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Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Welcome Art, Art History, and Design Students!

Welcome to the Department of Art, Art History and Design at UNF. We offer exciting and rewarding programs in Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture, Art History and Graphic Design & Digital Media. Each program offers a unique curriculum to help you grow and develop as an individual within the arts.

We are in unprecedented times in higher education due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Things have changed in many ways and continue to evolve as we gain more experience with this. Speaking from experience, moving to a remote course in Spring 20 was an interesting experience for myself. In some ways, we got to connect more thanks to remotely technology. As things continue to progress, we will have some classes continuing with remote instruction, while some of our offerings will be a hybrid mode of instruction allowing for some studio time. Remote instruction can allow for students to remain at a distance, but not miss the unique course offerings. Our hybrid classes will help faculty safely social distance classes and provide more individual attention to everyone in the course. AAHD faculty have been working tirelessly to develop new content which engage students with the same richness of an in-person course.

The University has been working with faculty to ensure a safe working environment for any face to face component of your classes. As tough as this pandemic is on our daily life, this may be an excellent opportunity to focus on your education and create new and exciting work during this time period.

With all of the uncertainty in the world, our department remains committed to an equal and diverse environment for all. It’s important to recognize of the impact the arts have in creating diversity, promoting equality, documenting change, designing a common future and recording our common history. We will continue to do our part as agents of change.

Looking to the future, I’m optimistic to think of our Study Abroad and domestic travel opportunities returning safely. We look forward to offering internships for students to gain professional insight into their selected field. We look forward to students participating in gallery shows to help build a professional portfolio. There are plans in the works for engaging students in many of these activities upon a return to normalcy and alternates to these activities using remote technologies.


All, I welcome you all to engage in our vibrant Art, Art History, and Design community here at UNF. I look forward to working with you. Have a wonderful and productive academic year!


For more information about the UNF Department of Art, Art History, and Design, visit us in Building 45, Room 2022 in the Fine Arts Center or call (904) 620-4037.


David Begley, Chair

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media