The practice of Studio Art develops skills in visual and verbal communication, and fosters creative thinking and problem-solving, as well as an applied knowledge of physical materials. Our program combines the resources of the finest art school with the breadth of a liberal arts curriculum to achieve stunning results.
The study of Art History encourages students to grasp and respect the living dimension of the past through its artifacts, images and architecture. We actively engage students in a wide range of visual and material production, through different modes of analysis — visual, historical, critical, material.
Film and Media
A major in Film and Media provides students with a core foundation in moving image history, theory, and practice. Our courses help students develop the ability to think visually, as well as to discuss and write about cinema and the media arts with nuance and sophistication.
Outside the Classroom
Lancaster is recognized nationally and internationally as a region of exceptional historical significance. The abundance of historical resources in the city and county offer students numerous opportunities in experience- and site-based learning. Read more
Guest Artists and Speakers
Guest lecturers and artists are frequent visitors to campus, often in conjunction with exhibitions at the Phillips Museum of Art or special topics in courses.
In addition, we hold a yearly event on campus titled the Conrad Nelson Guest Artist Lecture. Read more
Summer Study and Travel Opportunities
Art and Art History majors may apply for two competitive summer study grants: the Sophomore Summer Foreign Travel Award in Studio or Art History, is open to sophomores who have formally declared their major in art history or studio art; the Sophomore and Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art is available to declared sophomore and junior studio art majors.
News and Events
There’s more to fashion than meets the eye. Art historian Amelia Rauser discussed the surprising implications of fashionable dress in her March 30 virtual Common Hour lecture.Read More
The trove of Benin’s opulent palace art can be found in museums across the globe. Everywhere, that is, except Benin. Art historian Marie-Cécile Zinsou is working to change that. Her Common Hour...Read More
It's been said a photo is worth a thousand words—but some are worth much more. Dr. Stephen Nicholas and wife, Eileen—parents of twin alumni—donated photographs worth over $2.5 million to the Phillips...Read More