Major and Minor

Major in Studio Art

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.

Students interested in majoring in Studio Art should contact Prof. Sheila Gallagher.   

Requirements

The Studio Art major requires 11 courses (33 credits):

TWO of the following introductory courses:

  • ARTS1101 Drawing I
  • ARTS1102 Painting I
  • ARTS1104 Design: Seeing is Believing OR ARTS1107 Design 1: Foundations
  • ARTS1141 Ceramics I
  • ARTS1155 Introduction to Digital Arts
  • ARTS1161 Photography I
  • ARTS1163 Intro to Digital Photography
  • ARTS1701 Art of Creativity

ONE of the following courses:

  • ARTS2211 Ideas in Contemporary Art
  • ARTH3356 Art Since 1945

All Majors and Minors are required to take

  • ARTS1103 Issues and Approaches to Studio Art

Electives

  • Elective 1 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 2 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 3 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 4 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • Elective 5 (3000 or 4000 level)

Senior Project

  • ARTS4498 Senior Project I
  • ARTS4473 Senior Project II

Students must have taken at least four semesters of course work in Studio Art prior to their senior year. It is strongly recommended to take Issues and Approaches in the sophomore year.

In addition to the required courses, the following courses are recommended:

  • ARTH1101 Intro to Art History: Pre-History to Middle Ages
  • ARTH1102 Intro to Art History: Renaissance to Modern
  • ARTH2257 Nineteenth Century Art
  • ARTH2258 Modern Art: Nineteenth-Twentieth Century II
  • Summer course for enrichment

Minor in Studio Art

The minor in Studio Art offers students the opportunity to pursue a course of study in ceramics, design, drawing, mixed media, painting, or photography. There are features of the minor program that resemble, in an abbreviated way, aspects of our majors studio program that we have found to be successful. The required Senior Minor Project class, for example, will function analogously to our major’s 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. Students are encouraged to declare the Studio Minor before their senior year. Students who are interested in declaring the Minor should contact Prof. Hartmut Austen.

Requirements

The Studio Art Minor requires 6 courses (18 credits):

  • ARTS1103 Issues and Approaches to Studio Art

ONE of the following introductory courses:

  • ARTS1101 Drawing I
  • ARTS1102 Painting I
  • ARTS1104 Design: Seeing is Believing
  • ARTS1107 Design 1: Foundations
  • ARTS1141 Ceramics I
  • ARTS1150 Painting Plus Collage
  • ARTS1155 Introduction to Digital Arts
  • ARTS1161 Photography I
  • ARTS1163 Intro to Digital Photography

Electives and Senior Project:

  • Elective 1 (1000 or 2000 level)
  • Elective 2 (2000 or 3000 level)
  • Elective 3 (3000 or 4000 level)
  • ARTS3328 Senior Minor Project

The three electives should be concentrated in one of the following areas:

  • ceramics
  • design
  • digital art
  • drawing
  • mixed media
  • painting
  • photography

Additional stipultions for the minor:

  • Students are allowed only one independent study in their field of concentration
  • Courses to be counted for the minor must be taken for a grade (not pass/fail)
  • Students who wish to strengthen their minor are strongly encouraged to take additional offerings in their field of concentration

Architecture Studies Concentration

The Studio Art major can also be completed with a concentration in Architecture Studies, which requires a minimum of 11 courses (33 credits):

  • ARTS1101 Drawing I
  • ARTS1103 Issues and Approaches to Studio Art
  • ARTS1125 Innovation Through Design Thinking (cross-listed as UNAS1025)

ONE of the following courses:

  • ARTS1155 Introduction to Digital Arts
  • ARTS2276 Arts and Digital Technology
  • ARTS2250 Introduction to Digital Design

THREE of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 3000 level:

  • ARTS2250 Introduction to Digital Design
  • ARTS2252 Architectural Design I
  • ARTS2207 Urban Design for Complexity and Sustainability (cross-listed as BSLW2207)
  • ARTS3335 Advanced Digital Design: Designing Spaces
  • ARTS3334 Advanced Mixed-Media

TWO of the following Art or Architectural History courses, at least one of which must be at the 1000 or 2000 level:

  • ARTH1107: History of Architecture (World Architecture)ARTS2211: Ideas in Contemporary Art
  • ARTH2251: Modern Architecture
  • ARTH2267: Salt Box to Skyscraper: American Architecture 17th-20th centuries
  • ARTH3311: Greek Art and Archaeology
  • ARTH3314: Egyptian Art and Archaeology
  • ARTH3332: The Age of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Beyond: Sixteenth-Century Art in Italy
  • ARTH3344: Venetian Art and Architecture
  • ARTH3346: Architecture in East Asia
  • ARTH3347: The Age of the Baroque: Seventeenth-Century Art in Italy
  • ARTH3356: Art Since 1945

Senior Projects:

  • ARTS4498 Senior Project I (This requirement may be substituted with an internship or an Independent Study. Please consult with Prof. Sheila Gallagher
  • ARTS4473 Senior Project II

We also recommend that students in the Architecture Studies Concentration engage in career discovery in the form of summer courses and internships.

Elliot Smith-Hastie ‘20, from the photographic series Sanctuary, 2020.