One of the defining characteristics of Salem’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design is closeness. Students and professors alike have an uncommon passion for the study and practice of art and design in all forms and therefore have established a tightly knit community of friends and learners. While it is one of Salem’s larger departments, art, art history and design classes rarely exceed twenty students, with most upper-level classes numbering five to ten students.

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design offers majors and minors in Studio Art, Art History and Design. Concentrations in Painting and Printmaking are offered under Studio Art; and, concentrations in Graphic Design, Interior Design and Architectural Studies are offered to those majoring in Design. Students are urged to begin studio core foundation courses as early as possible, preferably during their first year at Salem.