Mission Statement:  

The mission of the Washburn University Department of Art is to provide students with a strong foundation based on mastering basic concepts of art, design, art history and criticism, as well as learning the technical skills necessary to make art in a changing world.  Upon graduation, art students will understand the role of visual arts in expressing human emotions and needs in historical and contemporary life, as well as the power of artistic creation in its many forms.

Art majors at Washburn University, upon completion of their degree programs, are expected to:

  • Demonstrate Technical Proficiency in the skillful use of art media, tools, processes, and technology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to employ elements and principles of effective visual design to express content.
  • Demonstrate cultural understanding and global citizenship through the knowledge of historic and contemporary artistic creation of diverse peoples.
  • Use creative thinking as evidenced in the creation of original artworks or new interpretations of art’s meaning or role in society.
  • Use critical thinking to clarify problems, evaluate ideas and forms, compare multiple solutions to make informed judgments and express conclusions through speaking and writing effectively about art.

The Washburn University Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1994. Accreditation signifies that we meet national standards with regard to:

  • Faculty
  • Facilities
  • Curriculum
  • Technology

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