Major in Studio Art (B.A.)

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To earn the bachelor’s degree in studio art, students take a minimum of 18 courses (50 credits) and complete a concentration in ceramics, graphic design, illustration, interactive media arts, painting or photography. Majors are required to participate in the senior exhibition held in the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery during the spring semester of their final year.

Although it is not required, students who qualify may take ART445: Senior Honors Thesis. After applying and receiving approval, students consult with faculty members and participate in a spring exhibition at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery. Students enrolled in this course must also participate in the regular senior exhibition.

We require a portfolio for admission. Students interested in majoring in studio art should submit a portfolio through the arts supplement of the Common Application. In addition, new students present a portfolio to department faculty at the end of their first year as part of the formal process for declaring the studio art major.

Required courses:

  • ART074: Woodshop Safety and Tools
  • ART091: Freshman Studio Seminar
  • ART100: Creativity and Technology
  • ART131: Drawing I
  • ART132: Drawing II
  • ART200: Drawing III
  • ART205: Art History Survey I: Prehistoric Through Gothic Art
  • ART206: Art History Survey II: Renaissance Through Early 20th Century Art
  • ART300: Advanced Studio Concepts
  • ART352: Art, Aesthetics and Cultural Values
  • ART400: Portfolio
  • ART446: Professional Practices Capstone
  • Two art history electives

Concentration in Ceramics

Students who concentrate in ceramics gain technical experience through coursework that uses both traditional and conceptual ceramic forms to foster creative problem-solving skills.

Required courses:

  • ART231: Ceramics I: Clay, Culture and Creativity
  • ART232: Ceramics II: Throwing on the Potter's Wheel
  • ART331: Concentrated Studies: Ceramics III
  • One two-dimensional studio elective

Concentration in Graphic Design

Through the combination of type and image, students who concentrate in graphic design develop the ability to critically analyze and professionally produce effective design solutions.

Required courses:

  • ART241: Graphic Design I
  • ART242: Graphic Design II
  • ART341: Concentrated Studies: Graphic Design
  • One three-dimensional studio elective

Concentration in Illustration

Students who concentrate in illustration explore an artistic practice that fully employs the communicative and transformative function of art.

Required courses:

  • ART250: Illustration I
  • ART255: Illustration II
  • ART350: Illustration III
  • One three-dimensional studio elective

Concentration in Interactive Media Arts

As they explore how interaction, technology and art can create new forms of expression, students who concentrate in interactive media arts develop conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills in the production of computer-generated media.

Required courses:

  • ART210: Interactivity I
  • ART310: Interactivity II
  • ART311: Interactivity III
  • One three-dimensional studio elective

Concentration in Painting

As they master the principles of rendering, discover the possibilities of color relationships and explore their personal style, students who concentrate in painting develop an appreciation of the craft while honing their creative and analytical skills.

Required courses:

  • ART251: Painting I
  • ART252: Color and Figuration
  • ART351: Concentrated Studies: Painting III
  • One three-dimensional studio elective

Concentration in Photography

Students who concentrate in photography explore photographic techniques and the historic context of this medium through coursework that introduces the technical approaches to both darkroom and digital photography.

Required courses:

  • ART261: Photography I: A Mirror of Reality
  • ART262: Intermediate Darkroom and Digital Photography
  • ART361: Concentrated Studies: Photography
  • One three-dimensional studio elective