Art and Technology

Art and technology is a major within the Department of Art, which is part of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts.

Art and technology
Department of Art

School of Architecture & Allied Art

Undergraduate degrees: B.A., B.S., B.F.A.
Undergraduate minor

Explore Your Creativity, Prepare for Your Future

The UO’s Department of Art will prepare you for a career in the fields of the visual arts, art and technology, and design. You’ll choose from courses in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, multi-disciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The department is also jointly sponsoring a new undergraduate degree in product design.

You’ll start your art studies with courses in basic design and drawing as part of the foundations program. You’ll work with a wide range of media and processes as you explore the grammar and vocabulary of visual language in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based projects.

The department values the contribution of both art majors and students choosing art course work as part of their broad liberal arts education. If you choose a major other than art, you’re still encouraged to explore the studio experience as part of your liberal arts education. Through the making of art, the department will help you to think critically, communicate clearly, and work creatively. As actively practicing artists, the faculty members offer you an introduction to the challenges, questions, and rewards of artistic practice.

You can choose to major in art or art and technology and must apply to the specific program for admission. The major in art and technology encompasses the development of graphics, sounds, interactivities, and applications such as web art, games, animation, video, performance, and installations.

To be admitted as an art or art and technology major, you must complete a university application and then apply to the department. For art and technology, the department deadline is February 1. For art majors, the department deadlines occur three times a year. To begin fall term, complete the department application by March 1. For additional deadlines and details on how to apply, visit art-uo.uoregon.edu.

Points of Interest

  • Through the Visiting Artist Program, you'll gain insight into contemporary art and professional practice from guest artists who lecture and visit classes each term.
  • Immerse yourself in the art department's study abroad opportunities.
  • Through the Art in China program, you can travel to Shanghai, Jinan, and Beijing. You might also explore Siena, Italy or experience New York through the Art in the City trip.
  • Explore the intangible culture and folk art of Shandong Province, China through a new interactive website, ChinaVine, hosted by arts and administration faculty member Doug Blandy.
  • In art history, you'll have hands-on opportunities to work with art and cultural objects at the two campus museums.

Sample Courses

  • Understanding Contemporary Media emphasizes process and practice in ceramics, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and design.
  • Drawing introduces you to the relationships between seeing, thinking, and making. You will investigate ways of seeing, visual problem solving, the construction of space, and how meaning is experienced through visual language.
  • Printmaking involves woodcut and linoleum cut methods as well as stencils, etching, engraving and intaglio, and helps students develop their technical skills.
  • Photography classes will help you to see photographically while learning creative black-and-white and color photographic techniques and developing advanced camera and darkroom skills.
  • Introduction to Animation teaches principles of animation, timing, sequence, key frames, in-betweens, and metamorphosis.

See more courses offered by the Department of Art.

Galleries and Art Opportunities

  • The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the UO campus and provides a unique opportunity for you to study and work with art objects as part of your coursework. You'll discover galleries featuring American, European, Byzantine, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese art. Changing exhibits provide a robust program of contemporary international and Northwest art.
  • The LaVerne Krause Gallery, located in Lawrence Hall, is first-rate exhibition space with changing exhibitions of student work.
  • The Jacobs Gallery, located in the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Eugene, is committed to local and regional artists and provides them with a professional space to show their work. All exhibits are juried, curated, or invitational.
  • Downtown Initiative for the Visual Artsts (DIVA) enlivens downtown with art events and exhibits.
  • The Midtown Arts Center hosts dance studio and performing arts organizations offices as a hub for cultural arts activity.
  • The First Friday Artwalk in downtown Eugene is a monthly tour of galleries, sponsored by the Lane Arts Council.

Select Student Work

Aspiring filmmaker and art and technology major Zach Rose says, “I chose to major in art and technology because I'm interested in filmmaking but wanted to study and practice in an environment informed and surrounded by other disciplines.”

Joelynn Sinclear, a fibers major and cultural anthropology minor, has been an artist all her life, using mediums as varied as photography, ceramics, paint, and fibers. “I am always trying to think of a way to merge my arts. That's what is going to give me an edge in the scheme of things.” Sinclear is now creating her own version of her family's tartan and attended the UO's Jacquard Weaving Fibers Studio in Lisio, Italy.

Select Faculty Work

The photography of Associate Professor Dan Powell pairs antiquity from Greece, Italy, and Turkey with images of events from other times and places. As a teacher, he helps students learn image-making strategies, introducing them to the complexity of political, aesthetic, and philosophical discourses that surround the medium.

Associate Professor Michael Salter’s graphic design work has appeared in DotDotDash and HiFructose magazines.

"Elements in Transformation," a film by Associate Professor Ying Tan, was screened at the Milwaukie Museum of Art in March. A collaborative animation by Tan and music professor Jeffrey Stolet, "Wicket Paths, Cruel Deserts," was selected for a concert at Tulane University called Moving Target: A Concert of New Works for Image and Music.

Contact Information
(541) 346-3610