Bachelors (BA) in Studio Arts

Overview

The studio art major fosters the development of collaborative, resourceful and creative makers who work in a research-based practice informed by contemporary and historical art and culture. Students work in a variety of two-, three-, and four-dimensional media, including, but not limited to sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and lens-based media, print media and utilitarian ceramics.

Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and risk-taking throughout the program, encouraging students to develop the confidence to experiment and self-reliance to become courageous life-long learners. Instruction in the technical competencies and skills of the studio practice partnered with conceptual strengthening projects and polished off with professional and business practice capstone work to send out emergent practitioners out equipped for a life of successful creating and earning.

Faculty
The versatile faculty is made up of artists and designers who actively produce and exhibit their creative work − artists who are leaders in their various fields of discipline. They love to teach because they love what they teach. Our faculty is equipped to motivate, inspire and nurture; they become true mentors to their students. The faculty of the Department of Art and Design believe it is necessary for students to become leaders rather than followers, to become the next generation of gifted creative artists and designers and to become art professionals in the ever-growing number of contemporary art and art-related careers.

More information about the studio arts major can be found on the art major admissions page.

Program Objectives

Graduates with a BA in studio arts will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to write and speak about art, design, and art history with clarity and logic, and be able to form and support critical judgements about art, design and art history
  • Demonstrate the technical mastery of the relevant materials and tools, and the terminology, theories, and practices relevant to the student's field of study
  • Demonstrate the ability generate, support, and utilize individual thoughts and ideas
  • Demonstrate the ability to do research in art, design, and art history, and the competence and knowledge to analyze and think critically
  • Demonstrate expanding knowledge of historical achievements and contemporary thinking, trends, processes, and issues in art and design, and apply that knowledge to their personal work
  • Demonstrate broader and deeper understanding of contemporary arts practice, grasp of how to develop and maintain studio or design practice, and ideas communicating successful cultivation of both audience, concept and goals in visual art and design
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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

An introduction to materials, techniques, and theory related to two-dimensional design. Additional course fee is required.
This course focuses on three-dimensional design. Hands-on projects are the primary learning mode. Additional course fee is required.
Art majors given preference. This course is a study of materials, methods, and techniques used for drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, and other drawing media. Additional course fee is required.
A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from 1450 to the present. Additional course fee is required.
A study of the relationship between art and Christianity in the contemporary world. Designed primarily for studio art majors. Prerequisite: either ARTS 382 Twentieth Century Art or ARTS 384 Contemporary Art Forms. Additional course fee required.

Complete the following:

This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.

Complete the following:

Art majors given preference. This course is a study of materials, methods, and techniques used for drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, and other drawing media. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 111 Drawing I.
A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from prehistoric times to 1450. Additional course fee is required.
An in-depth study of a specific era or group found within Western art, such as studies in the Baroque and Rococo, Renaissance, or Women in Art. Specific topics will be dependent on the instructor's area of specialization. Additional course fee is required.
Art and its relationship to Western culture of the 20th century. Additional course fee is required.
This course examines and participates in the forms and methods of art in the 21st Century. Emphasis is placed upon investigating post-modern art theory while looking at current artists of note. The genres of video, installation, conceptual, digital and performance art are explored. In addition, students create their own work of digital media and conceptual art in the progression of the class. Additional course fee required.
In this course, students identify, research, and begin creating a body of work and written thesis in their studio area of interest. Emphasis is placed on strong technical and formal articulation in support of a compelling, developing thesis concept. Professional practices for the emergent studio practitioner will be examined and executed. Participation in the Professional Networking visiting practitioner program through studio visits and lectures is a key component of this course. Prerequisite: art major with senior status, or by permission.
The Senior Thesis II course represents the culmination of four years of study. Each student is expected to create a focused and in-depth body of studio work, which is developed through research and critical feedback with instructors and visiting practitioners. In recognition of the transition from student to artist this process represents, student will be working largely in a self-directed manner, in consultation with the Thesis Faculty. This work should reflect mature and independent decisions made regarding content and means of expression. Students work in their individual studio spaces. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: art major with senior status, or by permission.

Choose five of the following:

Introduces students to materials, methods, and techniques used in painting with acrylics or oils. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 111 Drawing I, or instructor's permission.
An introduction to investigating methods of additive, subtractive, assembled, and cast sculptural techniques. Students will use medias such as glass, plaster, clay, wood and stone, working with the traditional sculptural subject matter of the human figure, plant and animal imagery and abstraction. Additional course fee required.
Introduction to the materials, methods, and techniques used in photography. Additional course fee is required.
An introduction to screen printmaking, and relief printmaking (woodcut, linocut, collagraph) techniques and methods. Additional course fee is required.
An inquiry of the essentials of combining a variety of art methods and materials, this class creates opportunities for students to integrate methods of kiln worked glass, assemblage, painting, photography, printmaking, mosaic, and sculptural techniques. Conceptually the student is challenged to have their artwork develop out of ideas gleaned from literature, science, their personal narrative, and current events. Additional course fee required.
Introduction to basic hand-building techniques and surface design. Additional course fee is required.
A further development of the students' knowledge and use of the materials, methods, and techniques used in painting with acrylics or oils. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 201 Beginning Painting.
A studio course involving theory and practice combined with creative and technical exploration in watercolor. This course explores creative and technical aspects of drawing and painting in watercolor. The course goal is to paint multiple short and long-term watercolors to create a diverse and broad portfolio in a short time, resulting in a high quality outcome. Students will also explore significant historical watercolor artists and experiment with some of their styles to gain insight and technical knowledge. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 111 Drawing I, or instructor’s permission.
This course continues exploration of sculptural techniques, including specific projects working with casting methods using glass, plaster, plastic, clay, and wax. Students are also at liberty to work in developing a deeper understanding of working in media such as metal, stone, wood and clay while cultivating a conceptual framework for their artwork. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 221 Beginning Sculpture.
Provides an opportunity for further development of skills and for the introduction of more advanced techniques. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 230 Beginning Photography.
A further development of the students' knowledge and use of printmaking (silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, collagraph) and a further introduction to intalio and etching techniques and methods. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 231 Beginning Printmaking.
A further broadening of the student’s knowledge and ability to combine methods of painting, sculpture, fiber arts, photography and other media. Students are encouraged to learn from contemporary artist’s methods and techniques while building upon a variety of ideas and concepts. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 240 Beginning Mixed Media
A further development of the students' knowledge and skill in throwing, hand building, and firing techniques in ceramics. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 241 Beginning Ceramics.
A lecture/studio course that deals with an area of interest and faculty specialty, such as watercolor, kiln-worked glass, jewelry, encaustic painting, and bookmaking. The lower-division class is required of the student in the given topic before they can take a more advanced course. The student under a different topic may repeat this course. Student may need to purchase additional supplies. Additional course fee is required.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 301 Intermediate Painting.
Continued study in watercolor theory and practice with more emphasis on creative exploration. Students are given more freedom in subject and technical direction as they demonstrate competence in basic skills. Course includes study of and mastery of contemporary and historic techniques and the exploration of one's own stylistic direction in watercolor. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 310 Watercolor I, or instructor’s permission.
This course pursues rigorous development in one’s sculptural methods. Students focus on a particular three-dimensional media while clarifying their conceptual framework with further research over the semester, creating a cohesive body of sculptural works. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 321 Intermediate Sculpture.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 330 Intermediate Photography.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 331 Intermediate Printmaking.
This course pursues focused creation of a body of mixed media work as the culmination of this course. Working in combined media of their choice, the student is challenged to create a series of pieces applying professional levels of artistry and technique. Methodical research of artists, media, and concept is required. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: ARTS 340 Intermediate Mixed Media.
Focuses on the individual artistic development of students as they combine techniques and subject matter into a personal style of visual communication. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTS 341 Intermediate Ceramics.