All our programs serve a fundamental tenet of Jesuit education: that the arts function as a powerful means for the communication of human and spiritual values, the development of the whole person, and the promotion of human dignity.
Students will gain a solid historical foundation from the inception of pre-historical art, to the most recent historical contextualizations of contemporary art, with a wide knowledge of the cultural diversity of art movements and their associated critical theories, both locally and globally.
Students will gain a solid foundation in the technical skills and conceptual skills involved in the production of visual artwork while being nurtured in a creative environment that encourages experimentation. Instruction in a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, as well as time-based art will teach students how to use these skills to find their own individual artistic voices.
Students will be experienced in evaluating the success and professional quality of their own artwork and the artwork of their peers, through the regular classroom process of rigorous, yet supportive, group and individual critiques.
Students will graduate with a deep appreciation and knowledge of how to use their skills as visual artists to help to create social change and to help transform the world. Visual Art students will graduate with solid connection to, and working relationships with, local, national and international community-based organizations, educational institutions, art galleries and art museums; paving their paths for continued and future associations with the world beyond USF as graduate students, artists and as citizens.