May 29, 2024  
Course Catalog 2020-2021 
Course Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Art Major

The major consists of a minimum of 11 full courses (or the equivalent).

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the major.

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Students are required to take at least one course in Media (Photography, Integrated Media) and one in Traditional Media (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking). The capstone course, Senior Studio and Thesis is a year long course and must be taken in succession during the final year. Introductory courses in Studio Art are open to students regardless of prior experience.

For those students considering a major in Studio Art, it is recommended that you make every effort to enroll in four studio courses by the end of your sophomore year.

Summary of Requirements

The senior studio and thesis seminar is a year-long course, involving both fall and spring semesters, counts as four courses to be taken in your senior year.

Equivalent production/performance courses in departments such as Cinema Studies, TIMARA, Dance, Theater, Creative Writing, and African American Studies may be counted towards the Studio major. Please consult with advisors and department chair regarding specific courses that may be counted toward a major in Studio Art.

Transfer of Credit/Major Credit for Off-Campus Study

No more than 3 full courses or the equivalent may be transferred to a Studio Art major. Students should submit transcripts and Syllabi to their advisors to obtain major credit for work completed at other accredited institutions.

Honors Program

Admission to the Honors Program is at the discretion of the department. There are two paths to honors in the Art Department, dependent on one’s major, Art History, Studio Art.  The Visual Art major is a component of the Studio Art Program.

Honors in Studio Art takes place within the capstone course for all Studio Art majors. This course, Senior Studio and Thesis, is a year-long, team taught course. Each student will receive a private studio. At the end of the fall semester faculty will invite students to do Honors who they feel are ready to handle the additional work. All students who are enrolled in Senior Studio and Thesis will continue in the course for the entire year.  Honors, while not guaranteed, is conferred at the end of the spring as a result of outstanding work in this course. 

Preparation for Further Professional Study

Students interested in preparing for graduate studies in Studio Art, Museum Studies, and Art Conservation should consider the following programs of study. It is suggested that studio art majors who wish to prepare for graduate study leading to the MFA degree take as many studio courses as possible.

Studio Art Major Course Lists

Visual Concepts and Process Courses

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Additional Art History Courses

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