Art & Art History

Bachelor of Arts

The BA with a major in Studio Art is a liberal arts degree that focuses on art and design in the context of a broad program of general studies. Other studio art courses may be taken as University electives if the student desires greater focus in art within the BA degree. The minor in art history complements the BA in studio art, especially for those interested in continuing their art education.

All entering students who are considering studio art as a major are required to take the beginning studios in drawing, ceramics, painting, and sculpture in the course of their first three semesters and Drawing II as soon as possible. In order to finish within four years, students must decide upon their focus medium (ceramics, painting or sculpture) and take the first studio in that medium by the fall of their sophomore year.


2010-2011 Catalog:

Major in Studio Art (Bachelor of Arts Degree)

10 Courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 Credits):

Foundations (in the first three semesters):

ART70-114 Drawing I

One course from: ART69-214 Ceramics: Hand -forming, ART69-224 Ceramics: Wheel-forming

One course from: ART69-314 Painting: Representational, ART69-424 Painting: Abstract

One course from: ART69-414 Sculpture: Figurative, ART69-424 Sculpture: Abstract

ART70-224 Drawing II.

Focus (The BA focus area is a three-course sequence in one medium chosen from ceramics, painting, or sculpture):

One additional course from (recommended by the end of the sophomore year): ART69-214 Ceramics: Hand-forming, ART69-224 Ceramics: Wheel-forming, ART69-314 Painting: Representational, ART69-324 Painting: Abstract, ART69-414 Sculpture: Figurative, ART69-424 Sculpture: Abstract

One course in the focus medium from: ART69-234 Ceramics: Studio Seminar, ART69-334 Painting: Studio Seminar, or ART69-434 Sculpture: Studio Seminar.

Studio Elective:

One additional course in studio art.

Art History:

One modern Art History course from: ARH71-614 Revolution Romanticism Realism, ARH71-624 Modernism and Modernity, or ARH71-634 (recommended) Art Since 1945

One additional course in Art History.


Portfolio Review: graduating seniors must present a portfolio of their work for review by the sponsoring faculty member in the appropriate focus area. A professional quality digital image portfolio and resume are required and will be retained by the department for its permanent records. Works for the digital portfolio are usually produced in studio seminars in a student’s focus medium.

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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