Art students participate in critique session for a print

Department of Art and Design

Location: Building 45, Room 2022 in the Fine Arts Center
Phone: (904) 620-4037
Web Address:

Chair: Debra Murphy, Ph.D.


The mission of the Department of Art and Design is to provide outstanding undergraduate teaching in the disciplines of studio arts (including painting, drawing & printmaking, ceramics and sculpture), photography, graphic design & digital media and art history, and to instill creative, analytical, applied and theoretical skills while providing opportunities for transformational experiences such as internships, directed research and study tours and programs abroad.

The Program   

The Department of Art and Design offers courses of study leading to career preparation in fine arts, graphic design & digital media, and art history as practitioners, teachers, artists or consultants; provides service courses in art and art history to other disciplines in the University; and fosters individual professional growth and cultural enhancement by promoting artistic production and scholarly research on the part of the faculty and students. The department seeks to enrich the cultural atmosphere and intellectual awareness of the University and Northeast Florida through art exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops and study abroad opportunities.

The comprehensive, multifaceted art curriculum is designed to produce an artistically sophisticated graduate with realistic expectations to compete in the job market or pursue graduate study. Program concentrations are in painting, drawing and printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and graphic design & digital media. All studio and design concentrations emphasize a hands-on approach and feature opportunities for exhibition and presentation. Access to the greater Jacksonville area lends additional professional appeal because of its vibrant arts community, numerous exhibition venues and art museums. The Department works closely with MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. UNF faculty members are involved in curating exhibitions at the museums, presenting lectures and serving on museum committees.

The Department of Art and Design received the prestigious accreditation from the National Association of Schoold of Art and Design (NASAD) in October 2106. NASAD accreditation signals the department’s excellence in faculty, programs, and curriculum, and the wide support it receives from the university administration and staff.

 Majors and Minors   

The department offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in painting/drawing/printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography and graphic design and digital media. A Bachelor of Arts in Art History is also offered. Minors are offered in Fine Arts, Photography, Art History and Ceramics.

Study Abroad

The department sponsors an annual six-week study abroad program in Italy where students can study and experience first-hand some of the most important works from western civilization. Art History and studio courses are offered. Students visit both smaller towns and large urban centers such as Florence and Naples while the majority of the program is anchored in Rome. Other study abroad programs are offered on a rotating basis such as graphic design and digital media programs in Brazil and Ireland. 

There are several competitive scholarships available for majors in the department to help support study abroad opportunities.

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Opportunities for Student Exhibitions and Internships  

There is a highly competitive annual Juried Student exhibition held every year in the University of North Florida Gallery in Building 2/1032, Founders Hall.

Students interested in Museum Studies and gallery work may be interested in internships at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and MOCA Jacksonville. In addition, classes in Curatorial Practices are offered in the University Gallery of Art on the UNF campus. The Department also maintains and curates a regular exhibition schedule in the UNF Gallery at MOCA.

Internships are also available in graphic design firms and corporations, photography studios, various galleries, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and area hospitals that coordinate art therapy programs.

Student Organizations   

There are a number of student organizations in the department including the Sculptors’ Guild, the Pottery Guild, the Photo Club, the Print Guild, and The Osprey Design Club.

The Faculty 

The faculty of the Department of Art and Design is composed of award winning professors and artists who have established national and international reputations. The Faculty holds membership in a variety of professional organizations including the College Art Association, the Southeastern College Art Association, the Renaissance Society of America, Southern Graphics International, AIGA, and the Society for Photographic Education, and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, among others.

The Barbara Ritzman Devereux Artist Workshop   

Through generous support from the family of the late Barbara Ritzman Devereux, an artist of national stature is invited annually to campus to work with students, exhibit and lecture.

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Department of Art& Design Faculty


Debra L. Murphy, Professor & Chair 

David J. Begley, Associate Professor

Louise F. Brown, Professor

Peter S. Brown, Associate Professor

Blake Coglianese, Associate Professor

Vanessa B. Cruz, Associate Professor

Alexander Diaz, Associate Professor

Nofa F. Dixon, Associate Professor

James R. Draper, Instructor and Curator

Trevor T. Dunn, Associate Professor

Sheila Goloborotko, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Hager, Professor

Elizabeth B. Heuer, Associate Professor

Stephen E. Heywood, Professor

Jason C. John, Associate Professor

Paul C. Karabinis, Associate Professor

 Andrew Kozlowski, Assistant Professor

Kally Malcom, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth B. Nabi, Associate Professor

Claudia Scaff, Associate Professor

Christopher W. Trice, Associate Professor  

Lisa West, Instructor


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