College of Arts and Sciences

Students within the Division of Art in the School of Art + Art History + Design develop technical proficiencies, engage in creative collaboration and advance their knowledge of visual literacy. Four curricular concentrations allow focus within a broad-based arts education and include:

  • Interdisciplinary Visual Arts (art history, ceramics, glass, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and photography)
  • Painting & Drawing
  • Photomedia (photography, video and related media)
  • Three-Dimensional Forum (ceramics, glass and sculpture)

Students are encouraged to work with faculty and art advisers to develop individual educational and career goals that take full advantage of options and opportunities afforded by this degree.


Major category: Minimum requirements

Curricular options: B.A. Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, B.A. Painting & Drawing, B.F.A. Painting & Drawing, B.F.A. Photomedia, B.F.A. Three-Dimensional Forum [Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture]

Topic: Arts

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes