Art & Design

The Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta brings together three practices — Design Studies, Fine Arts, and the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture. A breadth and depth of teaching, research, and creative endeavour supports collaborations in design thinking, hands-on studio practice, and critical visual and historical analysis.


Design Studies

Our interdisciplinary and competitive Design Studies program offers areas of study in Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design.

Fine Arts

Our Fine Arts program provides a dynamic and collaborative environment offering studies in Drawing, Media Arts/Intermedia, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture

Our History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture program equips you to think creatively, read critically, and understand visual cultures and their histories.


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