Diana Behl, Studio Art Program Coordinator
School of Design
Grove Hall 101, Box 2802
A degree in Studio Art prepares majors for careers as fine artists, graduate study in fine arts, and entry-level positions in art and graphic design. The degree focuses on the breadth of general studies combined with visual arts studies where majors receive certificates in one or more of the following areas: Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture. A 30-hour visual arts core supports the degree and creates a foundation of success in art related fields.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Studio Art program, students will be able to:
- Apply the basic principles of visual organization, in two and three dimensions, to the creation and the analysis of works of art. This includes the application of fundamental drawing skills, design concepts, color theory, and studio specific applications. (Cross-Curricular Skills: Inquiry and Analysis; Integrative Learning)
- Generate a body of original works of art in their chosen area of specialization that exhibits a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals. This includes the application of the relevant technologies and media associated with their area of specialization as well as other studio disciplines. (Cross-Curricular Skills: Foundation of Lifelong Learning Skills; Critical and Creative Thinking; Problem Solving; Integrative Learning)
- Analyze and critically evaluate works of art and design from various cultures and historical periods as well as the ability to apply art historical context to their own work. (Cross-Curricular Skills: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking; Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity)
- Articulate, both orally and written, a critical discourse on their artwork and processes, the artwork of others, and art history through the appropriate application of art and design language and concepts. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
- Demonstrate the skills required by professional artists in the communication, documentation, and exhibition of their artwork and experience. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
Studio Art students must maintain at least a major GPA of 2.6 and an overall GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the duration of the program. A grade of a “C” or better is required in all ART, ARTE, ARTH, GDES, DSGN, LA, ARCH, and ID courses.
Course Delivery Format
Course content is delivered through hands-on studio work combined with lectures, demonstrations and critiques.
Requirements for Studio Art Major - Painting Specialization: 120 Credits
Bachelor of Fine Arts
System General Education Requirements
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements
Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements: 3
System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Fine Arts specifications.
School of Design Requirements
School of Design Electives
Select 6 credits from the list below. Students are required to complete six credits of elective shops, studios, or history courses in another School of Design discipline. Courses may not include ART, ARTH, or GDES prefix. Contact the School of Design advisor for approval of additional courses. Credits: 6 S
Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.
Total Required Credits: 120
AH Art History B.F.A. Coursework
S Supportive B.F.A. Studies
Summary of Program Requirements
Bachelor of Fine Arts
|System General Education Requirements
||30 Credit Hours
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Requirements
||3 Credit Hours
|School of Design Requirements*
||14 Credit Hours
||61 Credit Hours
||12 Credit Hours
||0 Credit Hours
*System General Education Requirements, Major Requirements, and Supporting Coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.
**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.
Academic Advising Guide Sheet
The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.