and
development of innovative visual art practice and creative problem-solving in fine
arts, graphic design, animation, and digital storytelling.
The Department of Art and Design aspires to increase students to 500 and act as a
leading regional art and design program that places a greater emphasis on research,
scholarship and creative activities (RSCA), technology and collaboration. Our integrated
Foundations curriculum meets the needs of an evolving contemporary society. It provides
students with the tools necessary for innovation in Fine Arts, Design, Animation,
and Digital and Visual Storytelling, providing students with a visual language to
Visiting Artist Profile
Contemporary artist Shanequa Gay’s collaboration with gallery director Shannon Morris
is currently on display in the Mary S. Byrd Gallery. Learn more how Shanequa Gay and others discuss the artist's work and the social
issues she reflects.
Our News & Events
When Hailey Dowdy initially enrolled in Augusta University, she was a biology major with a minor in art. But a chance encounter with A.B. Osborne, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design, opened her eyes to a career in animation.
Alumna, artist, graphic designer and communication specialist for Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Morgan Hayes was selected as the Healing Arts Gallery's February Artist of the Month for her series called “Joy” which captures the essence of the Black experience.
World-renowned trombonist and director of jazz studies at Augusta University Wycliffe Gordon will present "AU Jazz and Friends: Smokestack Lightning" to celebrate America’s love of barbecue.
Augusta University art professor and sculptor Brian Rust will have his artwork featured in the inaugural solo exhibition of a downtown art gallery.
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