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. The program leads students to these outcomes through four studio levels, Studio I: The Creative Process, Studio II: Exploration, Studio III: Convergence, Studio IV: Studio Production. Students are also encouraged to collaborate and to work across discipline boundaries.

Art Major: Fine Arts Track Requirements

Art Studio Requirements (complete all)
ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics  4
ARTST 210 Drawing 4
ARTST Studio I Elective (see below) 4
ARTST Studio II Electives (see below) 12
ARTST 321 Studio III: Concepts 4
ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar 2
ARTST 421 STudio IV: Capstone 2
ARTST 422 Senior Seminar: Presentation of Art 2
ARTST 423 Studio IV: Capstone 2
Art History Requirements (complete all)
ARTHI 270 Global Perspectives in Art I 4
ARTHI 271 Global Perspectives in Art II 4
ARTHI 372 Contemporary Art History 4

TOTAL:   46 CREDITS 

Studio I electives:

  • ARTST 121 Studio I: The Creative Process (4)
  • ARTST 122 Studio II: Studio I CE: The Creative Process (4)

Studio II electives:

  • ARTST 221 Studio II: Technique 
  • ARTST 222 Studio II CE: Media and Technique 
  • ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability
  • ARTST 208 Design for Function 
  • ARTST 217 Digital Art I 
  • ARTST 228 Photography I 

Art Major: Design Track

The Design track connects creative thinking to pragmatic execution 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

Art Studio Requirements (complete all)
ARTST 107 Systems Thinking for Problem Solvers 2
ARTST 210 Drawing 4
ARTST Design Foundations Elective (see list)  4
ARTST Studio I Elective (see below) 4
ARTST Studio II Elective (see below) 8
Leadership Elective (see below) 2
ARTST 370 Interdisciplinary Design Studio 4
ARTST 372 Interdisciplinary Seminar 2
ARTST 421 Studio IV: Capstone 2
ARTST 422 Seminar II: Presentation of Art 2
ARTST 423 Studio IV: Capstone 2
ARTST 475 Internship 2
Art History Requirements (complete all)
Any ARTHI 4
ARTHI 372 Contemporary Art 4

TOTAL:  46 CREDITS

Design Elective Lists

Design: Design Foundation electives

  • ARTST 207      Design for Sustainability 
  • ARTST 208      Design for Function 

Design: Studio I electives

  • ARTST 121      Studio I: The Creative Process (4)
  • ARTST 122      Studio I CE: The Creative Process (4)

Design: Studio II electives                 

  • ARTST 200 Material Science for Makers
  • ARTST 206 Design for Aesthetics 
  • ARTST 207 Design for Sustainability 
  • ARTST 208 Design for Function 
  • ARTST 221 Studio II: Exploration 
  • ARTST 222 Studio II CE: Exploration 
  • ENV 330  Ecosystems and Ecological Design 
  • MEDA 306  Animation Studies & Practice 
  • PHY 232 General Physics I - Workshop 
  • PHY 364 Electronics 
  • THEA 120 Technical Theatre 
  • THEA 151 Theatre Company: General Tech Theatre 
  • THEA 152 Theatre Company: Costume/Makeup 
  • THEA 153 Theatre Company: Lighting 
  • THEA 220 Intro to Theatrical Design 

Limit: 4 credits of theatre company courses

Design: Leadership electives:

  • OL 207 Introduction to Outdoor Leadership
  • CIV 320 Leadership in CE
  • HUM 300 Mentoring in the Humanities

Design: Science Electives

  • PHY 232 Workshop physics (4)
  • ENV 200 Environmental Science (4)