The Art and Design Department is located in a state-of-the-art center for the studio arts. Our facilities include large spacious studios, computer and technology labs, for art education, art history, ceramics, digital fine art, drawing, graphic design, painting, and sculpture. The sculpture and ceramics facilities also include tremendous roofed outdoor work areas devoted to innovative firing, welding, casting, and carving techniques. The Kauffman Gallery presents a diversity of artists with nine major visual art exhibits annually. Ship art faculty and students exhibit their work along with nationally and regionally recognized artists.
Our students may also elect to study at the Art Institute (Ai), with eight locations nationwide, or attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York during their junior-year. By choosing to spend your junior year at one of these institutes, you can concentrate on:
- Visual communication
- Computer animation/multimedia
- Interior design
- Graphic design
- Industrial design
- Fashion design
- Advertising design
- Textiles/surface design
- Accessories design
Art majors have the opportunity to visit art museums and art galleries in New York City and Washington, D.C., on a regular basis. The art faculty also offers study abroad courses. These include a yearly trip to a major European city during Spring Break.
We furnish and maintain our Art studios for undergraduate degree students with the finest equipment and tools. Class sizes are small, which translates into more individualized instruction. Our low student to faculty ratio also means we can provide a student-focused curriculum unlike bigger PA art undergraduate programs. This can lead to greater educational and artistic opportunities.