Advising for Studio Art Major

The Fine Arts track of the Art Major explores personal expression and interpretation to investigate aesthetic boundaries and to develop concepts relevant in today’s world. The capstone requires a senior exhibition of an authentic body of work. Students achieve the five program outcomes through four studio levels, Studio I: The Creative Process, Studio II: Technique, Studio III: Convergence, Studio IV: Production. Students are encouraged to collaborate and to work across disciplinary boundaries. 

Art Major: Fine Arts Track Requirements



Foundations (10 Credits)

ARTST 121, or 122 (CE), or 123 (SU):  The Creative Process

2

ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics

4

ARTST 210 Drawing

4



Concept and Context (16 Credits)

ARTHI 270 Global Perspectives in Art I 

4

ARTHI 271 Global Perspectives in Art II 

4

ARTHI 372  Contemporary Art History  (WID) 

4

ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar

2

ARTST 423 Seminar II: Presentation of Art

2



Studio Practice (20 credits)

ARTST 221, or 222 (CE), or 223 (SU):  Technique

12

ARTST 321 Studio III: Concepts 

4

ARTST 421 and 423 Studio IV: Capstone

4 (2, 2)

TOTAL:  46 CREDITS 

Studio II electives:

  • ARTST 221 Studio II: Technique (4)

  • ARTST 222 Studio II CE: Technique (4)

  • ARTST 223 Studio II SU: Technique (4)

  • ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability (4)

  • ARTST 208 Design for Function (4)

Art Major: Design Track

The Design track links creative thinking with pragmatic implementation through problem-solving to create innovative solutions to complex problems. Drawing on excellent listening and communication skills, the designer integrates the needs of the client with available materials and technologies to achieve constructive outcomes that are appropriate to the situation at hand. Merging design thinking with aesthetics and hands-on making in the context of sustainability offers opportunities to consider the making process through a systems approach that integrates cultural values, social needs, and ecological impacts. Grounded in a deep understanding of materials and process, centered in skillful practice, and connecting the arts, humanities, and sciences, the sustainable designer/maker seeks to balance the tension between artisanal and industrial production modes in order to provide for the material and technological needs of a just society while respecting the boundaries and limits of the ecosystems that are the source of working materials.

Art Major: Design Track Requirements



Foundations 18 Credits)

ARTST 107 Systems Thinking for Problem Solvers

2

ARTST 210 Drawing

4

ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics

4

ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability

4

ARTST 208 Design for Function 

4



Concept and Context (12  credits)

Any Art History

4

ARTHI 372W Contemporary Art History  

4

ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Design Seminar

2

ARTST 422 Seminar II : Presentation of Art

2



Studio Practice (16 credits)

Studio I or Studio II elective (see list)

4

Leadership elective (see list)

2

ARTST 370 Interdisciplinary Design Studio

4

ARTST 421 and 423 Studio IV: Studio Production

4 (2, 2)

ARTST 475 Internship

2

TOTAL:  46 CREDITS 

Design: Studio I and II electives

  • ARTST 121 Studio I: The Creative Process (4)

  • ARTST 122 Studio I CE: The Creative Process (4)

  • ARTST 122 Studio I SU: The Creative Process (4)           

  • ARTST 221 Studio II: Technique (4)

  • ARTST 222 Studio II CE: Technique (4)

  • ARTST 223 Studio II SU: Technique (4)

  • ARTST/SCI 201/200 Material Science for Makers (2,2) 

  • ARTST 321 Studio III: Convergence (4) 

  • ENV 330  Ecosystems and Ecological Design (4)

  • MEDA 306  Animation Studies & Practice v

  • PHY 232 General Physics I - Workshop (4)

  • PHY 364 Electronics (4)

  • THEA 120 Technical Theatre (1-4)

  • THEA 151 Theatre Company: General Tech Theatre (1-4) 

  • THEA 152 Theatre Company: Costume/Makeup (1-4)

  • THEA 153 Theatre Company: Lighting (1-4)

  • THEA 220 Intro to Theatrical Design (1-4)

*Limit: 4 credits of theatre company courses

Design: Leadership electives  

  • PSJ 315 Civic Engagement Mentoring (2)

  • OL 207 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership (4)