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The School of Art + Art History + Design engages and educates students in the essential and cutting edge issues of visual history and literacy, the creative process and visual communication, and innovative and socially responsible design. We work closely with leaders in the arts and business communities to ensure that our students understand the role that this education will play in their future success as professionals and global citizens.

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The School’s annual Critical Issues lecture series brings a dynamic roster of renowned visitors to campus who inform and engage students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. This is supplemented throughout the academic year with presentations by guest artists, scholars, and designers. We also offer more intimate intellectual exchanges through programs such as the Art History Colloquia Series, intended for an in-house audience.

With a mission focused on education, social justice, and experimentation, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery serves as an inspiring space for exhibitions; a vital center for dialog about art, art history, and design; and a critical resource for students, faculty, and the public. The Gallery has an ambitious program of exhibitions, lectures, performances, screenings, and workshops.

The annual Design Career Fair connects representatives from a variety of design firms with current students and alumni. The companies enthusiastically recruit from this pool of candidates because they value the education our students receive, with an emphasis on visual form-making, critical thinking, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The Student Voice Project (SVP) supports programing to help undergraduates recognize that the dynamic learning offered in the School leads to limitless potential to find jobs and build careers. SVP offers proactive workshops, events, and opportunities that prepare students to move from the classroom into their future.

The generosity of private donors and corporate sponsors continues to provide art, art history, and design students with yearly scholarships and awards. In 2018, sixty-five students received $500,000 in support, including more than a dozen new graduate students who received recruitment packages.



The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, art history, and design. Our faculty members are top educators in their fields as well as nationally and internationally recognized professional artists, scholars, and designers. Our faculty exhibit, publish, and lecture on a global stage and are active in a wide variety of professional organizations. They frequently collaborate with arts organizations, institutions, and businesses, forging strong community relationships resulting in innovative outcomes and enriching, unique opportunities for our students.

Our students come to the School from diverse backgrounds and all share a passion for experiential learning through the study and practice of the visual arts, art history, and design. They come together in our classrooms and studios to participate and learn through research, experimentation, creative thinking, and critical dialog. Classes support stimulating collaborations with peers and close mentoring relationships with faculty.

Students are recognized for their creative achievements and academic merit through many scholarships, awards, exhibitions, and public presentations. They graduate with a collaborative mind set, confidence, and the critical problem-solving skills needed to participate in a wide range of personal, professional, and creative pursuits.


  • 575 Undergraduate majors
  • 16 Master of Fine Arts students
  • 17 Master of Design students
  • 15 Master of Arts students (Art History)
  • 8 PhD students (Art History)

*Autumn 2018

Degrees Awarded*

  • 200 Bachelor of Arts/Fine Arts
  • 60 Bachelor of Design
  • 9 Master of Fine Arts
  • 4 Master of Design
  • 3 Master of Arts/PhD degrees

*July 2017-June 2018


  • 3 buildings with extensive studio, classroom, and seminar space
  • 1 art library
  • 4 galleries dedicated to showing student work
  • 2 atate-of-the-art computer labs
  • 1 museum-quality printing/plotting center
  • 1 digital equipment checkout service
  • 2 woodshops
  • 1 foundry
  • 1 glass studio
  • 1 coffee shop/gallery



  • 12 Professors
  • 12 Associate Professors
  • 7 Assistant Professors
  • 4 Lecturers/Artists in Residence
  • 30 Emeritus Faculty
  • 28 Affiliate/Adjunct Faculty

*Since Autumn 2018

Recent Awards for Faculty + Students

  • Research grants from Boeing, Amazon, Google, and Mozilla
  • Neddy Artist Award
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
  • Royalty Research Fund Scholar Awards
  • Andrew W. Mellon Professorship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
  • Museum of Northwest Art Luminaries Artist Award
  • Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Ford Foundation
  • Society for Experiential Graphic Design Educator Award + Global Design Awards
  • New Directions Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal
  • GRAY Award for student design
  • Rometti Prize for ceramic design

Faculty Endowments

  • Allan and Mary Kollar Endowed Chair in American Art
  • Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair in Glass
  • Hermine Pruzan Endowed Faculty Fellow
  • Jack and Grace Pruzan Endowed Faculty Fellow
  • Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art
  • Donald E. Petersen Professor in the Arts
  • Donald E. Petersen Endowed Faculty Fellow
  • Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Professor in the Arts
  • Mary and Cheney Cowles Endowed Professor
  • Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed University Professor


Arts Community + Business Partnerships

Through the School’s Student Voice Project, students participate in career fairs, alumni meet-ups, networking, internships, volunteer opportunities, and research projects that help them link their learning at the UW with their professional goals. Presently our students are working with career professionals at Adobe, Digital Kitchen, Fluke, Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Intel, Getty Images, Facebook, the Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, the Frye Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, the Burke Museum, Nordstrom, Starbucks, IKEA, Anthropologie, Crate and Barrel, to name a few.

Our alumni pursue a wide range of careers as practicing artists, designers, academics, and business owners; art directors; fashion, interior, graphic, interaction, and product designers; arts administration professionals; museum and gallery owners, curators; art appraisers; managers in non-profit organizations; art educators; film and digital animation specialists; art conservators; and public relations, advertising, marketing, retail, and merchandizing professionals.


Global Learning

The School participates in and contributes to art, art history, and design communities through faculty and student exchanges, research, study abroad opportunities, exhibitions, and conferences throughout the world. Our faculty-led study abroad programs and exploration seminars provide students with a global learning experience in Italy, London/Paris, and the Netherlands/Belgium, while allowing them to receive credits toward their UW degree.



School of Art + Art History + Design
Box 353440
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-0646


Fact sheet last updated: December 2018