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The College of Art offers rigorous graduate and undergraduate programs in art and design while drawing from the resources of a top-tier research institution.

You’ll work closely with our distinguished faculty, utilizing expansive studios and spaces for making.

Our Programs

Undergraduate Art & Design

  • BFA in Studio Art
  • BFA in Communication Design
  • BFA in Fashion Design
  • BA in Studio Art
  • BA in Design

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art

  • MFA-VA | 2 years, 4 semesters + summer
Second Majors

Undergraduates from any school at WashU can add a second major in studio art or design to their existing degree path

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We offer eight minors across art, architecture, and design, open to all undergraduate WashU students.

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Our Work

Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for their diverse practices. Their work and research engage complex territories on the environment, race, politics, material culture, feminism, science, critical theory, digital technologies, and the human condition. They are also dedicated educators who work closely with students to enhance their skills and help them define their own practice.

Thanks to their expertise, students can choose to focus their studies across a range of disciplines:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • printmaking
  • photography
  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • interaction design
  • fashion design
  • time-based media

Our Community

Academics and studios are only half of the picture.

The Sam Fox School is a vibrant community of people interested in each other and the world around us. Our students are actively engaged on campus while exploring all that St. Louis has to offer — from major art museums, renowned parks, and National Historic Landmarks, to major league sports and a vibrant restaurant scene.

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All degree programs, majors, and minors in the College of Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The College passed its most recent accreditation review in May 2023. The next review is scheduled in Academic Year 2030-31.