The Arts Major: Studio Art Option (B.A.)

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The B.A. in Art - Studio Art option provides a strong fine arts education and solid foundation that prepares students for a life in the arts, whether it be as a professional or commercial artist, a teacher, an architect, a designer, or a museum director.  We offer courses in painting, drawing, photography (both digital and wet lab techniques), printmaking, sculpture (all media: steel, aluminum, bronze casting, clay, and wood), furniture design and fabrication, and ceramics.  A degree in Studio Art provides a foundation for diverse professional achievement.

The Department does not offer any courses in commercial arts (advertising, illustration, computer-generated art, etc.), but it does provide a strong fine arts background for those wishing to enter the commercial art field.

Students selecting to work toward a bachelor of arts degree in studio art must complete a minimum of 14 courses (56 credits), with a minimum grade of C in each course. The following courses are required:

ARTS 480Introduction to Art History4
or ARTS 574 Introduction to Architectural History
ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTS 546Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory4
ARTS 567Introductory Sculpture4
ARTS 632Intermediate Drawing4
or ARTS 633 Life Drawing
ARTS 501Introductory Ceramics4
or ARTS 525 Introductory Woodworking
Select one of the following:4
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
Introductory Digital Photography
Select three additional courses in a studio concentration at 600 level or above (one must be an advanced 700-level course or the third workshop of the same medium)12
Select two additional studio electives (ARTS 598, may be used)8
Select two 600-level or above art history courses8
Total Credits56

While these courses represent the minimum departmental requirements for the studio art option, students may wish to plan a program involving greater depth in one or several of the studio areas.

The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing a 600 level or above course in the studio concentration. The student will work with the course's instructor to complete a mutually agreed upon capstone project associated with the course's medium.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.