Department of Art

Educating socially conscious artists, designers and scholars to verbally and visually articulate their ideas in a technologically-driven world.

The Department of Art offers exemplary instruction in the practice, history, and criticism of the visual arts and design. We develop skilled and knowledgeable graduates who are prepared to compete for professional positions and engage in entrepreneurial endeavors as artists, designers, fashion merchandisers, interior designers, and art historians. We have a unique advantage and responsibility to reflect, affirm, and perpetuate the visual expression of the African American and African Diaspora experience.

Billie Carter-Rankin


My experience in Howard taught me early on how to think critically about the work I create. I was able to explore and experiment with my work and was continually encouraged throughout my process of making.”



The Department of Art offers the following majors for undergraduate students:

  • Ceramics
  • Electronic Studio
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Please visit the Department of Art's Undergraduate Programs page for more information.


The Department of Art offers a Master of Fine Arts program for graduate students; this is a professional program in Studio Art. Please see the Department of Art's Graduate Programs page for more information.


Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

The Department of Art offers numerous opportunities with museums and galleries, including but not limited to:


52 Annual Faculty Exhibition

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Past Exhibitions

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