What will I learn?

The School of Art serves a dual role within the University of Washington — both a professional school and an academic department. As a professional school it trains students for active careers in the visual arts; as a school of the College of Arts and Sciences it offers studio and lecture courses. All course offerings and curriculum requirements are based on the underlying philosophy that an awareness and understanding of the visual arts are necessary to a liberal education, and that a liberal education is necessary to the training of a professional artist.

Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Practiced problem-finding and problem-solving skills; Expertise in visual literacy; Polished presentation and communication skills; Collaboration and leadership experience; Research methods and ability to complete resulting projects; Motivated for and by critical feedback; Ability to network, create, and engage in community.

Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in interdisciplinary visual art, painting and drawing, photomedia, and three-dimensional forum

Major Requirements

Core courses (40 credits)

15 credits introductory art classes: ART 101, ART 140, ART 190, ART 191, ART 233, ART 240, ART 245, ART 246, ART 253, ART 260, ART 272, ART 290, ART 292

10 credits from ART 400, ART 440, ART 453, ART 494

15 credits art history to include one 300-level class from an approved list.

Concentrations (tracks) (30 credits)

Interdisciplinary Visual Art: 5-credit additional introductory ART class; 20 credits from ART 333, ART 345, ART 350, ART 353, ART 355, ART 360, ART 365, ART 372, ART 390, ART 392, ART 393, ART 395; 5 credits from the following: ART 400, ART 450, ART 453, ART 457, ART 458, ART 490, ART 492, or ART 496

Painting and Drawing: ART 290 or ART 292; ART 390, ART 392; ART 393; ART 490; ART 492

Photo media: ART 241; ART 242; 15 credits of ART 340; either ART 400 or ART 440

Three-Dimensional Forum: 10 credits additional introductory art classes; 20 credits from ART 333, ART 353, ART 372

Minimum 35 credits taken in 300/400 level courses

Minimum 40 credits of ART-prefixed courses taken in residence through the UW

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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