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at Youngstown State University.

YSU’s Department of Art in the College of Creative Arts and Communication recognizes that each student is unique with individual talents, goals and passions as artists and designers. Our program is designed with a focus on you and your future. Building a strong foundation is key. Faculty work with you personally as you progress through the program to help you translate your goals into reality. This personalized college experience helps you develop your niche and position yourself for the countless opportunities in today’s creative industries after graduation.

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Prof earns Governor’s Award for “City of You”

RJ Thompson, assistant professor of Graphic & Interactive Design, will receive the Ohio Governor’s Award in the Arts for Community Development for the “City of You” project later this spring.

The award is given to individuals or organizations that work to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing public awareness about the role of the arts in community life. Thompson was selected from a pool of 65 applicants.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio is a statewide program that showcases and celebrates Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts patrons and business support of the arts. The program is presented by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. The award will be presented in May in Columbus. To learn more about the City of You project, visit www.cityofyou.orgREAD MORE HERE

WHY THE DEPartMENT?

The Department of Art at YSU prepares students to become artists, designers, art educators or art historians. As part of a cultural milieu, students will witness a wide variety of styles, philosophies and histories. They will be exposed to various techniques, processes and experiences in the development of a commitment to their work, their community and to the outside world. Expanded visual horizons as well as exposure to various histories will enable students to look both within themselves and outside in a broader cultural context.

 BECAUSE WE FOCUS ON YOU

Education in the arts is paradoxical. Art making and the study of art require skills training as well as perceptual awareness. Participation in the process is the primary means of education. Students and faculty alike are immersed in the quest for knowledge and creative self-realization, whether it is in the form of computer graphics, printmaking or the study of art from the past.

The Higher Learning Commission accredits Youngstown State University in an accreditation that includes all undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), an organization whose membership includes 250 schools out of approximately 2,000 art departments nationally, accredits the Department of Art.

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YSU Open Device Lab

The YSU-ODL (Open Device Lab) is a program housed within the Department of Art originally created for the purpose of providing a testing lab to YSU graphic & interactive design students and designers and developers in the Youngstown community.

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WHY ATTENDING YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY WAS ONE OF MY BEST DECISIONS

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