Requirements

Major in Studio Art

Studio majors are required to take: 

  • Six electives in Studio Art. One of these classes must satisfy the digital literacy (DL) requirement. The other five classes should demonstrate a chosen area of focus. In their junior year, studio majors are encouraged to enroll in two studio classes that are topic driven or at the intermediate level.
  • Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and FA 110b) in painting or sculpture.
  • Three Art History classes
  • Studio Seminar, FA118a, taken in junior or senior year to fulfill Oral Communication (OC) requirement

Foundational Literacies

Foundational Literacy requirements are satisfied as part of the twelve courses required by the major. As part of completing the Studio Art major, students must:

  • Fulfill the writing intensive requirement by successfully completing FA 119b, or any WI-designated course approved for the Art History major.
  • Fulfill the oral communication requirement with FA 118a
  • Fulfill the digital literacy requirement with FA 8a or FA 9a

No single course may satisfy all three foundational literacies.

Recommended Focus Options for Studio Art majors


Studio Majors are advised to choose from the following areas of focus to allow for a depth of investigation before Senior year: Painting and Drawing; Sculpture and Digital Media; or Printmaking. Substitutions and variations are permissible after consultation with faculty advisor and Undergraduate Advising Head.

Painting and Drawing Focus


Students interested in painting and drawing are recommended to take the following courses:

  • Five semesters of beginning and intermediate courses including: FA3a-b, FA 7a, FA11a-b, FA13a-b, FA14a-b, FA28a, FA 118b
  • One semester of digital media (FA8a or FA 9a) to fulfill DL requirement
  • Studio seminar, FA 118a, taken in junior or senior year to fulfill OC requirement
  • Three Art History classes
  • Two semesters of senior studio, FA110a-b, taken in the senior year
Sculpture and Digital Media Focus


Students interested in sculpture and digital media are recommended to take the following courses:

  • Six semesters of beginning and intermediate courses including: FA4a-b, FA5a-b, FA6a, FA8a, FA9a-b, FA10a-b, FA16a-b, FA28a or a cross-listed course (FILM 110, COSI 164a, THA 125b, MUS 196b). Students are permitted to cross list one course to count out towards the major. One of the above six semesters must be a digital media course (FA 8a or FA9a) to fulfill DL requirement
  • Studio seminar, FA 118a, taken in junior or senior year to fulfill OC requirement
  • Three Art History classes
  • Two semesters of senior studio, FA110a-b, taken in the senior year
Printmaking Focus

Students interested in printmaking are recommended to take the following courses:

  • Five semesters of beginning and intermediate courses including: FA3a-b, FA7a, FA12a-b, FA13a-b, FA15a, FA17b, FA27b, FA28a.
  • One semester of digital media (FA8a or 9a) to fulfill DL requirement
  • Studio seminar, FA 118a, taken in junior or senior year to fulfill OC requirement
  • Three Art History classes,
  • Two semesters of senior studio, FA110a-b, taken in the senior year

All courses taken for the major must receive a final grade of C- or better.  No more than two courses taken in programs abroad or as transfer credit can be counted toward the major. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major 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 or as transfer 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 19 courses in total to complete the double major:

  • Two foundational survey courses in Art History (Western, Asian, Islamic etc., numbered FA 30-39)
  • One methods seminar FA 199a.
  • One research seminar numbered FA 190-198.
  • Five Art History Electives (including a second optional Studio Art course)
  • Six Studio electives. One of these classes must satisfy the Digital Literacy (DL) requirement. The other five classes should demonstrate a chosen area of focus (see focuses listed above). It is recommended that by the end of the Junior year, studio majors have taken 2 studio classes that are topic driven or at the intermediate level.
  • Studio Seminar, FA118a, taken in junior or senior year.
  • Two semesters of Senior Studio (FA 110a and b). 

Foundational Literacies: 

Foundational Literacy requirements (DL, WI, OC) need to be completed for each major.

For studio art, students must:

  • Fulfill the Oral Communication (OC) requirement by successfully completing FA118a.
  • Fulfill the Digital Literacy (DL) requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA8a or FA9a.
  • Fulfill the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement by successfully completing one of the following: FA119b, FA149a, FA155a, FA156b, FA191b, FA193a, pr FA199a.

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