Art & Art History

Studio Art

Welcome new students!

Studio Art welcomes you to the department – in fact, we have saved places in our beginning classes for you! If you are an art major or minor or are just interested in trying something new, here are the classes we recommend (start with just one studio class during your first semester):

Fall course options for art majors, minors and potential majors:

Drawing I  (a great place to start); or
Ceramics: Wheel Forming; or
Painting: Representational; or
Sculpture: Figurative

Spring: course options for art majors, minors or potential majors (art majors should take the first class in ceramics, sculpture or painting)

Drawing I; or
Drawing II (Drawing I is a prerequisite); or
Ceramics: Hand-Forming; or
Painting: Abstract; or
Sculpture: Abstract

The basic rule: entering art majors should take Drawing I, and one class each in ceramics, painting and sculpture in the first three semesters. Take the second course in a focus medium by the end of the sophomore year to be on track for a four-year graduation plan.

For more information on how to plan your sequence of classes, see the department’s schedule planners below; also use the degree plans below.


Degree Plans and Schedule Planners





B.A. & B.F.A. Schedule Planner 2016-17

B.A. & B.F.A. Schedule Planner 2015-16 

B.A. & B.F.A. Schedule Planner 2014-15

B.A. & B.F.A. Schedule Planner 2013-14

B.A. & B.F.A. Schedule Planner 2012-13


B.A. & B.F.A. Degree Plan 2016-17
B.A. & B.F.A. Degree Plan 2015-16
B.A. & B.F.A. Degree Plan 2014-15
B.A. & B.F.A. Degree Plan 2013-14
B.A. & B.F.A. Degree Plan 2012-13

B.A. & B.F.A. Degree plans - students use the catalog from the year they came to Southwestern



Independent Study Form
Independent Studies in Studio Art


Drawing Placement Exam

The department strongly encourages entering students to take Drawing I, even those with prior art experience.  If you believe you can test out of Drawing 1, you may take the Drawing Placement exam offered during orientation week and during the first two days of classes.  Drawing exams are due the first Wednesday of classes by 10:00am.  Download the information and instructions here. 


At Southwestern, the B.F.A. degree program is by application during the sophomore and junior year, and it requires a 3.0 in combined art and art history courses. If you are interested in applying, consult with the professor in your focus area followed by a e-mail to the department chair expressing your interest in applying.  The chair will give you instructions about how to apply formally. 

The application process is two-step: 1) the written application; and 2) a presentation and interview with the studio faculty.  Students must be accepted into the program and meet departmental and university expectations to continue in the program and earn a BFA degree.







Need to renew your Scholarship?

 Art Scholarship renewal form 2015-16 (Deadline April 1 annually) 

Need inspiration?

Consult Artstor, a database of 1.3 million images.

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Need to scan your sketchbook?

Come to the Visual Resources Collection, 3rd floor next to architecture studio, and arrange access to one of our large Epson flatbed scanners. Email VRC Librarian Katherine Hooker for details.

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Need to know when things are happening?

Current Academic Calendar and Exam schedule can be found here.

Need cash for creative works?

Apply for a grant from the King Creativity Fund.

Need to do some research?

Smith Library Center’s Art and Art History subject guide.

Safety Data Sheets database

For Painting, Printmaking, and FAB Woodshop

Art & Art History

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    Chair of Art History
    Thomas Howe, Ph.D.
    Professor of Art History

    Chair of Studio Art
    Victoria Star Varner, MFA
    Professor of Art

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