The mission of the Art Department is to encourage the development of our students as artists, designers, scholars, and leaders capable of excelling in a complex, rapidly changing society. The faculty of the Art Department, in support of the Urban Mission of the University, is committed to facilitating the outstanding achievement of every student in our program, to help each realize their goals, and to aid them in their development. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of the multiplicity of roles for the creative person in a contemporary urban society. Our program is dedicated to taking advantage of the cultural diversity of the greater metropolitan area. We recognize and stress the importance of balancing history and tradition with contemporary aesthetic ideas, skills, techniques and technologies.
To graduate skillful artists, designers, and scholars prepared and able to create meaningful, effective research and artwork in their field of study.To graduate artists, designers, and scholars who demonstrate knowledge and intellectual understanding of global artistic and cultural achievements in the liberal arts and the visual arts.To graduate citizens who are critical thinkers, reflective and engaged about the meaning of art in their life, their work, and their community throughout their lives.