The Art Studio Major provides the knowledge and experience necessary for a broad understanding of the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. The major does not require a background in art or submission of a portfolio. For the beginning student, the major offers an introduction to visual methodologies through drawing, sculpture, and art history. Students may then advance to upper division coursework and specialization in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, video production, media arts, as well as theory and criticism.
Graduates of the Studio Art Program attend prestigious post-baccalaureate and graduate programs in studio art. Alumni often go on to develop professional studio practices. Commitment to the development of one’s studio work leads to exhibition opportunities as well as accomplishments in the realm of fellowships, commissions, collaborations, and a host of other professional projects and opportunities. For the student wishing to explore additional arts-related trajectories, in the private or public sector, a studio arts education provides a strong foundation for careers and/or graduate work in K-12 art education, art therapy, arts administration, curatorial studies, set design, architecture, culinary arts, design, film, animation, art criticism/journalism among others.
For advising on major requirements, see The Arts Group Advising Center. Advising drop-in hours are 9-12pm M-F. Appointments are scheduled from 1-4pm M-F. Click here to schedule an appointment. Check-in for drop-ins or appointments is in Art room 101.
How to prepare for an advising appointment
Develop a system to organize your paper and computer files related to advising so that you can find them easily and be prepared to take notes.
Bring any advising related documents: forms, petitions, Dean’s Office Contracts and previous study plans.
Spend time thinking about questions that you want to ask or topics that you want to discuss. Bring these to your appointment.
Art Studio gives out its annual undergraduate awards and scholarships during the winter quarter (see awards list below). Students in the Art Studio major may submit a portfolio and application online. Art Studio faculty will review applications and submit votes for each category and a show will be held during winter quarter to display the work of all finalists. The final voting process will not conclude until after the show. Click links at right to download the application form and submission instructions.