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Art, Art History and Film

Minor in Studio Art

art, art history, and film

Professor and student looking at art

The minor in Studio Art offers students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in ceramics, painting, drawing, or photography. There are features of the minor program that resemble, in an abbreviated way, aspects of our majors studio program which we have found to be successful. The required Advanced Studio Seminar class, for example, will function analogously to our Senior Project. This curriculum of six courses is designed to encourage an in-depth investigation of one medium, rather than a generalized sampling of many. The course structure aims at having the individual student develop the artistic techniques and conceptual visual sensibility necessary for working as an artist today. It should be noted students will not be permitted to begin the Studio Minor after their junior year. Students who are interested in declaring a minor can contact the minor advisor.


The Studio Minor consists of six courses, for a total of 18 credits.

Two courses are required:

  • ARTS 1103 – Issues and Approaches to Studio Art (three credits; usually taken following completion of one of the Introductory courses listed below, and declaration of the Minor), and
  • ARTS 3328 – Senior Minor Project (three credits; usually taken in the spring semester of senior year)

The remaining four courses (12 credits total) will include:

  • One course selected from the Introductory courses listed below
  • Three courses (three credits each) from Studio Art course offerings in one of the following areas: ceramics, drawing, mixed media, painting or photography.

Introductory Courses (three credits each)

  • ARTS 1101 – Drawing I
  • ARTS 1102 – Painting I or ARTS 1150 – Painting Plus: Collage
  • ARTS 1104 – Seeing is Believing
  • ARTS 1141 – Ceramics I (three credits)
  • ARTS 1161 – Photography I (three credits)

Recommended Courses

The following courses are strongly recommended to give minors a strong historical grounding:

  • ARTS 2211 – Hot Off the Shelf
  • ARTH 2258 – Twentieth Century Art
  • ARTH 2285 – History of Photography
  • ARTH 3356 – Art Since 1945

Additional Stipulations for the Studio Art Minor

  • No more than one independent study in your field of concentration.
  • Courses to be counted for the minor must be taken for a grade, not pass/fail.
  • It is strongly suggested that if students wish to strengthen their minor by taking electives, they should add additional classes from the offerings in their chosen area of specialty.


Professor Alston Conley, Minor Advisor
Devlin Hall 432