Welcome to the School of Art and Visual Studies

The mission of the School of Art and Visual Studies is to link the study of art and visual culture to the University’s broad undergraduate liberal arts tradition by providing world-class instruction in the history, theory, and practice of art. As a student here, you will receive opportunities for advanced study through undergraduate professional programs and graduate instruction. Your education at SA/VS will not only make you competitive in careers as a professional artist, educator, and scholar, but will also prepare you for challenges in fields outside the arts. Through our own research and creative endeavors we maintain SA/VS’ long and distinguished tradition of contributing to the cultural matrix of the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world. We serve the campus and wider community by bringing home professional exhibitions, and by sharing our own knowledge and experiences.

Explore Our Programs
Being an art educator is wonderful combination of personal creative practice and contributions to future generations. If you are excited about making art, then you can excite and encourage others to experiment and experience the joy of being an artist. 
Art History & Visual Studies (AVHS) majors are trained to develop astute observational tools that help them better analyze our image-rich world.
Where will creativity take you?
Why Limit Yourself?  When you pursue a Digital Media Design degree at U.K., you can shape your curriculum to suit your career goals!
The School of Art and Visual Studies offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education. We provide in-service training, professional development, and consultation services to the schools of Fayette County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.   
The Master of Arts in Art History & Visual Studies prepares students with the course work, language skills, and research experience needed for further graduate study or work in a museum or educational setting.
A studio art degree prepares you for the creative life you plan to live and opens the door to an inventive career full of exploration, critical thinking, and a practice based in hands-on making.
What is creative curation? The M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies prepares students for careers in that expanded field. As the first three-year hybrid M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies in the United States, this practice-based terminal degree uniquely equips graduates for positions in a wide variety of arts and cultural organizations, as well as teaching positions at the college level.
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Created 08/10/2021
Last Updated 03/20/2023