Founded in the 1930's, Studio Art at Catholic University is a community of creative and critically engaged visual artists and designers. Our work lies at the intersection of making, seeing, and questioning.

Students have the opportunity to work intensively across a broad range of studio practices, within a R2 research university. Studio Art majors study with 21st century approaches to sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, animation, and graphic design, housed within three respective concentrations.

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Digital Art

Digital Art at Catholic University fuses the traditions of fine arts with new methods and practices offered by digital media through an interdisciplinary approach.

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Students majoring in Studio Art with a Painting Concentration are prepared for independent artistic practice or graduate school. Majors are provided with shared studio space, and are expected to develop a rigorous studio practice.

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From ceramics, to metal sculpture, to 3D printing, the Sculpture concentration provides students with a diverse studio and interdisciplinary environment.

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    Meet Our Alumni

    "The Art Department at Catholic gave me the practical skills and creative support I needed to successfully translate my love of art into a career in motion design." 

    —Selina Donahue (‘17 B.A. Studio Art)
    Motion Designer, Reingold Inc.

    Read what alumni have to say about the Department of Art