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    Jul 16, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Art (Studio Arts) Major (BA)

Major Programs

The studio arts and the art history programs are a balance of studio work, art history, criticism and aesthetics. Both programs have a foundation composed of studio arts and art history courses including a two-semester sequence of Western Traditions in art history, and an introductory course in studio arts.

The studio arts major is designed for the student who plans to undertake graduate studies in any field of studio arts or design, or otherwise intends to establish a career as a professional artist.  Foundation courses are complemented with a range of courses in the major studio areas (painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography/new media). Students must select advanced coursework in painting, sculpture, printmaking or, in consultation with the major studio advisor, an array of digital photography/new media courses, for their area of concentration. In addition, studio arts majors participate in the senior seminar and the senior exhibition program.

The art history major is designed to prepare students for future graduate studies in art history or related fields, or employment in museums and galleries. The curriculum incorporates a developmental progression of courses, ranging from foundation courses that cover a broad array of historic material to specialized electives, and finally, to advanced seminars and an independent research project that prepare students for graduate level study in the field. Foreign language study is also strongly recommended for art history majors and minors, as it is an essential component of art historical research at graduate and professional levels.


Major Requirements: Studio Arts

The Studio Arts major consists of 13 courses distributed as listed below. In addition to the course requirements, Studio Arts majors must participate in a major review and a senior exhibition.

Recommended sequence of courses for Studio Arts majors:

First Year

  • ART 1130 - Drawing, or ART 1140 - Drawing from Life, or ART 1150 - 2D/3D Design
  • Beginning Studio 1 (Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, or Photography)
  • ARTH 1200 Western Traditions: Prehistory to the Middle Ages
  • ARTH 1210 Western Traditions: Renaissance to Contemporary 

Sophomore Year

  • ART 1130 - Drawing, or ART 1140 - Drawing from Life, or ART 1150 - 2D/3D Design
  • Beginning Studio 2 (Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, or Photography)
  • Beginning Studio 3 (Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, or Photography)

Junior Year

  • Intermediate Studio 1 (Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, or Photography)
  • Intermediate Studio 2 (Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, or Photography) 
  • DMA elective

Senior Year

  • Advanced Studio 1 (Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, or Photography) 
  • ART 5950 Senior Seminar
  • Internship, Apprentice teaching, or Departmental Honors Project strongly suggested