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Department of Art

Katzen Arts Center

American University
Washington, DC

Department of Art

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 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.


Department News

Jack Rasmussen stands smiling in front of a painting in the AU Museum.

Announcement ·

Director of AU Museum Named Chair of Maryland State Arts Council

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Kirby Cofino

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Student Brings Avatars to Life for ETS

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