What makes an environment conducive to artistic expression?

We believe it’s a faculty made up of highly-talented practicing artists, a curriculum rich in fine arts and liberal arts courses, a breath-taking campus, and small class size. The Nazareth Art and Design Department offers a variety of programs that take advantage of these assets.

Degree Offerings

* A portfolio is no longer required for admission, except for transfer students. But we encourage you to schedule a portfolio review to be considered for a scholarship.

Tips for applicants

Study Abroad

The opportunities to study for a semester or a year abroad include programs at art universities in Rennes, France, as well as at the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA).


The Art and Design Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Symbiosis - 共生


Symbiosis is an exhibition that builds on the cross-continental and cross-cultural partnership between Nazareth College in Rochester, New York and Shandong University of Finance and Economics in Jinan, China. Symbiosis exhibition »


    Duncan Crawford '85 creates fantasy environments, such as for Marvel Movies.
    Forty-three works by faculty and student artists opened at the Franco-American Institute in France.
    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Art and Design Department at Nazareth University is to cultivate a dynamic environment that celebrates creativity, critical thinking, and innovation within the realm of art and design. We are dedicated to nurturing a community where diverse perspectives converge to inspire and challenge our students, fostering a deep understanding of the role of art and design in personal meaning making and society.

    Through a comprehensive curriculum, experiential learning, and a commitment to artistic excellence, we aim to empower our students to become versatile, ethical, and visionary creators who contribute meaningfully to the cultural landscape. With a focus on the capacity for empathy, we encourage our students to harness their creative skills to become changemakers, honoring individual voices and perspectives, addressing societal challenges, advocating for important causes, and reshaping the world through the transformative power of art and design.