Art Studio Courses

ARTST 121/122/123 Studio I: The Creative Process

Studio I introduces the creative process. We offer multiple sections of 121 every semester and usually offer at least one 122* or 123* section per semester. While all sections introduce the creative process, each section will do so in a different way. The different themes and media are indicated on the Boxer schedule in the section title. Full section descriptions are available through the Art department or the Advising website.

It is recommended that Studio I electives be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

*ARTST 122 Studio II CE is an alternate version of 121 that carries both the Civic Engagement (CE) and Sustainability (SU) designations. 

*ARTST 123 Studio II SU is an alternate version of 221 that carries the Sustainability (SU) designation. 

  • Fine Art track 

    • 4 credits of Studio I 

  • Design track 

    • 4 credits of either Studio I or Studio II 

  • Art Minor 

    • 4 credits of Studio I

ARTST 221/222/223 Studio II: Technique

Studio II courses focus on developing technical skills within a specific discipline, such as painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramics. The Design Track includes additional elective options from across disciplines that match the hands-on experiential components of the art studio courses in order to provide students with a very broad range of design application options. The different themes and media are indicated on the Boxer schedule in the section title. Full section descriptions are available through the Art department or the Advising website.

Other Studio II electives are outlined on the electives lists in the catalog. It is recommended that Studio II electives be completed by the end of the junior year.

ARTST 222 Studio II: Technique CE is an alternate version of 221 that carries both the Civic Engagement (CE) and Sustainability (SU) designations. 

ARTST 223 Studio II: Technique SU is an alternate version of 221 that carries the Sustainability (SU) designation. 

  • Fine Art track 

    • 12 credits of Studio II 

  • Design track

    • 4 credits of either Studio I or Studio II

  • Art Minor

    • 4 credits of Studio II 

ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics

ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability

ARTST 208 Design for Function

Formal design thinking integrates an essential theory-to-practice planning element into the creative process. Design courses introduce students to specific types of design thinking that can be applied to any creative endeavor. The focus in Design for Aesthetics is on how to use visual cues, such as color and texture, to shape audience response. Design for Sustainability explores ideas for designing and building harmonious relationships between social and natural systems. Design for Function takes an engineering approach to solving structural problems in utilitarian objects.

  • Fine Art track, take the following:

    • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics

  • Design track, take all of the following:

    • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics

    • ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability

    • ARTST 208 Design for Function

  • Art Minor, take one of the following:

    • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics

    • ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability

    • ARTST 208 Design for Function

    • ARTST 210 Drawing

ARTST 210 Drawing

Drawing is an essential skill that connects mind to body in order to produce a visual representation of ideas that can communicate intent. All art majors are required to take Drawing. Drawing is a foundations option for art minors. 

ARTST 321 Studio III: Concepts, (fine arts track)

ARTST 370 Interdisciplinary Design (design track)

ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar (both tracks)

The 300-level studios and seminar provide opportunities to practice a professional approach and to develop skills, techniques, and conceptual directions pertinent to personal and career interests. At this point, the studios differentiate for the Design and Fine art tracks.

For Art Majors in the Fine Arts Track

ARTST 321 Studio III:Concepts  is offered in the spring and may be repeated for credit. It is highly recommended that Studio III be taken at the same time as ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar 

For Art Majors in the Design Track

ARTST 370 Interdisciplinary Design is offered in the spring, and may be repeated for credit. It is highly recommended that Studio III be taken at the same time as ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar 

While not required, taking Studio III courses from both tracks can expand experience and understanding in the arts, as well as provide additional opportunities for portfolio-building. We welcome Design students in 321 and Fine Art students in 370!

The interdisciplinary seminar (ARTST 372) is  the “theoretical” complement to the “doing” studios. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students develop personal, disciplinary, social, and environmental contexts that inform their individual directions. Because it welcomes the enrollment of jr-level students from across disciplines, the seminar also provides opportunity for interacting with and integrating multiple perspectives that can enrich both personal and professional approaches to work and careers.

  • For Art Majors in the Fine Arts Track:

    • ARTST 321 Studio III:Concepts, spring junior year

    • ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar, spring junior year

  • For Art Majors in the Design Track:

    • ARTST 370 Interdisciplinary Design Studio, spring junior year

    • ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar, spring junior year

  • For Art Minors

    • ARTST 321 or 371, junior or senior year

ARTST 355 Gallery Management 

ARTST 355 Gallery Management is another 300-level option for art students. While not required, it offers opportunities for interacting with the campus and community through developing and marketing exhibits and programs for the Cawein Gallery and other local art venues. Gallery Management is offered every semester.

ARTST 421, 423 Studio IV: Production 

ARTST 422 Seminar II: Presentation

Studio Majors in both the Fine Art and Design tracks are mentored through the capstone experience with individual faculty advisors in ARTST 421 and 423 (Studio IV), as well as through cohort input in ARTST 422 (Seminar II)

All art majors are required to present a well-developed, authentic body of work that is contextualized and supported by a written document; give a presentation during Senior Project Day; and submit a digital portfolio that includes 20 slides, an artist’s statement, and a CV.

For senior Art Majors in both the Fine Arts and Design Tracks:

  • ARTST 421 Studio IV: Production, fall senior year

  • ARTST 423 Studio IV: Production, spring senior year

  • ARTST 422 Seminar II: Presentation of Art, spring senior year

Writing in the discipline

ARTHI 372 Contemporary Art is the art department’s “Writing in the Discipline'' course. It is recommended that the course be taken in the fall of the Junior year, though it can also be taken in the fall of the senior year. ARTST 372 is only offered fall semester in alternate years