The Department of Art and Art History believes that students should receive a good foundation in art and art history at the outset of their college career. Studio art requires six core art and art history courses as prerequisites for further sequenced study (beginning, intermediate, advanced) in the art and art history curriculum.
In the second year of study, students begin to choose courses from the following seven areas of study:
- Ceramics (Sculptural and Contemporary Vessels)
- Drawing and Painting (Contemporary and Historical Practices)
- Metals (Fine Art Metals)
- Photography (Black/White, Digital)
- Printmaking (Intaglio, Lithography, Serigraphy)
- Sculpture (Casting, Fabrication, Installation)
- Transmedia (Digital-Time Arts, Performance Art, Video Art)
Studio art majors earn either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The BFA Studio Art degree is well suited for students who are primarily interested in developing their artistic skills to prepare for graduate study or for a professional career in the visual arts either as a practicing artist or in a related field.
The Bachelor of Arts in Art in Studio Art degree is structured much like a liberal arts degree. The elective hours included in this degree make it appropriate for students who have an interest outside of the department, such as a simultaneous major in another college or an academic or pre-professional program such as pre-med.