The Department of Art & Design resides in the Haas Fine Arts Center. The building was completed in 1970 and dedicated to Leonard Haas, former Chancellor of UW-Eau Claire, and his wife, Dorellen. HFA was the first university structure open on the north side of the Chippewa River and necessitated the construction of the pedestrian bridge.
Art & Design offers lecture halls with opportunities for slide-lecture discussion, studio spaces fit to the specific needs of each area based on their medium, and classrooms equipped with computer workstations. There are also three primary computer labs designated for the department which operate on both Mac and PC platforms.
Wood and metal workshops are maintained for welding and other sculptural processes, and the ceramics studio is fully equipped for wheel-throwing with access to a glazing lab and kilns. Students also have access to a photography lighting studio fitted with strobe and continuous lights*, and the darkroom is used for traditional photo chemical techniques. The print studio offers a silk screen room, an acid room, and provides the use of etching and lithography presses.
One of the four named rooms within HFA, and used by Art & Design, is the Ruth Foster Art Gallery. It was named in memory of one of the department's first faculty: Ruth Foster, who was instrumental in establishing a Fine Arts Historical Collection. The gallery showcases the work of nationally- and internationally-recognized artists through four annual exhibitions. Faculty and student work is also exhibited through four internal annual exhibitions, including the juried art show which is curated by an invited artist/juror.
* Photo equipment (cameras and lighting) is available for rent.