The Department of Visual Studies engages students in the critical understanding and creative production of contemporary culture. We support students in their efforts to situate themselves within a complex, interdisciplinary and technologically mediated world. 

The Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward's University is dedicated to developing the creative skills of students through course offerings in art history, graphic design, photography, video, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and game studies. 

This department oversees the Understanding and Appreciating the Arts program, which all students at St. Edward's University take as part of their general education requirements. Students are encouraged to explore their creative side and participate in visual arts during their studies at our university, including entry level clay, drawing, watercolor, photography, art history and design courses.

Within this department, you can choose to major in Art, Graphic Design, Interactive Game Studies or Photocommunications. Minor degree offerings include Art, Art History, Graphic Design or Photocommunications.

Student Organizations

Command G

Command G is a graphic design group which spreads the influence of design around campus. This group hopes to further students' on-the-job skills they may not encounter in normal classroom settings and assignments. 

Art Beat

The purpose of this organization is to provide an opportunity for St. Edward’s students to join together to explore, share, and engage in art-related activities. We want to create a strong artistic community that is open to everyone on campus.

Image-making Students Organization (ISO)

ISO aims to unite photo students, as well as those with an interest in photography and give students an opportunity for experiences outside of a classroom setting.

Faculty & Staff

To view a list of Department of Visual Studies faculty and staff, visit the Campus Directory below:

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Visual Studies Portfolios

To view the digital portfolios of Visual Studies students, please visit the Visual Studies Portfolios website. This website provides information about events hosted by the Visual Studies department, as well as links to students' portfolios, where you can see the work of students in the Photocommunications, Graphic Design, and Art majors.