The Art & Art History department offers courses in art history, graphic design, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, and mosaics. The department boasts three art buildings that include lecture classrooms, painting and drawing studios, sculpture studios, a ceramics studio, a kiln house with electric, gas, and raku kilns, a darkroom for traditional photography, shooting studio for all photography classes, and a digital lab outfitted with high-end computers, printers and state-of-the-art software for graphic design and digital photography.

With Saint Joseph’s University’s partnership with the Barnes Foundation, students will be able to take advantage of the galleries in the new Frances M. Maguire Art Museum at the Barnes Arboretum. Because of Saint Joseph’s proximity to Philadelphia, New York, and other major cultural centers, students are able to experience first-hand major works of art at many renowned galleries and museums. Students pursue internships at regional museums and cultural organizations, travel overseas, and have access to the University’s extensive permanent collection. As part of the Gallery Exhibition Research Assistant (GERA) program, students can gain valuable experience in researching and hanging exhibitions in the department’s two galleries for professional and student work.

The department’s award-winning faculty of artists or scholars are also dedicated teachers who challenge students to express themselves and respond to their immediate and global context.

Our Mission

Through practice, study and research in a variety of disciplines, the Art and Art History Department fosters an appreciation of the transformative nature of art both personally and culturally. Studio and lecture courses in the visual arts and art history integrate intellectually informed, hands-on instruction with elements of creative freedom, independent thought, and critical insight.

Providing strong faculty mentorship in both traditional and contemporary methods, the Department encourages individuality and ingenuity in every student. The broader based curriculum and the rigor of concentration in a specific discipline equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish beyond the undergraduate experience.


In Memoriam of Dennis McNally, S.J. Ph.D, beloved professor of art and art history st Saint Jospeh's University.