Department of Art + Design, Art History, Art Education

You are an aspiring artist, historian or educator ready to expand your knowledge of the fine arts and to share your talents with the world.

All of the department’s programs — undergraduate, graduate and certificate — provide a broad understanding of the arts across disciplines, cultures, styles and media. Courses encourage students to embrace new technologies and materials, develop creativity and critical thinking, and seek global perspectives. You can participate in study abroad programs, internships, exhibitions and a monthly lecture series, and art + design undergraduate majors can tailor their course of study by selecting from one of nine different concentrations.

The department provides:

  • an enriched learning environment, promoting excellence in the classroom, studio, community and through e-learning
  • a professionally oriented arts education program taught by faculty recognized as accomplished teachers, scholars, practicing artists and designers, and leaders in their disciplines
  • a forward-thinking art and design curriculum emphasizing innovation, accompanied by an understanding and appreciation of art history, art education, and traditional processes and skills
  • a unique metropolitan perspective, taking full advantage of Towson’s location and liberal arts tradition and providing opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary learning

Studying Art at Towson

Meet our students and faculty and learn more about our programs in this video.

Take a Tour

Undergraduate guided tours of the department are offered by appointment with the Academic Program Coordinator, Self-guided tours are available any weekday between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Stop by the Art Office, CA 3103, and ask for a self-guided tour map. MFA graduate tours are available by appointment with the director, , .  

2017-2018 Scheduled Tours

Undergraduate guided tours are available by appointment at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. To make a reservation, email with the date , time and your contact phone number.

  • 1:30 only, Friday, 11/10 *in coordination with TU Open House
  • Monday, 11/27
  • Monday, 12/4

Self-guided tours are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Stop by the Art Office, CA 3103, and ask for a map. 

Exhibit On Campus

The Center for the Arts houses three galleries that exhibit works of living artists of the past 40 years, as well as emerging artists and students.

Open Live Drawing Sessions

Open life drawing sessions are offered to the community during the fall and spring semesters from 2pm to 4pm, Fridays, starting the 3rd week of the semester in the Center for the Arts, room 4036.  Fall 2017 sessions will start Friday, 9/22.