Art | Academic Advising Handbook

The studio art major offers two tracks: Fine Arts and Design. Both tracks give students opportunity for creative expression and experience with practicing the creative thinking process. Additional skills developed in these tracks include technical skills with specific media, project management, and communication through both visual and verbal formats. Clear visualization, intelligent planning, effective problem solving, and skillful implementation are transferable skills critical to many careers. We encourage connections between art and other disciplines.

Advising Tips

The following courses are considered foundation courses and should ideally be completed by majors and minors by the end of the sophomore year.

Fine Arts Track

  • ARTST 119 Digital Imaging
  • ARTST 121/122 Studio I: The Creative Process
  • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics
  • ARTST 210 Drawing
  • ARTHI 270 Western Art I: Paleolithic - Gothic
  • ARTHI 271 Western Art II: Renaissance - Present

Design Track:

  • ARTST 108 Systems Thinking for Problem Solvers (Winter term)
  • ARTST 119 Digital Imaging
  • ARTST 121/122 Studio I: The Creative Process
  • One of the following:
    • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics
    • ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability
    • ARTST 208 Design for Function

Art Minors

  • ARTST 121 Studio I: The Creative Process
  • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics
  • ARTST 210 Drawing

Study Abroad

For students taking advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, it is recommended to be taken in the fall of the junior year for both tracks, as the required studio/seminar courses for both tracks are only offered in spring semester.

Courses

ARTST 121 Studio I: The Creative Process

An entry-level studio for all students. ARTST 122 Studio I: The Creative Process CE is an alternate version of 121 that carries both the Civic Engagement (CE) and Sustainability (SU) designations.

  • The Art Major requires 4 credits of either 121 or 122.
  • The Art Minor requires 2 credits of either 121 or 122.

We offer multiple sections of 121 every semester and usually offer at least one 122 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 in the Boxer schedule by the section title. Full section descriptions are available through the Art department or the Advising website.

ARTST 221 Studio II: Exploration

Studio II courses focus on developing technical skills within a specific discipline, such as painting, photography, printmaking, 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 applications. ARTST 222 Studio II: Exploration CE is an alternate version of 221 that carries both the Civic Engagement (CE) and Sustainability (SU) designations.

While there are no prerequisites for Studio II courses, previous art experience is recommended. (high school experience is fine).

  • The Fine Art track of the Art major requires 12 credits of Studio II electives.
  • The Design track of the Art major requires 8 credits of Studio II electives.
  • The Art Minor requires 4 credits of Studio II electives.

The different themes and media are indicated in the Boxer schedule by 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 321 Studio III: Convergence, ARTST 322 Seminar I: Concepts

The 300-level studio and seminar focuses on developing an individual conceptual direction as well as the skills and techniques pertinent to developing a body of work specific to individual areas of interest. At this point, the studios differentiate for the Design and Fine art tracks.

For Art Majors in the Fine Arts Track and the Art Minor

  • ARTST 321 Studio III: Convergence is only offered in the spring and may be repeated for credit. It is highly recommended that Studio III be taken at the same time as Seminar I (ARTST 312 for minors or ARTST 421 for majors)

For Art Majors in the Design Track:

  • ARTST 307 Leadership Through Design is offered on an independent study basis and is recommended for the fall semester. It may be repeated for credit.
  • ARTST 370 Interdisciplinary Design is offered in the spring, and may be repeated for credit. It is required that the 370 studio be taken at the same time as the 371 seminar.

While not required, taking the Studio III courses from the both tracks can greatly 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 junior seminars are the “theoretical” complement to the “doing” studios. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students will develop contexts that inform their individual directions. The seminar courses also provide opportunity for community-building across the junior and senior cohort for studio art majors and minors. While all junior seminar students meet together, majors and minors will sign up for different courses to accommodate different prerequisites and expectations:

For Art Majors in the Fine Arts Track:

  • ARTST 321 Seminar I: Concepts in Art

For Art Majors in the Design Track:

  • ARTST 371 Interdisciplinary Design Seminar

For students in the Art Minor

  • ARTST 312 Art Concepts

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

ARTST 421 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 advisors and a Capstone Advisory Committee.

All art majors are required to present a well-developed, authentic body of work that is contextualized and supported by a variety of written documents; 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 the Fine Arts Track:

  • 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

For senior Art Majors in the Design Track:

  • ARTST 375 Internship, spring junior year or fall senior year.
  • ARTST 470 Design Capstone, spring senior year

For Art Minors

  • ARTST 313 Art Presentation, 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.