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 111

Introduction to Digital Art


ART 111 is an introduction to digital art, both its history and production. Using sketches and found imagery, students will use the Adobe Creative Suite and open source software to produce 2D, 3D and 4D art. Through readings…

ART 210

Italian Renaissance


Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from 1300 to approximately 1570. Works by artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the writers who were their contemporaries: Alberti and Vasari.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement…

CHI 122

Chi Visual Culture (in transl)


This course introduces students to different aspects of Chinese visual culture including traditional ink paintings, popular publications, propaganda posters, performance art, as well as cinema. We will explore broader themes, such as the representation of the natural world and…