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 103

Basic Painting

St. Clair

This painting course is designed for beginners interested in building a range of skills from traditional principles of oil paint to experimental techniques across a variety of painting media.  Students will develop a respect and attention for…

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 109

Basic Sculpture


A hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of contemporary mixed media sculpture through woodworking, welding, mold-making, bronze casting and 3D printing.  No prior experience is required or expected. Cultivate awareness through making, reading and discussing the unique roles sculpture plays…