The Art Department at Catholic University offers students a multi-dimensional education in the visual arts.

Our​ B.A. in Art ​and Design begins with a curriculum that is rooted in design and drawing fundamentals in addition to a robust art historical foundation. Students learn professional practices and critical thinking in a way that allows creativity to thrive. After a core groundwork, Studio Art majors select elective courses to hone in on a chosen concentration: Painting, Sculpture, or Digital Art. The ​B.A. in Art History​ focuses on excellence in research and writing, and real-world experience in area museums and galleries.

The Art Department at Catholic University was notable for its role in the development of the influential Washington Color School of painting, where luminaries such as Kenneth Noland once taught here. Notable alumni include sculptor and MacArthur Fellow Martin Puryear. Art majors take full advantage of our D.C. location through internships and field trips. Recent majors have had their work exhibited in local venues while still in the program. Several recent majors have had their thesis work recognized in The Washington Post.

Students interested in applying should also consider ​The Karen Laub-Novak Art and Faith Scholarship​. Each year, up to two accepted students who demonstrate exceptional creative talent in any art mediums, will be selected to receive a $5,000 renewable scholarship (a total scholarship of $20,000) and in addition, up to $6,500 financial support for research, travel, supplies, arts events, or other forms that may serve to advance their formation as creative and productive students of the arts. Each scholarship recipient will also have the support of a special mentor. ​To be considered for The Karen Laub-Novak Art and Faith Scholarship scholarship, please submit with your portfolio an essay expressing how you wish to explore your Catholic faith formation through art and artistic expression.

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