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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Major in Studio Art

boston college fine arts department

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The Studio Art major provides students with an opportunity to develop the techniques, visual sensibility, and historical understanding necessary for working with various materials. An exploration of the meanings and ideas generated by the things we make and an awareness of the process of making are essential parts of the program.

An integral part of the Studio Art major’s undergraduate education is the senior project. Focused in their area of concentration, senior projects are exhibited on campus at the end of the academic year.

Requirements

Students intending to major in Studio Art are encouraged to begin the major in their freshman year; the major must be declared before the beginning of a student's junior year.  Students must have taken at least four semesters of work relating to the senior project prior to their senior year.

Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 courses for a total of 36 credits, to be distributed as indicated below.

Required Introductory Course for all Majors

  • ARTS1103 – Issues and Approaches to Studio Art (three credits)

Two of the Following, for a Total of Six Credits

In consultation with an advisor, one of these classes should set the direction and future course choices of the major.

  • ARTS1101 – Drawing I (three credits)
  • ARTS1102 – Painting I (three credits)
  • ARTS1141 – Ceramics I (three credits)
  • ARTS1150 – Painting Plus Collage (three credits)
  • ARTS1161 – Photography I (three credits)

One of the Following

  • ARTH3356 – Art Since 1945 (three credits)
  • ARTS2211 – Hot Off the Shelf (three credits)

Six Additional Studio Art Courses

(for a total of 18 credits) at the 2000 level or above, of which three courses (nine credits) must be at the 3000 level)

Required Courses for all Senior Majors

  • ARTS4498 – Senior Project I (three credits)
  • ARTS4473 – Senior Project II (three credits)

Students must have taken at least four semesters of work relating to the senior project prior to their senior year.

In Addition to the Required Courses, the Following Courses are Recommended:

  • ARTH1101 – Art: Prehistoric to Middle Ages (three credits)
  • ARTH1102 – Art: Renaissance to Modern (three credits)
  • ARTH1109 – Clues to Seeing (three credits)
  • ARTH2257 – Nineteenth-Century Art (three credits)
  • ARTH2258 – Modern Art: 19th-20th Century
  • ARTH3356 – 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 studies in the field of concentration.
  • No more than two courses taken during the junior year 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 a grade (no pass/fail grades).

Contact

Professor Alston Conley, Interim Studio Art Major Advisor
Devlin Hall 432
617-552-2237
Email: alston.conley@bc.edu


 

The Undergraduate Studio Art Major: Learning Goals

The Studio Art Major offers students a course of study that includes introductory and advanced investigations in a variety of media, an exploration of the conceptual approaches inherent in artworks, and background knowledge of art history. Through a course of directed study, advanced students create a body of work equivalent to a visual thesis, which is exhibited.

The Studio Art major will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Create a body of work equivalent to a visual thesis. These artworks should display a mastery of technique, an individual visual and conceptual sensibility, and historical understanding of the issues relevant to their work.
  • Effectively communicate issues and aspects of visual experience and culture in oral and written arguments.
  • Discuss and articulate knowledge of contemporary artists and understanding of the current ideas and concepts generated by visual artworks in global cultural discourse.

They should also:

  • Develop technical abilities and fundamental knowledge with a variety of media.
  • Develop a self-reflective and critical approach in making artworks.
  • Develop creative thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Develop the ability to research ideas, and to make one’s work accessible to others thru clear, well organized visual thinking.
  • Acquire the ability to verbally express the ideas and concepts with which one works visually.
  • Acquire standards for a visually critical and contextualized practice.
  • Develop skills in the preparation and use of presentational strategies.
  • Develop documentation skills consistent with professional practice.
  • Acquire a familiarity with artists and their practice in a variety of historical periods.

 

Studio Art Assessment

Learning Objectives Measurement Process Review/revision mechanism
Demonstrate ability to create a body of work for exhibition, equivalent to a visual thesis. Artworks should display a mastery of technique, an individual visual and conceptual sensibility, and historical understanding of the issues relevant to their work. Seniors Exhibition

Student work in Seniors Exhibition is evaluated by panel of 3-5 faculty.

Establish faculty committee to review and summarize evaluation forms from final reviews

Committee will discuss results of evaluations and surveys annually and recommend program improvements where necessary

Develop oral and textual communication skills relevant to visual experience and culture.

Acquire knowledge of contemporary artists and understanding of the current ideas and concepts generated by visual artworks in global cultural discourse.

Annual written test distributed to a sample of senior and junior major and minors

Senior majors make oral presentations and prepare written artist statements evaluated by panel of 3-5 faculty.

Annual faculty discussion of undergraduate program

Development of strategies / curriculum improvements

Review of written test results every year and chart progress vis-à-vis establishment of curriculum changes.