The Department of Art and Art History provides a comprehensive program that offers three undergraduate degrees (BFA Studio Art, BA Studio Art, and BA Art History) and provides General Education and required courses for other programs in the university. Students may also minor in Art or Art History by taking a minimum of 18 credits (6 courses) with at least 12 credits at the 200 level or above.
The department educates art and art history students in the understanding, production, and analysis of visual art and culture. The studio program teaches Art students to develop technical competence in a range of media, acquire appropriate verbal and literary proficiencies, foster professional attitudes and goals; and awaken their creative, conceptual and historical consciousness.
Art History students develop the skills to analyze and interpret works of art as expressions and products of social, cultural and historic conditions; to conduct research, and to write and speak effectively about art and architecture.
The Department of Art and Art History prepare students for diverse career opportunities and challenges in their respective fields through off-campus internships in digital media design, photography, advertising, television, film, museums, galleries, preservation and historical societies, and commercial companies. The Department also hosts visiting artists and art historians as well as trips to museums and galleries. In addition, the Fine Arts Center Galleries present exhibitions of contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, and other special events.
Art and Art History students enjoy small classes, field trips, internships, and opportunities to exhibit their work in the University Gallery and galleries in the region. Art students may also take advantage of exhibition opportunities online at the departments website.
Along with the online gallery space we offer portfolio development for alumni. The Fine Art Center Gallery displays several major exhibitions during the year and brings visiting artists to campus to discuss their work. The Italo Scanga Visiting Artist and Scholar Program through the Department of Art and Art History also invites nationally and internationally renown artists to URI each semester.