Studio Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Art is not simply created in the minds of artists but with their hands. A studio art degree gives aspiring artists the opportunity to develop their imagination and expression within the classroom and the studio.

BFA in studio art is designed for students who are planning careers as artists or advanced study. Students are challenged to develop their own approach to art by a diverse and dynamic mixture of stylistic and aesthetic viewpoints among faculty members—practicing artists dedicated to teaching and mentoring. Students are instilled with the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and art-making skills that foster innovative personal creative expression. The studio art degree is composed of one-on-one instruction in small studio classes and a challenging curriculum with advanced courses in painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Studio art students are provided individual studio space and complete a senior project—an in-depth study that displays their artistic and intellectual eminence.

Excellent facilities, accomplished faculty/artists, and a well-designed curriculum create an ideal setting for the study of art. Beyond the studio, the Department of Art and Art History also offers study abroad, art in the community, career preparation, and internship opportunities—preparing students for a life full of inspiration, creativity, and success.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in studio art from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Studio Art

A minor in studio art requires a total of 18 hours of coursework in studio art including:

  • Drawing I
  • 2-D or 3-D design for studio art
  • one 2000 level course
  • three 3000- or 4000-level courses of the student's choice.

For more information about Studio Art

Studio Art Program Website


Careers in Studio Art

  • Advertising Designer
  • Animator
  • Art Conservator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Art Historian
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Audio Visual Artist/Designer
  • Book Illustrator/Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Catalog Illustrator
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Costume and Mask Designer
  • Courtroom Sketcher
  • Decorator
  • Engraver/Etcher
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Fabric/Textile Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic Arts Technician/Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Webpage Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Magazine Cover Artist/Designer/ Illustrator
  • Mechanical & Production Artist
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Newspaper Artist/Illustrator
  • Photographer/Photojournalist
  • Printing Designer/Layout Artist
  • Product Designer/Illustrator
  • Set Designer/Illustrator
  • Typographer
  • Trademark Designer
  • Typographical Artist

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Select one of the following3ARTS 1250 Orientation To Studio Art For The Major2
ARTS 1510 Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1720 Introduction to Art History II3
ARCH 2600 The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture (Core Fine Arts)
 2-D Studio courses23
MUSI 2730/2737 Appreciation of Music (Core Fine Arts)
 ARTS 1220 3-D Design for Studio Art3
MDIA 2350 Introduction To Film Studies
  
THEA 2010/2017 Introduction to Theatre (Core Fine Arts)
  
ARTS 1110 Drawing I3 
ARTS 1210 2-D Design for Studio Art3 
ARTS 1710 Introduction to Art History I3 
 15 14
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature13PHIL 1070 Art, Value, and Society3
ARTS 1730 Introduction to Art History III3ARTS 3140 Advanced Drawing I3
ARTS 3110 Figure Drawing3ARTS 2810 Ceramics I or 3820 Ceramics II3
2-D Studio course for ceramics or sculpture concentration or 20000-level in photography, printmaking, or painting concentration23Core History13
ARTS 2510 Introduction to Sculpture3ARTS 2610 Introduction to Digital Art3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
2000/3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio course233000-level Art History course23
Core Humanities (except COMM 1000) or Core Literature to complete sequence133000-level course in Concentration23
3000-level course in Concentration23Core Science II4
3000/4000-level Fine Art Studio course23ARTS 4860 BFA Critique Seminar41
Core Science I43000/4000-level ARTS course3
 16 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Math3Core Social Science3
4000-level course in Concentration23ARTS 3800 Issues and Criticism in Contemporary Art3
3000/4000-level Studio or Art History course23ARTS 4860 BFA Critique Seminar41
Core Social Science3UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
ARTS 4850 Professional Studio Practices2Core Social Science or Core History to complete sequence13
ARTS 4860 BFA Critique Seminar414000-level course in Concentration3
 Elective3
 15 16
Total Hours: 120
1

Students are required to complete a two-course history sequence or literature sequence. They are also required to complete one Core History or Core Literature in the discipline not selected as the sequence.

2

Students must meet with their advisors for a list of approved courses.

3

ARTS 4850 fulfills SLO 7.

4

 Course should be taken in 3 sequential semesters culminating in the semester of graduation.

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