About the B.F.A. in Art, B.A. in Art,
and B.A. in Art History

  • Roma-StudentsPreparation for professional careers in graphic design, interior design, art therapy
  • Preparation for teaching
  • Preparation for graduate study
  • Specialty in Scientific Illustration
  • Traditional studio arts preparation
  • Internationally recognized Art Gallery plus experimental and white cube student galleries
  • Internships, fieldwork and other real-world experiential learning
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world

Arcadia’s nationally recognized program in Art and Design, in combination with a liberal arts environment, provides students with a unique atmosphere to grow creatively and intellectually. The Department believes that the art and imagery of the past and present together shape an individual’s self and cultural identity, and it educates students to become artists who will develop keen powers of observation, communication and inquiry, technical and formal excellence, and a creative spirit.


The Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Programs prepare students for professions in graphic design, interior design, scientific illustration, art therapy, art education and the traditional studio arts. The program also prepares students for graduate study. Numerous Macintosh and PC computers are available for desktop publishing, computer imaging and CAD. All Art and Design students are encouraged to become familiar with computer graphics, either through supplementary work or in workshops.

Field Trips and Internships

In addition to offering a wide range of academic and studio courses, the Art and Design Department schedules annual fieldtrips to area museums, including New York and Washington, D.C. Each trip relates exhibits to studio and historical concerns. Internships at museums and other businesses and organizations provide students with important professional experiences.

Scientific Illustration

The Scientific Illustration program combines study in Biology and Art and Design. Two emphases exist—Scientific Illustration and Pre-Medical Illustration. The former prepares students for careers in biological illustration, graphic design or laboratory research. The latter prepares students for graduate study in medical illustration.

Art Gallery

With a focus on traditional and contemporary art, the Arcadia University Art Gallery offers exhibits throughout the year, including works of faculty, alumni, students and nationally and internationally known guest artists. The Gallery serves as a recognized regional base of excellence in the visual arts for the general public and the entire University community.

Student Galleries

The Arcadia Commons Gallery is a student gallery supporting a variety of exhibitions including the juried student art exhibition, alumni exhibitions and student-curated exhibitions.

 The Tower Experimental Gallery is a round, raw space located in the clock tower of Murphy Hall. Installations that are site-specific or site-dominant and tailored for the Turret are strongly encouraged, due to the unique configuration of this gallery. The space is ideal of three-dimensional work, installation, and sound projects.

The Judith Taylor Student Gallery is a “white cube” space suited for student-curated group shows and class projects. Individual submissions by students will be considered. The gallery is named in honor of Judith Taylor, Professor of Photography from 1995 to 2010.


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