The Department of Art offers contemporary, traditional, multi and interdisciplinary approaches to artistic production. We are committed to creative research that investigates the relationship between practice and inquiry, and how this dynamic manifests itself in contemporary life.


Our renowned faculty are as deeply committed to teaching as they are their own creative practice and research. We attract students who are self-motivated, visually and conceptually inventive and interested in being a part of an outstanding community of artists within a world-class research institution. At UCSB, emerging artists develop the means to express themselves and the critical thinking essential to their future roles within society. Our faculty, current students and alumni actively participate in local, national and international exhibitions, symposia and conferences.


The Department of Art’s multi-disciplinary curriculum structure is supplemented by close association with the Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program, the College of Creative Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Please visit our links for updates to the Visiting Artist speaker series and the exhibitions listings, both open to the public.