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Studio Art, BA

The Department of Studio Art and Art History is committed to providing a rich environment of interdisciplinary learning and exploration in which the student will develop a sound foundation of knowledge and a wealth of experience in the visual arts. The art studio courses, art history lectures and seminars, and the University gallery  programs provide the context for the curricula in two majors, Studio Art and Art History.

The major in studio art gives the student a background in the fundamentals of the formal, technical, and theoretical concerns of the artist from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students can prepare for a career as a professional artist or designer, for graduate study in art or design, for gallery and museum administration, art conservation, or for careers in professional education in the arts.

Program Requirements

Total program semester hours: 48

Core Requirements: 22 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
ART 120 Foundations of Design 4
ART 140 Drawing Techniques and Materials 4
ART 200 Introduction to Visual Culture 4
ART 212 Materials, Tools, and Techniques for the Visual Arts 4
ART 392 Junior Seminar 2
ART 499 Senior Project Seminar 4

Electives: 26 semester hours

A minimum of 8 semester hours of additional 100-200 level studio courses from the following:

Code Course Title Units
ART 221 Introduction to Design for Stage & Studio 4
ART 250 Sculpture I 4
ART 260 Painting I 4
ART 270 Installation 4
ART 280 Digital Art Practices 4
PHOT 110 Elementary Photography 4
PHOT 130 Documentary Photography 4

A minimum of 8 units of additional art history courses from the following:

Code Course Title Units
ART 210 Art History Foundation: Ancient through Early Renaissance 4
ART 211 Art History Foundation: Renaissance through Contemporary 4
  300-400 level art history electives 4

A minimum of 10 units of additional 300-400 level studio courses from the following:

Code Course Title Units
ART 340 Life Drawing I 4
ART 350 Sculpture II 4
ART 370 Painting II 4
ART 380 Advanced Digital Art Practice 4
PHOT 315 Alternative Processes 4
PHOT 351 Landscape Photography 4
  Internship in art (variable)
  Study Abroad (variable)