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About the Program

Art & art history students explore art and architecture through creative studio practice and historical inquiry. You will develop visual literacy, critical thinking, aesthetic judgment and a range of practical skills. You will also develop sophisticated communication and technical abilities that allow you to understand and respond both critically and productively to our world's visual culture. Majors choose to focus their studies on studio art or art history.

Focus Your Studies with Tracks

Major in Art History Tracks
Critical Curatorial Studies
Built Environment Studies

Major in Studio Art Tracks
2D — Drawing, Painting, Printmaking and Photography
3D — Architecture, Ceramics and Sculpture

Minor Tracks
Studio Art
Art History
Art & Art History

What Makes Us Different

  • Renowned Faculty

    Work closely with faculty who exhibit, publish and lecture all over the world.

  • Student Exhibitions

    Have your creative artwork and original scholarship featured in the Senior Art History Colloquium and Student Art Exhibition.

  • Endowed Lecture Series

    Hear from the distinguished artists and scholars W&M brings to campus. Previous lecturers include Sam Chung, Lisa Elmaleh and Eugene Wang.

  • Professional Experience

    Gain hands-on professional experience and curate shows on campus and in the community.

Applied Learning



The flexibility of the art & art history program allows students to pursue a wide range of careers in art, architecture, art history, museums, conservation/preservation, teaching and applied arts in business. Some art & art history alumni have also put their skills to work in fields such as medicine or urban planning. Check out alumni updates to see the breadth of careers W&M alumni have established.

Alumni Spotlight

Zoë Powell '16 majored in studio art. She is a studio ceramist at Studio Alluvium, a gallery and native clay production studio she co-founded with her partner Mitch Iburg in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zoë was featured in Them Magazine (October 5, 2022) and in other publications.

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Department of Art & Art History

Andrews Hall Room 208

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.