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Situated within a major research university, the School of Art + Design provides a vital learning community that supports individual creativity and prepares students to participate and excel in the field of contemporary visual arts, encompassing all forms of art, design, critical theory and scholarly work on the history of art. Emphasizing scholarly and creative research, our curriculum fosters skill building and the development of conceptual and critical thinking across art historical, contemporary, and emerging fields. This foundation provides for open and rigorous creative inquiry, inclusive of contemporary creation/practice through traditional modes of making, as well as interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary practice. Indeed, our innovative curriculum reflects contemporary practices that are responsive to the dynamic field of the visual arts, preparing students for enduring careers in the Arts and beyond.