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Required Courses for Studio Art

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Major in Studio Art


Studio majors are required to take:

  • Four semesters of beginning and intermediate courses in either painting or sculpture or a combination of beginning and intermediate courses in a combination of media, selected by students in consultation with their department adviser and completed by the end of the junior year
  • Two semesters of studio electives in drawing, design, sculpture, painting, printmaking or new media
  • Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and b) in painting or sculpture.
  • Four semesters of art history, from among the fine arts and cross-listed courses, consisting of the following. Note there is no double counting among the four courses even if the course content falls into more than one category.
    • One course in Pre-Modern: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, numbered CLAS cross-listings, FA 30a, FA 32b, FA 42b-48a, FA 143a-149a.
    • One course in Non Western Art numbered FA 33b, FA 34a, FA 40a, FA 70b-73b, FA 77b, FA 170a-173b.
    • One course in Modern to Contemporary (c. 1800 to present) numbered FA 30b, FA 56a-61a, FA 69b, FA 77b, FA 80a-86b, FA 155a-165a, FA 172b-180a, ENG 88a, PHIL 113b.
    • One course in Contemporary (later 20th-century to present) numbered FA 62a, FA 77b, FA 164a-169a, FA 172b-175a, FA 180a.


The studio faculty has developed the studio courses listed in the catalog in the belief that the artist-teacher stands at the center of the syllabus of the studio courses. Their presentation is structured through interaction with the individual student. In the best interest of the students' development, it is advised that they utilize all the studio faculty, so as to enrich their educational experience through the diverse offerings of the department. In the event that a student wishes to enter a full-year course at mid-year and feels that work previously accomplished evidences a competency that is equivalent or superior to that course, the student may request that his or her work be viewed by the instructor. Enrollment prerequisite is the consent of the instructor.

All courses taken for the major must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.


Minor in Sculpture and Digital Media

Six courses are required for the minor in sculpture:

  • Four Beginning/Intermediate Level Sculpture Studio Courses
  • Two Senior Studio Courses

All courses taken for the minor must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the minor requirements.

Minor in Art History for Studio Majors

A minor in art history is offered in addition to the major. This gives the student the opportunity to flexibly construct a program of six art history courses that reflect his or her own personal or academic interests. Studio art majors may minor in art history if they take three art history course in addition to those required for their major. 

All courses taken for the minor must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the minor requirements.

Double Major in Studio Art and Art History


Double majors in Art History and Studio Art are required to take:

  • Two survey courses numbered FA 30-39. AP Art History credit may replace one course in this requirement
  • One course each in the following subject areas:
    1. Ancient/Medieval numbered FA 40-44, 140-145 and all cross-listed CLAS courses
    2. Renaissance/Baroque numbered FA 45-54, 145-154
    3. Modern/Contemporary numbered FA 55-69, 80, 85-86, 155-169, 180-181, 188-189
    4. Non-Western numbered FA 40a, 70-79, 170-179, 182
    5. FA 33b counts towards the survey requirement, but may count towards the Non-Western requirement with permission of the Art History Undergraduate Advising Head
  • Two additional courses numbered FA 40-89, 140-198 or cross-listed courses
  • One methods seminar FA 199a
  • One research seminar numbered FA 190-198
  • Four semesters of beginning and intermediate courses in either painting or sculpture or a combination of beginning and intermediate courses in a combination of media, selected by students in consultation with their department adviser and completed by the end of the junior year
  • Two semesters of studio electives in drawing, design, sculpture, painting, printmaking or new media
  • Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and b) in painting or sculpture


All courses taken for the major must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad, as transfer credit, or as cross-listed credit, can be counted toward the minor. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements.