Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is a unique collaboration in interdisciplinary architecture, art, and design education, linking professional studio programs with a university art museum in the context of an internationally recognized research university.

The College of Art offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design, Fashion Design, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. The Graduate School of Art offers the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art through an academically rigorous, individualized course of study that encourages creative activity and collaboration across disciplines and media. Together, the College and Graduate School of Art enroll approximately 300 undergraduate and 52 graduate students with 45 faculty members. The College is a founding member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The College of Architecture enrolls approximately 200 students and offers a four-year undergraduate degree leading to
a Bachelor of Science in Architecture or a Bachelor of Design in Architecture. This flexibility allows students to pursue
other academic interests within the University. The nationally ranked Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design
enrolls approximately 320 students and offers design-centered programs of critical inquiry and professional preparation,
including international venues in Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Helsinki, Seoul, and Shanghai. The Graduate School offers
an accredited professional Master of Architecture degree. A Master of Landscape Architecture program, launched in fall
2010, is in the midst of the accreditation process. In addition, the following post-professional degrees are offered: Master of Science in Architectural Design, Master of Science in Architectural Studies, and Master of Urban Design. The College is a founding member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

The Sam Fox School is housed in a five-building complex of new and recently renovated facilities that includes: the
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, home to one of the finest university collections of important paintings, sculptures,
photographs, and installation by 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American and European artists, along with significant
antiquities and a large number of prints and drawings; and Walker Hall, a state-of-the-art facility for material manipulation and individual studios for all students in painting and sculpture.

The Sam Fox School hosts a lively series of lectures, symposia, and exhibitions and enjoys strong collaborations with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri Bontanical Garden, and the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Washington University, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, drawing distinguished faculty to top-ranked programs in Medicine, Social Work, Law, Business, Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Design & Visual Arts. Significant collaborative work is currently occurring within and across schools in areas such as public health, education, sustainable urbanism, modern graphic history, and the digital humanities. The University community also benefits from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, home to one of the finest collegiate collections of modern and contemporary art.

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