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Studio Art


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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 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, modernism and postmodernism.

Studio art majors learn to work in a wide variety of artistic media, including drawing, oil painting, the four traditional printmaking media, digital photography, computer art, mixed media and calligraphy. Students are expected to achieve mastery of a chosen medium during their four-year undergraduate period. These include drawing/watercolor, painting, printmaking or photography. Students also take courses in art history and art criticism to hone their writing skills while establishing a critical and cultural awareness of art.

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Students in the Studio Art program have the opportunities to:

Learn to draw in the classical representational tradition including the contemporary modernist tradition.
Learn how to do different techniques through in-class demonstrations by active artists who exhibit professionally.
Display their artwork in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Studio Art Alumni

Our alumni have gone on to exhibit their work professionally; attend top graduate programs at schools like The Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Adler University; open their own art therapy practices; and have successful careers in advertising, design and more.

Medium Disciplines

After the sophomore year the student can select a medium discipline

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
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Art Therapy Concentration

Benedictine offers a unique, interdisciplinary art therapy concentration that combines a B.A. in Studio Art with specific courses in art therapy and psychology. Students with a passion for art, and using the power of art to help others, would find a career in art therapy rewarding.

View concentration requirements

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery

Throughout the year, the campus art gallery hosts numerous exhibitions from local, national and internationally renowned artists for the campus community and for the public to enjoy. Benedictine art students also have the opportunity to display their artwork in this beautiful 1,500-square-foot space.

Visit the Art Gallery

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery