Art & Art History

Architecture & Design Program

Architecture and Design at Southwestern is a whole-brained endeavor: active, intellectual, and physical… the essence of a liberal arts education.

It is a small program with a broad reach. It has regularly sent alumni to top schools. It exposes students to high-quality technical, historical, and experiential learning, all framed by the perspective of a broader liberal arts education.

The Architecture and Design Studies program is a “pre-architecture” minor which allows students to explore different design professions and to prepare strong portfolios and acquire studio skills and historical background for graduate school applications. A liberal arts background normally gives professional architects much greater depth and flexibility throughout their entire careers in solving the daily challenges of the design professions. In architecture, students will normally apply to three and a half year First Degree Master of Architecture programs and have often been given some advance standing based on credit for courses at Southwestern. Students from Southwestern’s program have also gone to graduate programs in  landscape architecture, urban planning, interior design, industrial design, building contracting, engineering and into private design consulting firms, and have been admitted to such graduate schools as Harvard, Yale, University of Texas, UCLA, Clemson, Texas A & M, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art

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