Majors in Art
The Studio Art Major


The university's printmaking
studio boasts all four printmaking techniques—relief, intaglio, serigraphy, and planographic—thanks to a generous donation of
a Tackach/Garfield lithography press.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art is a well-rounded art program that places its educational focus on artistic traditions that are prominent in the art world today: the Representational Tradition, and two contemporary traditions known as Modernism and Post Modernism.

At the beginning of the program, a strong emphasis is placed on the Representational Tradition by teaching students to work directly from life in the introductory courses of drawing, oil painting, and figure drawing. Students are expected to master, as required content in these courses, the theory of linear perspective, shape observation, tone modeling, and color theory as it pertains to working directly from the subject. The other studio courses are devoted primarily to the abstract nature of art as they involve composition, design, and the conceptualization of ideas through form invention. The Art History courses and the 300-level Senior Seminar: Art Criticism course, are writing-intensive courses. They establish a critical and cultural awareness of art in historical periods of both traditional and contemporary times.

A wide variety of artistic media are taught in the program. They include drawing, oil painting, the four traditional printmaking media (intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, and relief/woodcut), digital photography, darkroom photography, computer art, mixed media, and calligraphy. Students are expected to achieve mastery of a chosen medium over their four year undergraduate period.