Major in Studio Art

YOU can become a working artist and maker with a BFA or BAA degree in the studio art major.

We will prepare you to become a working artist and maker in unrivaled facilities in the region. You will learn from faculty who are seasoned working artists and who exhibit their work around the world as well as teach in the classroom. They aim to share their knowledge and experience with you to help you develop and refine your artistic, analytical, and interpretive abilities.

As a Studio Art student, you can either focus on one medium or customize your studio experience by taking classes in several different areas. Our areas of focus are built to help you cultivate a rich and dynamic relationship with art while giving you the real-world skills and perspective required to pursue a career in the visual arts.

Foundational coursework in an area of focus gives you a firsthand understanding of the principles of art and a critical perspective of art in practice and as a profession. You can take classes specific to your interests, gaining a thorough understanding of the materials and emerging technologies related to your area(s) of study. 

As a Studio Arts major, you'll launch your career, create a prolific studio practice, and/or seek graduate programs to continue your studies in the arts.

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