The Art Major and Minor at Davidson

The Art Department is designed around two principal areas: creative practice and critical studies.

You can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor with an emphasis in either art history or studio art, and the two disciplines are closely entwined. Our goal is to encourage creative approaches to learning in all disciplines as part of the broader liberal arts curriculum.

Courses You Might Take

ART 218

A Modern Explosion of "-Isms"


An examination of the developments in painting and sculpture from the reaction against Impressionism through the emergence of Abstract Expressionism (1890-1960).  This course will focus primarily upon these developments in Western Europe.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts…

ART 400

Perspectives in Art History


Required during the fall semester for all senior art majors with an emphasis in art history.



Normally limited to majors. (Fall)

ART 101

Basic Drawing

St. Clair, Starr

An introduction to building skills, techniques and critical awareness across a variety of drawing media. Students will sharpen their awareness of the intimate links between observation and creative expression in the context of contemporary art practices.…