The University Of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located at Notre Dame, Indiana, adjacent to the city of South Bend and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago.

Admission to the University is highly competitive, with five applicants for each freshman class position. Sixty-nine percent of incoming freshmen were in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating classes.

The University's minority student population has nearly tripled in the past 17 years, and women, first admitted to undergraduate studies at Notre Dame in 1972, now account for 47 percent of undergraduate and overall enrollment.

The University is organized into four undergraduate colleges — Arts and Letters, Science, Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business — the School of Architecture, the Law School, the Graduate School, 10 major research institutes, more than 40 centers and special programs, and the University Library system. Fall 2005 enrollment was 11,417 students.

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Notre Dame

United States

306 Riley Hall of Art & Design
Phone: 574 631 7452
Fax: 574 631 6312

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Our Aims

The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic academic community of higher learning, animated from its origins by the Congregation of Holy Cross. The University is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of truth for its own sake. As a Catholic university one of its distinctive goals is to provide a forum where through free inquiry and open discussion the various lines of Catholic thought may intersect with all the forms of knowledge found in the arts, sciences, professions, and every other area of human scholarship and creativity.

The intellectual interchange essential to a university requires, and is enriched by, the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students. The Catholic identity of the University depends upon, and is nurtured by, the continuing presence of a predominant number of Catholic intellectuals. This ideal has been consistently maintained by the University leadership throughout its history. What the University asks of all its scholars and students, however, is not a particular creedal affiliation, but a respect for the objectives of Notre Dame and a willingness to enter into the conversation that gives it life an...  [ Read All ]

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Department and information about the department

The department is multi-disciplinary in nature and offers courses in the studio arts, art history, and design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. From the beginning of recorded history, the human ability to communicate ideas, to record experience, to solve complex problems, and to design objects of beauty and utility have been embedded in human culture and central to personal growth.

At the University of Notre Dame, the study of art, art history, and design provides a unique perspective on what it means to be human. Under the tutelage of a talented and diverse faculty, students will acquire the technical skills necessary to work creatively, develop their intellectual abilities to think critically, and cultivate the personal discipline and maturity to reflect thoughtfully on the world and our place in it.

Undergraduate students may pursue course work leading to one of three degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art history; the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in studio art and design; or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art and Design. Studio art and design concentrations are offered in ceramics, graphic design, ind...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description  

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News and Events  

Information For  Undergraduates

Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Studio & Design

Bachelor of Arts
- Studio & Design
- Art History  

Information For  Postgraduates

Master of Fine Arts
- Studio & Design

Master of Arts
- Art History

- Combined BA/MA in Art History  

Information For  International Students

The Notre Dame student body reflects a wide representation of countries and cultures from around the world.  


Student Support

A Notre Dame education encompasses not only the intellectual development that comes through formal classes, study and research, but also the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social growth in a student's life outside the classroom.

The Division of Student Affairs is made up of the many hall staff members who support the residential mission of the University in our 27 undergraduate residence halls and two graduate residence facilities.

In addition, Student Affairs includes eleven different departments that offer a wide range of services designed to assist students in their educational experience at the University of Notre Dame. From Campus Ministry to Security, from Student Activities to the Health Center, the departments and staff of Student Affairs support the daily lives of our students.  

Student Life

The Student Activities Office strives to enhance the overall educational experience of students and serves the campus community through development of, exposure to, participation in, and assistance with intellectual, spiritual, cultural, recreational, social, leadership, and employment opportunities. The Office also fosters an environment which values differences, the freedom of expression and the holistic development of students.  


How To Apply

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