Major in Studio Art
boston college fine arts department
See also Art History and Film Studies.
Classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, and Beyond
The Studio Art major provides students with a genuine opportunity to participate in the shaping of their education. At the basis of this program of study is a dependence on the students’ own perceptions, decisions, and reactions. Courses are available in many media and all involve direct experience in creative activity. The department courses are conceived as an integral part of the liberal arts curriculum, and the studio major provides a solid basis for continuing work in graduate school and in art-related fields such as teaching, conservation, art therapy, design publishing, or exhibition design. Studio courses aim at developing the techniques and visual sensibility necessary for working with various materials. An understanding and exploration of the meanings and ideas generated by the things we make and an awareness of the satisfaction inherent in the process of the making are integral parts of the program. The techniques of studio practice go hand in hand with a background in art history. We strongly encourage studio majors to consider a minor or concentration in art history.
Students intending to major in studio art are encouraged to begin the major in their freshman year. Major must be declared before the beginning of a student’s junior year. They are required to take a minimum of 12 courses for a total of 36 credits, to be distributed as indicated below. The program should be worked out in consultation with the department advisor.
To be taken Freshman or Sophomore Year:
Three credits (one course)
- FS 103 Issues and Approaches to Studio Art (three credits)
Six credits (two courses)
- 101 Drawing I (three credits)
- FS 102 Painting I (three credits) or FS 150 Painting Plus Collage
- FS 141 Ceramics I (three credits)
- FS 161 Photography I (three credits)
To be taken Sophomore or Junior Year:
Three credits (one course)
- FA 356 Art Since 1945 (three credits)
- FS 211 Hot Off the Shelf (three credits)
Additional course requirements
Eighteen credits (six courses) in electives at the 200 level or above, three of these courses (nine credits) must be at the 300 level.
To be taken Senior Year:
Six credits (two courses, two semesters)
- FS 498 Senior Project
Students must have taken at least four semesters of work relating to their Senior Project prior to their senior year.
In addition to the required courses, to give majors a strong historical grounding (added) the following courses are strongly recommended:
- FA101 Art: Prehistoric to Middle Ages
- FA 102 Art: Renaissance to Modern
- FA 109 Clues to Seeing
- FA 257 Nineteenth Century Art
- FA 258 Modern Art: 19th-20th Century
- FA 356 Art Since 1945
Summer travel and summer courses are recommended for enrichment. Students should consult with a departmental advisor about these opportunities.
Additional Stipulations for the Studio Major
No more than two independent study in your field of concentration.
No more than two courses taken during the Junior Abroad or at another institution may count toward the major. Transfer students should work out credits with the department major advisor.
Courses to be counted in the major must be taken for grade (no pass/fail grades)