The Department of Art offers a dynamic and challenging learning environment that emphasizes interdisciplinary research as well as artistic production. We are committed to investigating contemporary and historical approaches to cultural expression in a continually changing world.
Our renowned faculty is deeply committed to both teaching and creative research. We attract students who are self-motivated, visually and conceptually inventive, and interested in being part of an outstanding community of artists within a world-class research institution. At UCSB, emerging artists develop the means to express themselves and practice the critical thinking essential to their future roles within society. Faculty, students, and alumni actively participate in local, national, and international exhibitions, symposia, and conferences.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum benefits from close association with the Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program, the College of Creative Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Please visit our links for updates to the Art Colloquium speaker series and exhibitions, both of which open to the public.