Develop your creative skills and expression with a degree in art from Washburn. You'll gain a strong foundation in all media and art history, as well as options to advance your expertise in a concentration of your choice. With small classes sizes and expert faculty, you'll get one-on-one attention and mentoring opportunities throughout your time at Washburn. Our specialty studios and gallery space will allow you many opportunities to create and showcase your art.  The Washburn University art department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Student drawing on easel outside on campus

Minor in Art or Art History

Two minors are offered in the art program: studio art and art history. A minor consists of 18 hours and includes study in art history and studio courses. 

Front of Art Building

Studio Space and Facilities

The Art Building includes nine studio classrooms, gallery space, a sculpture patio, a student lounge, and beautiful gardens and a pond behind the building.

Art alumna highlight

"The art program prepared me for my career by giving me lots of hands on learning and exposure to many different ways and styles of making art work." - Jenna Reed

Success Story: Meet Aldrick

After 20 years in the military, Aldrick Scott wasn’t sure if college was going to be the best fit. But he also knew he needed a degree to achieve his dream of becoming an artist.

“At first, I thought I wasn’t going to be accepted and would not fit in,” said Scott, who grew up in Orlando, Florida, and lives in Topeka. “I was totally wrong. Not only was I accepted, I felt a part of a community that helped me grow as a person and was able to become an amazing artist.”

Scott retired after serving 10 years each in the Marines and Army, including six deployments to the Middle East. He then attended Washburn, taking the first step to realizing his dream of becoming an artist.

That dream came true after he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design in May 2019. Scott currently works as a freelance graphic designer and YouTuber, “The Doodler” Doodles by Aldrick.
“Washburn is truly a great and beautiful campus,” he said. “You will never have a better experience.”

The Art Department serves those intending to prepare for a profession in the Visual Arts (B.F.A. degrees), those students seeking a Liberal Arts education focused in the visual arts (B.A. degrees), as well as non-majors who seek knowledge of the visual arts. Studio and art history courses are open to anyone with proper prerequisites.

  • AR 103 Introduction to Art
  • AR 101 Survey of Art History I
  • AR 102 Survey of Art History II
  • AR 120 Design I
  • AR 140 Drawing I
  • AR 141 Drawing II
  • AR 260 Ceramics I
  • AR 301 Ancient Art
  • AR 306 Early Modern Art
  • AR 307 Twentieth Century Art
  • AR 309 Arts of Africa
  • AR 310 Arts of Asia

Over 60 audit students are welcome as space allows. Note: A studio fee is applied to those enrolled in Ceramics courses and Glass courses.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Art Department

Art Department
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1125
Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

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