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

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, ceramics and design.  A degree in studio art provides a foundation for diverse professional achievement.

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:

Core Foundation (3 courses)12
Principles of Design
Introductory Drawing
Introductory Sculpture
Core Supplemental (3 courses)12
One additional 500/600-level 2D:
Introduction Printmaking: Intaglio
Painting Design I: Perceptual Painting and Color Theory
Intermediate Drawing
Life Drawing
One additional 500-level 3D:
Introductory Ceramics
Introductory Woodworking
One 500-level Photography:
Introduction to Darkroom Photography
Introductory Digital Photography
4 Studio courses in a concentration at 500-600-700 level (see concentration courses below)16
1 Studio Electives course (Jterm or summer course may be used):4
Core Art History (3 courses)12
Introduction to Art History
Introduction to Architectural History
Two 600-level or above art history courses:
Total Credits56

Concentration Courses (4 courses)

Minimum of three 600-700 level studio courses. No more than one of the following: a 500-level studio course (select from ARTS 501, ARTS 525ARTS 536, ARTS 546, ARTS 551, ARTS 552, ARTS 596), ARTS 598 An Artist's Life, a 600-700 level art history (see selection of courses in art history requirement above), or ARTS 600 Internship in Studio Art (with approval). Jterm and summer online courses cannot be used.

Ceramics Concentration
Ceramics Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (J: Ceramics, may be repeated)
Design Concentration
Principles of Typography
Animation and Motion Design
Interaction & Game Design
Design and Place
Design and People
Independent Study: Studio Art (G: Design, may be repeated)
Drawing Concentration
Intermediate Drawing
Life Drawing
Advanced Drawing (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (C: Drawing, may be repeated)
Painting Concentration
Painting Design II: Perceptual Painting and the Individual Artist's Vision (may be repeated, must be taken twice before advancing to 746)
Painting Design III: Perceptual Painting and Narrative Themes (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (D: Painting, may be repeated)
Photography Concentration
Photography Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (A: Photography, may be repeated)
Printmaking Concentration
Printmaking Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (E: Printmaking, may be repeated)
Sculpture Concentration
Sculpture Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (B: Sculpture, may be repeated)
Wood/Furniture Design Concentration
Wood/Furniture Design Workshop (may be repeated)
Independent Study: Studio Art (K: Wood Design, may be repeated)

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 will be fulfilled by completing a capstone project that reflects the training received, and personal artistic growth made, throughout the student’s years of study at UNH. The capstone project includes participation in the BA/BFA Senior Exhibition in the UNH Museum of Art in April-May. Students will submit a minimum of 5 (or the equivalent what would be the equivalent of 5) recent works for faculty to review and select for the exhibition. At the review a written artist statement and verbal explanation of the work must also be presented.

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.

Studio art majors may use two major-required courses to satisfy two Discovery category requirements.

Introductory (500) Level:

  • Basic skillset in a particular arts discipline
  • Working knowledge of the tools and materials used in a particular arts discipline
  • Basic understanding of analytical thinking when making and talking about art
  • Demonstrate development of artistry

Intermediate (500/600) Level:

  • Demonstrate development of artistry and skill set in a range of artistic disciplines
  • Demonstrate knowledge of tools and materials beyond the basics
  • Deeper ability to discuss and analyze works of art
  • Ability to verbalize intent in a particular work of art
  • Ability to research particular artists
  • Ability to declare an area of concentration for advanced  in a particular arts discipline  

Advanced (600/700) Level:

  • Demonstrate a high level of artistry
  • Ability to work independently
  • Develop and Demonstrate an individual sensibility
  • Ability to understand and verbalize intent in a work of art
  • Ability to construct a professional capstone portfolio or thesis
  • Demonstrate in-depth familiarity with a range of artistic movements both historical and contemporary