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Department of Art

Painting by professor Carol Bird Ravenal

The Department of Art at American University encompasses the creative activities of the fine arts, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and multimedia; the artistic applications of design; and theoretical and historical concerns of art history. We offer degree programs in art history, graphic design, and studio art, as well as a an array of elective courses.


We provide students with the tools to understand the historical and contemporary criteria for the making of art works; foster rigorous and unique investigation; promote an environment of enthusiasm, dedication, and intensive effort; and prepare students for careers in the arts.


A mixed media work depicting a woman with clasped hands by artist Zena Assi.

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Ric Garcia, Los Santos, 2012.

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